Meet Our Executive Leadership Team
Keith E. Diederich
As the CEO of The Gathering Inn, Keith comes to his position with a history of service to some of the most disadvantaged populations across the United States. Keith traces his affinity for helping those that are less fortunate to an experience he had when he was just 14 years old. At that age, Keith visited the historic campus of Boys Town, Nebraska and learned firsthand that not every child grew up to live in a two-parent household with middle income means. It was during this time that 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 Wayne, Nebraska and received a dual major in both business economics and sociology. After a brief stint in Denver, Colorado as a manager of a Bennigan’s restaurant, Keith returned to Omaha, Nebraska and began working at Boys Town as a youth care worker in one of the residential programs. Over the next five years, Keith worked in this position 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 various 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 to Stanford Home for Children and presided over an organization-wide strategic planning process which led to a complete rebranding of the agency and renaming of it to Stanford Youth Solutions. Keith left Stanford Youth Solutions after successfully transforming that agency over a period of five years and opened his own consulting business. Keith’s skills in organizational cultural transformation have helped numerous clients including both 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 community partnerships and collaboration and is working to strengthen The Gathering Inn’s relationships in the community. Since 2015, under Keith leadership, The Gathering Inn’s budget has grown over 270% and the number of clients served per day has increased over 235% during the same time period. On any given night, 188 homeless clients are served in what now is four separate programs serving the homeless in Placer County. The Gathering Inn is now the largest homeless services program in Placer County.
Keith has served on numerous nonprofit boards in the throughout the United States, including both local and statewide organizations that served children in the educational and foster care settings as well as being a Board member of the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierra’s serving the homeless here in Placer/Nevada Counties. 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.
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Sr. Director of Mission Support and Controller
Maryan serves as the Controller. She grew up in the Bay Area as a first generation American whose parents immigrated from Eastern Europe. She started working before graduating high school in food service and construction administration. She grew to have an affinity for business processes, primarily managing rapid growth while reducing liability. This led to her gaining a wealth of experience serving in administrative roles and as an entrepreneur in Northern Nevada. Upon her return to California, she settled in the Sacramento Valley and began to pursue her passion in the accounting field. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Cum Laude, from William Jessup University, and a Master of Science in Accounting, Graduate with Distinction, from Liberty University. Maryan began serving in the non-profit industry in Rancho Cordova in 2016. She streamlined accounting processes and created efficiency, having a positive impact on the organization. Now, she brings her talents to TGI, creating and maintaining a strong financial foundation, with efficient and effective processes, working behind the scenes to support those who deliver services to end homelessness and change lives in Placer County.
Sr. Director of Strategic Initiatives
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Sr. Director of Fund Development
Darlene eagerly joins The Gathering Inn believing it is a privilege to connect people, cultivate relationships, and foster philanthropy so that both the givers and the receivers are meaningfully impacted. Formerly leading impact and outreach within a senior living nonprofit, Darlene’s experience includes developing and building programs, increasing community engagement and expanding organizational outreach. Firsthand, Darlene has seen the power of generosity at work to unify people around the simple mission - to transform lives and strengthen communities. This is what motivates Darlene to join the redemptive impact of The Gathering Inn as Senior Director of Development. Additionally, Darlene serves as President of the Roseville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Meet Our Program Directors
Director of Interim Care Programs
Ron Arneson began working for the Gathering Inn in 2006. Since then, he’s filled numerous positions including; monitor, church coordinator, and bus supervisor. In 2016, Ron became the Director of Interim Care Programs and is responsible for the management of two facilities that temporarily house medically fragile guests. His tireless work ethic and genuine desire to care for those in need make him the perfect fit for the position. In 2018, Ron received the Placer County Public Health Excellence Award recognizing his dedication to compassionate service for the homeless. Apart from work, Ron enjoys attending a local church, cooking with his wife (mostly the eating part), spending time with his newly married daughter and son in law, and watching his son play high school basketball.
Program Director - South Placer
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Program Director - Mid Placer
Letty grew up in El Dorado County and attended the local community college with little direction. Through her coursework, she began to excel in psychology and social science courses. Her passion for order and patterns was amplified in statistics courses focusing on social issues. After graduating CSU, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts, her mission became ending the cycle of poverty. In 2017, She secured an opportunity in Placer County as a case manager to assist unsheltered individuals and families secure sustainable housing. After eighteen months, she transitioned into a supervisory role and, ultimately, a Program Manager for Housing Services and Peer Advocates for mentally ill and unsheltered populations. The culture of Placer County’s social service community cements her belief that elevating the most vulnerable populations can end poverty and the experience of homelessness.
Director of Permenant Supportive Housing
Clyde was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona where he attended high school and a local Community College. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Campbell, KY and oversees in Iraq and Korea. He relocated to California in 2010 and began coaching competitive and high school soccer while working in positions that focused on community-based services. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and later obtained his M.B.A. Clyde briefly worked as a Client Services Counselor for Placer County and assisted with Project Room-Key. Since joining TGI, Clyde has served as a Case Manager and now as the Program Director for PSH.
Director of Data Systems and Management
Megan began in Homeless Services as a peer advocate at the Wellness Center in Auburn through Placer County's Adult System of Care. Megan became driven by the thought of being able to help at least one individual get back on their feet. That passion inspired her to pursue a career in Homeless Services. Megan began working for The Gathering Inn as a case manager in June of 2019. Quickly, her efforts became focused on assisting families obtain resources and permanent housing. Within a short time frame, Megan was able to successfully assist every family that walked through the door thrive in permanent housing. In November 2020, Megan was promoted to Program Director for South Placer. As director, she strived to continue to help individuals in need by collaborating with community partners, learning new resources, and maintaining a safe environment for both guests and staff.
Dan Douglas, LMFT
Director of Behavioral Health
Dan is a licensed therapist and currently serves as the Director of Behavioral Health. He grew up between California and Nevada and has lived in Sacramento for the last 11 years. He has over 10 years of mental health experience working with diverse populations including: unhoused, institutionalized, persons with substance use disorders and severely mentally ill. He earned his BS in Psychology from Evangel University in 2009 and earned a MA in Marital Family therapy from Western Seminary 2013. Dan first began working in social services as a foster care & adoption social worker with Koinonia Family Services in Loomis, CA. After his time at Koinonia, he was hired by Placer county mental health to work as a crisis clinician serving people experiencing mental health crises in the community and emergency departments in Roseville and Auburn. Dan left the crisis team for the opportunity to be the head of service for a short-term residential therapeutic program (STRTP), primarily serving youth on probation with long criminal histories often including drug charges. In his previous role before coming to the Gathering inn Dan had been serving as the clinical services manager Sacramento for Psynergy Programs, Inc. Psynergy provides housing and outpatient mental health services to adults diagnosed with severe mental illness. Client's at his clinics would receive individual/group therapy, psychiatry services, medication management, and rehabilitation services. Dan supervised a team of nurses, therapists, and rehabilitation specialists. He is very excited to be part of the team at TGI and offer services, resources and compassionate care to guests at TGI. He knows that strong support around mental health issues and substance use will lead to better long term outcomes for every guest who participates in the program at the TGI.