ABOUT

Susan “Sam” Miller, RN, MN, ARNP is co-owner, Vice President, and Director of Clinical Services for CareForce. Sam has over 30 years of clinical nursing experience, including extensive responsibility for the training, supervision, and management of other healthcare professionals. Ms. Miller holds the credentials of Clinical Nurse Specialist and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. Sam has years of experience as a faculty member at the School of Nursing at Montana State University and the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education, a joint program of Gonzaga, Whitworth, Eastern Washington, and Washington State Universities.

Sam earned her BSN degree from Montana State University and holds a Master of Nursing Degree from the School of Nursing at the University of Washington. Sam currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Home Care Association of Washington. Sam is responsible for supervision of all clinical activity carried out within CareForce. She is recognized for her considerable expertise in the laws and practice of home care, home healthcare, hospice care, and geriatric care management in the State of Washington. She frequently does educational presentations for local and national professional organizations.

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Diedrich Meinken, MSW is responsible for the organization’s business functions. He holds a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and earned his Master of Social Work degree at Eastern Washington University. Diedrich managed healthcare systems for over 20 years prior to opening CareForce in 1999. Diedrich served as Executive Director of mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disability services for Stevens County in Colville, Washington. In 1992, he was recruited to become the Executive Director of Family Counseling Service in Everett, Washington. The innovative services he developed at FCS were recognized as the Mental Health Program of the Year – Adults by the National Mental Health Council in 1996. Diedrich has served as a consultant on program development in five western states and has presented at a variety of local, regional, and national workshops and conferences.

Diedrich is a member of the Washington Chapter of the Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare. He has served as President of the Society and as Chair of the Education Committee. He was on the founding Board of the Washington Chapter of the National Private Duty Association. He continues to chair the Legislation and Public Policy Committee for WAPDA.

Sam and Diedrich are married with two sons and a bossy dog. Geoffrey, age 23, is a graduate of Stanford University where he was a member of the Cardinal football team. Stefan, 21years old and an avid skier, is attending the University of Montana, working part-time in Missoula in addition to part-time  work for CareForce when able.

As a family, they enjoy activities such as camping, fishing, bicycling, skiing, baseball, soccer, basketball, football, and traveling when they are able to slip away from their daily responsibilities. Sam is a strong advocate for healthy aging and has participated in several fundraising bicycle rides. She is currently training for the Seattle to Portland ride in July. In his spare time, Diedrich has coached youth basketball. His latest avocation is volunteer photographer for Sound Steps, a King County Parks and Recreation activity programs for seniors. He maintains this web page. Sam and Diedrich have lived in Snohomish County for over 23 years.