YMOW Staff

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Alison Foreman, Executive Director

alison@ymow.org | (734) 487-9669, Ext. 4

Executive Director Alison Foreman has worked with Ypsilanti area non-profits as an employee and volunteer for more than 15 years.

She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in juvenile justice and a master’s degree in public administration. Alison worked with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (formerly the Borders Group Foundation) before joining YMOW  in 2013.

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Alison serves on the boards of the Ypsilanti Area Community Fund, Washtenaw Leaders Advisory and the Area Agency on Aging 1B Diabetes Program Advisory Group and is a member of the Ypsilanti Kiwanis Club. She is a former 8-year member of the SOS community services board, an organization which provides transitional housing, food and therapeutic programs for local children.

In recent years Alison has shared her knowledge of senior services funding as a guest on NPR's “All Things Considered” and CNN's “The Lead” with Jake Tapper.

Alison lives in Ypsilanti Township with her husband, Nate, and their two Devon Rex cats, Ray and Jen. Alison and Nate enjoy hiking, fishing and spending time outdoors.

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Bethany Burge, Director, Occupational Therapy Clinical & Community Services, MS, OTR/L, CNP, CAPS

bethany@ymow.org | (734) 487-9669, Ext. 7

Bethany Burge joined YMOW in May 2019. As Clinical Services Director, Bethany’s focus is on the launch and development of YMOW’s CAPABLE program. An occupational therapist with a history of work with the senior population, Bethany helps clients set and achieve goals that will allow them to age more safely in their own homes.

Bethany welcomes the opportunity to use her "OT lens" while working within the community. In her words, her job is to “empower people to live their best life.”

Bethany is an EMU alum and holds a master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Team CAPABLE

Patty Tillman-Meakins,CAPABLE RN

Patty@ymow.org | (734) 487-9669

Patty Tillman-Meakins, RN, is a key member of the CAPABLE team at YMOW.

As the CAPABLE team’s registered nurse, Patty provides participating clients with the nursing care needed to live safely and happily in their own homes.

Patty is a familiar face to many at YMOW. As a clinical instructor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, she visits YMOW every Wednesday during the school year as she oversees a group of nursing students.

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It was during one of those visits that she learned of CAPABLE and YMOW’s need for an RN. Patty said she knew right away that it was a good fit for her skills and interests.

“CAPABLE will empower older adults to self manage their health,” Patty said. She said her job is to motivate and facilitate clients toward their health management goals.

A nurse for 17 years and a nurse practitioner for the past 9 years, Patty said she has always been involved in community nursing and has a special interest in the senior population.

Patty lives in Superior Township with husband Thomas, son Jared and their cat, Wall-E.

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Kim Armstrong, Client Care Specialist/Social Worker, MBA, MSW, CAADC

kim@ymow.org | (734) 487-9669, Ext. 3

Kim is an Ypsi native and a graduate of Ypsilanti High School. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and has worked in the social work field for more than 10 years.

As YMOW Client Care Specialist, Kim’s role is to meet the needs of the clients through YMOW’s services and through referrals to other available resources.

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Every day brings its own challenges, Kim said, and she enjoys finding solutions to each unique situation.

“Each of our clients has their own set of specific needs. I’m proud to help fill them,” Kim said.

Her favorite quote is “Just Do It,” which she uses as motivation to provide the best service to YMOW clients every day.

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Carey Miller, Office Administrator

carey@ymow.org | (734) 487-9669, Ext. 1

As Office Administrator, Carey builds relationships with the people YMOW serves.

She also manages YMOW’s team of client care associates, ensuring that daily meal deliveries go as smoothly as possible.

“YMOW goes above and beyond to provide great services to the clients.” said Carey, who joined YMOW in 2013 after working as a receptionist at the Ypsilanti Area Visitor’s and Convention Bureau.

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She said she is proud to be a part of an organization that serves seniors in her community.

During her free time Carey enjoys spending time with her family, canoeing and boating.

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Sally Ruterbusch, Development Manager

sally@ymow.org | (734) 487-9669, Ext. 6

Sally comes to YMOW from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, where she spent 10 years as Regional Manager, developing and managing a school and youth educational fundraising program for 16 JDRF chapters. She also planned events, wrote grants and managed fundraising campaigns, all of which are key to her work at YMOW.

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“It’s an honor to work with Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels, knowing that the work we do is making a difference in so many people’s lives,” Sally said.

Sally and her husband live in Hartland and have two grown sons. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping and skiing.

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Rolanda Logan, Volunteer Coordinator

rolanda@ymow.org | (734) 487-9669, Ext. 2

Rolanda moved into the role of full-time Volunteer Coordinator in January 2019, after joining YMOW as part-time Communications Associate in June 2018. Before joining the YMOW team, Rolanda worked for Growing Hope, where she led youth and schools programming, teaching children about wellness, healthy eating and connecting families to healthy food resources.

Rolanda holds a bachelor's degree in media studies and journalism from Eastern Michigan University and has a passion for serving her community.

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An Ypsilanti native, Rolanda volunteered with several local non-profits - Girls Group, Swoop's Food Pantry, Groundcover News and Food Gatherers – before stepping into the role of Volunteer Coordinator.

“Volunteers are key to our work at YMOW. Drawing from my own experience as a volunteer, I strive to make volunteering with YMOW a rewarding, pleasant experience for all,” Rolanda said.

Outside of her role at YMOW, Rolanda enjoys reading, deepening her yoga practice and enjoying time with her husband and family.

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Sandy Bosch, Communications Coordinator

sandy@ymow.org | (734) 487-9669, Ext. 5

Sandy stepped into her role as communications coordinator at YMOW in 2018. It is a job that pairs two of her favorite things – writing and serving the senior population.

