As any elder law attorney will tell you, it isn’t always easy to distinguish elder law from social work. At Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices, we find that many of our clients benefit from having lawyers as well as social workers or case managers available to assist with issues that arise when making decisions for their loved ones.
Chalgian and Tripp is fortunate to have a team of social workers and case managers, each having extensive experience with aging issues, to serve as an important supplemental resource to our clients.
Jill Clouser is a graduate of Western Michigan University with Bachelor’s Degree in social work. Prior to joining Chalgian & Tripp, Jill worked for Region 2 Area Agency on Aging as an eligibility specialists/care manager and also marketed for local retirement communities. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Michigan Dementia Coalition, and the Calhoun County Elder Abuse Coalition. Jill is the current chair of the Lansing area Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which raised over $174,000 in 2014. She is the past chair of both the Catholic Charities Senior Council and the Jackson area Triad group. In 2011, Jill was selected as Volunteer of the Year for the Alzheimer’s Association – Michigan Great Lakes Chapter.
Megan Kiser, LBSW
Megan Kiser received her B.S. in Community Health Education from Eastern Washington University and became a licensed social worker in the state of Michigan in 2005. Megan’s career has focused upon the elderly and aging population. She is passionate about programs and services that meet the needs of seniors. Before joining Chalgian & Tripp, Megan was with Region VII Area Agency on Aging as the Social Work Supervisor for the Medicaid Waiver Program.
Megan has been appointed to serve on the Jackson County Advisory Council on Aging and chosen to serve on the Thome PACE Ethics Committee in Jackson. She is a certified MMAP counselor (Medicare & Medicaid Assistance Program) and holds a Certificate in Aging from Boston University’s Institute for Geriatric Social Work. She currently serves on the Jackson County Walk to End Alzheimer’s and is a member of the National Academy of Social Workers (NASW) Michigan Chapter.
John Fusik, NMG
John is a social gerontologist with more than 30 years of experience working with the aged and persons with disabilities to maintain maximum independence and dignity. He is one of only three Master Guardians in Michigan, a certification through the Center for Guardianship Certification reflecting education, experience and knowledge. John earned his Bachelor of Science in Social Gerontology with a minor in Activity Therapy and Emergency Medical Technician from Madonna University.
John is recognized throughout the State for his work in both the aging and special needs communities. At Chalgian and Tripp, John works with clients and families to develop care plans, and to review care services, to provide clients with quality of care options.
Monica Bissett earned a BS in psychology and gerontology and a graduate certificate in gerontology; both from Central Michigan University. Prior to joining Chalgian and Tripp, she worked for Senior Services/Midland County Council on Aging as an adult day program manager. Additionally at Senior Services, she facilitated their caregiver support group, co-facilitated two early memory loss programs, and collaboratively developed and conducted a wide variety of trainings related to cognitive loss/dementia, caregiving, and community outreach.