Taking care of a loved one can be difficult.  So can ensuring that your own needs are being met during this challenging time.  It's easy to feel isolated but Gesher Human Services, Jewish Family Service and Jewish Senior Life are here to offer family caregivers support, comfort, and a sense of community.


Meet Our Panel


Lynn Breuer, LMSW, CDP, Senior Director of Community Outreach & Wellness

Lynn is a national speaker, a licensed clinical social worker, a certified Dementia practitioner, a health coach, and a New England Cognitive Center Master Program Trainer. Lynn is currently the Senior Director of Community Outreach & Wellness at Jewish Family Service of metropolitan Detroit.


Julie Bodson, MT-BC

Julie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and then discovered a way to combine her passions for music, healing and wellness through the field of music therapy. Since 2005, she has been in the role of Manager of Senior Adult Services at Gesher Human Services in the Dorothy and Peter Brown Jewish Community Adult Day Program.

Howard Collens

Howard H. Collens is a founding member of Galloway and Collens, PLLC. He advises clients in estate planning for estate of every size, tailoring trusts, will and powers of attorney to meet the present and changing needs of his clients. Mr. Collens has been named a Super Lawyer in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate. He is also a board member for the Area Agency on Aging 1-B.

Brian Tass, BS, MS, NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Much of Brian’s passion for teaching fitness and yoga came from his own results with training. After a career in teaching physical education and 15 years of coaching high school football and basketball, he has been training and teaching Yoga in 2014.

Jeannine Roach, MSA, Manager of Health Promotion, Area Agency on Aging 1-B

Jeannine has been employed with the agency for 4.5 years coordinating Disease Prevention and Health programs . She has a strong passion for improving the overall health and well being of older adults and adults with disabilities and helping family caregivers receive the support needed to thrive.

Julie Ohana, Culinary Art Therapist, LMSW

Cooking has been a passion for Julie since childhood when she would bake family recipes with her grandmother. Julie discovered a second love- helping people through therapy. Julie has worked with a wide ranging population and has many years of experience with inpatient substance abuse treatment and outpatient mental health treatment.

Natalie Rosenfield, BSW, Director of Patient Care, Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network

Natalie joined JCHN in 2012 following an extensive career in a variety of positions in the health care industry. Natalie served as past president of the West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce and speakers bureau ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Association and Arthritis Association.

Karma Maxwell, AGNP-BC, Chief Clinical Officer of Michigan Palliative and Hospice Care

Karma is board certified as an Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. She pursued her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Oakland University and has been a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner since 2016.

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Gift bags are available to first 125 registrants. Bags will be available for pick up Monday through Thursday from 10 – 4 beginning October 10th. Due to Jewish holidays in October please call to confirm the agency is open.