Senior Care Partners, Directors, and Administrators
Erin Majka - Chair
Erin Majka concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, and long term care planning. Erin graduated from DePaul University College of Law (magna cum laude and Order of the Coif). Before attending law school, she graduated from DePauw University, which is located in Greencastle, Indiana. She is licensed to practice in both Illinois and Michigan. After law school, Erin was an attorney with a firm in Chicago for eleven years before moving home to Michigan.
Erin is a board member for both the Hospital Hospitality House of Southwest Michigan, located in Kalamazoo and Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E – Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), located in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. She is also a member of the Junior League of Kalamazoo. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as reading and volunteering.
Laura Hamann, MBA - Vice Chair
Laura Hamann, MBA, retired as VP of Post-Acute and Care Management at Bronson Healthcare Group where she gave executive oversight to their skilled nursing facility, Adult Illness Management inpatient and outpatient programs, home care, and durable medical equipment services. She also provides oversight for the care management of twenty-seven primary care practices. Prior to her current position Laura was the Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of Bronson Healthcare Group, the Vice President of Lakeview Hospital, and the Executive Director and Administrator of Bronson Healthcare Group.
During her tenure as Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of Bronson Healthcare Group, the facility to which she gave oversight received the American College of Healthcare Administrators Silver National Quality Award (2018), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 5 Star Performance Award for seven years, and was listed in the U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Homes for seven consecutive years.
Laura earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Western Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Notre Dame. She is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator through the State of Michigan, a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Administrators (FLNHA), and a long standing Health Care Association Board Member and Chair.
Anita Grivins, CPA - Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer at Milestone Senior Services.
Anita received her B.A in Accounting from Western Michigan University and went to work for Plante Moran, obtaining her CPA license there. Her focus was on the healthcare industry performing audits and consulting work for hospitals, long-term care facilities and continuing care retirement communities. Upon leaving Plante & Moran, she worked at the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians for 10 years as their Director of Finance, overseeing the related finances for the government operations and assisted in the monitoring of gaming operations.
Anita has over 30 years of experience with accounting, budgeting, forecasting, grant administration, audits, compliance, strategic planning and involvement with several Boards. Anita has remained very active in her Latvian community both here in the Kalamazoo area as well as on a national level.
Kelly McCormick, MBA, BS, RN - Secretary
Chief Executive Officer – Centrica™ Care Navigators
Kelly McCormick, MBA, BS, RN, is the Chief Executive Officer of Centrica™ Care Navigators. Prior to this position, she served the same organization as the Chief Operating Officer for a number of years where she provided overall direction and provision of the agency’s clinical and operational areas including quality service delivery, strategic planning, business operations, census growth, compliance, and financial oversight. Prior to these positions, she served as Director of the Nursing Resource Team at Borgess Medical Center, Community Relations Officer and Director of Residential Services at Centrica™ Care Navigators, formerly Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, Marketing Specialist at Borgess Health Alliance and Product Manager in Sales and Marketing at Stryker Medical.
Kelly earned her Registered Nurse Diploma through the Bronson School of Nursing. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), both from Western Michigan University. She is nearing completion of a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a concentration in Leadership and Management through Walden University where she is a member of the Walden University’s International Nursing Honor Society which recognizes academic achievement and integrity.
In addition to her work responsibilities, Kelly formerly served on the Advisory Committee for the Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s Women’s Education Coalition Grant, is the former Vice-chair of the Public, Community, and Member Relations Committee for the Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Agency, and is a former Editorial Consultant for Home Health Aide Digest. Additionally, she has been a presenter at the Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Agency Conference and has served on several boards and committees in the Kalamazoo area.
Joseph D’Ambrosio, MD, DMD – Past Chair
Accreditation Field Representative – Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Dr. D’Ambrosio is a Massachusetts native who completed his undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University. He returned to New England after college and obtained both his dental and medical degrees from Boston University. He practiced dentistry for over a decade, including a period as a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service.
With a strong interest in preventive care, Dr. D’Ambrosio eventually returned to medicine and completed his combined internal medicine-pediatrics training at Baylor Affiliated Programs in Houston, Texas. After his residency, Dr. D’Ambrosio joined a combined internal medicine and pediatrics practice in Florida, during which time he served as a community faculty member at the University of South Florida School of Medicine.
