The Area Agency on Aging 1-B Leadership Team includes decades of experience in social work, health care administration, finance and business.
Michael 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.
Lisa joined our agency in 2017 as chief human resources officer. She came to us with significant HR experience, primarily in pharmaceutical, healthcare and commercial real estate. Her work took her to New York, New Jersey and Colorado.
Lisa also has experience as a caregiver – a core issue for AAA 1-B. She managed her late mother’s nursing home care, and later moved back to Michigan to help a 92-year-old family friend downsize to a smaller residence. During this transition, she continued to do HR consulting for her clients in Colorado, while she was looking for a leadership position in metro Detroit that would suit her. AAA 1-B did.
“My goal was to return to a company or organization. Somebody referred me to AAA 1-B and it was a good fit,” Lisa says.
Lisa loves to travel – she’s been to Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro – enjoys country dancing and likes small dogs, although she is dog-less at the moment. In Denver, she took a class in raising backyard chickens, and if her neighbor hadn’t objected, she would have done so in her own backyard!
Lisa graduated from MSU with a degree in communications and human resources.
Jenny 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 Community and Business Advancement.
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. with her husband, Dan, an engineer. They have a daughter 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 a bit of 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.
John joined the agency in 2017 as our chief financial officer. He provides steady financial leadership, overseeing a $58 million budget and some 170 employees. He has spent the better part of his career in financial management of nonprofits, including The Detroit Zoo, Taylor School District, Metro Airport (Wayne County Airport Authority), and Cranbrook Educational Community.
“I think the mission of the agency is excellent,” John says of AAA 1-B. “A lot of people don’t know us until they need us. The agency provides excellent services for caregivers and services that keep people at home where they do their best.”
John is a Certified Management Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from Michigan State University. He has three adult children.
Aimee 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 and disabled adults 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.
We welcomed Katie to the agency in June 2018 as our first director of philanthropy. She has spent most of her career in the nonprofit world, helping agencies such as Henry Ford Health System, the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society to grow through strategic fundraising. At AAA 1-B, Katie will do the same, filling in funding gaps and furthering our mission to nurture and care for older adults throughout southeast Michigan.
“For me, it’s a beautiful story,” Katie says. “You’re watching the circle of life. I love seeing how much my generation and my parents’ generation give back to older adults.”
Katie and her husband, Michael, a medical school student at Oakland University, are raising two daughters, Ellen and Emma, to become the next generation of givers. The Brennans live in Troy. They love vacationing near the ocean.
Katie has a business degree and a law degree from Michigan State University.
Jim joined AAA 1-B more than three decades ago. He started his social work career as a senior housing coordinator in the metro Detroit area before joining AAA 1-B as a transportation planner. Jim had done field work as a graduate student at the Area Agency on Aging Region 4 in St. Joseph and what is now known as Michigan’s Aging and Adult Services Agency.
Today, Jim serves as our director of Research, Policy Development & Advocacy, gathering key data that let us know what our clients need and to help make a case for better funding and programming on the local, state and federal levels. He’s frequently in Lansing to advocate on behalf of older and adults with disabilities.
Jim loves his work.
“Every day, to accomplish what I need to accomplish, I need to learn. I like change. There’s always something new,” he says.
Jim founded the Silver Key Coalition, a group devoted to making Michigan a ‘no wait state’ by eliminating the waiting list for in-home services. The Coalition has been successful in its efforts to increase state spending toward that goal.
Jim’s wife, Jodi, also gets involved in special programs at AAA 1-B. They have two grown sons.