Aging & Adult Services Agency hires deputy director

Monday, February 29, 2016

LANSING, Mich. – The Aging & Adult Services Agency (AASA), under the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, announced today that Richard Kline will serve as its deputy director effective February 29.

Kline will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency and will play a critical role on the agency’s leadership team. He will also be responsible for the management and development of statewide aging and adult service programs.   

"Richard Kline has dedicated his career to helping those in need, particularly older adults, live well as they age,” said AASA Executive Director Kari Sederburg. “I am confident his passion for helping people, and his knowledge and expertise, will make a positive and lasting impact on our agency and those we serve.”

Kline has more than 24 years of experience in the health care industry, with 18 of those years working with older adults in a variety of roles and settings. Prior to AASA he served as executive director of the Beztak Corporation, managing the day-to-day operations, including program development, for a 144-unit senior living community in Rochester Hills, Mich.

Before his time at Beztak he served as the executive director at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes, a Covenant Retirement Community, in Grand Rapids, Mich. His responsibilities included the management of a 300-unit continuum of care retirement community that offered residents independent living, assisted living, short-term medical and rehabilitative care, memory loss and dementia care, and home health care services.

Kline earned his master’s degree in healthcare administration from Grand Valley State University, and his bachelor’s degree in food systems economics and management from Michigan State University.

His community service activities include having served as a state board member and board director for LeadingAge Michigan, and he serves as a member of the advisory council for the School of Public and Non-profit Administration at Grand Valley State University.

He resides in Grand Rapids with his family.

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Contact: Phil Lewis, lewisp3@michigan.gov