Area Agency on Aging 1-B Leadership Team

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Michael Karson, MBA
President and CEO

Michael Karson, Area Agency on Aging 1-B President and CEOMichael took over leadership of the agency in 2017 as President and CEO, bringing with him broad experience in healthcare delivery in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors and in nursing facility management.

Before joining AAA 1-B, Michael served in executive-level positions at Optum, a division of United Health Care; HAP, Midwest Health Plan; and Center for Senior Independence and Brookdale Senior Living. He has experience with the Medicare/Medicaid Dual Demonstration, Medicare Advantage models, PACE, capitated reimbursement programs, integrated care, assisted living and memory care, and sub-acute rehabilitation.

Michael followed in his late mother’s footsteps, operating nursing homes earlier in his career.

Michael was proud to take the helm at AAA 1-B.

“I would like our agency to be everyone’s first stop for information – whether they need help finding assisted living, help finding a caregiver, getting meals in their home, getting help with Medicare, or finding community classes,” he says.

Helping others is in his blood. Michael served on the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Board of Education for 12 years as president, vice president and secretary.

Michael has a bachelor’s degree in health administration and gerontology and a MBA from Lawrence Technological University. He has two grown sons.

Kimberly Cope, Esq., CHC
Chief Compliance and Quality Officer

Kimberly joined the agency in July 2019 as chief compliance and quality officer, overseeing the implementation of an effective, agency-wide corporate compliance program. She previously held the same position with Macomb County Community Mental Health (MCCMH), where she also oversaw legal and policy compliance.

Kimberly is an attorney – she graduated from Wayne State University Law School and practiced law on her own for several years – but was drawn to work in the mission-based world. She worked at MCCMH for six years before joining AAA 1-B.

“Their mission, along with ours, is helping people live in the least restrictive setting in the community. That’s where my focus is: helping people to maintain their living situations in the community,” she says.

Kimberly, who is certified in health care compliance, developed the compliance program while at MCCMH and is doing the same at AAA 1-B.

A native of Washington State, who was partially raised in Colorado, Kimberly headed east when her husband, Wayne, took a position in the Detroit area. They have three children, two of them college students.

Kim, naturally, is a skier. She also has a black belt in karate, a practice she took up when her son enrolled in a karate school.

“I figured I could do it too. Then it ended up being good self-defense,” she says. Kimberly is currently moving through higher levels of karate mastery.

Jenny Jarvis, MBA
Chief Communications & Strategy Officer

Jenny Jarvis, Area Agency on Aging 1-B Chief Strategy OfficerJenny joined the agency in 2001 as director of communications. In 2014, she became chief strategy officer, overseeing several areas of the agency, including marketing and communications, Information and Assistance, the Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP), and agency-wide quality and strategic planning.

Jenny began her career in the fitness industry, managing health and fitness clubs in the Toronto area. Her first foray into the nonprofit world was with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario in corporate sponsorship. In 2000, she moved to the U.S. when she married her husband, Dan, an engineer. They have a daughter, Mary, who is a competitive runner.

Working with AAA 1-B is gratifying, she says.

“I enjoy the opportunity to work in a nonprofit environment that is mission-driven,” Jenny says. “It’s really the people you work with every day and the seniors whose lives you touch that make it worthwhile.”

Jenny grew up in northern Ontario. She was close with her grandmother, who inspired her to work for the good of older adults.

Jenny has traveled the world, including spending time in Australia, where she worked at a cattle station, a plastics factory, and a fitness club. Jenny holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from York University and a MBA from Schulich School of Business at York University.

Aimee Page, RN
Chief Clinical Officer

Aimee Page, Area Agency on Aging 1-B Chief Clinical OfficerAimee joined our agency in 2018 as chief clinical officer in charge of key programs like MI Choice Waiver, MI Health Link, the Community Living Program, and all person-centered and coordinated-care programs for older adults and adults with disabilities who live in their homes. She brings a wealth of experience in Medicare, Medicaid, and dual-eligible populations, as well as regulatory compliance and quality management. Aimee has worked at various Area Agencies on Aging in Michigan and at Integrated Care Organizations.

Working with AAA 1-B allows her to use her experience, talents, and passion for meeting the needs of individuals in the comfort of their home.

“We strive to provide the right answers, resources, and necessary support and services that help people in the communities we serve. Our agency’s mission and values align with who I am,” Aimee says.

Aimee grew up in St. Joseph, where she began her nursing career. She continues to visit her hometown to visit family, including her grandmother, who has dementia. She has two daughters, the oldest of whom has a diagnosis of autism. Aimee serves as co-chair of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council for Plymouth-Canton Community Schools and as a special education parent representative for Wayne County.

