ElderCare Solutions of Michigan

Staff bios

Karen Amber, LMSW, ACSW

Role: Geriatric Care Manager

Karen began her career as a social worker with the elderly in 1970 at Borman Hall, a continuum of care facility in Detroit. She received her MSW in 1975 from Wayne State University. As a student, her training took place at Jewish Family Service, Northville State Hospital and an interdisciplinary medical center in Pontiac, Michigan. She has always had a focus on geriatrics.

Karen took 11 years off from working with the elderly to raise her family, and then returned to work as a social worker at the Teitel Jewish Apartments in Oak Park for 9 years.

In 2003, Karen began doing private, in-home counseling and she currently works with ElderCare Solutions of Michigan as a Geriatric Care Manager.

Getting to Know Karen:

Married for 40 years, Karen has 2 children and 2 grandchildren and loves spending time with her family and friends. In addition, music has always been an important part of her life. She has played piano for many years.

A former camper and counselor, Karen loves the outdoors, plants and caring for them, and she enjoys walking.

Risa Berris

Lynn Breuer, MSW

Role: Director of Marketing & Community Outreach

Lynn has been involved in the healthcare and educational industries her entire career. She began her career as a Social Worker with Jewish Family Service and The Sarah Fisher Center, and then moved into the pharmaceutical industry, first as a representative and then later as a trainer, helping the sales force understand the importance of treating depression and anxiety. While she was home raising her children, she also worked part time as a pre-school educator.

Lynn came back to head up the outreach and marketing efforts for ElderCare Solutions of Michigan in 2009. Her focus has been to identify the needs of seniors and raise awareness about the benefits of Geriatric Care Management in the Detroit Metropolitan community. Lynn spends much of her time out in the community, speaking with families and professionals about Geriatric Care Management and letting them know that help is available for older adults and their families.

Lynn earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and her Masters in Social Work in Interpersonal Practice from the University of Michigan.

Getting to Know Lynn:

Lynn has been married for 24 years and has 2 children. She enjoys volunteering with her local high school Band and Orchestra as a Board Member and Spokesperson. She also serves as a Family Walk Team Mentor for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In addition to spending time with her family and friends, Lynn loves to needlepoint and scrapbook.

Sarah Claxton, LLMSW

Role: ElderCare Solutions of MI Geriatric Care Manager

Sarah has been involved in the healthcare industry her entire career. She began her career as a Neuro-Rehabilitation Social Worker with Hope Network Neuro-Rehab Services in East Lansing, then transitioned to Infinity Primary Care as a Social Work Care Manager before settling at Jewish Family Service as a Geriatric Care Manager within ElderCare Solutions of MI. Most of Sarah’s career has focused on geriatric case management, resource development and long-term care planning with an emphasis in advance directives, as well as traumatic brain injury and stroke rehabilitation,

Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Grand Valley State University and her Master’s in Social Work from Wayne State University.

Getting to Know Sarah:

Sarah grew up in Traverse City, Michigan, where her family still resides. Sarah has been living in Southeastern Michigan for the last 5+ years with her two orange tabby cats.  She enjoys travelling, being outdoors and watching college football in the fall.

Yuliya Gaydayenko, MA, MSW

Role: Department Director, Older Adult Services

Yuliya is the Director of Older Adult Services at Jewish Family Service. Yuliya’s family came to the United States from Moscow, Russia and resettled in Flint, Michigan in 1995. She was recognized by both Angell Scholar and Maize & Blue Scholar awards by the University of Michigan. She earned her Masters in Linguistics and her Masters in Social Work from Michigan State University. Yuliya has worked in the community for the past 14 years, starting as an ESL tutor, Refugee Resettlement Coordinator and Day Camp Director at the Jewish Community Services in Flint, Michigan, where she then served as an Executive Director from 2003 to 2008.

Getting to Know Yuliya:

Yuliya is active in her community as a member of the SeniorsCount! Advisory Committee, Oakland County Senior Planning Social Services Committee, United Way of Southeastern Michigan Regional Senior Collaborative, and the Michigan Committee for Refugee Resettlement.

She currently resides with her husband, their 3 children and their dog, Ginger. Yuliya is fluent in Russian and loves to read and play piano.