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Michigan women in national posts

Rev. Cathy Rafferty and Suzanne Hewitt have appointments serving the Connectional Church.

United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Chelsea Retirement Community chaplain Cathy Rafferty to a national senior living accreditation panel.

The United Methodist Association’s EAGLE Commission, which reviews the practices of retirement communities and service providers across the U.S., made the appointment this week and will seat Rafferty later in October at its Maryland headquarters.

“Cathy’s knowledge and experience, coupled with her profound passion for improving the quality of care provided to all older Americans, makes her ideally suited to support this panel,” said John Thorhauer, UMRC president and CEO.

Rafferty will be one of approximately 15 volunteer members and will serve a three-year term.  Her responsibilities will include oversight of EAGLE standards, development of accreditation program advancements, and leadership in delivering procedural and operational results.

“I am delighted to help carry UMRC’s principles, practices and solutions to help support senior living excellence across the U.S.,” Rafferty said

United Methodist Retirement Communities is a faith-based, non-profit organization that promotes the wellness, dignity and independence of older adults, by providing high quality, innovative and compassionate senior residential care services across Southeast Michigan.

Suzanne Hewitt of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has begun serving a four-year term on the Program Advisory Group of the national United Methodist Women.   

Hewitt is one of 63 women nominated to the Program Advisory Group, which counsels the national organization on its work with women, children and youth in the United States and around the world. The Advisory Group serves as a liaison for local, district and regional United Methodist Women groups. The Advisory Group includes at least one representative from every annual conference and Hewitt represents West Michigan Conference United Methodist Women.   

Hewitt said she looks forward to promoting United Methodist Women’s priority work on climate justice, maternal and child health, income inequality and mass incarceration. She a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids.  

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