Aimee is an advocate for social inclusion for all.

Angie Rutterbush
Chief Human Resources Officer

Angie Rutterbush, Area Agency on Aging 1-B Chief Human Resources OfficerAngie joined the agency in 2018, quickly moving up from HR manager to HR director and then chief human resources officer. She is responsible for the human resources function for the agency’s 150+ employees.

Angie previously served as benefits manager overseeing the North America program for Modern Dental, an international dental laboratory. Before taking off a few years to help her husband Scott get his hospitality consulting business off the ground and to raise her three daughters, Angie worked in benefits management for Covansys for eight years.

AAA 1-B is Angie’s first nonprofit employer – and she is pleased at the level of dedication at the agency.

“I love the mission and the employees here. They’re very passionate about helping older adults. It’s hard to find a work environment where everyone is driven and focused on the organization’s mission,” she says.

A Rochester native who lives in Livonia, Angie enjoys scrapbooking and weekend getaways with her girlfriends. She received a BA in human resource development from Oakland University and has done graduate work.

Heidi Boyd, CFRE
Director of Philanthropy

Heidi Boyd, Area Agency on Aging 1-B Director of Philanthropy

Heidi Boyd joined the Area Agency on Aging 1-B as director of philanthropy in August of 2021.

Heidi’s career has been focused on fundraising, most recently in Massachusetts, where she served as director of philanthropy for the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra and as director of development for the South Shore Art Center. She also worked part-time as a graduate assistant at the University of Southern Maine, where she is studying for a master’s degree in leadership and organizational studies.

Heidi received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in vocal performance. She is a classically trained soprano. She has sung with the Milwaukee Opera Theater and the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus.

Before the family moved to Massachusetts, Heidi worked as campaign director for the Wisconsin Humane Society. She is a native of Milwaukee.

Heidi and her husband Joel are parents to three young children—daughter Clara and twin boys Benjamin and August. The family recently relocated to Michigan so Joel could serve as senior pastor at a congregational church in Novi. They are excited to go on hikes together and explore their new community in southeastern Michigan.

Heidi looks forward to finding a choral group and/or an opera chorus in the Detroit area where she can work her vocal cords.

Susan Miller, LMSW
Director of Clinical Operations, MI Choice Medicaid Waiver Program

Susan Miller joined the agency in 2017, first as a supports coordinator for participants in the MI Choice Medicaid Waiver Program, a cornerstone of our mission to help seniors and adults with disabilities remain independent in their homes, with the right services in place. She quickly moved into supervisory positions, finally becoming the clinical director of the program in 2021.

Susan received a bachelor’s degree in women’s and gender studies from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree in macro and community development and leadership from Wayne State University. She is a mom of three.

Before she joined the Area Agency on Aging 1-B, Susan worked as a care coordinator at an integrated health organization, as an advocate at a domestic violence shelter, and as an operations coordinator at a homeless shelter.

Susan’s favorite part of her job is solving the daily problems that MI Choice presents.

“It never gives you the same day twice,” she says. “You always have something new to figure out. It keeps things challenging and interesting.”

Susan has a special affinity for the needs of older adults, partly because of her unique upbringing.

“I draw a lot of passion for working with older adults by being raised by grandparents,” she says. “I have known my great-great grandparents in my lifetime. Having all those experiences has given me a keen insight into working with older adults.”

Susan plays roller derby and loves hiking to clear her head.


Katie Wendel, MSW
Director of Planning and Advocacy

Katie Wendel, Area Agency on Aging 1-B Director of Planning and AdvocacyKatie joined the agency 5 ½ years ago, holding the positions of advocacy specialist and senior manager of advocacy. As a result of her efforts at the state level, increased funding has enabled thousands more seniors to receive homebound meals and in-home care personal services.

Katie grew up in Franklin Grove, Ill., a town of 1,100. She received a bachelor of science degree in social work from St. Louis University in Missouri and her master of social work degree from Columbia University in New York with a focus on public policy and health, mental health, and disabilities.

Katie plans to continue working on  programs that give older adults the supports and services they need to help them “age in place.”

She’s optimistic. The pandemic raised awareness among legislators about the needs of seniors, and with the 65-plus population growing faster than other demographic groups in Michigan, it is critical to have programs in place, and the funding for them. The department relies on data to argue for its positions, and Katie will continue with that approach.

Before joining the Area Agency on Aging 1-B, Katie worked at Age Options in the Chicago area. She and her husband John, a product development engineer, moved to Michigan when he got a job with Ford. They are the parents  to one young son, Theo.

Katie likes to read and to travel.