Our Team

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Elfin Services is a locally owned and operated company helping elders and other individuals in need in Southwest Washington since 2001.  We have an experienced and dedicated staff of professionals to support our Care Managers and Caregivers.

Care Managers

Alyson Meyer, MSW
Alyson joined the Elfin Services team in July of 2008 directly after completing her Masters in Social Work and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from Portland State University. She is currently working toward her credential as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in both Washington and Oregon. Alyson has always enjoyed interacting with older adults through her relationships with her grandparents near and far, service projects, and internships. 
Alyson is particularly interested in the social aspects of aging, dementia, end of life care, and elder abuse prevention.  Alyson lives in Vancouver with her husband Jared, daughter Lucy who was born in 2015, and their three dogs Billie Holiday, Chester Bigglesworth, and Betty Boop. During her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, reading, drinking coffee, being outdoors, and planning weekend getaways. 


Emily Maciel, MA
Emily began working at Elfin Services Inc. in November of 2010. She had previously worked as a child and family therapist, specializing in crisis intervention, and realized that she truly missed working with older adults. She believes her interest developed during childhood from the positive relationships/interactions she had with her grandparents and elderly people in her neighborhood and also through volunteer work she completed as a high school student. As an undergraduate student, she majored in art with an emphasis in painting, and earned her bachelor's degree from Southern Oregon University. 

After graduating she researched careers that would allow her the opportunity to combine her love of art with helping others and decided to enter the Masters of Art Therapy & Counseling Program at Marylhurst University. Emily is particularly interested in a holistic approach to aging- incorporating and encouraging enjoyable activities/interests with prescribed medical treatments to ensure older adults are living happy lives.
Emily currently lives in Vancouver with her husband, and daughter. She enjoys gardening, creating art, being outside, spending time with family and friends.


Donna Weyand, MSW
Donna has worked with disabled adults as a counselor since 1985, and is now working with our disabled seniors in hopes of making their lives as comfortable, hopeful, happy, and safe as possible. She is very proud to work with such a dedicated group of people who advocate for the elderly, and do their utmost to give the best care to all those they have the honor of serving.

Donna has lived in Vancouver since 2004. She moved here from Michigan with her husband to be closer to her 2 sons and their families. Donna has 3 grandchildren and 2 Papillion dogs who also think they are her children. During her free time, she loves to spend time with her family, friends, and on the tennis and pickleball courts.


Yvonne Polkow, CPG
Yvonne is the Director of Elfin Services, Inc. Her passion is to provide compassionate and capable advocacy for the elderly, with particular concern for end of life issues. Yvonne's personal integrity and fidelity is built on a deeply felt spiritual foundation.

Yvonne has an extensive background in business management, finance, administration, insurance, and medical advocacy. In addition to owning and operating three businesses, she has worked in the medical profession in many different capacities. Yvonne is a Certified Professional Guardian, and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children (CASA).

Administrative Staff

Joey Yourchek, NCG, CPG – General Manager
Joey joins us as our new General Manager.  His background is in Guardianship and Trust Administration, as he worked as a Fiduciary for almost 12 years.  Joey specializes in dealing with complex financial situations, administering estate plans, and utilization of resources to benefit client’s needs.  After 12 years of managing Guardianship’s and a variety of Trusts; including Living Trusts, Testamentary Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, and both 1st and 3rd Party Pooled Special Needs Trusts, he has decided his passion is working directly with individuals and creating care plans that ensure the best quality of life.

Joey attended Portland State University in his first year of college, then completed his Associates of Arts degree with the University of Phoenix in July 2012.  Next, he attended the University of Washington Certification in Guardianship and completed the course in July 2013.  He was approved by the Certified Professional Guardians Board and Washington Superior Court as a Certified Professional Guardian in October 2013, followed by Certification as a National Guardian, by the Center for Guardianship Certification in January 2014.  

Joey is an active member of the Washington Association of Professional Guardians, serving on the Education Committee responsible for continued education trainings.  He has a passion for what he does and actively pursues opportunities to expand not only his own known knowledge, but also assist with and encourage others toward this same goal.  Joey loves being outdoors, especially when hanging out with friends and family in his pool and hot tub in his backyard.  He lives in SE Portland with his partner of 14 years and his beloved pets, Toby, Miss and Lyon.

Debra Docksteader, Caregiver Supervisor
Debbie was born in Coos Bay, Oregon, and moved to Portland in 1980.  She went to college for two years studying Accounting and working as a Caregiver in an Adult Family Home.  In 1985, she moved to Longview, WA, and for the next 20 years managed several local restaurants and realized her passion was in Caregiving.  In 2006, she went to work for PSA (Pediatric Services of America) until late 2013.  Debbie started working for Elfin Services in 2014 as a Caregiver for the first year and later became Caregiver Specialist for the Longview and Kelso areas.   She is now the Caregiver Supervisor.  Debbie meets all of Elfin's clients regularly and becomes familiar with their specific needs, as well as establishes a relationship with the team of caregivers, offering support and assistance in any capacity she can.  By knowing the clients' needs and the caregivers abilities, Debbie can assist the entire team by placing the right caregiver with the right client to ensure the best possible care is provided.

