Board and Advisory Council

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AgeWays Nonprofit Senior Services is governed by a board of directors. The board includes aging network and health industry leaders from across the six-county region that AgeWays serves. An appointed commissioner and an older adult representative from all six counties also sits on the board. Our advisory council provides input and direction on the various initiatives of AgeWays and consists primarily of older adults, service providers and professionals in the aging network. Meetings of both the AgeWays’ Board of Directors and Advisory Council are open to the general public. For more information, please contact the Executive Services Manager at (800) 852-7795.

Board Leadership

Sandra Hann, 1st Vice Chair
Hann joined our board of directors in 2010, the year she retired from Macomb County Senior Services as Senior Resource Advocate. In that role, Hann helped homebound seniors apply for services through federal, state and local programs.

Hann is a licensed professional counselor. For 10 years, she owned and operated The Self Center, LLC, a practice in Shelby Township that assisted indigent and other at-risk populations.



Ron Borngesser, 1st Vice Chair
Borngesser joined the board in 2018. Before he retired in 2017, Borngesser served as CEO of Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency for 19 years, managing a $40 million budget and 400 employees. During that time, he worked closely with AgeWays on advocacy issues important to seniors, including grandparents raising grandchildren. Borngesser had been with OLHSA since 1974.

He also serves on the board of Community Network Services. He has served as board president for United Way of Oakland County, Michigan Community Action Association, the American Cancer Society and Pontiac Rotary Club.



Kelli Dobner, 2nd Vice Chair

Dobner, who joined the AgeWays Board of Directors in 2018, is chief advancement officer at Samaritas, one of Michigan’s largest private nonprofits. The organization serves children in foster care, seniors, women, people with disabilities and refugees throughout Michigan.

Being a part of AgeWays means being part of the collective energy serving seniors, she says. “AgeWays is phenomenal in the execution of service, the innovation, and the team behind making it happen. It’s something I wanted to be a part of.”

Dobner joined Samaritas three years ago and boosted fundraising by nearly 50% in a year. She formerly worked at the Judson Center and the American Diabetes Association.  She holds a master’s degree in communications from Wayne State University.

Michelle Hodges, Secretary

Additional Board Members

  • Commissioner Dawn Asper: Monroe County
  • Commissioner Jorja Baldwin: St. Clair County
  • Commissioner Charles Cavell: Oakland County
  • Jeff Chang: Private Sector, Business/Information Technology
  • Howard Collens: Private Sector, Legal
  • Commissioner Jay Gross: Livingston County
  • Commissioner Justin Hodge: Washtenaw County
  • Michelle Hodges: Private Sector, Finance
  • Thomas Matthews: Older Adult Representative, Macomb County
  • Tom Miree: Older Adult Representative, Washtenaw County
  • Sue-Anne Sweeney: Private Sector, Gerontology/Geriatrics
  • Barbara Turner: Older Adult Representative, Monroe County
  • Commissioner Donald VanSyckel: Macomb County
  • Marc Zwick: Private Sector: Finance

Advisory Council Members

  • Daniel Sier, Chair: Older Adult Representative, Macomb County
  • Jeff Chang, Ex Officio
  • Ray Cruse
  • Dr. Ruth Dunkle: University of Michigan School of Social Work
  • Gloria Edwards: Older Adult Representative, Washtenaw County
  • Steve Faine: Older Adult Representative, Oakland County
  • Jyme Hager: Council on Aging, Inc., serving St. Clair County
  • Catherine Martin: UAW Retirees
  • Vanessa Metti: Excellacare, Inc.
  • Christina Murray: Veterans Administration
  • David Soltis
  • Dr. Joseph Sucher: Older Adult Representative, Oakland County
  • Mark Swanson: Older Adult Representative, Livingston County
  • Carol Thompson
  • Carol Weidenbach: Older Adult Representative, Macomb County
  • Tom Zaremba: Older Adult Representative, Macomb County

2024 Meeting Dates:

Board of Directors (All meetings start at 9:30 a.m.)

Held in-person at the AgeWays Southfield office

February 23
April 26
June 21 (Special meeting to review Annual Implementation Plan)
August 23
September 27
November 22

Advisory Council (All meetings start at 9:30 a.m.)

Held via Teams online meeting platform

February 21
April 17
June 20
August 21
October 16
November 20

Meeting Agendas and Information

All of our board of directors and advisory council meetings are open to the public.  Please contact the Executive Services Manager at (800) 852-7795 for more information.

Upcoming Meeting Information

Board of Directors Meeting

AgeWays Board of Directors Agenda: June 21, 2024

In-person meeting. No online/phone access is available.

Meeting Location,
AgeWays Nonprofit Senior Services
29100 Northwestern Highway, Suite 400
Southfield, MI 48034