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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After joining the YMOW staff in June 2018 as communications association, Rolanda expanded her role in January 2019.
A recent graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in media studies and journalism, Rolanda previously worked with Growing Hope, where she led youth and schools programming, taught children about wellness and healthy eating, and connected families to healthy food resources.
Rolanda is an Ypsilanti native who is passionate about making a difference in her community, having worked as a volunteer with four local non-profits - Girls Group, Swoop's Food Pantry, Groundcover News and Food Gatherers.
Outside of her role at YMOW, Rolanda enjoys reading, deepening her yoga practice and enjoying time with her husband and family.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Ola became a YMOW client care associate on January 2, 2018. She has a passion for the Ypsilanti community and first learned about the organization through volunteering. When the opportunity to join the YMOW staff arose, Ola applied to become a driver.
“I learn something new every day, either from youth volunteers or from the seniors on my route,” she said.
She said being a driver for Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels is about more than delivering a meal.
“When there is extra time during my route I share stories with my clients and they tell me exciting memories in their lives. It’s rewarding to see them smile,” she said.
Outside of her role at YMOW, Ola enjoys reading, traveling and painting.
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”
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.
After Jerome’s mother passed away, he wanted to do something to thank the hospice workers who cared for her in her final days.
“I asked what I could do, and they said, ‘go volunteer somewhere’,” Jerome said.
He was working at First Baptist Church at the time and knew of the work of YMOW. In 2007 he became a volunteer and three months later, he joined the staff as a Client Care Associate.
Jerome said he likes knowing that he is helping people get the food they need. He said seeing the clients on his route makes his day, and he knows that the smallest gesture, whether it’s a friendly greeting or an offer to mow the grass, can do the same for the people he serves.
“I just like to make them smile,” he said.