ElderCare Solutions of Michigan

Staff bios

Karen Amber, LMSW, ACSW, 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.

Diane Boufford, LLMSW, earned her bachelor’s degree in gerontology from Madonna University and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan. She has always enjoyed her time with older adults, having had both of her grandmothers living with her family while growing up. Diane’s passion is to help older adults and their families maintain the highest standard of living while helping the older adult age in place.

Lynn Breuer, LMSW, CHC earned her bachelor of science degree in psychology from Michigan State University and her master’s in social work in interpersonal practice from the University of Michigan.  Currently adjunct faculty at Madonna University, her focus at JFS has been to identify the needs of seniors and raise awareness about the benefits of Geriatric Care Management in the metro Detroit. As a certified health coach, Lynn currently heads up JFS’s Chronic Disease Management programs, which in addition to geriatric care management, includes cognitive wellness programming as well as individual and group health coaching.

Yuliya Gaydayenko, MA, LMSW, is the Chief Program Officer of Older Adult Services at Jewish Family Service and has been with the agency since 2008. She has worked in the community for the past 23 years, starting as an ESL tutor, refugee resettlement coordinator and day camp director at the Jewish Community Services in Flint, Michigan, where she served as executive director from 2003 to 2008. Yuliya’s family came to the U.S. 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 master’s degrees in linguistics and social work from Michigan State University. Yuliya was honored by the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Award for the Outstanding Professional Service in 2015.

Beth Seelbach, LBSW, MHHS, graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work and she received her master’s degree in health and human services from Youngstown State University.  She has spent the majority of her career working with the elderly population in various settings, such as a hospital, nursing homes, and assisted living communities.  She enjoys helping seniors and their families navigate the challenges of aging, and the many senior care options available to them.