In 2005, he returned to academic medicine and accepted a full-time teaching position at what was then Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies (MSU/KCMS). He served for 10 years as both the combined medicine-pediatrics and transitional year program director, and was an integral member of the leadership team that transitioned MSU/KCMS to the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine
With the evolution of the new medical school, Dr. D’Ambrosio assumed the role of Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, a position he held until joining the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Field Staff. As a member of the AAMC Group on Resident Affairs, Dr. D’Ambrosio completed the Medical Education Leadership Development Course. He is currently board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. Dr. D’Ambrosio officially joined the ACGME Field Staff Representatives in March 2019.
Abby A. Green, CPA
Abby’s focus within the non-profit industry gives her a deep understanding of the complexity of accounting issues non-profits face. As an interim Chief Financial Officer in several types of non-profits, and as a business owner, she has current and specific experience with day-to-day financial management, budgets and forecasts, union contract negotiation and management, investment and risk management, grant administration, and internal control development and oversight.
Educationally, Abby earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University and has been a State of Michigan Certified Public Accountant for over 20 years.
Lisa Graves, M.D., CCFP, FCFP
Lisa Graves, M.D., CCFP, FCFP, is a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, functioning in both roles since 2016. She has also served on the faculty of McGill University, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and the University of Toronto.
Dr. Graves completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Toronto. Additionally, she earned a Masters of Clinical Science from Western University in London, Ontario and received her Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Ottawa. She completed her Residency in Family Medicine and a Fellowship in Maternal and Child Health at McGill University.
Dr. Graves has practiced medicine in Montreal, Toronto and Sudbury, Ontario where she served as a family physician as well as being involved in addiction treatment centers. In addition to her medical practice and teaching positions, she has also served as the Family of Medicine Clerkship Chair at McGill University, Chief of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and is currently a General Member of The Wilson Centre at the University of Toronto. Her clinical, teaching, and research interests include medical education, maternal and child health, and vulnerable populations.
She has been the recipient of the Teaching-Clinical Award of Excellence from the Quebec Medical Association, McGill Faculty of Medicine Honour List for Excellence in Medical Education, Certificate of Merit from the Canadian Association of Medical Education, and Excellence and Teaching Award (Family Medicine) from Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, and holds a Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians (FCFP).
Dr. Graves has served on scores of local, state, national and international committees, has been published in numerous professional publications, and is a sought after speaker.
Daniel Brauner, MD
Chief of the Division of Geriatrics at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
Daniel Brauner, MD, is a board-certified internist with added specializations in geriatrics, rheumatology, and medical ethics recently recruited as the Chief of the Division of Geriatrics at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
He received a bachelor of science in biology from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and his medical degree from Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York. He was a resident and chief resident at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, completed his Rheumatology Fellowship at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Medicine and Cook County Hospital, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Institute for Humanities and Medicine.
He was a founding member of the section of Geriatrics at the University of Illinois, Chicago, where he practiced rheumatology and geriatrics. He then moved to the University of Chicago, where he concentrated on geriatrics practice and medical ethics, was the director of the Geriatrics fellowship, medical director of its teaching nursing home, co-director of the ethics consultation service, and assistant director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics Center. His research interests include the historical genesis of current standards of care, the evolution of the language of medicine and its influences on care, how cognitive impairment influences care, and issues of access to care.
Director of Operations – Chief Executive Officer- MRC Industries
Daniel Pontius is the Chief Executive Officer of MRC Industries where he works to encourage and support individuals living with disabilities to achieve their fullest potential. Prior to this position Dan served for 13 years ,in various roles, at Milestone Senior Services where he ended as the Chief Operations officer. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Culinary Department at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
Educationally, Daniel earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Organizational Development and a Master of Science in Management from Spring Arbor University.
In addition to his work, Daniel serves on the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Culinary Advisory Council, the Bronson Healthy Living Campus Strategy Team, OnePlace Nonprofit Leadership Academy, the Fund Development Committee at Milestone Senior Services, and is a Certified ServSafe Instructor and Registered ServSafe Examination Proctor at ServSafe.
Matthew R. Cooper
After graduating from Valparaiso University School of Law, with honor awards in contracts and criminal law, Matt clerked for a Circuit Court Judge. Matt then joined the Law Offices of Schuitmaker, Cooper, Cypher & Knotek, P.C. Over the last 25 years, Matt has represented clients in major litigation cases and has participated in jury trials in Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Barry and Wayne Counties. Further, Matt has prosecuted cases in Illinois, Maryland, Indiana and Michigan at the Federal and State Court levels. Matt has worked on both civil and criminal cases. Matt has appeared in Circuit Court in over seventeen (17) Michigan Counties. Matt has also handled cases in the Western and Eastern Federal District Courts, the United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court.
