YMOW Staff

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Alison Foreman, Executive Director

alison@ymow.org | (734) 217-4453

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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Kelly Schwartz, Operations Director

kelly@ymow.org | (734) 547-3202

Kelly Schwartz began her role as Operations Director in July 2020, but her relationship with YMOW began in 2002. A longtime supporter of the YMOW mission, Kelly was serving as chairman of the YMOW Board of Directors when she joined the YMOW staff.

As Operations Director, Kelly manages the day-to-day operations of YMOW, supervising the CCAs, volunteer coordinator and managing client services.

Having previously worked in leadership roles at Food Gatherers, Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority and Huron Valley Humane Society, Kelly brings a long history and vast knowledge of non-profit work and community service to her role. While serving as Director of Operations at the Humane Society, Kelly helped to initiate the Bountiful Bowls program through which YMOW supplies pet owners with food and other necessities.

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She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Detroit College of Business and an MBA from University of Alabama at Birmingham.

As YMOW board chairman, Kelly said she was committed to helping the staff and volunteers of YMOW find new and better ways to enhance and improve the lives of the community’s homebound neighbors. As Operations Director, she continues that mission.

“I’m thrilled to serve YMOW and the community in this new role,” Kelly said. “Access to food and other supportive services is paramount for our aging and disabled population and I’m proud to be part of an organization that makes that happen.”

Kelly lives in Ann Arbor with her wife, Kristin, and their dogs, Molly and Lewis.

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

bethany@ymow.org | (734) 217-4769

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, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, CAPABLE Nurse Practitioner

patty@ymow.org | (734) 557-8254

Patty Tillman-Meakins 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.

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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 Kellie Childs,Occupational Therapist, MOT, OTRL

kellie@ymow.org | (734) 557-8241

After a career in social justice, Kellie’s career switched gears when she witnessed the progress her own son made while working with an occupational therapist. She earned her degree, taught OT at Eastern Michigan University, and now has found a home on the YMOW team.

“The home is a natural environment for occupational therapy to happen,” said Kellie, who has practiced occupational therapy for 12 years.

Raised by her grandparents, older adults have long been an important part of Kellie’s life. She said she’s pleased to find a way to use her OT skills and knowledge to make aging easier and to help people age in the comfort of home.

Kellie also holds a degree in women’s studies from EMU. She lives in Saline with her husband, son and daughter.

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

kim@ymow.org | (734) 217-4441

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.

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) 217-4454

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 or giving@ymow.org | (734) 217-4770

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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Jessica Cichowlas, Volunteer Coordinator

jessica@ymow.org or volunteer@ymow.org | (734) 217-4450

Jessica Cichowlas stepped into the role of volunteer coordinator in October 2020 - a time when Ypsilanti’s homebound population, and their needs, were at an all-time high due to sheltering in place against COVID-19.

“I wanted to shift my focus to my community in Ypsilanti,” Jessica said of her move to YMOW, where she hopes to bring creative ideas, a "can do" attitude, and growth to the organization through the work of volunteers from the community.

A 2014 graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Jessica is pursuing a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from her alma mater.

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Prior to becoming volunteer coordinator, Jessica was a volunteer herself throughout high school and college. Before joining the YMOW team, she served as assistant volunteer and outreach coordinator for Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation’s GIVE365 program.

She said she looks forward to tapping into the community’s generous, caring citizens to create a stronger program at Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.

“Volunteers play an important role in the support of the YMOW mission. As a YMOW volunteer, they get to experience first-hand the impact that can come from a seemingly simple interaction each day,” Jessica said.

Jessica lives in Ypsilanti Township with her partner, Travis, and their two cats, Finn and Marble. She loves being outdoors, preparing food from local farms and doing what she can to protect the planet.

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Sandy Bosch, Communications Coordinator

sandy@ymow.org | (734) 217-4578

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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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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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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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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Brett Snyder, Client Care Associate

Brett Snyder has missed YMOW ever since he left back in 2016.

“I’ve always wanted to come back,” he said. And he did from time to time, as a volunteer.

When the opportunity arose in 2020 to return to YMOW, Brett didn’t hesitate. He now delivers meals as a client care associate and also uses his master’s degree in social work to assist with data collection for the CAPABLE program.

“I love it,” Brett said. “I like seeing the clients every day and building a relationship, a couple of minutes at a time.”

Brett also works as a test driver. He lives in Ypsilanti with his wife, Caren, a professor of social work at Eastern Michigan University. He and Caren have two rescue dogs.

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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.