Our Team

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Our staff, both in the office and our caregivers in the field, provide extensive support for our clients, their families and each other. It is this collaborative, caring environment that ensures all of the details are taken care of for our clients.

Our staff undergoes rigorous screening  including checking all references and undergoing a Federal background check.  All field staff are licensed, bonded and insured and receive training as a Home Care Aide or Certified Nursing Assistant as well as ongoing continuing education to ensure they have the skills they need. Most important they have the full support of our office staff to ensure the client is protected at all times

We encourage you to take a moment to learn about us!

Meet Our Office Staff

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Merri Klein - President - email

Merri is very passionate about Companion Care.  The decision to start her own business in 2004 was based on a desire to go back to her roots where she was most comfortable and valued.  As a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Merri started her career working with Westinghouse Electric Corporation designing and testing Naval Nuclear Reactors.  Over the next 20 years, she held various positions as an engineer and later as a business consultant.  While she appreciates all the experienced gained from working with big organizations, she describes starting her own business as “coming home”.  Merri loves being an employer and is amazed every day by the wonderful employees she has.  A day doesn't go by without someone telling Merri how much they appreciate CCI’s support in caring for a family member. She is very proud of Companion Care and the difference our team makes in people’s lives.

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Mark Lofstead - Administrator - email

Mark worked for many years as an investigator and manager in Civil Rights for the federal government.  In 2004, he helped Merri begin Companion Care and now helps manage the business aspects of Companion Care.  Mark and Merri married in 1997 and moved to the Seattle area in 1998. When he is not crunching numbers in the Companion Care office, Mark enjoys hiking in the Cascades with Merri, gardening and rearranging old songs while playing the piano.

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Evelina King - Scheduler / Case Manager - email

Evelina grew up in California but found her love for the Pacific Northwest when she moved here in 2010.  Evelina is a hard worker and likes to get things done. While earning her degree as a Medical Assistance Evelina worked full time as a caregiver.  Along with her work at school and as a caregiver she brings 6 years’ experience in customer service.  Evelina joined Companion Care’s team in 2019 as a schedule coordinator where she has developed the skills to match our client’s needs with our caregivers and at the same time maintaining professional lines of communication with families, clients and their caregivers. She looks forward to her new role as a care manager where she can use all her skills to ensure our clients are treated with the respect they deserve and have the care that they need.

When not at work Evelina loves the outdoors where she enjoys hikes and walks with her two dogs; Dexter and Pip. 

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James - Case Manager - email

After spending twenty years in retail sales management, James life changed dramatically when his wife was diagnosed with cancer which she ultimately succumbed to. From that point forward, James chose to focus on a career where he could deliver the kind of care that he witnessed during his wife’s end of life journey under hospice care.

In that effort, he returned to school to obtain his Nurse Assistant Certification, and then continued to fulfill a long-delayed dream of obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Washington’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences in Bothell. While completing his education, he worked as an in-home caregiver, and has found his life greatly enriched by this experience, far beyond financial measure.

James is passionately committed to providing the best in-home care for those in need and as a Care Manager, he works diligently to maintain open communication with clients and caregivers in an effort to build and refine Plans of Care that meet the changing needs and desires of Companion Care’s clients. 

 
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Kaitlin Hansen, Recruiter and HR Assistant   - email

Kaitlin is a native of Blackfoot Idaho where she was raised on a small farm and developed a love for the outdoors.  After graduating from High school in 2010 she received her CNA and MedTech license and went on to work as a caregiver while earning her Associates degree in Public Health Sciences from Brigham Young University of Idaho.  Discovering that providing compassionate service was what she loved, she went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Science with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Studies.  Her 9 years’ work experience in the health care industry has rewarded her with the knowledge and experience in supporting patients and their families during life’s more challenging transitions. Shortly after moving to Washington from Idaho with her husband in 2018, Kaitlin joined Companion Care Inc.’s team as a schedule coordinator. She later moved into the role as a recruiter where she thrives in encouraging new recruits the join our awesome team.  Kaitlin is thrilled to be associated with Companion Care’s mission in serving our community in a more direct and tangible way. 

 

Tamara Davidson - Payroll/Billing Specialist - email

Tamara was born in Oregon but moved to Washington in 1967 when she was 9 years old.  She is a graduate of Interlake High school. She later completed her training to be an executive assistant  at Griffin Business College and went on to receive  a certificate in accounting at Renton VoTech. Tamara brings 30 years of accounting experience to our team.  She loves what she does as well as what Companion Care stands for.  Tamara’s joy in life is her family.  She has two daughters and four grandchildren – soon to be five!  Tamara also has two brothers who she refers to as “her rocks”.  In her free time, Tamara loves reading, playing cribbage, swimming, biking and taking walks along the beach.   Here favorite place to visit is Imperial Beach in San Diego where she can also spend time with her mother.

 

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Tiffany Locking - Creekside Care Manager & Schedule Coordinator - email

Tiffany grew up in Monroe Washington where she met and married her high school sweetheart of 15 years.  Tiffany brings 25 years of customer service experience to the team along with her passion for helping others.  She developed this passion while caring for family members and eventually went on to earn her CNA license and EKG training from Edmonds Community College in 2014.  Tiffany joined Companion Care Inc.’s team in 2015 where she earned the love and respect of her clients and the office team. In 2017, Companion Care asked Tiffany to step into the role of care manager and schedule coordinator for the Creekside retirement facility where Companion Care provides services for many of their residents. Tiffany threw herself into learning and mastering what was needed in managing a staff to care for our clients.  Along with her time managing and scheduling Tiffany offers her time to visit her clients daily and provide hands assistance along with the staff when needed.  Tiffany loves what she does and is always willing to learn something new.

When she is not at work Tiffany and her husband along with their two wonderful children enjoy attending the children’s various sporting events. When not at sporting event they enjoy hiking, kayaking, and biking together as a family. 

 

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Yvette Moreno - Human Resource / Office Manager - email

Yvette comes from a Mexican family that devotes their efforts in helping others. Yvette decided to go into home care because it embodies her family’s motto; “Caring for others is just what you do.” Knowing she wanted to cultivate her passion in helping and serving others, she attended Lake Washington Technical College and earned her Home Care Aid license.  Yvette also obtained her Med Tech and Nurse Delegation Certification allowing her to work alongside hospice teams, providing hands on comfort and support to individuals facing life-limiting illness.  Yvette joined Companion Care Inc.’s team in 2017 where she started worked as a part time caregiver and HR assistant.  Quickly learning that helping others through a supervisory role was a passion of hers, she knew that Human Resources was the field for her.  Yvette brings 10 years’ experience as a caregiver which helps her focus attention on managing our staff. She also uses her strong organization skills in managing the office. Alongside raising her most pride possessions, her children, Yvette loves spending her time building a strong office team that enjoys working together like family.