Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Shirley Brown

By Ellen Mason, J.D., Hotline Attorney 

Shirley Brown is a MiCAFE Network Coordinator and Economic Security Team Member in the Elder Law of Michigan’s Detroit office. Shirley has been with Elder Law of Michigan since 2011. Her current focus is assisting clients with benefits applications such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid.

How did you first learn about Elder Law of Michigan? 

I first learned of Elder Law of Michigan from a former employee, Doreen Lawrence, who later became my supervisor in 2013. Since both of us worked in the Detroit office, she was very instrumental in training and guiding me on the expectations of Elder Law of Michigan.

What do you find the most challenging at Elder Law of Michigan?  

Traveling to staff meetings from Detroit to Lansing has been both challenging and rewarding. Driving to monthly staff meetings has familiarized me with the interactivities of Elder Law of Michigan and personally meeting with co-workers. While the drive is long and sometimes the weather does not agree, it is usually pleasant and gives me time alone to reflect. 

What has been your favorite project at Elder Law of Michigan? 

My favorite project at Elder Law of Michigan was when I became a Healthy Living Coach, which gave me more personal time with seniors enabling them to be more active and suggesting that they eat a more balanced diet. However, now with the MiCAFE Network, I can continue to support and benefit older adults. 

What is your best vacation?  

My best vacation was traveling cross country by train with four other ladies that I grew up with. We have been friends since elementary school. We each had a portion of the trip to plan for hotel stays and location visits in specific cities and states. This was a spectacular event. 

Do you recall any embarrassing moments at work?  

My most embarrassing moment at Elder Law of Michigan was when I destroyed my SurfacePro (computer). Several of us were given the honor of using this new modern technology. However, I had a problem with the connections and contacted a member of our IT Team. I didn’t realize how strong I was when he told me to slam it into the connection, well you can imagine the rest…