Luncheon Speakers 2017

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Erica Michalowski

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Erica Michalowski, MSW., Associate State Director for Community Outreach, joined AARP CT in April 2003. Since that time she has worked on AARP priorities that serve the 50+ population and their families in the area of education and outreach. Topics include, consumer protection, health disparities, long term care, financial security, caregiving, mobility, retirement security, aging in place initiatives and livable communities. Erica currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Coalition for Elder Justice in CT and chair of their Consumer Fraud Action team on behalf of AARP CT. In addition, Erica represents AARP CT on the Consumer Law Project for Elders Advisory Council.

Prior to coming to AARP, Erica worked in state government serving four years at the Elderly Services Division of the state Department of Social Services, where she was a field representative. There Erica worked to develop statewide programs like the Grandparents As Parents Support Program (GAPS), managed grants for the Senior Community Services Employment Program (Title V), and Nutrition, Home & Community Services, to name a few.

Prior to her work in state government, Erica gained experience in the needs of older adults, their families and communities by working as a Per Diem Social Worker for Midstate Medical Center while also serving as a community organizer developing programs for homebound seniors. Prior to her completion of her Graduate work, Erica served as a recruiter for the Corporation for National & Community Service identifying placements for AmeriCorpsVISTA candidates. Her work has always been in the area of aging and promotion of volunteer service. She served as the Volunteer & Community Coordinator for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Greater New Britain where she managed volunteers while also developing a parish nurse program for the Health Ministry Partnership & Faith In Action Project, a project of the Healthy Meriden 2000 effort.

Erica earned her master’s in Social Work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, majoring in Community Organizing with a minor in Public Policy. Her education also earned her a Certification in Aging studies. Her work in the field of Social Work continues as she mentors students currently working towards their graduate studies in coordination with the University of Connecticut, School of Social Work.

A lifetime resident of CT, Erica serves her professional and personal life in the quest to help others find their place in life, so they can live with dignity and purpose in a setting of their choice. She was recently asked to join the Quinnipiac University School of Social Work as a part-time adjunct faculty member. She teaches a graduate course in inter-professional education in Geriatric Social Work while also providing supervision to 2nd year Graduate students.

In her personal life, Erica and her husband Dave enjoy exploring their passions together helping others by giving time to small non-profit organizations dedicated to women’s health issues, learning about healthy living options, enjoying sports events especially UConn and spending time with close friends and family.

 

Mark Solomon

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Detective Mark Solomon is a 23 year veteran of the Greenwich, CT Police Department and has spent his last 16 years in the Greenwich Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. Since 2008, Mark has been assigned to the CT Financial Crimes Task Force, which is a federal task force run by the U.S. Secret Service and focuses on large scale financial and cyber-criminal activities.

Det. Solomon is a recognized expert in financial and cyber-crime investigations and has spoken throughout the U.S. on identity theft and financial fraud schemes.

In 2010, Mark was selected as the MasterCard/IAFCI International “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” recipient. In 2014 Mark was a co-recipient of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Luminary Award for Intelligence Sharing. In 2015, Mark received the Dr. John Clarke Law Enforcement of the Year Award for the Greenwich Police Department and in 2016 was awarded the Financial Crime Investigator of the Year Award from the Henry C. Lee College at the University of New Haven. Currently, Mark is the Connecticut Chapter IAFCI President and is a certified instructor for the CT Municipal Police Training Council (MPTC) for identity theft and financial crimes Investigations.