Tom Retires, Jackie to Serve as Executive Director
Thank you to all who came out to Tom’s retirement party earlier this week. As many of you know, Tom’s last day as Executive Director at AAAWM was March 31, 2016. We wish him well in his retirement and he will be greatly missed.
Jackie O’Connor, former Assistant Director, will now serve in her new role as Executive Director. Jackie has been with AAAWM since 1984 and she will provide a continued dedication and commitment to senior issues. Please join us in welcoming her to this new role.
Tom Czerwinski to Retire
At the end of the month Tom Czerwinski, AAAWM Executive Director for the last 21 years, will retire. Tom has been with the agency since 1979 and has dedicated his career to the purposeful enrichment of the lives of older adults and is a critical partner in ensuring that vulnerable adults have services to meet their most basic needs. For many years he has designed, administered, and advocated for aging services and inspires others to do the same. Tom has helped AAAWM build one of the strongest aging advocacy programs in the state.
Tom began working at AAAWM in 1979 and has worked in finance, nutrition, contracts, and as the Assistant Director before being promoted to the Executive Director in 1994.
Under his leadership AAAWM has added a number of new programs including the MI Choice Medicaid Waiver, Kent County Senior Millage services, Nursing Facility Transition, healthy aging programs, and much more.
Tom has been a fierce advocate for seniors and helped to establish the Advocates for Senior Issues as one of the best senior advocacy groups in the state. The group has led a number of statewide advocacy efforts for vulnerable older adults and has been involved in the Kent County Senior Millage campaigns, including recent renewal and increase efforts.
He is well respected not just in the aging network but in our region and throughout the state. Tom has distinguished himself as a lead aging professional and has strived to organize, advance, and innovate for the betterment of aging services. He has fought to increase funding for vital services such as home delivered meals, home care, and transportation. Thanks to Tom’s steadfast leadership and hard work more low-income older adults live with independence and dignity.
Please join us in wishing Tom an enjoyable retirement and thanking him for his leadership, passion for advocacy and dedication to older adults.
Governor Snyder's FY 2015 Budget Recommendations
Governor Snyder announced his FY15 executive budget recommendations today and he is proposing funding to make Michigan a “No Wait State” for aging services!
The governor has recommended significant increases in general fund dollars for aging-related programs, including in-home services, home delivered meals, the MI Choice Waiver program and PACE expansion. In addition, he has recommended funding for elder abuse prevention.
The governor’s proposed funding is broken out by program below*:
- Home delivered meals & In-home services - $5M
- Elder abuse prevention - $1M
- PACE expansion - $5.7M (transferred from other GF accounts)
- MI Choice - $9M
*Note: These dollar amounts reflect general fund, but not necessarily gross revenue.
More information can be found at www.michigan.gov/snyder.