Honoring those working on behalf of the elderly


– Photo by John Meiu

Three senior advocates and one organization from the Southeast Michigan area were honored recently at Elder Law of Michigan’s 8th Annual Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Awards reception at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores. The individual honorees recognized for their contributions to the fields of law and aging were (left to right) Robert Spada, deputy chief of the Special Victims Unit, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, chosen in recognition of his passion for protecting senior victims from abuse and exploitation; Rhonda Powell, director of Macomb Community Action, selected in recognition of her leadership on aging issues throughout Southeast Michigan as well as across the entire state of Michigan; and Oakland County 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke, recognized for his work in ensuring seniors are treated with respect and dignity in the court system. First Step, the Western and Downriver Wayne County Project on Domestic and Sexual Violence, was recognized for its leadership in providing domestic violence services to older victims across Southeast Michigan.