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Health care reps discuss care of elderly

Nov. 24, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Two local health care representatives will discuss care of the elderly on Friday, Dec. 4, during the next Keystone Breakfast Speaker Series presentation at Western Michigan University.

Dawn VanderPloeg, director of Adult Day Services at Oakland Centre, and Laura Latiolais, director of community relations and development for Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, will discuss "Helping the Community Care for its Elders: Adult Day Services at Oakland Centre" in the Dean's Conference Room in Schneider Hall, home of the Haworth College of Business. The event begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling (269) 387-5050. Parking is available in the nearby Fetzer Center parking lot.

VanderPloeg was appointed Adult Day Services director in July when Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan opened the center to provide professional care and companionship for older adults in the community who need assistance or supervision during the day.

VanderPloeg received her bachelor's degree in management and organizational development from Spring Arbor University and worked at WMU for 15 years, concluding her service as coordinator of business operations for Auxiliary Enterprises. She then became executive director of the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek campuses of Davenport University. Before joining Hospice as a community liaison in 2007, VanderPloeg was the volunteer and campaign manager for the Van Buren County United Way.

Latiolais has been with Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan since 1996. She is responsible for all fundraising and communications activities for the agency. She eaerned a bachelor's degree in humanities from San Francisco State University.

Latiolais and her family moved to Kalamazoo in 1990. Prior to her work at Hospice, Latiolais was the business manager for the Kalamazoo Bach Festival. She currently serves on the board of the University Theatre Guild at WMU and has also served on Planned Parenthood of South Central Michigan's Endowment Committee and on the board of the Michigan Bach Collegium.

The Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series is underwritten through the generosity of Keystone Community Bank. The series provides an opportunity for the local community to hear prominent business leaders, WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business discuss current business issues and corporate strategies as well as key information regarding the continuing progress of the college.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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