New volunteer guardians complete training

Back row, left to right: Judge Kathleen Giesler, MaryAnn Dackermann, Sue Tignor, Jill Bothe and Jody Strickling. Front row: Carol Kmetz, Ann Chio and Annette Lucas.

The Ottawa Count Probate Court recently completed its first volunteer guardianship training on March 26 and 27. The Volunteer Guardianship Program now has seven qualified volunteer guardians ready to act as surrogate decision makers for those in need of an advocate. 

Over the course of two days, the volunteers were trained by Judge Kathleen Giesler; Linda Kroeger-Baum, partner in the law firm of Kroeger and Peters; Dianne Mortensen, Executive Coordinator for Ottawa County Senior Resources; James Recker, Funeral Director/Manager of Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home; Kendra German, Administrator for Riverview Healthercare; and Lynn Ritter, Education Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association. Each speaker provided valuable information on topics pertaining to the legal aspects of guardianship, resources in our community, end-of-life arrangements, nursing home/rehabilitation care and the care of persons with Alzheimer’s/dementia.  

To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, contact Jennifer Simpson at 419-734-6833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . More information is provided at the court’s website, The next training for the Volunteer Guardianship Program is projected for the fall of 2014.

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