Kristin Surdej, L.M.S.W., C.M.C.
Building A - Upper West
Cheektowaga, NY 14227
Kristin has been a geriatric care manager since 1995 when she started with Toby Laping Associates. Kristin became the principal of Laping, Surdej Associates, LLC in July of 2008. Kristin has national certification as a care manager and is a certified court evaluator. She is a social worker, licensed by New York State with a Master’s Degree in social work and with special interest in geriatric services and health care delivery. As an advocate for the elderly and a professional geriatric care manager, Kristin participates in events to educate the public on community services related to the elderly. She regularly is invited by the human resources departments to speak to employees of local companies such as Moog and National Fuel. Likewise, Kristin has presented for the local Alzheimer’s Association chapter to families and other groups like Erie County’s Elder Law Fair and the Erie Institute of Law CLE regarding services for the elderly that are available in the community. With the goal of educating consumers and other professionals, Kristin spent many hours on research and training related to the Medicare Part D benefit, Health Care Reform/Marketplace and other benefits.
Kristin was featured in Business First 2010 Healthcare Who’s Who. She was also selected as part of the 19th annual Business First Forty Under Forty class. Business First honors forty local individuals under the age of forty each year. These local individuals are recognized for their professional success and community involvement as up and coming Western New York leaders.
In 2012, the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (now ALCA) presented Kristin with its Outstanding Chapter Member Award for the New York Chapter. The award is in recognition of dedication and devoted service to further the profession of geriatric care management. Then in 2013, the Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association honored Kristin with their annual Community Service Award.
Kristin is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, American Society on Aging and the Aging Life Care AssociationTM . She is a member and serves on a committee at WNY Alzheimer’s Association and the Network in Aging of Western New York. Kristin served on the Board of Directors for the Network in Aging from 2002 to 2008, and now again since 2010. Kristin served as the first Western New York unit leader for the New York Chapter of the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers from 2010 to 2014. In 2014, Kristin was selected as a presenter on geriatric care management at the American Society on Aging’s 60th annual national conference in San Diego, California. Kristin received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo.