ABOUT ALS OF MICHIGAN
ALS of Michigan is a voluntary not-for-profit organization, solely dedicated to the fight against ALS. Our mission is dedicated to helping our pALS (people with ALS), their families and caregivers live life as fully as possible. We serve pALS and their families throughout the state of Michigan through a variety of programs. Thanks to our generous supporters, our programs are all offered at no cost ever.
Some of our services include Information, Referrals and Resource Guides, Workshops & Seminars, Equipment Loans, Augmentative & Alternative Communication Center, Home Visits, Peer Counseling, Support Groups, and Respite Care Services (in certain areas).
For more information about our services, please contact us at (800) 882-5764 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALS OF MICHIGAN Staff
Our compassionate staff members help pALS and their families along their ALS journey by providing them with emotional support, accessing their needs and recommending our services or community resources that will help make living with ALS easier.
Kimberly Niemiec Graziosi, APR | Kim@alsofmi.org | 248-354-6100, Ext. 222
Kim has more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has been with ALS of Michigan since 2018, having previously served as the Development and Marketing Director. Kim has a Bachelor's degree in Communication from Michigan State University, is accredited in public relations (APR) and completed the Michigan Association of Rehabilitation Organizations' (MARO) Leadership Academy. Kim is passionate about serving Michigan's ALS community and raising funds and awareness for people with Lou Gehrig's disease as a close friend passed away from ALS. Kim also has a special interest in autism and serves on the board of the Hope for Autism Foundation.
Lisa G. Bardach, MS CCC-SLP | Lisa@alsofmi.org | 248-354-6100, Ext. 227
Lisa is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist who is nationally recognized for her expertise in Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC), specifically in helping people with severe physical challenges gain access to communication technology. Lisa has been a part of ALS of Michigan since July of 2000. She developed and implemented the AAC Center, a regional clinic to provide AAC and Assistive Technology services to pALS throughout Michigan. She is dedicated to ensuring that pALS have a way to communicate throughout the course of the disease, helping them to implement low tech and high tech methods of communication. She provides evaluation and training for pALS in need of communication, speech generating devices, and computer access as well as telephone technology. Lisa holds a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lisa is also an adjunct faculty member of the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Mary Hansen, LMSW, ACSW | Mary@alsofmi.org | 248-354-6100, Ext. 226
Social Worker/Patient Services Coordinator
Mary joined our team in October 2016 and has extensive experience as a medical social worker in hospital and home care settings. At ALS of Michigan, Mary provides emotional support, education, and connects pALS and their families with resources. Some of her primary duties include conducting support groups, developing and presenting in-services, and initiating regular, supportive contact with pALS and their families. At an agency level, Mary has written policies and procedures that enable staff to best serve our pALS. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master's of Social Work degree. She is also a Licensed Master's Level Social Worker (LMSW) and also holds the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) credential. Mary says that she is, "privileged to be able to use her passion and skills to help the ALS community."
Linda Kern, LMSW
Social Worker/Patient Services Coordinator | Linda@alsofmi.org | 248-354-6100, Ext. 223
Linda joined the ALS of Michigan team in the fall of 2012. As a social worker and patient services coordinator, Linda's role includes assisting with calls and emails for support, information, and resources along with our loan closet, facilitating the Sterling Heights support group and representing ALS of Michigan at the Henry Ford ALS Clinic. Linda graduated from Wayne State University with both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in social work. She has over 25 years of experience as a social worker, with a focus on the medical field. "I feel fortunate to be working with ALS of Michigan, so that I can be there for people as they cope with the many changes associated with this disease."
Megan Kraft | Megan@alsofmi.org | 248-354-6100, Ext. 224
Megan came to ALS of Michigan after deciding to transition into the non-profit world. Her background includes experience with motivation, coaching, leadership, and administration. She is currently pursuing a degree at Oakland University and spends her free time running a small handmade business. Megan also volunteers with a local cat rescue for which she fosters and takes care of community cats in her neighborhood. Her compassion and skill set make her a great fit for the ALS of Michigan team.
ALS OF MICHIGAN BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our organization is governed in principle and policy by a dedicated volunteer board of directors. These individuals, comprised of family members of people with ALS, business and community leaders, health professionals, and members of the general public, provide guidance and oversight to the organization in meeting its mission.
MassMutual Great Lakes
Mark A. Smith, CPA, JD
Roush Enterprises, Inc.
Universal Bearing Company
Linda Hiller Novak
Max Broock Realtors
FIAT Chrysler Automobiles
Global Technology & Transformation Executive
Honorable Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski, JD
Imperium Logistics, LLC
Gift of Life
Jay Welford, JD
Jaffe Raitt Heuer and Weiss, PC
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