Nichole   Nichole Beard 

This week we are happy to introduce Nichole Beard!

 

Q: Tell us a little about yourself? (Family life, where you come from)

A:I currently live in Mason, MI. I have been married for 5 years so my wife Samantha. We have a one-year-old son, Clifford, and a 5 years old dog, Libby.

 

Q: Organization you are with or place of work?

A: Tri-County Office on Aging

 

Q: What does your organization do to help the elderly in the community?

A: We provide several services for the elderly community including Meals on Wheels, MI Choice Waiver Program, Crisis Services for the Elderly, Options Counseling, etc. For a complete list of Services visit our website at www.tcoa.org or visit us on Facebook.

 

Q: How did you become involved with TRIAD?

A: I started going to TRIAD meetings because of my position at Tri-County Office on Aging (TCOA)

 

Q: How long have you been a TRIAD member?

A: 3 years

 

Q: How long have you worked with TRIAD and what about the organization has grown your interest?

A: No senior without Christmas is what initially drew me to TRIAD but now that have been a member for 3 years there is so much more to TRIAD. The education and outreach piece of TRIAD are two pieces that I personally feel make the biggest impact.

 

Q: Committee or position you hold for TRIAD?

A: Just a general TRIAD member…

 

Q: Why do you choose to volunteer with TRIAD?

A: Seniors are one of our most vulnerable populations and it is important that we make sure they don’t slip through the cracks.

 

Q: What do you think is the most powerful thing about law enforcement, fire fighters, and volunteers coming together to provide aid to the elder community?

A: Too often we associate law enforcement, firefighters, etc. with something negative. Most of the time we only encounter these individuals during a time of crisis. By having them involved with TRIAD and No Senior without Christmas our seniors are able to make a positive association with law enforcement firefighters, etc. and are able to form trusting, positive relationships.

 

Q: What is your favorite program that TRIAD offers the community?

A: No senior without Christmas.

 

 

Thank you Nichole for donating your time to TRIAD! We are so glad that No Senior Without Christmas drew you to our organization.

 

Bradley Vauter   

 Bradley Vauter 

Happy Member Monday! This week we are happy to feature Bradley Vauter. Bradley has been a member of TRIAD for a few years now. Bradley enjoys working with TRIAD because it is a good way to give back to the community and it also allows him to connect with the community.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself?

A: Single, lots of brothers and sisters, lived in Manhattan before but also Marquette, like the out of doors, movies, etc. Grew up mainly in Livonia.

Q: Organization you are with or place of work?

A: Bradley Vauter & Associates, PC which is a law firm. (www.theplaceforgoodcounsel.com)

Q: What does your organization do to help the elderly in the community?

A: Elder law is a main field of practice, we also offer trainings and workshops, and participate in various community activities including vulnerable adult networks, and so on.

Q: How did you become involved with TRIAD?

A: Through former employment at Elder Law of Michigan and my work on criminal and civil law remedies that might be useful in cases of vulnerable adult abuse.

Q: How long have you been a TRIAD member?

A: Just a few years.

Q: How long have you worked with TRIAD and what about the organization has grown your interest?

A: The idea of cross pollination, and getting out of “silos” when looking at problems.

Q: Why do you choose to volunteer with TRIAD?

A: A small way to give back to the community but even more so, a way to stay connected to the community.

Q: What do you think is the most powerful thing about law enforcement, fire fighters, and volunteers coming together to provide aid to the elder community?

A: I think, by working and mingling with the populations, they will also become even better officers and fire fighters and so on, and better empathize with those who are sometimes victims of bad actors.

 

 

Tamela M. Russell Brantley   

This week we are happy to introduce to you Tamela M. Russell-Brantley. Tamela’s Grandparents played a big role in raising her and for that reason working with seniors has always been close to her heart. She loves checking in on the seniors and making sure that they have what they need! Thank you for your help Tamela!

Tamela M. Member MondayQ: Tell us a little about yourself?

A: A native of Detroit, happily married with three kids and 4 grandkids.

Q: Organization you are with or place of work?

A: UAW local 2256 Civil and Human rights Chairperson.

Q: What does your organization do to help the elderly in the community?

A: Provide meals for seniors; provide transportation for seniors to voting polls.

Q: How did you become involved with TRIAD?

A: I attended a community service class and Lt. Traci Ruiz came out and spoke. Her message touched my heart because I was practically raised by my grandparents.

Q: How long have you been a TRIAD member?

A: Approx. 2 years

Q: How long have you worked with TRIAD and what about the organization has grown your interest?

