Board of Directors

Patrick Simasko

Chair

For over 18 years Patrick has been an elder law attorney. He has dedicated his legal career to Elder Law and has assisted hundreds of families in planning for their future, protecting their assets and receiving available financial and medical benefits. Patrick has conducted numerous seminars/workshops throughout the State of Michigan as well as nationally to help educate communities about Elder Law, Financial Planning, Medicaid and the VA Benefit Aid & Attendance.

 

Susan Burkhardt

Vice-Chair

Susan Burkhardt is the Vice President of Healthcare Integration at Medstar Ambulance. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University and Northwood University. Susan is very involved in community service and serves as a council member for the City of New Baltimore, MI. In addition, Susan is very experienced in community relations, business development, fundraising, as well as community outreach and development.

 

 

Janice Nearon

Treasurer

Janice is a graduate of the University of Detroit (B.A. 1970). She was the President of Chene Machine Repair, Inc. for over 30 years. Janice is currently the President of Nearon Consulting, LLC. Janice is the Vice-Chair of the St. Clair Shores Women’s Civic League. She also holds an appointment on the Board of Canvassers, and the Michigan Women’s Commission, and the Department of Human Services.

 

Jon O’Hara

Secretary

Jon O’Hara, his career in funeral service began quite by accident. As a teenager, he found a job at a funeral home parking cars and cutting grass. In a turn of fate, a random summer job became a lifelong profession for Jon. He has made it his life’s work to provide the highest level of care, whether he’s meeting with a family, providing customer service to clients, or parking cars at the funeral home. During his time in funeral service, Jon realized that there is a gap in care for families. There is a great need for a better preplanning experience, and this has become Jon’s passion. He wants to redefine preplanning. In doing so, not only will families have a better, more healing experience, but preplanning professionals will naturally grow their businesses. Jon is known for his honest, straightforward, and passionate approach to his work with clients. Jon lives in Richmond, MI with his wife Michelle. They have two sons, Henry and Teddy, and their Labradoodle, Sydney.

 

 

Jim Demres

Member

 

 

 

Dana Camphous-Peterson

Member

 

 

 

David Vale

Member

 

 

 

Heather Wietecha

Member

 

 

 

Thomas Isett

Member