Jessica Barela – Recruitment and Marketing Director
Jessica has an extensive background in the in- home care field, both as a professional caregiver, staffing coordinator, and recruitment and development manager. Jessica’s compassion for senior’s stemmed from her Grandmother owning and operating an Adult Family home and her Step Dad owning and operating a convalescent Center. With this in her background Jessica has been able to hone her skills and search for well qualified and trained Caregivers in the Clark County area to add to the already wonderful team here at Elfin. Jessica is a very compassionate and caring individual who is extremely conscientious and detail oriented. Her strong understanding of state law, along with her ability to be organized, proactive, positive, and professional makes her a great fit for Elfin Services. Jessica is one of eight children and has four of her own ages 21, 15, 13, and 8.

Cherilyn Klotzer – Scheduling Coordinator
Cherilyn has had many years of experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant, with elderly and disabled adults. She has experience as a supported living coordinator. She has shown true compassion in dealing with clients with many challenges, which has honed her skills with organizing the best staffing possibilities for her clients. Cherilyn enjoys helping the caregivers expand their expertise.  Cherilyn has been married since 2003. She and her husband adopted a child in 2014. She has 2 feisty miniature American Eskimo dogs. Cherilyn likes to spend time with her family going hiking, or going to the beach. She also likes to stay home to read or work on crafts in her spare time. She is also involved with her church on a regular basis. 

Mark Mahan – Director of Compliance
Mark works part time at Elfin Services coordinating operational processes and making sure the company complies with the many state regulations that are required of home care agencies. He became acquainted with the company when the Elfin staff took wonderful care of his parents. Mark lives in Vancouver, does business consulting for other companies and is an owner of as small winery downtown.

Erica – Compliance Officer
Erica works with the Care Management staff ensuring that all of our client documentation is up-to-date and in place.  She enjoys reading, fishing, viewing wildlife, and socializing with close friends. Erica loves animals and has quite a collection of pets. She and her husband Rob have 2 children and recently celebrated their 20-year anniversary.

Renee Taggert – Administrative Assistant
Renee first joined the Elfin team in 2012 as Yvonne’s part-time assistant.  Volunteerism being an essential part of her life, it was only fitting that she met Yvonne at a community center where she was volunteering. She was drawn to Elfin Services because of the compassionate leadership and co-workers. Born and raised in Vancouver her family has always been a high priority in her life where the virtues of sharing and caring were always central.  She currently resides in Ridgefield with her two cats, Otis and Kitty Jo, but spends as much leisure time as possible on the Washington coast, camping at her river property, and traveling.  

Laura Snyder – Administrative Assistant
Laura was drawn to Elfin Services after one of her friends from church became a client.  She enjoys helping Elfin’s staff and caregivers; working behind the scenes.  Laura spent most of her working life in retail customer service.  A native Washingtonian, she enjoys walking and hiking. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys.

Karen Walker- Office Manager
Karen first discovered Elfin Services in 2005 when she met Yvonne at an assisted living community at the exact time she was beginning her search for Caregiving services for her father. She did not need to look any further.  Three years later she joined the Elfin team as an employee.  Up until November of 2013, she had a unique perspective of the company, being both an employee and the daughter of a client.  In her free time, she enjoys playing her guitar and spending quality time with her husband and two children.

Caregivers

Katelyn
Katelyn loves helping people and her goal someday is to become a nurse.

Candice
Candice worked for a medical company for 20 years and in 2012 was laid off because of a shortage in business. Shortly after, her mother became ill and required care. Candy knew at that point she could do this kind of work until she retires as she enjoys helping others.

Cheryl
Cheryl decided to become a caregiver in 2004, as she always knew she wanted to help people; especially the elderly. She loves to make people smile and laugh, and knows if she can just make one person happy she knows her job has been done. Her passion her entire life has been and always will be to take care of others and make sure they are as happy as possible. She loves what she does and would not want to be any other place than where she is today.

Candida
Candida became a Caregiver because she gets satisfaction from making people smile, and providing elders with the care and respect they deserve, while reassuring them everything is alright.

Jeniffer
Jennifer became a caregiver because she enjoys helping people. Sometimes doing the smallest things for another person can bring so much joy and satisfaction.

Norm
Norm became a caregiver for a few different reasons on different levels. He helped take care of his grandmother when he was in his early 20’s. Norm realized he enjoyed doing this type of work; although it didn't really feel like work and still doesn't (most of the time!). He has done a lot of different types of jobs, but being a caregiver is the most fulfilling of them all! “I wake up with a smile on my face and fall asleep the same way, but the best part of all is helping to put a smile on someone else's face!"

Amber
Amber has been a caregiver for 15 years!! She had originally planned to go to school for nursing, but couldn't get the proper financial aid. She decided to start with caregiving, because it was technically in the same field and ended up falling in love with being a caregiver. Amber feels like this opportunity allows people to be the most help to an individual who needs it. Nurses are in and out, and never really get to know their clients. Caregivers are there every day, learning the ins and outs of each client on a personal level. It makes her feel good to think she might be making a real difference in someone's life.