About the Elder Abuse Alliance

In every community across this country, vulnerable older adults are being abused, neglected, and exploited. Yet, in many instances, their plight is ignored or minimized. To make a change for the better, the Elder Abuse Alliance works to improve the lives of older adults in Genesee County.

Sadly, too many people view older people as burdens rather than as valued individuals who are entitled, as we all are, to be treated with dignity and respect. Many incidents of abuse go unreported because older persons are embarrassed, ashamed, or fearful of losing the help they need from family members or caregivers in their homes. As the number of older adults in our population increases, the incidence of elder abuse will almost certainly increase unless our society takes action to address this issue.

During the summer of 1999, the Genesee County Elder Abuse Task Force was organized as a volunteer organization. Our goal is to improve the lives of older adults in Genesee County by:

  1. Increasing the awareness of elder abuse
  2. Improving the response to incidents of elder abuse
  3. Developing strategies to prevent elder abuse
  4. Enhancing coordination among service providers

In the spring of 2010, the Task Force merged with the advisory committee for the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department Elder Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Unit. The Sheriff’s Department receives funding from the Genesee County senior millage to investigate complaints of violations of criminal laws related to elder abuse.

About the Elder Abuse Alliance
About the Elder Abuse Alliance

In 2014, the membership of the Sheriff’s Elder Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Unit advisory committee and the task force determined that a more formal organizational structure was needed to obtain independent funding and expand its activities. The two groups merged with a local nonprofit organization that had been formed to work in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Elder Abuse Unit. The organization had obtained a 501(c)(3) tax exemption, but had been dormant for several years. The name of the organization was changed to the Elder Abuse Alliance.

The EAA is a non-profit charitable corporation that is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are welcome and are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Elder Abuse Alliance Meetings

The Elder Abuse Alliance meets on the first Thursday of each month at 9:00am. Our meetings take place in the lower level of the Genesee County Administration Building, in the Human Resources Training Room. Everyone is welcome to attend a meeting as a guest and/or join the EAA as a member. Joining is as simple as attending a meeting and signing in with your name, organization, and email address. There are no dues or applications to join.

Genesee County Administration Building

Elder Abuse Alliance Board

The Voting Board consists of 15 members, elected to three-year staggered terms. The Executive Board is made up of four members of the Voting Board; officer elections are held every July at the annual meeting.


Amir Abu-Aita



Sherri Frame

Vice President

Elder Law Attorney

Jenette Finch


Loss Prevention Supervisor

Dolores Coulter


Elder Law Attorney, Retired

Board of

Mary Abu-Aita

Assisted Living Provider

Kariann Nelson

Detective Lieutenant

Beth Schumacher

Social Worker

Tracy Dowless

Adult Services Supervisor

Sam Olson

Genesee County Probate Court

Andrew Snyder

Detective Sergeant

Pam Keener

Elder Law Paralegal

Renee Puvalowski

Local Long Term Care Ombudsman

Charles P. Tommasulo

Social Worker

Mike Kotarski

Elder Law Attorney

Pamela Reid

Program Coordinator & Contract Management

Elder Abuse Alliance Members

Members consist of both professionals and organizations concerned about the welfare of our elderly community. Their qualifications and jobs range from law enforcement and legal services, to medical and human service providers, as well as financial institutions and government agencies.

Extended Care Facilities

Caretel Inns of Linden
Fenton Healthcare
Kith Haven
WellBridge of Fenton

Home Health Care Agencies

All Americans Home Health & Hospice Care
Alternative Elderly Care
Heart to Heart Hospice
Kindred At Home & Hospice
Loving Hands
Professional Nursing Services, Inc
Right At Home

Assisted Living Facilities

Greenley Square Manor
The Lodges of Durand
Serenity Assisted Living

Banks and Credit Unions

Chemical Bank
Comerica Bank
Financial Plus Credit Union
Lapeer County Bank & Trust
Security Credit Union
State Bank

Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Michigan Chapter

Department of Health and Human Services Adult Services (Adult Protective Services)

Genesee County Department of Veterans Services

The Disability Network

Elder Law Attorneys

Family Service Agency of Mid-Michigan

Flint Township Police Department

Forest Township Senior Center

Genesee County Office of Senior Services

Genesee County Probate Court

Genesys PACE of Genesee County

Geriatric Social Work

Hurley Medical Center

Lakeshore Legal Aid Long-Term Ombudsman Program

Legal Services of Eastern Michigan

McLaren, Flint

Office of Genesee County Sheriff

Valley Area Agency on Aging

* Items in red denote a founding member organization

Contact Us

For general inquiries please contact us at:
P.O. Box 998, Flint, MI 48501

Please note that as a volunteer organization with no staff and a very small budget we are not able to respond to requests for individual advice or assistance regarding specific situations. However we welcome your comments on the information provided on this website, as well as your suggestions for additions or improvements to the site.

For information on a wide range of resources available in Genesee County for seniors, click here to view the Genesee County Commission on Aging’s Senior Resource Directory.

For information on other elder justice programs in Michigan contact the Michigan Elder Justice Coordinating Council at mielderjustice.org.