Our History


The Missaukee county Commission on Aging first began serving the seniors of the county on October 1, 1998.  The agency was, and continues to be funded through a county-wide millage.

For the next 16 years, we operated as a separate governmental entity through an inter-government agreement with Missaukee County.  A Board of Directors, its members from the county at large, provided oversight to the agency.  As of October 1, 2017, the Commission on Aging will operate as a non-profit under contract with the County to provide senior services and receive millage funds.

With over 20 providers, we serve almost 300 clients in their homes; providing homemaking, personal care, and respite.  Additional clients receive foot care and assistance with their medication.  We staff two nurses – a registered nurse and a licensed practical nurse.  We have adopted as our mission,”…to keep the seniors of our county safe and independent in their homes through education, advocacy, and services.”

Through other programs, we are able to reach many more Missaukee County seniors.  We will assist over 200 seniors with their Medicare and Medicaid enrollment and almost 150 clients will have snow removal services through the COA.  With a Michigan Department of Transportation Grant, our volunteer drivers cover nearly 40,000 miles a year taking seniors to medical appointments.

Our vision for the future is to continue to expand our services to meet the needs of the ever increasing senior population.  The programs will be dynamic to meet the ever changing needs of a new generation of older adults.

We will continue to provide all services with compassion and professionalism in following our mission of keeping the seniors of our county safe and independent in their homes through education, advocacy, and services.

It is our honor to do this for our seniors.

OUR TEAM

Heather Harris Jensen MA BAHA
Executive Director
A life-long resident of Missaukee County, Heather started as our Director in September 2019. 
"I feel privileged to have this position & am very excited for the future of our COA. Missaukee County is my home, my parents home, my family's home, it is my goal to grow the agency through programs & activities that will benefit our aging population in an effort to provide the best possible life for folks after retirement".
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Brenda Strickland RN
Supervisor of Home Care Services
Brenda brings a level of understanding and compassion to her role as Director of Services along with many years of experience as a nurse. 
"I'm a retired RN with 17 years of experience. I've worked ED, ICU, Supervision, & Hospice. I have had the privilege to work with MCCOA since August 2018". 
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Teri Dick LPN
Staff Nurse
Teri's level of dedication to the people she serves is quite remarkable, her experience in nursing makes her a true asset to our organization and a favorite among clients. 
 "I have been a a nurse for 39 years. The services I provide at the COA are foot care, medication set ups, and nurse visits". 
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Holly Davis
Office Coordinator

I've been with the MCCOA since January of 2002.  My main focus here at the MCCOA is scheduling In-Home services and maintaining a balanced budget. 
I was born and raised in Moorestown, MI and it is my pleasure to serve the Seniors of Missaukee County.

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Shannon Scarbrough
Support Services Coordinator
I have been with the COA since August of 2001.  I am honored to serve the seniors of Missaukee county!  A big part of what I do is helping our area residents as a Certified Medicare counselor, and providing information and assistance.  Along with that I coordinate our transportation, senior project fresh programs, and support programs.  I have a passion for helping people access services and navigate through issues that may be difficult for them on their own.  How can I help you today? 
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Board of Directors


Pat Smith
Chairman

 

Jim Prehn
Secretary

 

Ginny Keelean
Vice-Chair

 

Wendy Musselman-Prehn
Member

 

 

 


Marcia Zimmerman
Treasurer

 

Bill Mosher
Member

 

Star Hughston
County Board of Commissioners