Since 2016, Salli has served as the Michigan State Long Term Care Ombudsman. Ms. Pung brings over 25 years of long term care experience to this role. For 13 years, she served as the Nursing Facility Relocation Coordinator at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services where she oversaw nursing home closures and ensured that residents were protected and empowered in the relocation process. Ms. Pung previously served as the Program Manager for MI Health Link, Michigan's financial alignment demonstration for people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, 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 LeadingAge). Ms. Pung began her career in long term care when she served as a direct care worker in a nursing home during college.
Dakima 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.
Karrie is the Assistant State Long Term Care Ombudsman for Program Quality Improvement. Karrie was the long term care ombudsman for Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties where she advocated for residents of nursing facilities, adult foster care homes, and homes for the aged. Karrie has extensive experience in health care and long term supports and services. She worked in outreach for the Capital Area Health Alliance which partners with area organizations to promote healthy lifestyles. She has been the administrator/director of two local assisted living facilities as well as working in management positions for a home health agency and a continuing care retirement community. She has helped to develop dementia curriculum for nursing students and facilitated Alzheimer's Support Groups. She has a master's in public administration with an emphasis in health care administration from Western Michigan University and a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.
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.
Jamie Hochman Herz
Jamie Hochman Herz is the Legal Counsel for the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, in which she provides advice, referral, and legal assistance to the State Long Term Care Ombudsman program. She is both an attorney and social worker who has dedicated her entire career to helping vulnerable individuals. Most recently, she was the Program Director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, in which she helped significantly grow program delivery around the state
Previously, Ms. Hochman Herz served as Assistant Staff Counsel for the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, acting as a pro bono policy expert. Ms. Hochman Herz also has extensive experience advocating for individuals with disabilities. She has been both a case manager and a therapist for children with significant mental health needs, taught a doctoral level course in mental health and the law, and was employed as a special projects coordinator for the American Bar Association Commission on Physical and Mental Disability Law.
In addition to the above roles, Ms. Hochman Herz has acted as a legal advocate for foster care children and worked systemically on foster care reform. She received her JD from Georgetown Law in 2001 and received a post-graduate Skadden Fellowship to provide legal services to low-income families. Ms. Hochman Herz received her MSW from the University of Michigan in 1995 and her BA from the University of Michigan in 1993.
Tammy Cordes serves as the Special Projects Coordinator. She is involved in numerous projects which support the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, including updating the MLTCOP Ombudsman Designation Training and the MLTCOP Policies and Procedures as well as coordinating the Companion Pet Adoption Project. She is an active member of Michigan Attorney General's Elder Abuse Task Force in which she has played a role in creating and recording online training modules for home care providers. Additionally, she writes a monthly Elder Abuse Prevention newsletter for staff working in long-term care settings. Tammy has extensive experience working in both abuse prevention and training. She worked for more than 6 years in the Child Abuse Prevention Division at Child and Family Charities, primarily as a parent coach in the Foster Care Supportive Visitation program. Prior to that, Tammy was a full-time instructor and Territory Training Specialist in the Health and Safety Department at the American Red Cross. She is a certified Family Life Educator with a master’s degree in Family Studies from Spring Arbor University.