The Friends of the Portage Senior Center board members recently held their 2017 retreat at the Portage City Hall. The photos below show Board members making and listening to comments, suggestions and ideas. The goal was to see how they could more effectively plan activities that will provide added funding for the seniors served by the Center. Activities like the 2017 purse sale and golf outing (May 22) require months of planning, as well as dozens of volunteers, to be successful fundraisers. This year’s board consists of both experienced and new members who devote their time and talents to work together on one mission—raise more money from more people so that the PSC continues to grow and flourish as a “Center” for seniors in the greater Portage area.
Friends of the Portage Senior Center Board Members
Bill McCarty, Chairperson:
Bill McCarty is a retired Finance & Commercial Law professor from Western Michigan University. He has been on the Friends Board since 2008 and is also a volunteer legislative advocate and state executive council member for AARP Michigan. As an attorney, he continues to provide estate planning services and is a member of the elder law section of the Michigan Bar Association. Occasionally he can be found on the Kalamazoo area golf courses and enjoys working with Senior Center volunteers and staff on projects like the annual Friends golf outing.
Bill is a strong supporter of both the University of Michigan and Western Michigan University. Bill and 3 of his 5 children graduated from U of M. Bill served on the WMU Emeriti Council until 2012 and his wife Alma is a WMU grad. They have lived in Portage for over three decades. Their children and grandchildren, who live in various locations in the U.S., enjoy their visits to the McCarty’s Portage home.
Jeff Emmer, Vice-Chair:
Jeff joined the Friends Board in December 2014. He is currently the owner of ComForcare, a non-medical home care agency. His company’s goal is to provide quality care for seniors, while allowing them to maintain their independence, dignity, and quality of life. Jeff’s previous experience includes over 18 years as a corporate strategy and finance professional within the automotive and medical device industries. Jeff holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and a MBA from DePaul University. He resides in Mattawan with his wife and two children.
Alexandria Lueth, Treasurer:
Alex has been on the board since 2011. She is the Chief Financial Officer for CentraCare, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Alex graduated from Hope College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She currently resides in Kalamazoo with her husband and daughter.
Marianne Love, Secretary:
Marianne joined the Friends Board in November of 2015. Marianne has worked in elder care for over 15 years spanning from Barry, Calhoun and Kalamazoo Counties. Marianne is currently employed at CentraCare as the Community Outreach & Enrollment Manager. Prior to Centracare, Marianne was employed as Marketing Director for Extendicare Health Services and served as Program Manager at Burnham Brook Senior Center.
In addition to the Friends of the Portage Senior Center, Marianne also serves on the planning committee of Professionals Focused on Aging and is Walk Chair for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Marianne holds an Associate’s Degree and is currently working on her Bachelor’s in Health Care Administration. Marianne resides in Richland, MI with her 5 children.
Kimberly’s passion is working with the older adult population. Gerontology was her specialty while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at Western Michigan University. With over 20 years of experience, Kimberly has earned a reputation as a devoted advocate and educator for this population. For the last 13 years, Kimberly’s position as Community Relations Coordinator with Life EMS Ambulance, has allowed her to work directly with the aging population in Kalamazoo and surrounding counties. As the largest user of emergency medical services, she has established an extensive network of resources within the aging field.
In addition to the Friends of the Portage Senior Center, Kimberly also serves on the board of Lending Hands of Michigan, a nonprofit, volunteer agency which takes in gently used medical equipment, cleans and repairs it, and lends it out on a free and temporary basis to those who cannot afford their own. The underprivileged are especially close to her heart.
A native of Bronson, Michigan, Kimberly now resides in Mattawan with her husband, four children and one chocolate lab. As a true Michigander, Kimberly appreciates the four seasons but fall is her favorite. During the summer, she and her family can be found enjoying leisurely afternoons on their pontoon or camping in northern Michigan.
Arun is a registered pharmacist and the owner of Advanced Health Pharmacy in Portage, Michigan. After working and managing the Meijer pharmacy for 21 years, he opened his own pharmacy in 2010. This is where he truly has been practicing his trade mark “compassionate care” in an old style neighborhood pharmacy. He has extensive knowledge of the intricate relationship between body, mind and the spirit. Paired with his simple yet powerful holistic approach towards health, makes him a great teacher. Arun is well regarded and recognized for his humility and love for humanity.
In addition, he serves as an adjunct faculty member of Ferris State University, College of Pharmacy and is a founding member of Power of Breath. This is a non-profit organization that has a mission of teaching people the techniques of yoga breathing, stretching and meditation. He is an excellent speaker on the topic of stress management, health and wellbeing. Through this organization he has taught these techniques to more than 10,000 people Arun has been serving the Portage/Kalamazoo area for the last 25 years which makes it easy to see why he calls it home.
Robert (Bob) L. Perkins:
Bob joined the Board December 2013. He is currently developing a new business venture, Eurovix USA, importing enzymatic/microbial formulations from Italy to manage a number of environmental issues. Previously, he spent twenty-eight years in various positions with The Upjohn Company, International Animal Health Division. He also has created and managed an independent consulting practice, Aperks International, focusing on organizational development and leadership.
He has been an active volunteer and Board Member with the local chapter, American Red Cross, since 1997. He has held a number of volunteer positions within the chapter, including Board Chair, and focusing on fund development activities. He has a BS degree in Business Management, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Il and an MBA, Marketing, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. He completed an MBA Update Program at the University of Minnesota.
Bob and his wife, Ann, have resided in Kalamazoo area since 1969, but with a break in 1977 moving to Guelph, Ontario, Canada. They returned to the Kalamazoo area in 1986 and now reside in Portage.
Traci joined the Friends Board in November 2015. Traci is the Community Director at Wyndham Apartments with Heritage Community of Kalamazoo. Traci’s previous experience includes over 10 years in management of community group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities. Traci holds a Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University. She resides in Mendon with her husband and three children.
Molly joined Friends of the Portage Senior Center in 2017. Molly is the Director of Sales and Marketing for the three Medilodge Skilled Nursing and Long Term Care Centers in the Kalamazoo and Portage area. Molly Graduated from Ferris State University and currently resides in Mattawan, MI with her husband and son. She has worked in the healthcare industry for close to 8 years and has a passion for helping the community.