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State Advisory Council on Aging announces new members, reappointments

August 20, 2020
Contact: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State Advisory Council on Aging (SAC) recently appointed four new members and reappointed three of its members.

SAC is a 40-member advisory body to the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging (CSA). Appointed by the commission, members of the advisory council study aging issues, advocate for older adults, and recommend policies to the commission. The commission is appointed by the governor and works closely with the Aging and Adult Services Agency at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to shape policy and address the concerns of Michigan's aging and adult population.

“The State Advisory Committee to the Commission on Services to the Aging is a diverse group of individuals working together to improve the lives of older Michiganders,” said Commissioner Kristie Zamora. “Each year, SAC members research a topic based on an issue pertinent to older adults. Workgroups are formed, and each SAC member contributes to the researching, interviewing and writing to create a final report and propose recommended actions for MDHHS and the legislature.”

New appointees:

  • Diane L. Bach, Adrian
  • Carl A. Gibson, Marshall
  • Adam D. Burck, Buchanan
  • Kathy A. Kimmel, Cadillac


  • Elizabeth Thompson, Ypsilanti
  • Joseph V. Sowmick, Mount Pleasant 
  • Robyn E. Ford, Lansing

SAC membership reflects the cultural, demographic and geographic diversity of Michigan’s older population. Three-year term appointments are made by the commission with consideration given to geographic representation, based on the current openings in the 16 Area Agency on Aging (AAA) regions. Applications are reviewed by the CSA SAC Appointment Review Committee throughout the year. Additional members are currently being sought.

Council members meet year-round, participating in up to five meetings in Lansing and collaborate monthly by virtual meetings or conference calls. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all regular meetings are being held virtually.

To learn more about the State Advisory Council on Aging visit the Aging and Adult Services Agency website.

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