Governor Rick Snyder announced on Thursday that Michael Bartus would joining the Commission on Services to the Aging.  He is one of the founding members of the LGBT Older Adult Coalition of Michigan.

Michael Bartus, of Bloomfield Hills, is retired following a career in public sector and nonprofit management, donor development, fundraising, marketing and public relations. He previously served as director of development at the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute in New York, as director of development for the Visiting Nurse Association Inc. in Oak Park, as director of the Empowerment Zone Care Management program at the Detroit Area Agency on Aging and as a long term care consultant for the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging. Bartus holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in public health and a certificate in gerontology, all from the University of Michigan. He will represent Independents and replaces Anthony Pawelski.

The appointment is one of four new appointments to the Commission.  The 15-member board advises the governor and legislature on the coordination and administration of state programs and changes to federal and state programs related to aging priorities. No more than eight members can be from the same political party.

The LGBT Older Adult Coalition was formed in 2010.  It is a collaboration of people and organizations in Southeastern Michigan who are working to establish effective programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults. It is hosted by the ACLU of Michigan and is supported by a grant from the HOPE Fund.  For more information, visit