A: Approx. 2 years. I enjoy checking on the seniors, making sure they have what they need.

Q: Committee or position you hold for TRIAD?

A: Committee member

Q: Why do you choose to volunteer with TRIAD?

A: I love seniors and enjoy listening to their wisdom.

Q: What do you think is the most powerful thing about law enforcement, fire fighters, and volunteers coming together to provide aid to the elder community?

A: Making sure that our seniors, who paved the way for next generation to have a better life, are safe and provided for.

Q: What is your favorite program that TRIAD offers the community?

A: Contacting seniors and No Senior without Christmas.

 

 

Kaitlyn McCullough 

Kaitlyn McCullough Member Monday

 

Q: Tell us a little about yourself?

A: My name is Kaitlyn McCullough and I’m a senior at Michigan State University, studying criminal justice with a minor in security management.  I am originally from Pittsburgh, but I grew up overseas in Germany. My parents and both of my brothers still live overseas. 

Q: How did you become involved with TRIAD?

 A: I heard about the TRIAD through my previous professor, Mark Alley, who was the former Chief of Police for Lansing. I was intrigued by what TRIAD offered the community and how it collaborated with the police and fire departments to offer education about vulnerability to the elderly community. 

Q: How long have you been a TRIAD member?

 A: I’ve only been a volunteer for TRIAD since January 2016, but I hope to continue being apart of TRIAD for the rest of the time I am in the East Lansing area. 

Q: Committee or position you hold for TRIAD?

A: I am currently just a student volunteer with TRIAD and I work along side Erica in assisting with anything she needs. 

Q: Why do you choose to volunteer with TRIAD?

 A: I wanted to volunteer with TRIAD because I thought it would be a great opportunity to connect with law enforcement and those who help the community, but also the TRIAD directly affects a community that most people forget about and I wanted to be apart of that. 

Q: What do you think is the most powerful thing about law-enforcement, fire fighters, and volunteers coming together to provide aid to the elder community?

A: The most powerful thing is the connection the community has to law enforcement and fire fighters in case any thing were to happen to the elderly community. It’s just wonderful to see how people care so much about this one community that most individuals don’t recognize to be vulnerable to certain situations.  It’s just amazing to see so many people from different backgrounds come together to achieve the same goal. 

Q: What is your favorite program that TRIAD offers the community?

A: My favorite program TRIAD offers is No Senior Without Christmas because it allows those who usually spend the holidays alone to feel remembered and loved, which I think that respect we show them is wonderful. I can’t wait to be involved in my first NSWC this coming December. 

 

Mary Cooks Member MondayMary Cook 

This week we are happy to introduce to you Mary Cook! Mary is our newly elected interim secretary. Mary has been with us for just a few months but decided to join because she likes TRIAD’s ability to address the needs of the elderly in our community! Thanks Mary!

Q: Tell us a little about yourself? (Family life, where you come from)

A: I was born and raised in rural Maine, with my four siblings. I got my bachelors degree in psychology and went on to get my Master’s in Social Work from the University of New England. After spending a year in Washington D.C, I moved to Michigan in June of 2015. I worked in homelessness for 5 years before starting my job with CCI Porter Apartments.

Q: Organization you are with or place of work?

A: I work at Porter Senior Apartments as the Service Coordinator. Porter Apartments is senior and disabled housing.

 Q: What does your organization do to help the elderly in the community?

A: Our building is senior preference so it houses many low-income seniors in the community.

Q: How did you become involved with TRIAD?

A: Erica Bishop who also works for CCI at East Glen Apartments introduced me to TRIAD.

Q: How long have you been a TRIAD member?

A: 5 months!

Q: How long have you worked with TRIAD and what about the organization has grown your interest?

A: I was drawn to how TRIAD connects with the community to address senior needs. I work with many seniors in need through my organization and see the need each day. I think TRIAD does a great job of connecting law enforcement, community providers, and seniors to address these needs.

Q: Committee or position you hold for TRIAD?

A: Newly elected interim Secretary.

Q: Why do you choose to volunteer with TRIAD?

A: I love being connected to the community I work and live in. I think TRIAD is a great way to be connected and help out my community.

Q: What do you think is the most powerful thing about law enforcement, fire fighters, and volunteers coming together to provide aid to the elderly community?

A: Building a safe community for seniors to be a part of. To have an avenue for their voices to be heard and needs addressed.

Q: What is your favorite program that TRIAD offers the community?

A: No Senior Without Christmas.

