Eric Wallentine Owner & PresidentEric Wallentine Owner & President
Eric Wallentine is the owner and president of Homewatch CareGivers of Idaho, which opened in 2009. Eric is always looking for ways to continually drive quality, caregiver satisfaction and client satisfaction to its highest levels. His favorite part about being the President of Homewatch CareGivers is helping people get into the healthcare field and helping people remain in their homes if they so desire.
One of Eric’s most memorable experiences as a business owner was when he helped a client move into an independent living community and therefore significantly decrease the need for in-home care services. The positive difference this made in the client’s health and happiness was made it all worthwhile for Eric.
He holds a bachelor of engineering, master of engineering and master of business administration from the University of Utah, University of Idaho and University of Phoenix, respectively. He is currently pursuing a master of economics from Boise State University. His background in engineering and process improvement guarantees that although we are not perfect, when we make mistakes, we will fix them and find ways to not repeat them.
Eric enjoys taking rides on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and spending time with his wife, Shanell, their seven kids and five grandkids as often as possible.
Nate Benjamin Owner & Marketing VPNate Benjamin Owner & Marketing VP
Nate Benjamin joined his business partner, Eric Wallentine, shortly after Eric opened Homewatch CareGivers of Idaho in 2009 to help him develop a company to provide high quality, compassionate care to people in our community who need caregiving services.
What Nate enjoys most about his work is helping families find the care and resources they need to provide for their loved ones. Meeting one on one with families, gaining their trust and consulting with them to provide solutions is what he enjoys the most! He also enjoys working with the many community partners who share a passion for doing what’s right and assisting those in need.
Nate has a bachelor’s degree in business from Boise State University. After spending 15 years in the high tech industry and traveling abroad he was ready for a change to stay home and be more involved in the local community.
When he’s not at work, Nate loves spending time with his wife, four children, and two grandchildren. He loves the outdoors and the beautiful Idaho mountains. He also enjoys serving in his church in various capacities.
Rebekah Drauszewski Director of OperationsRebekah Drauszewski Director of Operations
Rebekah Drauszewski directs and administers day-to-day activities at Homewatch CareGivers in Meridian in accordance with established policies to provide high-quality health care services. She formerly worked as a CNA and caregiver.
One of Rebekah's most rewarding experiences at Homewatch CareGivers was with a client who shared that she wanted and needed physical therapy but had been unable to make it happen. Rebekah dug deeper asking why this had not been possible. Once she understood the challenges, Rebekah was able to find solutions, including help with insurance to cover the PT. "It was a wonderful experience to help her reach her goals of getting better and being able to get back in the pool!" Rebekah said.
Hiking, walks, arts & crafts and going to the movies are just some of Rebekah's hobbies when she is at home.
Andy Klinchuch Community Outreach ManagerAndy Klinchuch Community Outreach Manager
Andy Klinchuch, Community Outreach Manager, is our area manager for the Western part of the Treasure Valley. He has been a part of the Homewatch CareGivers team since July of 2012. Andy’s weekly tasks include meeting with families to assess their needs and develop a care plan that best fits those needs. He also meets with referral source partners to keep them updated on shared clients and other resources that are available. He helps with staffing facilities to one on one care with individual clients. His favorite part of his job is being able to help families by educating them on the resources available to help their loved ones.
Andy studied business at Boise State University and was a licensed real estate agent for 13 years before making a career switch. Surprisingly, there are some similarities in these fields: as a realtor, Andy helped families problem solve and reach their goals, just as he does with their in-home care needs.
When he is not working, Andy focuses is a family man and enjoys attending his children's sporting events, volunteering in their schools, golfing, motorsports and outdoor recreation.
Sara Kaufman Scheduling CoordinatorSara Kaufman Scheduling Coordinator
Before Sara Kaufman became the Scheduling Coordinator at the Homewatch CareGivers office in Meridian, Idaho she was a caregiver for three years. As the Scheduling Coordinator her goal is to make each and every individual and family she works with have peace of mind knowing their loved ones are able to stay living in their own homes with top of line caregivers to help assist them.
“One of my absolute favorite things and also most memorable moments of being a part of the Homewatch CareGivers family has been being able to assist every individual and their family on a personal level to make sure their needs and requests are met to the fullest possible,” Sara says.
Family means a lot to Sara at work and at home. “I myself am a very big family driven individual,” she says. “I love spending time with my family. I am a wife and mom of a little boy. I carry a love for baseball that runs very deep. I hold a very deep passion and love for what I have the opportunity to do, I am beyond blessed to have the opportunity to assist each and every person I may.”
Karen Kouba, LSW Client Care CoordinatorKaren Kouba, LSW Client Care Coordinator
Karen Kouba has been with Homewatch CareGivers (the Meridian, Idaho office) since August of 2013. Karen’s position as a client care coordinator allows her to work one-on-one with clients to promote independence, dignity, and safety. Simultaneously she is working with the caregivers to enhance care and education to facilitate the best quality for client’s needs to be met and for caregivers to have skilled training in all care they provide.
She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Boise State University and is continuing with her masters in social work at Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho.
Karen has two children living locally, a rescue cat named Romeow, and two grand-dogs. Her first loves are reading and documentaries. Those two topics are usually centered on non-fiction subjects that improve more ideas for improving the lives of the population she works with.
Kyle Rolland HR & Scheduling SupervisorKyle Rolland HR & Scheduling Supervisor
Kyle Rolland is the Personnel Coordinator at Homewatch CareGivers in Meridian, Idaho. Kyle’s role at Homewatch CareGivers is to help staff clients with amazing caregivers and making sure all needs are met while paying very close attention to each individual’s preferences to ensure happiness.
Kyle is a caregiver for his grandmother and he truly loves to take care of his others. He spent two years working at a facility for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and he has a med tech license.
Kyle’s most memorable experience at Homewatch CareGivers was when he was an instrumental part of our team during a big snowstorm when it was a challenge for our caregivers to get to clients safely.
Growing up in Ola, Idaho, Kyle grew up raising cattle on a family ranch and working on logging trucks, he developed a love of the great outdoors. He spends his free time hiking, swimming, running, as often as possible with his pet Chihuahua, Nala.
Jaymie Zeller Administrative AssistantJaymie Zeller Administrative Assistant
Jaymie Zeller has been the receptionist at Homewatch CareGivers since 2015. She graduated with her bachelor's degree in psychology from Grand Canyon University in Arizona in 2014. She has been a CNA since 2002. When you call Homewatch CareGivers, you will be greeted by Jaymie. She will be able to address your questions, concerns and any thoughts you might have when seeking information about home care for yourself or your loved one. Jaymie enjoys helping all she comes in contact with.
Jaymie loves taking her motorcycle out when the Idaho weather permits. She also loves spending every moment she can with her family.
Laurel Larson Stokes, RN Registered NurseLaurel Larson Stokes, RN Registered Nurse
Laurel Larsen Stokes, RN joined the Home Watch Caregivers team in January 2017. She has been an RN for 25 years after getting her ADN from Chemeeketa CC in Salem, Oregon. The majority of Laurel’s experience has been in pre-natal care, behavioral health, critical care and trauma. She worked for 6 ½ years on the Hopi and Navajo reservations, 2 ½ of those years as a flight nurse. She is well grounded in Integrative Medicine and has worked side by side with Native American healers. She has also volunteered with disaster relief services of the Red Cross and served in many positions in her church. Laurel enjoys outdoor adventures and photography with her musician husband, Thomas, children and grandchildren. When at home, she enjoys watercolor, fabric arts, gardening and rescuing Persian cats. She enjoys working with our clients in their homes and loves hearing their histories.