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Key Personnel

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B Leadership Team includes decades of experience in social work, health care administration, finance and business.


Michael Karson
Chief Executive Officer and President

Michael Karson Area Agency on Aging 1-B CEO

Karson joined the agency in 2017 and has a strong history of success at various executive levels within different health care delivery models/systems with both for-profit and non-profit organizations including: Optum, a division of United HealthCare; HAP, Midwest Health Plan; 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. Karson has a Bachelor of Health Administration and Gerontology from Madonna University and a Masters of Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University




Marie Baloga, MSN, MSA, FACHE
Chief of Clinical Operations

1.1 Marie Baloga

Baloga joined the Area Agency in Aging 1-B in January 2013. Baloga holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Detroit Mercy, and a dual-master’s degree in Nursing Administration and Business Administration from Madonna University. She is a fellow of the American College of Health Executives. In her career, she has served as an emergency and cardiac care nurse and has held administrative responsibilities in Hospital Operations, Aging Services, Marketing/Public Relations and Service Excellence. She has also held a corporate system role as the Administrator of two Family Medicine Centers and Residency programs and was an Assistant Professor at the Oakland University School of Medicine.



Jenny Jarvis
Chief Strategy Officer

1.1 Jenny Jarvis

Jarvis joined the agency in 2001 as Director of Communications. In her current role as Chief Strategy Officer, Jarvis has oversight of several areas including marketing and public relations, fundraising, advocacy and research, the Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program and the Community and Business Advancement division. Jarvis launched her career in fitness industry, managing health and fitness clubs in the Toronto area.  She moved into the nonprofit industry with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario working in corporate sponsorship, prior to moving to the United States in 2000. She holds a bachelor’s of Kinesiology from York University and a Masters of Business Administration from Schulich School of Business.



John F. Krueger, CMA
Chief Financial Officer

Krueger joined the agency in 2017. He provides overall financial management and leadership—overseeing budget, financial reporting and day-to-day financial operations for the agency. Krueger brings decades of financial experience with both nonprofits and public entities. Past positions include CFO of the Detroit Zoological Society, CFO of the Taylor School District and management positions at the Wayne County Airport Authority and Cranbook Educational Community. Krueger is a Certified Management Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from Michigan State University.

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