About Us

 Administrative Services

Clif Messerschmidt. MHA, QDDP, CPG (Agency Director) is an accomplished long term care consultant and client advocate. In addition to being a certified professional guardian, he has over 8 years as a long-term care consultant specializing in the needs of developmentally disabled nursing home residents and 15 years experience providing case management, program management and oversight to organizations providing support to the elderly and/or individuals with developmental disabilities.  His background also includes six years experience as a Supported Living Evaluator with DSHS/Division of Residential Care Services and the Developmental Disabilities Administration. Clif earned a Masters in Health Administration degree from Chapman University in 2004. He has been a certified professional guardian (CPG) since January 2007. Clif oversees all aspects of the operation of the agency, and provides feedback and decision making on complex matters.

Steve Depner, CFP, CPG (Financial Consultant) is a former bank trust officer, adding a wealth of financial knowledge and expertise to the team.  Steve earned a bachelor of science in business administration degree from the Montana State University in 1983. He also received a Certified Financial Planner designation in 1994. Steve is a designated certified professional guardian with the Agency.

Kana Shephard, MPA (Operations Manager) brings over 18 years of executive level support to the overall management of the agency. Kana earned his bachelors from Fairhaven College, and a Masters in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College in 2005.

Care Services- Financial

Melissa McDermott (Financial Lead) assists with the management of financial and medical/personal affairs for clients. She works with DSHS, the Veteran’s Administration, Social Security, tribal governments, private and public pension and insurance agencies to ensure all eligibility requirements are met. Melissa is working on becoming a certified professional guardian.

Carol Rust (Client Accounts) assists with the management of financial affairs for clients, specifically paying individuals’ bills, DSHS eligibility reviews, reporting and VA accountings.

Care Services- General

Jay Becker (General Lead) assists with the management of medical/personal affairs for clients; working with care facilities, medical professionals and family members to ensure the general well being of the clients we serve.

Patrick Brownlee (Office Assistant) provides support to the Agency Director, and other staff, with all aspects of the agency’s operations, especially by maintaining the filing system, conducting quality control audits, and assisting with special projects.