Advisory Council

The AAANM Advisory Council advises the Board of Directors regarding the development of a comprehensive and coordinated service system for the aging and adult disabled population of Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford counties.

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The Advisory Council assists AAANM in fulfilling its mission to serve and advocate for older adults, adults with disabilities and caregivers by supporting their independence, dignity, and quality of life. Advisory Council members provide feedback on such issues as healthcare, transportation, and housing needs; help identify resources and suggest ideas for improvement in services; assist with public hearings, focus groups, and other agency activities; and suggest ways that the agency can best serve older adults, adults with disabilities and caregivers. The Advisory Council is comprised of individuals and representatives of community organizations who help to enhance the leadership role of AAANM in developing community-based systems of services. All meetings begin at 10:00am unless otherwise noted, meetings are open to the public. For information please call Kandi at 1-800-442-1713 or email [email protected].

Pam Niebrzydowski, Missaukee County (MSAC Delegate)
Gary Muller, Antrim County (MSAC Delegate)
Vice Chair
Doug Durand, Benzie County
Meredith Goodrick, Leelanau County
Shirlene Tripp, Charlevoix County
Sue Fantini, Emmet County
Lisa Robitshek, Grand Traverse County
Carrol Cort, Kalkaska County
Jodi Magee, Kalkaska County
Jean Swaffer, Missaukee County

*Michigan Senior Advocates Council (MSAC) is a group of senior leaders (“delegates”) who travel to Lansing monthly from across the state. Delegates study senior issues and inform elected officials devoting a significant portion of each meeting to visiting legislators’ offices and talking with them and their staff.

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Advisory Council Meetings

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services/Aging & Adult Services Agency (AASA) TRANSMITTAL LETTER #2021-448: Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Official AASA Guidance on Open Meetings Act (OMA) Policy Waiver AASA COVID-19-111, dated April 23, 2021, states that AASA is waiving the requirement that AAA policy boards operate under the requirements of the Open Meetings Act (OMA) as specified in the Operating Standards for Area Agencies on Aging. This policy waiver is limited to support COVID-19 response. Specifically, this waiver is only applicable to the requirements of Operating Standards for Area Agencies on Aging and does not waive OMA requirements that an AAA may be subject to because of other legal or organizational considerations. As a non-profit agency not subject to legal or organizational OMA considerations, other than that posed by AASA, as permitted by TRANSMITTAL LETTER #2021-448, and in response to current public health concerns posed by gatherings of people, AAANM will continue to hold AAANM Board of Directors meetings remotely until further notice. We encourage remote participation. Anyone wishing to give public comment will need to connect to the meeting via Zoom video and/or call in and their microphones will be muted until they are called upon. This call may be recorded. The Zoom meeting ID and password or call-in information can be accessed by request by calling Kandi at (800) 442-1713 or email at [email protected].

Meeting Minutes are available as follows:

  • Draft Meeting Minutes – available upon request ([email protected]) within 8 days following the meeting held
  • Approved Meeting Minutes – available upon request and posted within 5 days following the meeting at which the minutes are approved
  • Meeting Minutes from previous years are also available upon request ([email protected])



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Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan
1609 Park Drive
P.O. Box 5946
Traverse City, MI 49696-5946

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