Yaushica Aubert

President, CEO

Yaushica Aubert holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Master’s Degree in Public Health Administration. She has worked in the field of aging since 1999 and has held many positions during her tenure at VAAA. First as a Social Worker Care Manager, then lead Care Manager. In 2002, she became the Director of the MI CHOICE Waiver Program until 2008 when she became the Director of Planning and Contract Management, having oversight of the agency’s Multi-Year Plan development, contract management, Senior Wellness Services and other programming. In 2016 she was promoted to Vice- President of Operations currently and serves as President, CEO. She has been responsible for implementing the following:

  • Successful application submission to bill for Medicare-covered services
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy (Medicare-funded program)
  • Implementation of the SilverSneakers programming within VAAA
  • Keeping Independent Senior Safe (KISS) – winner of the 2017 n4a Aging Innovations Award
  • Retired and Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) – winner of Governor’s Service Award for Outstanding National Service Program

Community Service Director 

Lea Quinn serves as the Community Services Director where she is responsible for overseeing federal, state and local grant funding that provides supportive services for older adults living independently in the community for as long as they choose.  Ms. Quinn is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration received through Capella University. Ms. Quinn has worked at Valley Area Agency on Aging (VAAA) for 18 years, and during that time, she has held many different positions that have allowed her to become an expert on aging issues.  She is currently working on new business development to further the agency’s reach to the elderly and disabled adult populations in our region.

Director of Eligibility and Outreach

Patti Kerns holds Licensed Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Michigan. (LBSW) and is an MMAP certified counselor. Patti Kerns has been employed with VAAA since 2008. During her tenure, she has held multiple positions within the agency.  In response to the Water Crisis, Patti has developed the Senior Lives Matter program, a program targeted for people 60 years of age and older.  She has implemented programs that directly focus on the needs of seniors affected by the water crisis. Patti conducts public presentations and speeches on behalf of VAAA and is a viable resource for the community. She has worked as a Supports Coordinator for the Home Delivered Meal program, MI Choice Waiver program, and developed and implemented the first Care Transition program in Region 5. Patti has been the Director of Eligibility and Outreach for the last four years. During that time, she has made significant improvements to the Information and Assistance Department, as well as, implemented several new programs such as Independence by Choice and Valley Community Connect.  She has oversight of the Medicare and Medicaid assistance program (MMAP) for Region 5, recently awarded as the best MMAP program in the State of Michigan for 2018.

Director of Human Resources

Katrina Royster is the Director of Human Resources at Valley Area Agency on Aging and has worked in the Human Resources field since 2011. She graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with her Bachelors in Health Care Administration in 2006 and graduated from Spring Arbor University with her Masters in Organizational Management in 2010.

As the Director of Human Resources, some of her responsibilities include the following:

  •    Recruitment
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Training and Development
  • Employee Performance Management
  • Employee Relations
  • Employee Safety

Chief Financial Officer

Deborah J. Mellinger (Debbie), the Chief Financial Officer of Valley Area Agency on Aging (VAAA), has worked in the field of accounting since 1979.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cleary University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2003. Debbie has been with VAAA since 2010 and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2016.

As the Chief Financial Officer, some of her responsibilities include the following:

  • Managing and integrating all financial activities of the Agency
  • In conjunction with the President, CEO and the Executive Staff, develop and monitor all Agency budgets  
  • Present monthly Financial Statements to the Board of Directors
  • Manage the annual audit process with the outside CPA firm as well as Federal, State, and local audits