Cheryl retired from a career in Social Work and Public Health, having worked for many years in community- based programs, Cheryl worked for the State of Michigan for a time and also with the Michigan Public Health Institute. She worked on programs and grant-writing focusing on dementia and chronic illnesses. Cheryl is currently completing a two-year course in Spiritual Direction which she was drawn to because of her volunteer work in churches teaching classes on aging and writing.
Cheryl comes to Helping Hands Respite Care from the ALFA Board which she joined a few years ago because of an interest in programs and resources in East Lansing for people with dementia. She is a long term East Lansing resident and MSU fan, probably because her son graduated from MSU and her husband, Erik Goodman is associated with MSU as the Director for the Beacon Center for Study of Evolution in Action.
“As a former ALFA Board Member I am very encouraged by the merger, and the program seems to be doing well under the guidance Helping Hands Respite Care. My philosophy of service is borrowed from a good friend : The meaning of one’s life is to help others find the meaning in theirs.”