In 2011, Matt was selected by the Paw Paw Chamber of Commerce as the Community Volunteer of the Year. He is a charter member and past President of the Paw Paw Area Rotary Club. Matt is past president of the Optimist Club. For numerous years, he has worked for Paw Paw Rocket Football, Inc., and Paw Paw Youth Baseball, Inc. Matt formed both of these organizations into Michigan Corporations and obtained their 501(c)(3) charitable organization status from the Internal Revenue Service.
On a county-wide level, Matt has served on numerous county-wide boards such as the Van Buren County Local Emergency Planning Committee, the Southwest Michigan Legal Aid Bureau and the Tri-County Headstart Board.
On the state-wide level, Matt sat on the Michigan Bar District Character and Fitness Committee.
Matt recently released “A Soldier’s Home” which follows Sgt. Hurley from his tranquil life at home, his tour in Iraq, and a Federal Court lawsuit that would result in Congressional Amendments that benefit all servicemembers in the United States Military. Sgt. Hurley took on Deutsche Bank, Saxon Mortgage Company, and a Detroit foreclosure law office in a David vs Goliath campaign that lasted seven years, and resulted in the first jury trial of its kind.
In addition, Matt co-founded the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Foundation, Inc., a Public Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Charity which is dedicated to assisting United States Servicemembers and their families.
Matt and his wife Laurie reside on a small farm in Paw Paw with their children Anella, Drew and Bennett and loyal companion Buck.
Karol Clason, MBA, FACHE
System Director, Strategic Planning & Business Development – Bronson Healthcare Group
Karol Clason oversees strategic planning and business development for Bronson Healthcare headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has over 29 years of experience in health care and 22 years in strategic planning. Karol received her Bachelor and Master of Business Administration from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan. She served as a Senior Examiner for the Michigan Quality Council and is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Karol also served six years on the Hospital Hospitality House of Southwest Michigan Board.
Brenda is a native of Michigan, raised in rural Montcalm County. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Western Michigan University. Brenda has 40 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, she joined the Battle Creek Community Foundation in 1993 as a program officer. She was promoted to vice president in 1995, to chief operating officer in 1997 and began as president & CEO in April of 1998. She was previously employed with the Greater Kalamazoo and Holland United Way’s and the American Red Cross, Kalamazoo County Chapter.
Brenda is known throughout the state for her collaborative approach to addressing community and regional needs. She has provided leadership and guidance in fostering public-private partnerships and has been instrumental in bringing about refocusing initiatives to be more collaborative and inclusive.
During her tenure with the Battle Creek Community Foundation, Brenda initiated the Regional Health Alliance (RHA) a collaborative planning and programming initiative. Re-structured as the Population Health Alliance in 2019, focus areas have included access to care, infant mortality, obesity and teen pregnancy. Through collaboration and advocacy, the work of RHA attracted Western Michigan University Homer Stryker School of Medicine to Battle Creek to establish a family residency program. During the pandemic Brenda chaired a task force that created the Battle Creek Shelter, an independent nonprofit organization that serves as a 24/7 low barrier shelter for men and women.
Brenda provided leadership for the acquisition and restructuring of the Burnham Brook Community Center, now, Kool Family Community Center, a title holding corporation of the Battle Creek Community Foundation. The restructuring of the Center established a consolidated home delivered meal kitchen/office for Calhoun County as well as the financial infrastructure required to make the facility the home of Senior Care Partners PACE.
During her tenure in Battle Creek, Brenda has been involved with numerous efforts to increase access to health services. She served on the Board of Albion Hospital until a re-alignment with Jackson County occurred. In 2001 she was once again engaged in the effort to create the Albion Health Care Alliance (AHCA), an independent nonprofit organization that was created to provide access to health services after the hospital was closed in 2001. An effort where BCCF continues to provide fiduciary and management services to support AHCA’s sustainability.
Health related Board service includes eighteen years on the BBCH Community Partners Board of Directors, five years on Battle Creek Health System, and ten years on the Bronson Healthcare Board of Directors. Brenda has served on three search efforts to secure health care executives, numerous health system committees and task forces. She has attended five NRC Governance Institutes for board members. In her role as a local funder Brenda has directed or collaborated on both small and large health funding and financing efforts for 30 years.
She has received several honors for her work including the Dale Griffin Health Leadership Award and the John and Kay Polzin Ambassador for Healthcare Award from Bronson Health Foundation. Brenda continues to serve as an advocate for health needs both in the community and board room.