Staff

Salli Pung

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Salli Pung is the new State Long Term Care Ombudsman. Ms. Pung brings over 20 years of experience to this position. For the last 13 years, she has served as the Nursing Facility Relocation Coordinator at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services where she oversees nursing facility closures and ensures that residents are protected and empowered in this process. Previously, Ms. Pung served as the Program Manager for MI Health Link, Senior Program Manager at the Center for Long Term Care at the Michigan Public Health Institute, and Director of Education and Shared Services at the Michigan Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (now called Leading Age). Ms. Pung began her career in this arena when she served as a nursing assistant in a nursing home during college.

Jonathan Tabor

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Jonathan Tabor is the Legal Counsel for the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program.  Prior to joining the program, Jonathan practiced public interest law in Chicago for 15 years.  Most recently, Jonathan served as Staff Attorney to the Legal Assistance Foundation’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program where he represented residents of long-term care facilities in a wide range of legal matters.  Jonathan has also served as an immigration attorney in Chicago-based refugee resettlement organizations and as a federal law clerk in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Jonathan received his B.A. in 1995 from the University of Michigan and his J.D. in 1999 from Boston University School of Law.   

Dakima Jackson

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Dakima Jackson is the Assistant State Long Term Care Ombudsman for Local Ombudsman Support.  Dakima has been involved in the aging network for 12 years, most recently as the Local Long Term Care Ombudsman for the Area Agency on Aging 1-C service area in Wayne County.  She began her career working with adults with developmental disabilities adults in adult foster care homes, elders in nursing homes, and in assisted living facilities. Dakima has a Masters in Healthcare Services Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy. Her passion for elder abuse prevention prompted her to develop an expertise in elder rights that lead to developing caregiver and elder abuse prevention seminars for professionals and caregivers.

Shelby Coolbaugh

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Shelby is the Administrative Manager for the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. Shelby comes to Michigan Elder Justice Initiative and the State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program with over sixteen years experience in the health care field, eight of those years as an Operations Manager for a large Michigan based healthcare system.  As the Administrative Manager, Shelby will work closely with local Ombudsman staff to ensure all time-sensitive information, case reporting details, and referral requests are handled appropriately and efficiently.  Shelby has a strong passion for helping others; for many years she has volunteered at several local Michigan based charities, from serving meals to raising funds.