Erin Mobley, MPH, LLMSW – Co-Founder, Program Director
Erin graduated from the University of Michigan with a dual Master’s Degree in Public Health and Social Work in 2016. Erin is currently working as a Case Manager with the MI CHOICE waiver program. Erin not only has experience and passion working with older adults and those with memory loss, but she also has a love of nature and Green care farming allows her to combine these two passions.
“There is nothing that can make one feel more alive than the natural world in its rawest form. Green care farming helps to harness this experience on a smaller, more adaptable scale. It offers not only the feeling of connection to the earth, but to each other and the community. It helps one to realize the power of their hands, even if they have grown weak”.
Erica Goble, LLMSW – Co-Founder
Erica graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, focusing in Aging Studies and Management of Human Services. In 2016, she completed her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Western Michigan University, where she also minored in Gerontology. She is working now as a Support Coordinator with Avalon Housing in Ann Arbor. In her spare time, Erica is the caretaker of quite a few house plants, and one large cat. The Evergreen Experience is the culmination of Erica’s passions – Geriatric Social Work and plants!
“This programming philosophy is inspiring to me because I’ve worked with so many older people who have told me how important gardening had once been to them. They would share that they missed being able to garden because they were “too old” or “couldn’t keep up“. The Evergreen Experience aims to bring agriculture to our clients in whatever capacity they’re able to participate, and I think that is both empowering and profoundly special”.
Ashley Miller, MPH Candidate – Co-Founder
Ashley is currently a second year Master’s student at the University of Michigan School of Public Health getting her MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan as well. Ashley has been interested in working with individuals with dementia since her Grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease when she was young. She currently works for the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center as a part of their Outreach and Recruitment Core. She also has a background in art and enjoys bringing artistic elements into the Evergreen Experience.
“The Evergreen Experience is a unique way for individuals with dementia to connect with one another in a beautiful, interesting, and safe environment. Farm based dementia care provides participants with activities driven by their own interests along with a physical outcome that participants can see and be proud of. It provides participants a way to contribute to their community, environment, and their own well being.”
Allie Ewert – LLMSW – Co-Founder
Allie graduated from the University of Michigan with her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2016 where she concentrated her studies on aging in families and society. She received her Bachelor in Science degree from Western Michigan University in 2014. While studying gerontology at WMU, her passion for innovative person-centered care grew on a study abroad trip to Ireland. She hopes to bring some of the engaging and creative aspects of programs in Ireland to life with the Evergreen Experience.
Allie is now working full time as a social work case manager at Thome PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) in Jackson.
“Farm-based dementia care is so unique because it embraces individual interests and tangible activities that are meaningful. There is just something about feeling connected with other people, nature, and the community as a whole that does not feel like health care”.
Melissa Daily, MPH – Co-Founder
Melissa graduated with her Master’s Degree in Public Health in 2017. She has since relocated to Washington D.C. where she works as a Fellow with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.
“There’s something really powerful about the parallels between growing old and growing food. Farm-based dementia care allows older adults to be fruitful even in their final stages of the disease”.