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Appointments, reappointments made to Long-Term Care Supports and Services Advisory Commission

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced four appointments and two reappointments to the Michigan Long-Term Care Supports and Services Advisory Commission. 

Housed within the Michigan Department of Community Health, the 17-member commission provides quality assurance reviews of Michigan's long-term care system.

"These appointees bring valuable experiences to this board, and I appreciate their willingness to serve the people of Michigan in these roles," said Snyder.   

Appointed:

Barbara Hall, of River Rouge, is an advocate for the disabled. She is past president of the Downriver Stroke Club and is currently the chairperson of Senior Alliance Region 1A. Hall studied at Loyola University.  She will represent primary or secondary consumers of long-term care supports and services and replaces Cynthia Viars.

Joseph Sucher, of Grosse Pointe Woods, now retired, is a former member of the Grosse Pointe Woods City Council, serving from 2007-2011. He also served on the city’s planning commission for seven years. He has experience as adjunct faculty at Macomb Community College and Wayne State University. He also served as director of institutional effectiveness at Macomb Community College. Sucher holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from the Lawrence Institute of Technology, and both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in evaluation and research from Wayne State University. He will represent the general public and replaces Mary Ablan.

Toni Talbot, of Williamston, is former owner of Human Resources Management Services LLC, and has more than 20 years of human resources experience. She has experience with Bekum America Corporation and Citizens Insurance Company of America. Talbot holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources designation and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Central Michigan University. She will represent the general public and replaces Sharon Mack.

Betty Vreeman, of Grand Rapids, is a consultant on special projects in leadership training, motivation, education, community development, technology integration, reorganization, and other areas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Dordt College, in Iowa, a master’s degree in communications and dramatic arts education from Central Michigan University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She will represent primary or secondary consumers of long-term care supports and services and replaces Christine Chesney, who resigned.

Reappointed:

Jonathan Mead, of Escanaba, is the president and CEO of Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress Services Inc. The regional charitable organization is responsible for development, coordination, and provision of human, social, and community resources within the 15 counties of the Upper Peninsula. Mead has more than 35 years of experience in the field of aging. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology/gerontology from Western Michigan University and an MPA from Northern Michigan University. He will continue to represent primary or secondary users or long-term care supports and services.

Thomas Rau, of Brighton, is CEO and owner of NexCare Health Systems LLC, which includes 16 long-term care facilities throughout Michigan. He is also owner of Integrity Rehab Services LLC, a rehabilitation company that provides services to long-term care facilities. He has nearly 40 years of experience in the industry. Rau holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology, both from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He will continue to represent providers of long-term care supports and services.

With the exception of Vreeman, members serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2017. Vreeman will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2016. Appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.

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