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Board of Directors and Management:

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan Board of Director consist of elected officials and consumers from our nine county region and the city of Grand Rapids. Board member provide leadership to the organization and ensure the agency is fulfilling the mission of helping older adults and those with disabilities live with independence and dignity.


AAAWM Board of Directors:

Allegan County

Commissioner Don Black, Treasurer

Stuart Peet

Ionia County

Commissioner Larry Tiejema

Dennis Sitzer

Kent County

Commissioner Carol Hennessy,  Member-At-Large

Nancy Nielsen

Lake County

Commissioner Betty Lou Dermeyer

Marilyn Burns, Vice-Chair

Mason County

Commissioner Gary Castonia

Patsy Hagerman

Mecosta County

Commissioner Bill Routley, Chairperson

Sharon Bongard

Montcalm County

Commissioner John Johansen


Newaygo County

Commissioner Vern Willett

Cindy LaBelle

Osceola County

Commissioner Larry Emig

Richard Karns, Secretary

City of Grand Rapids

Commissioner David Allen

Esther Van Hammen


AAAWM Management Team:

Jackie O’Connor- Executive Director

Suzanne Filby-Clark- Deputy Director

Dan Travis- Finance Director

Anne Ellermets- Contract Services and Program Development Director

Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan
3215 Eaglecrest Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone: 616-456-5664 or 888-456-5664 • Fax: 616-456-5692


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