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AMAC Magazine Exclusive: Meet The AMAC Foundation Team

Posted on Thursday, June 1, 2023
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About the AMAC Foundation

Our mission is straightforward: to help protect and ensure the financial security, health, and social lives of current and future mature Americans, and to help Americans navigate the bewildering array of decisions they need to make.

We successfully registered in mid-2013 as a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization based in Florida. Since then, we have been steadily building the organization and its capacity, developing an administrative base for long-term success. But we haven’t been idle. We’ve launched several substantial, successful initiatives on behalf of our constituents, and we’ve been systematically making our presence known locally, regionally, and nationally.

The AMAC Foundation is set apart from many philanthropic organizations by the uniquely qualified individuals who have stepped up to lead its creation and who are dedicated to its success. The initial leadership effort is spearheaded by individuals with demonstrated capabilities in the creation of humanitarian support efforts, as evidenced by the tremendous success of AMAC itself. AMAC Founder Dan Weber headed the Foundation’s start-up and is leading the organization through its productive years, assisted closely by a Board of Directors and staff of impressive and highly qualified professionals.

Meet the Team!

Russell (Rusty) Gloor: Social Security Advisor 

After serving in the U.S. Army, Russ started his professional career in computing technology, working at Pan American World Airways, American Express Company, and finally at IBM, where he rose to become executive Director of IBM Global Services’ worldwide quality assurance program and project management profession.

Russ retired from IBM, and for the last 10 years has served in several capacities for the Association of Mature American Citizens, now as a member of the AMAC Foundation’s Social Security Advisory team. Russ earned his NSSA® accreditation as a Social Security advisor in 2016 and has handled thousands of client Social Security questions since that time.

He has written two books on Social Security (available on Amazon or at the AMAC Foundation), writes the nationally syndicated “Ask Rusty” Social Security advice column, and publishes a weekly podcast about Social Security, while continuing his duties handling daily questions about Social Security.

Ken Baron: Social Security Advisor 

Ken brings to our Advisory Team a strong, working knowledge of Social Security’s organization and operation. As a 34-year SSA professional, he has extensive experience in dealing with questions and concerns from the public about Social Security. Ken’s practical approach to interpreting the public’s information needs makes him an effective communicator for folks trying to decipher the complexities of this vital senior program.

His in-depth experience in dealing with the public fits well with the resources on our team, and his ability to convey Social Security’s rules and regulations in clear and understandable terms is an invaluable addition to our Advisory Service. As an NSSA-accredited Advisor, Ken will be helping us deal with the growing volume of inquiries our team handles.

Ken is a resident of North Fort Myers, Florida, and escapes to the Northeast US for the summer months.

Eileen Cook: Social Security Advisor

While earning her B.S. Health Service Administration from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island and a Green Belt in Six Sigma Lean from Bryant University in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, Eileen worked in various positions in the health care industry. Her career features over thirty years of experience in health care, ranging from clinical-side in the home health care industry to financial-side in two leading non-profit multi-hospital systems, and including a tour of duty as a pricing specialist/negotiator at a Blue Cross & Blue Shield health insurance company.

After the death of her husband, Eileen moved to Florida and began working for a multi-hospital health care system, eventually returning to positions that offered her more opportunity for analytical work. Her current position is that of Health Care Research Analyst at AMAC, Inc., and she is co-credited with the development of AMAC’s B.E.S.T Health Care plan, the replacement for Obamacare now under consideration in Washington.

In addition, Eileen provides services to the AMAC Foundation, including editorial maintenance of the Foundation’s Medicare Report websites (MedicareReport.org and SocialSecurityReport.org) and service as a NSSA-certified Social Security Advisor.

Sharon Kleczka: Social Security Advisor 

Sharon has a background in accounting and tax preparation of more than 20 years. She began working for AMAC as a Member Service Representative because she believes in what AMAC stands for and what we are trying to accomplish for both seniors and America. She loves working with the public and being able to help people.

