​Nick Golling, Resource Center Manager
Nick discovered TGI while completing his internship at Adventure Christian Church, and immediately fell in love with the program. He came to work here  after completing his Bachelor’s Degree at William Jessup University. He worked as a program monitor from 2008 to 2012, and returned in 2016 to his current position. Nick is passionate about helping people to build foundations in self-worth, confidence, and motivation in order to empower them with the skills necessary for moving forward in life.

Lisa Trask, CFO and Director of Human Resources

Lisa has volunteered with TGI since 2006, preparing and analyzing the organization's monthly financials, and she stepped in to work full time in 2015. She brings more than 25 years of accounting experience and has worked with a variety of businesses during her career, from small start-ups to multi-million-dollar construction companies. Lisa feels like the staff and guests are part of her extended family and is proud of every goal they achieve. Although the work can be challenging, nothing compares to the smile on a guest's face when they pull her aside to share a piece of good news or a personal success.  Lisa is very grateful to be a small part of helping work toward the organization's vision of ending homelessness.

​Ron Arneson, Case Manager, Bus Supervisor and an Interim Care Program’s Representatives  

Ron has been working for TGI since 2006. He attended West Valley Jr. College and Biola University. Ron’s passion for working with the homeless is a by-product of his deep religious beliefs and life-long faith. Ron resides in Roseville, California, with his wife and two children.

Linda Gingrich, Director of Shelter Operations

Previously in banking & retail management, Linda began working at TGI in 2007 as a monitor and worked various positions until taking on her present role. Caring & compassionate, Linda's door is always open to listen to and assist the people served. Linda is dedicated to the mission of The Gathering Inn and loves to see guests become productive members of our community. Linda has oversight responsibility for all facets of the program including the Resource Center, Intensive Care Program, medical and dental clinics, case management, program operations, access to recovery, life skills training, bus transportation, and mental health intervention for the guests.

Keith E. Diederich, CEO

Keith has a history of service to some of the most  disadvantaged populations across the USA. At age 14, Keith visited the historic campus of Boys Town, Nebraska, and saw firsthand that not every child grew up in a two-parent household with middle class means. During this time Keith learned to appreciate what he had and felt compelled to have a career helping those who were less fortunate. Keith attended Wayne State College in Nebraska with a dual major in business economics and sociology. He soon returned to Omaha, Nebraska, and worked at Boys Town as a youth care worker while putting himself through graduate school at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with a major in child and adolescent development. Over the next 20 years, Keith moved to various Boys Town locations across the country at the request of the organization, including New Orleans, Louisiana; Tallahassee, Florida; West Palm Beach, Florida; and LA/Orange County, California. With each move Keith’s responsibilities grew; in both West Palm Beach and LA/Orange County, Keith was the President/Executive Director. Due to his leadership, all of the locations saw an increase in program and budgets by at least 200%. Keith was recognized internally within the Boys Town organization as a skilled change agent that rejuvenated the mission, vision, and values of the Boys Town locations in which he served. After his 20 year career at Boys Town, Keith was recruited by Stanford Home for Children and presided over an organization-wide strategic planning process which led to a complete rebranding of the agency over a period of five years and renaming of it to Stanford Youth Solutions. Keith left Stanford Youth Solutions after the successful transformation and opened a consulting business. Keith’s skills in organizational cultural transformation have helped numerous clients including for-profit and non-profit businesses such as Brooklawn and Bellewood youth agencies located in the state of Kentucky, Irvine Public Schools, government agencies in California, as well as AH Wines located in Lodi, California. Keith came to The Gathering Inn with a desire to build upon the good work that had been done over the years and position the agency for the next phase of growth. Keith values collaboration and is working to strengthen The Gathering Inn’s relationships in the community.

Keith has served on numerous nonprofit boards in the throughout the United States, including local and statewide organizations that serve children in  educational and foster care settings. Keith has six children and is currently married to the love of his life, Jennifer, who is the CEO of Make-A-Wish Northeastern California Northern Nevada.

​Kym Lawrence, Lead Case Manager

Kym has worked with The Gathering Inn since 2005. She is responsible for Case Management, Access to Recovery and the Intensive Care Program.  Prior to coming to TGI, Kym worked at The Chemical Dependency Center for Women and ran groups with HIV positive clients. Kym attended American River College and has certificates in Human Services and Chemical Dependency.  Kym enjoys working with the homeless because of the profound impact that the agency has in the lives of those that are served.

Staff:  Who's on the Front Lines