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.
Ellen Solomon, LCSW
Ellen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her degree from Columbia University. She has been devoted to providing the highest quality of life for the elderly and their families. She began her 20 + career at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, on a general medicine inpatient unit and then in their Oncology/Hematology clinic where she worked for eight years. From there she worked at a 94 bed sub-acute and long term care facility providing care and support, along with making discharge planning referrals to those requiring rehabilitation services before returning home.
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.
Barbara Brand, BSN, CNAT, CLN
Barbara Brand, BSN, CNAT, CLNC has devoted most of her career in working with seniors and people with psychiatric illness. For the past 20 years, Barbara was Director of Nursing at an area assisted living. She has a passion for each individual client’s quality of life. Her assessments are based on her years of experience in the caring for her clients. She is focused on a holistic view of the client’s quality of life. Barbara listens and then searches for the best options for clients and their families.