Jim LaJoie

Executive Director

Jim LaJoieJim earned a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Northern Michigan University.

An Upper Peninsula native and self-proclaimed sports “junkie,” Jim enjoys reading, camping, traveling to warm-weather climates, playing racquetball and tennis and spending quality time with his wife, Kim, and children. Jim also enjoys freelance writing and writes a monthly sports column for the U.P. Catholic newspaper. He’s also published three books, the latest entitled “No One Would Listen,” a fictional work that addresses adolescent bullying. Prior to that, he published  “Hi Mom. It’s Me” which shares life lessons he learned from his late mom, who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease in April 2012.

“ I really enjoy meeting and interacting with people,” Jim said. “There is so much joy in giving, and I’m extremely proud to be part of a Foundation that is enhancing and improving the lives of people all across the Upper Peninsula. The Superior Health Foundation recently went over the $1 million mark in grant giving, which is a tremendous milestone. We have much work to do … I’m excited about our future.”

Laura Jarvi

Accountant and Database/Grants Coordinator

Laura JarviA native of Negaunee, Laura received her bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University in accounting/computer information systems.

In her current role, Laura oversees Foundation accounting and payroll, as well as database and grant management. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, and cheering for the Green Bay Packers.


Leah Berthiaume

Foundation Assistant

leah-berthiaumeLeah was born and raised in Marquette for most of her childhood. After living around the United States in her free-wheeling young adult days, found herself back in Marquette where she is at home by the therapeutic lake and woods. Leah is always ready to be helpful and meet you with a friendly smile.

“I look forward to coming to work each day, and I’m proud to be part of an organization that does so much good for so many people in the Upper Peninsula,” Leah said. “My eyes have been opened to the selflessness of board directors and volunteers. The caring community of the Upper Peninsula is so incredible.”

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop