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 is Vice President of Healthcare Integration and has been with Medstar for more than 12 years. Susan works with stakeholder hospital and skilled nursing facility service delivery. Her role at Medstar combines her love of patient care with problem-solving, strategic planning, and community relations. In addition to developing and cultivating relationships with healthcare systems, she also has oversight of the Medstar Billing Department. To increase her knowledge of EMS, Susan completed the Medstar Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program.

Outside of Medstar, Susan serves as Vice-Chair on the Martha T. Berry Foundation Board (and been with them since their inception), as well as on the Henry Ford Macomb Ambassador Committee, American Heart Association Heart Safety Committee, Macomb County Community Action Board, Henry Ford Macomb Quality and Safety Committee, the Health Care Association of Michigan, and the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Directors of Nursing in Long-Term Care (NADONA).

Throughout her career, Susan has received several recognitions including the Athena Award Nominee 2019 from the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce, the 2019 Medstar Robert Cannon Community Leadership Award, the Volunteer of the Year Award from McLaren Macomb Hospital (2013), the Henry Ford Macomb Volunteer of the Year Award (2011), and the 2016 Michigan NADONA “Star Partner of the Year Award” in recognition of her work with NADONA and the Michigan Association of Healthcare Administrators.

Susan received her Bachelor of Science from Northwood University and her Master of Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University.

Married to Bill Burkhardt and they have three amazing children.

 

 

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

With over 45 years of Nursing and Healthcare and Marketing experience, I am currently employed with Bay Nursing, Inc., a homecare company founded in 1992 providing Homecare and Hospice services to our aged and frail elderly throughout southeastern Michigan. As a Transitional Care Nurse, I have facilitated patient care placement and have earned promotion to my current position as Nursing Support Services Manager.

My expertise includes marketing, sales, and service positions in Homecare, Hospice, Rehabilitation Services, Hospital Outreach and Clinical Laboratory. Educational achievements and personal advancement have earned positions in Marketing Management, Nursing, Nursing Home Administration, and as Corporate Trainer for the Dale Carnegie Sales and Personal Development programs. Following advancement to Fellow with the American College of Health Care Administrators and receiving the President’s Award, I served as President of the Michigan Chapter, Governor of Region VII and been bestowed the honor of Foundation Life Member and Member Emeritus while serving on the National Advisory Committee. Personal activities include 30-year active participation as a basketball official, currently serving the Michigan High School Athletic Association as a Certified Clinician, Trainer, and Mentor of high school basketball officials.

 

 

 

Dana Camphous-Peterson

Member

Dana serves as the Revitalize and Thrive Campaign Coordinator with the Macomb Family YMCA, she is responsible for securing major gifts from corporations, the private sector, and community organizations. She has spent the last twenty five years involved in non-profit fundraising. She has been a public servant for over fifteen years. As a Founder and Fund Development Specialist for Care House in Macomb County her accomplishments over the past twenty two years included: the initiation of services, start-up funding, and the continued procurement of financing for the non-profit corporation.

 

 

 

David Vale

Member

 

 

 

Heather Wietecha

Member

I have been a MTB Foundation board member since September 2021. I am the Branch Manager/Second Vice President of First State Bank at Hall Rd and Groesbeck and have been with the bank for 8 years. I have worked in the banking industry for 14 years. Supporting the community for which I live and work is important to me and my work family.

 

 

 

Thomas Isett

Member