After a long career in community journalism, Sandy left her job as a reporter in 2014 to pursue a long held desire to work with older adults and to help them age safely in their homes.

Sandy will use her writing and communication skills to share the story of YMOW with the community, donors and supporters, and with those who might be in need of the organization’s many services.

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“YMOW is an organization that the entire community should be proud of. I want people to know about the good we do and the people who make that possible,” Sandy said.

Sandy, who also works as a freelance writer, lives in Pittsfield Township with her husband, Dave. She is a member of the UM Choral Union and volunteers in the St. John the Baptist Church music ministry in Ypsilanti and at Evangelical Home Saline.

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Heidi Bechtel, Client Care Associate

Joining the YMOW team fulfills a long-held dream for Heidi, who became a client care associate in October 2018.

“I’ve always wanted to work for a non-profit in my community,” said Heidi, a native of Romulus who moved to Ypsilanti in 2013.

Heidi said her job as a client care associate is to fight hunger and isolation among the people on her delivery route. Along with her desire to help her community, Heidi also brings experience with elderly and dementia care to her job at YMOW as she works toward a degree in social work.

Heidi shares her home with her husband and their two children.

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Traci Bibins,Client Care Associate

Traci joined the YMOW team in March 2019 after a search for volunteer opportunities in her community led her to YMOW.

“I just needed something else,” said Traci, who works as a tax accountant and paramedic in addition to her work at YMOW. She said her work at YMOW allows her to get out from behind a desk and offer hands-on help to her neighbors in need.

Food delivery is important, she said, but often the most important thing she does all day is listen.

“Sometimes, that’s all they want,” she said.

Traci also spends time caring for elderly Ypsilanti neighbors by helping with cleaning, shopping and even preparing their favorite meals.

The mother of three sons, Traci looks forward to Sunday dinners with her family.

 

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Bern Debacker,Client Care Associate

Bern joined YMOW as a Client Care Associate in March 2019, but his work providing food and wellness checks for his Ypsilanti neighbors began months earlier as a volunteer with Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.

As a recent retiree, Bern wanted something to occupy his time while giving back to his community.

“Right away, I just got along with the people,” Bern said. “Every day, I hope I can just brighten their day a little bit.”

Bern has lived in Ypsilanti for decades, but said he feels more connected to his community now that he’s working for Meals on Wheels.  He wants his neighbors to know about the needs right here in Ypsilanti. And he wants them to know that everyone can do something to help.

An EMU graduate, Bern and his wife have two grown children and a miniature poodle.

Bern enjoys hiking, biking and talking to anyone who wants to chat.

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Eric Gill, Client Care Associate

Eric Gill joined the YMOW team in September 2018, fulfilling his need to help others in his community.

“I believe that helping those in need is the right thing to do,” Eric said.

In his previous job at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Eric worked with a diverse population of all ages and from a wide range of demographics and socio-economic backgrounds, including senior citizens and people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.

Eric lives in Ann Arbor with his husband and two dogs. During his free time he enjoys baking, gardening and staying active. He also loves to travel and to explore nature.

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David Jordan, Client Care Associate

Retirement proved to be a little bit too relaxing for David Jordan. That’s when he came to YMOW.

David started as a volunteer in November 2015. When the need for a care associate arose a few months later, he jumped at the opportunity.

“I just like the idea of helping somebody,” David said.

His own experience with Meals on Wheels goes back to his parents, who relied on the organization’s services to make their lives easier. David said he likes knowing that his work is doing the same for someone else’s loved one.

A resident of Ypsilanti, Dave has been married to wife Carol for 27 years. He has three children, five grandchildren and two dogs.

“I knew it made a difference in peoples’ nutrition. What I have come to realize is the importance of the human interaction that Meals on Wheels provides.

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Randi Mayrent, Client Care Associate

Randi became a client care associate with Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels in 2015.

“I enjoy every aspect of my job - delivering food, sharing a few moments with the clients, their kids, pets and getting to know the volunteers and interns,” she said.

Randi enjoys delivering meals to clients because it gives her the opportunity to ensure they are safe in their homes.

“Every meal I deliver comes with a greeting, a smile, a look into the eyes. It lets each client know someone is there, that someone sees them and is concerned about their well-being,” she said.

Randi said working with YMOW has provided her with a deeper humility, patience, sincerity, compassion and an overall interest in others, especially seniors. In addition to her passion for her work, Randi enjoys walking her dogs, listening to music, gardening and spending time with friends.

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Nancy Mokszycki, Client Care Associate

Nancy Mokszycki has a passion for nutrition. As a YMOW Client Care Associate since March 2019, she is proud to deliver healthy, delicious food to the people who rely on YMOW’s services.

“I love going to the client’s door and seeing their faces,” Nancy said.

Nutrition is vital, but Nancy, who has a background in social work, knows she’s delivering more than lunch and dinner when she knocks on a client’s door.

“Just by taking a few moments to talk to them, to listen, I’m improving their quality of life,” she said.

Nancy said she and her 10-year-old daughter share a love of doughnuts and of their rescued pit bull.

Together they love to create art and explore the world around them.

 

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Joe Waldrop, Client Care Associate

Joe remembers how his mother-in-law looked forward to her daily meal delivery from her local Meals on Wheels. So when the opportunity arose to join the YMOW team, he knew it was his chance to return the favor.

“I was always impressed with people who brought her meals. They made her day,” Joe said. Now, he’s happy to be that person for the people on his YMOW route.

After several years of retirement, Joe said he’s happy to find a role that allows him to interact with people while contributing to his community.

Joe lives in Ypsilanti Township with his wife and their two Chihuahuas, Pixie and Hazel.