POSITION: The Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (MLTCOP), is seeking a full-time Assistant State Long Term Care Ombudsman for Training, Closure, and Volunteer Management. MLTCOP is housed in the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative, a legal services program that is part of Michigan Statewide Advocacy Services. The Assistant State Long Term Care Ombudsman for Training, Closure, and Volunteer Management will be based out of the Lansing office with a hybrid in-office/remote work schedule (although on-site visits to facilities will be required).
Mireille is Legal Counsel to the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. She comes to MLTCOP from CVLAP-Elder Justice Initiative in Mt. Clemens, MI, where she was a Staff Attorney. Prior to that she was a Legal Research and Writing Instructor at Wayne State University. She was also in private practice where she practiced doing family, media, commercial and railroad litigation. She received her B.A. from University of Michigan and her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law.
"Without Mary's connections and hard work, we would not have been able to get media coverage of our distribution of robotic pets and other devices to nursing homes. Mary coordinated with the West Bloomfield Health and Rehab Center to allow us to come into the home and set up for the Fox2 News segment. She also participated as an interviewee and did quite well. It was an excellent piece, thanks to her efforts!"
Elaine Hearns and Louise Verbeke, Local Ombudsman in Region 1-B also coordinated the distribution to nursing homes they serve.
Congratulations to Mary for her KUDOS award. Many thanks to Mary, Elaine and Louise for supporting residents through this program!
Alison Hirschel is Senior Legal Counsel for the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. She has served as Counsel to the state's ombudsman program since 2004 and previously served as counsel to a local ombudsman program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For 15 years, Alison coordinated and served as legal counsel to the Michigan Campaign for Quality Care, a grassroots advocacy group for long term care consumers. She also is the past president and serves on the Board of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care where she her current role is Vice-President.