Sharon’s duties at the Foundation are focused on assisting our members that have questions about Social Security. In addition, Sharon assists with the Foundation’s financial record keeping and coordinates the production of reference materials on Social Security and related subjects. She is a dually accredited advisor with the “National Social Security Association, LLC” since April  2016 and the “National Association of Registered Social Security Analysts” since September 2018.

 

Arlene Sharp: Social Security Advisor

Arlene’s background features nearly 20 years of experience in customer service and administrative support. This experience, coupled with her work as Director of Merchant Services for AMAC Small Business Solutions and Quality Control Coordinator for Member Services, gives her a strong foundation for the research, problem-solving, and communication tasks we handle in the Social Security area. She is excited about the challenges ahead of her in this position, and we’re pleased to welcome her to the staff! Arlene completed her training in early August, 2019 and immediately–and successfully–passed the certification examination.

 

Gerry Hafer: Social Security Advisor 

After earning his A.S. Computer Science degree from Pierce College in Philadelphia, Gerry began what would be a 30-year career in the Electric Utility Industry in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Along the way, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1992. Retiring in 1997 as Information Technology Director for the utility, he served as Development Director for a manufacturing consortium in Pennsylvania, and then embarked on a second career as Business Manager for a regional law firm in southeast Pennsylvania. In Florida, he has served as a Consultant and Adjunct Instructor at Lake Sumter State College in 2004, and later at College of Central Florida. In addition, he served as a Consultant at Sumter Electric Cooperative, handling a variety of management training, professional development, and technical responsibilities. Since late 2012, he’s been providing consulting and professional services to the AMAC organization. Gerry is a National Social Security Advisor, certified by the “National Social Security Association, LLC.”

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Patrick Ogborn
Patrick Ogborn
4 months ago

Anti-American Travesty! Since when does CORRUPTION get so much RESPECT & Government SUPPORT? SO SAD for all of us who TRUSTED our CIVIC LEADERS! We all know about the issues… don’t need to keep hearing reports about it… we need to hear how to FIX IT.

Kevin Stern
Kevin Stern
6 months ago

I don’t see an answer, or even a reply, to Sandy Norman’s statement. Is there any progress on that? What the WEP & GPO is, is nothing short of the government thievery. I understand that if you don’t contribute to the SS program you should not receive any SSI. but, there are a lot of us government retirees that had jobs other than government jobs. I contributed enough to Social Security that I should get approximately a meager $850.00 a month. Every penny helps nowadays. But because I have a government pension, that said government steals my SSI! HR82 needs to be passed!! Who, which congressmen, are even working on this?

Sandy Norman
Sandy Norman
10 months ago

I ask that you pursue the repeal of the WEP and GPO programs which penalize public servants in the form of social security check reductions if we receive a pension from government.  HR 82 addresses this and the house and senate need to move it forward this session.   PLEASE pursue this…

Cindi Labant
Cindi Labant
4 months ago

Per your column on SS taxes, wasn’t Joe Biden instrumental in Congress deciding to tax SS income?

Duane Morris
Duane Morris
6 months ago

My comment is directed to Rusty Gloor. I just finished reading your story about Congress stealing money from Social Security in the most recent AMAC magazine. It was most enlightening, and I was glad to hear that it is a myth that Congress stole from our Social Security. I would also like to mention a topic you never covered in the story was that in addition to our 8.7% raise from Social Security last year. Our Medicare payments went up by that much or more. I know a cola is supposed to keep us status quo with inflation, but that is rarely the case. Thank you for hearing another side of inflation from a senior.

Steve Krause
Steve Krause
6 months ago

My step mom lives in Texas and my Dad use to do the leg work for investigating prices and research on items like medigap or supplemental insurance. But he has passed on. She asked me if I could check it out. so I am asking you. In your opinion which is the better plan to join for Converse TX?

Sherry Dinsmoor
Sherry Dinsmoor
9 months ago

I just retired as a teacher. I didn’t start teaching until I was 43. I have 31 quarters in Social Security and was told I will be losing half of my SS because they say I am double dipping. My CalSTRS is $1700/month and SS is only $584/mo. How can I keep the SS that I have contributed to?

Leonard Juska
Leonard Juska
9 months ago

Thank you 🙂

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