Thank you Mary for donating time to TRIAD. We are happy to have you on our board!

 

 

 

Joseph Hutting

13782250_603610586473662_1854161198053383273_nThis week we are happy to feature Joseph Hutting! Joseph has been a TRIAD member for two years and likes TRIAD’s ability to help seniors within the community. Joseph is a GM retiree and we are happy to have him on board. Thank you for your service to TRIAD and the community Joseph!

Q: Tell us a little about yourself?

A: I am a GM retiree from 2005, I am a widower and have two children Angela who is 37 and Robert who is 33.

Q:Organization you are with or place of work?

A: I was a GM EMPLOYEE.

Q: How did you become involved with TRIAD?

A: Learned about it thru a Kiwanis presentation.

Q: How long have you been a TRIAD member?

A: 2 years.

Q: How long have you worked with TRIAD and what about the organization has grown your interest?

A:I like the no senior without Christmas program.

Q: Committee or position you hold for TRIAD?

A: I am a TRIAD member.

Why do you choose to volunteer with TRIAD?

A:I enjoy helping seniors in the area.

Q: What do you think is the most powerful thing about law enforcement, fire fighters, and volunteers coming together to provide aid to the elder community?

A: There joint effort to get events done.

Q: What is your favorite program that TRIAD offers the community?

A: NO senior without Christmas.

 

 

 

13615271_600460846788636_1211564485142661616_nNancy Werner

 Introducing our very first Member Monday guest Nancy Werner! Nancy is a Flint, Michigan native. Nancy was a registered nurse for forty years and retired in 2008. Nancy has been a loyal TRIAD member since 2009, we are happy to have her on board. Please check out all she had to say in the interview below.

Now that you know a little bit about Nancy let’s get into the Q & A!

Q: Organization you are with or place of work?

A: I worked at Hurley Hospital for about a year, while going to school to get my BSN, as a clinical instructor for nursing students. At the same time, I also worked at St. Joseph Hospital now called Genesys Hospital. I was a critical care staff nurse and then a critical care educator until 2000 when I received my Masters in Nursing and began work as a clinical nurse specialist for cardiology. I moved to the Lansing area in 2004 and worked at Sparrow Hospital as a clinical nurse specialist for cardiac patients until leaving in 2008. 

Q: How did you become involved with TRIAD?

A: After taking a year to travel after retirement, I needed to find a project to fill my time. I attended what was the “Senior Prom” in 2009 and met so many wonderful people that I went to the very next TRIAD meeting. I have been with TRIAD ever since.

Q: How long have you been a TRIAD member?

A: I have been a member since 2009.

Q: Having had the opportunity to work with TRIAD what about the organization has grown your interest it’s area of focus?

A: I have been a TRIAD member since 2009. For the past few years, I have had the privilege to be the education coordinator and educator for TRIAD. I enjoy talking to anyone who will listen what TRIAD does for senior citizens in the Tri-County area.

Q: Committee or Position you hold for TRIAD?

A: I am currently in the At Large position but continue to provide education about the organization to many different groups.

Q: Why do you choose to volunteer with TRIAD?

A: Great people and goals keep me active in TRIAD. Many older people have been forgotten or do not have families that have the ability to help them. TRIAD tries to assist them with acquiring basic necessities during No Senior Without Christmas and tries to help individuals throughout the year as issues arise.

Q: What do you think is the most powerful thing about law enforcement, fire fighters, and volunteers coming together to provide aid to the elder community?

A: As they say, it takes an army to get the job done and we are an army to assist the senior citizens of our communities. It does not matter if you are a police officer, firefighter, nurse, teacher, factory worker, student, plumber, attorney, social worker or have any other occupation. You can be retired or working. We need lots of us to help needy senior citizens in the Tri-County area. Each of us has something to share to improve the lives of these senior citizens.

Q: What is your favorite program that TRIAD offers the community?

A: It has to be No Senior Without Christmas. The recipients of the gift boxes are so happy to see us every year. Many call or write telling us how they appreciated the gifts. But, saying that, the education programs offered to the community has to come in second. (Could be because that is my focus.) Then the Outreach program. It is such a needed program. Calling seniors that may not have anyone checking on them through the month. The seniors look forward to each communication with a TRIAD volunteer. We are constantly striving to improve our offerings and to add more as we recognize the needs.

Thank you Nancy for your service and dedication to TRIAD and the elder community. We are lucky to have the opportunity to work with you! To read more stories similar to Nancy’s stay tuned to our Facebook page and blog!