Our History and Passion

Acorn is a family business with the singular goal of providing you peace of mind when you need to care for a loved one.  It is owned by Lorenzo Mejia and Mary Lynn Ryerson.  We are supported in our efforts by a number of outstanding professionals.  Please read about our team here.

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Both Mary Lynn and Lorenzo are Qualified Dementia Care Specialists, the highest designation given by Dementia Care Providers of America.  In 2013, Lorenzo was appointed by the Orange County Commissioners to serve on the county’s Advisory Board on Aging.  In 2014, he was named the Dementia Care Professional of the Year by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, a national recognition.

Lorenzo became aware of the importance of  care with his mother who required in-home assistance for a number of years.  He experienced first-hand what it is to see a loved one decline and suffer dementia, Alzheimer’s and other age-related conditions.

The gentle, compassionate woman he and his sister found to provide care and companionship to their mother allowed her to live with dignity in her home and gave them tremendous peace of mind.  At Acorn, it’s our goal to provide the same comfort and peace of mind though our qualified and screened home care providers.

Early in his career, Lorenzo worked as an investment banker and high tech executive.  On Wall Street, he worked for Nikko Securities, where he headed capital markets origination for Latin America. After moving to the technology sector, he was VP, Corporate Development at Skila (acquired by BelHealth Partners) and CEO of Telic Communications (acquired by TSI).  After years of jobs that involved significant travel, he wanted a business that would allow him to serve the local community.

Mary Lynn is a licensed attorney in both North Carolina and New Jersey; she is also a real estate broker in both states.  Early in her career she practiced real estate law and commercial brokerage.  For over 20 years, she has been a consultant to Automatic Data Processing on matters related to their corporate real estate activities.

Mary Lynn received her JD from Seton Hall University School of Law.  Lorenzo  holds an MBA and MA from Stanford University and an MS from the University of California at Berkeley.  He is also a CFA Charterholder.  In 2011, he was named Chief Financial Officer of the Year by the Triangle Business Journal.

They live with their two boys in Chapel Hill.  They are active volunteers in local schools and a variety of community activities.  Transplants from New Jersey, they are proud to call North Carolina their home.