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.
Paul Willis, AAAWM Financial Director, To Retire
AAAWM Financial Director Paul Willis will retire at the end of 2015 after 16 years with the agency.
"Paul has significantly improved our budgeting process and our finance department has grown stronger under his direction," says Tom Czerwinski, AAAWM Executive Director. "Paul will be greatly missed and we wish him the best in his retirement."
Dan Travis will assume the role of Financial Director on January 1, 2016. "Dan has worked as the Assistant Finance Director under Paul for six years and is well prepared to take over these new responsibilities," says Czerwinski.
"Due to Paul's dedication and hard work, the agency is in a strong financial position and I'm confident Dan will continue in this same capacity."
Reinventing MI Retirement Event at Capacity
The Grand Rapids Reinventing MI Retirement event is at capacity and will not be accepting registrations or walk-ins. For more information on other event locations, please visit www.michigan.gov/reinventretirement.
New Details for Reinventing MI Retirement
Workshop titles for the October 20 event have been announced and include; discovering your social security benefits, investing fundamentals, con artists' playbook and who gets grandma's yellow pie plate. Click here to view the flyer for more information and share with family and friends. Seating is limited to 100 people so register today for this free event!
Reinventing MI Retirement
Reinventing MI Retirement will take place at the Area Agency on Aging office on October 20, 2014. The free event is filled with useful resources, tools, and presentations, including: a series of special guest speakers, informative workshops...
(both pre- and post- retirement topics addressed), confidential 1-on-1 financial checkups, free breakfast and lunch, resource fair information booths, and all participants will receive a complimentary 100 page Reinventing Mi Retirement Toolkit of resources. Registration is requested. Call toll-free: 1-877-999-6442. Click here to view the flyer or visit http://www.michigan.gov/difs/0,5269,7-303-12902_28358_69282-334268--,00.html for more information.