The staff at Caring Choices have a unique combination of skills and experience. Combined with their compassionate approach, social workers and a nurse offer you the assurance of the competent, caring professional help you need at this time.
Maryann Porosky, LCSW, C-ASWCM
Director and Founder of Caring Choices
Maryann is a licensed clinical social worker and has a Master's Degree in Social Work from Fordham University. She has worked to provide help and service to the elderly and their families the past twenty-five years. Her experience includes Director of a Special Care Project for the homebound elderly, Director of Social Services at a 500-bed nursing home and she is an experienced psychotherapist. Maryann has served as Chapter President of the NJ Chapter of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. Her experience has made her an expert in identifying and solving many of the complex problems you are facing.
Based on her own experiences dealing with the pain of aging family members, she founded Caring Choices 25 years ago to help the elderly, the disabled and their families who were at a loss and seeking answers.
Susan Donald enthusiastically joined the team at Caring Choices to continue to make a difference in the lives of seniors and their families. Susan steered the Intensive Senior Support Program at Cornerstone, formerly Family Services. Susan coordinated community partnerships to provide home based services to seniors with multiple problems including mental health challenges. Susan has worked with the psychiatrically impaired population both inpatient and outpatient as a Behavioral Health Counselor. Susan earned her degree in Psychology with a concentration in Gerontology and has earned a Certificate in Aging from Boston University.
Sherry Buchanan Hansel, LCSW
Sherry has an MSW from the University of Georgia. She worked at Emory University's Midtown Hospital and on a per diem basis at Overlook Hospital. She focuses on assisting elderly or disabled clients in adjusting to the numerous life changes associated with aging. Working with clients whose families live at a distance, she works to build a connection not only with the client, but with their family, to ensure open and constant communication to keep families informed and reassured.
Barbara has an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Union County College. She retired from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation in 2008 with over 35 years’ experience in the medical information field. She has facilitated Parkinson Support Groups for over 15 years. Barbara is the recipient of the NJ Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association 2006 Excellence in Service Award for support group leadership. Barbara was appointed to the Board of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association in June 2013.
Richard Petruce, LCSW
Richard is a licensed clinical social worker and has a Master's Degree in Social Work from Fordham University. He has many years of experience in counseling families and individuals. Formerly Director of a Family Counseling agency, he has held a number of clinical and administrative positions in the mental health field. He has lead support groups for people with multiple sclerosis and people with Parkinson's disease.