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Michele has over ten years of experience in all aspects of home care coordination in Marin and Sonoma Counties.

Education and Training

  • Masters in Gerontology, Geriatric Care Management Concentration,
    San Francisco State University

  • Certificate in Gerontology,
    Sonoma State University

  • Over 500 hours of recent additional training in care management,
    advocacy, mediation, caregiver issues, dementia care, hospice and end-of-life issues, chronic disease management, family dynamics, driving concerns, nutrition and hydration, continence issues, etc.

Community Involvement

Michele has over twenty years of involvement in organizations that serve the elderly of the North Bay, including:

  • L.I.T.A. (Love Is the Answer, a nursing home volunteer visitor
    program), volunteer coordinator and Board member
  • Sonoma County Ombudsman Program (3 years as state-certified
    volunteer ombudsman to skilled nursing facilities)
  • Marin Section on Aging
  • Commonwealth Club of California, “For Grownups” Forum
  • Sonoma Area Agency on Aging, Legislative Committee
  • Affordable Living Task Force
  • Whistlestop of Marin
  • Senior Access
  • Marin Center for Independent Living
  • Alzheimer’s Task Force/Respite Weekends

Professional Affiliations

  • Actively involved in the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care
    Managers, locally, regionally and nationally
  • American Society on Aging (ASA), Healthcare and Aging Network and
    Network on Environments, Services and Technology
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • California Association for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR)
  • National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
  • National Gerontological Nurses Association (Affiliate)
  • Older Women’s League (OWL)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans
  • AARP


Michele knows first-hand of the many issues, challenges and rewards facing family caregivers. She and her family cared for her grandparents in their final years, and her Mother currently lives with her and her husband.


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