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The Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Awards - West Michigan Event, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Elder Law of Michigan, Inc.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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The Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Awards honor those that share the mission of Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. to advocate for, educate, and assist those in need, with a continued focus on older adults and persons with disabilities. Contributions to the Call to Justice Awards benefit various programs of Elder Law of Michigan, and provide services to thousands of seniors and vulnerable adults.

Your contribution to the Call to Justice Awards, will help to recognize the important work of our honorees and will provide support for Michigan Seniors. Contributions are not required to attend the Call to Justice Awards, but are greatly appreciated and your support goes a long way in providing seniors across Michigan with access to  services. Even if you are unable to attend the Call to Justice Awards, your contribution will help provide seniors with much needed services. 


2019 Honorees

West Michigan – Wednesday, August 14, 2019  at 6 PM
Founders, Grand Rapids (235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503)

Laura Sutter – CEO – AAA Region 3C

 
Benita Armstrong – APS Supervisor – Calhoun, St. Joe Counties

Benita graduated from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan with a bachelor’s and master’s degree. She started her career in public service as an employment counselor and transitioned into working in higher education at Albion College, Siena Heights University, and Baker College. 

Benita returned to public services as a foster care worker for the state of Michigan, then moved into Adult Services and loved it! Currently, Benita is the supervisor for Calhoun, Barry, and St. Joseph counties, under director Kathy Miller for BSC3. 

Benita is an active member of the Adult Protective Services Design Team, a member of the Calhoun County Elder Abuse team, and an active participant with the Calhoun County Homeless Fair/Step Down. Benita is a presenter and speaker for multiple agencies on Adult Services truths and myths and an advocate for all things older adult.

 

 

 
Vonda VanTil – Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration

Vonda VanTil has been with the Social Security Administration for over 28 years, being her one and only job fresh out of college. Vonda works out of the Grand Rapids office but services the west half of Michigan. As a Public Affairs Specialist, she has conducted thousands of educational presentations, professional training sessions and webinars.

Vonda is the agency’s key media contact for West Michigan and has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows in the area as a topic expert. Vonda also has Social Security columns published in several publications throughout the state. Vonda, a West Michigan native, is a graduate of Aquinas College with a dual major in business and communications. 

 

 

Kelly Laesch – Berrien County Sheriff Department

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kelly Jonker – Ombudsman – South Central Michigan

Kelly graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She has been a Long-Term Care Ombudsman for 10 years covering Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph counties.

Kelly is an active member of the Elder Death Review Team, Kalamazoo County Elder Abuse Coalition, and the Elder Abuse Prevention of Branch and St. Joseph counties. She is currently participating with the Attorney General’s Michigan Elder Abuse Task Force.


 


 



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235 Grandville Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)


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Elder Law of Michigan, Inc.

Elder Law of Michigan is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advocate for, educate, and assist our target populations. While our services address the needs of many different people, we continue to target our services to older adults and persons with disabilities. For 25 years, we have provided no-cost counseling on legal, pension, housing, nutrition, and benefits access. We also provide direct and collaborative partner assistance to organizations that work with our target populations. We receive financial and in-kind support from many sources, including the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Michigan Department of Human Services, Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, the National Council on Aging, the Michigan State Bar Foundation, over 120 community organizations throughout Michigan, several hundred volunteers, and over 100 donors. Contributions of time, money, and other resources are always appreciated and can be made at www.elderlawofmi.org/donate.

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