Mark Ziemer is the sole owner of Home Carefree & Pro Temps Medical Staffing. He has been in business since 1986 prior to moving to Asheville. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin. He has been a "southerner" for 31 years! He worked as a CPA until going into business for himself. He enjoys hiking, football, basketball, baseball and anything sports related.
Administrator/ Director of Nursing Services:
Paula Ziemer, BSN, RN-BC is the wife of Mark Ziemer. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Western Carolina University. Before working with her husband she worked in Trauma Care Step-Down at Mission Hospitals. She also worked in the Staffing Pool at Mission. In additional to her full time position, she worked with staffing agencies and gained knowledge of local long term care facilities. She was the Director of a major Home Care Company, a Medicare Unit Manager in long term care, a Director of Nursing in long term care and the Assisted Living Manager for a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Asheville. She worked as a RN Care Manager until marrying Mark and coming to help run the business.
Between the two, they have 4 sons and 2 daughters. One son and one daughter work in the family business. They have 2 sons in college and one son in the United States Air Force.
RN Supervisor/Home Care Staffing Coordinator:
Kari resides in Waynesville with her husband and two daughters. Kari started her career in healthcare as a Certified Nursing Assistant in 1996 and has worked hard and continued her education through Haywood Community College where she obtained her Nursing Degree. Kari is a prime example of the path that Home “Carefree” & Pro Temps Medical Staffing strives to encourage their staff to advance and continue their education to grow in the healthcare field.
Kari came to us from Mission Hospital, where she worked on the Pulmonary Unit as well as the Neuroscience Unit. Kari has previous experience in Home Health at Haywood Regional Medical Center, working in scheduling and Skilled Nursing. She is a perfect fit for our clients and our staff. Kari is determined to provide excellent Home Care to our clients as well as dedicated to our staff and their development in healthcare as well as their experience as a member of the Home “Carefree” team
Kari and her family enjoy spending time together and exploring the great outdoors of Western North Carolina. Her family loves taking hikes with their two dogs in the mountains.
Office Manager/Staffing Coordinator:
Diane has been with us for 2 years. She has a great no-nonsense approach to problem solving. She ensures the office runs smoothly and is focused on quality care and relationships with our clients.
Diane Embach's previous experience with staffing, recruiting, human resources, customer service, and payroll includes 5 years as a branch manager of a light industrial, clerical and managerial staffing agency in the far Northwestern suburbs of Chicago. Diane was also a distribution scheduler in the Centralized Scheduling Department of a large Natural Gas Distribution Company, coordinating and maximizing crew resources to oversee large gas utility projects in the Chicago land area, and was promoted to a field supervisor where she oversaw the activities of union employees for many years.
The importance of recruiting and retaining talent and then maximizing the utilization of that staff to the best of their abilities, has been key in many previous roles held by Diane over the years.
Diane lives with her husband, kitten & hound dogs in rural Hendersonville and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and family in the nearby Raleigh & Charlotte areas.
Payroll & Billing Coordinator:
Lauren is Paula's daughter and has been with the company 3 years. She oversees all documentation from our caregivers and verifies that all time reported as worked is accurate and honest. She processes over 120 records per week to ensure our employees are paid correctly and on time. By doing this, she knows when she sends out an invoice that it is legitimate and no falsification of time worked is being billed to the client. We call Lauren our "Detective". She is ethical and knows how important this is to our clients and our company's reputation. She is very friendly and will help you with any billing questions.
Rebecca is a native of Asheville, NC. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Erskine College. Rebecca has a Human Resource and Management background in Private Practice Healthcare as well as Assisted Living Communities. She has been in the Human Resource field for three years and has a focus on retention, employee relations, proper onboarding and training.
Rebecca and her husband enjoy kayaking, snow skiing, going to the lake and throwing frisbee with their four year old Australian Shepard, named Si.
Information Technology/Payroll and Receivables:
Troy is Mark's oldest son, and he is an integral part of our team. He is our IT professional and keeps our computers, phones, and security systems running smoothly. He is our database expert and electronic medical record administrator.
Troy enjoys his motorcycle, creating software programs and gaming.
''I brought my mother home to live with me following a massive stroke. I planned to return to work on Monday. When the service that I had arranged to use called on Saturday morning and told me they didn't have enough nursing staff and wouldn't be able to help me, in a panic, I called Home ''Carefree''. They came the next day to meet my mother and arrange for her care. That was 18 months ago and they have been here every day since! They are a lifesaver! They are consistent, reliable, and approachable! No matter what my needs - weekends, nights, flexed scheduling - they have been able to meet them. I feel so blessed to have them as the care provider for my mother. They are wonderful and I wouldn't use anyone else!" - Carol
Jane Isby, MD gave glowing compliments regarding her high regard for our staff and company, commenting on the "Top notch service" received from our agency. She also said that she has dealt with other agencies and that our people were "professional & caring - just great!" and that she is "very impressed".