Our staff, both in the office and 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
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 provide a service that makes a difference in people’s lives. 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 experience 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 work her employees do. 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.
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.
Lea Areitio – Payroll/Billing Specialist – email
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’s team in 2015 where she earned the love and respect of her clients and co-workers. 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 the residents. Tiffany learned quickly what was needed to manage the staff to care for our clients while at the same time earning the respect of her staff.
Along with her time spent in managing and scheduling staff, Tiffany loves to visit with our clients daily and offer hands assistance when needed.
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 events they enjoy hiking, kayaking, and biking together as a family.
Yvette Moreno – Human Resource / Office Manager – email
Yvette comes from a Mexican family that devotes their efforts to 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 for 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 illnesses. Yvette joined Companion Care Inc.’s team in 2017 where she started working 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 of experience as a caregiver which helps her focus attention on managing our staff. She also uses her strong organizational skills in managing the office.
Alongside raising her most proud possessions, her children, Yvette loves spending her time building a strong office team that enjoys working together as a family.
Deja Washington – HR Assistant & Recruiter – email
Deja’s passion for recruiting began with Companion Care Inc. She knew recruiting would be a unique position for her from the very start. The reason why? She states: “I’m a strong believer, I like getting people excited about the things I’m excited about. Right now, that’s anything and everything to do with finding caregivers who share Companion Care’s passion to give from the heart and learn from the clients we serve.”
Outside of the office, Deja is a loving daughter, motivating sister, and a mother to her 3-year-old Lab Terrier, Rose, aka BABA. Deja is very traditional when it comes to her family. She enjoys spending the holidays and quality time with her mother and youngest brother.
All Deja’s life she has always been a people pleaser, which is something she states will never change. That rewarding feeling and knowing that she made a difference in someone’s life is what makes it so worth it to her.
Rebecca Pulaski – Schedule Coordinator – email
Rebecca was born in California but grew up in Mukilteo, WA. After working for 3 years as an Account Representative in insurance billing, Rebecca graduated from the University of Washington, Bothell with a degree in Business Marketing. Upon graduation, she spent some time in management and company training before the CCI team.
Rebecca brings with her 7 years of customer service experience. She enjoys having conversations with people every day and being someone they can rely on when they need help. When she is not working Rebecca spends her time reading, playing video games, and staying active.
Evelina King – Care Manager – email
Evelina grew up in California but found her love for the Pacific Northwest when she moved to Seattle in 2010. Evelina earned her degree as a Medical Assistant and has many years of experience as a caregiver and in retail where she developed her skills in providing exceptional customer service. Evelina joined Companion Care’s team in 2019 as a schedule coordinator where she developed the skills to match our client’s needs with our caregivers. She recently moved into the role of our care manager where she uses her customer services skills along with her caregiver connections to ensure our clients have the care they need and are treated with the respect they deserve.
When not at work Evelina loves the outdoors where she enjoys hikes, photography, and walks with her two dogs: Dexter and Pip.
Zianab Koroma- Case Manager/ Scheduler- email
Zianab is also known as Zee is originally from West Africa, Senegal, and has been living in Washington State since 2011. She is a wife and a mother to a beautiful 4-year-old daughter called Aisha which means in her country “She who lives”. Zee is a recent graduate from Bellevue College with a bachelor’s in healthcare management and Leadership. She is also a graduate of Leadership Eastside in Bellevue Washington with her two-year certificate in Adaptive Community Leadership. Before graduating from college, Zee worked as a CNA for 6 years where she developed her skills in caring for vulnerable adults.
The strengths that Zee brings to Companion Care are her standards as a hardworking and dedicated professional woman of color who has a proven track record of going above and beyond to achieve her professional goals and implement them through her leadership of others. She demonstrates this through the creation of her Africa Emerging Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting African and African cultures through creativity, Africa-inspired fashion, culture, and education.
In her free time, Zee enjoys spending time with her family and hosting fundraising events to help support children in an orphanage in Tanzania and a Middle and Junior High school in Senegal.