About us

Our Mission

To assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health in the Upper Peninsula.

Our Vision

To improve the health of the residents of the Upper Peninsula.

What is the Superior Health Foundation?

The Superior Health Foundation (SHF) is a conversion 501 c (3) foundation that materialized on Sept. 1 following Duke LifePoint’s acquisition of Marquette General Health System. It is a stand-alone corporation and is not affiliated in any way with Duke LifePoint or Marquette General. Its mission is assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health. That mission may include supporting (a) the unmet healthcare needs of the indigent and uninsured; (b) healthcare education programs; (c) supporting programs and research which have the primary purpose of preventing and reducing illness and disease; and (d) other programs to promote the health, education and welfare of the community.

The SHF Board of Directors will communicate with a variety of stakeholders throughout the Upper Peninsula to receive input and feedback on how SHF can have the most effective impact on health issues in the communities of the U.P. The feedback we receive will help us to develop a strategic grantmaking policy for serving our communities. Following the approval of the Strategic Grantmaking Policy, we will develop a grant-making timetable.

Meet Our Team

Meet our dedicated staff and learn more about each team member.

Jim LaJoie

Executive Director

Jim earned a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and a bachelor’s degree in communications…

Read More

Laura Jarvi

Accountant and Database/Grants Coordinator

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

Read More

Leah Berthiaume

Foundation Assistant

Leah was born and raised in Marquette for most of her childhood. After living around the United States in her free-wheeling…

Read More

Kim LeTourneau

Special Events Coordinator

Kim was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario Canada. She met and married her husband and moved to the United States…

Read More

Lynn Hill

Community Engagement & Annual Giving Coordinator

In July, the Superior Health Foundation proudly welcomed the newest member of its team

Read More

Meet Our Board

Meet our Board of Directors and learn more about each board member.

Bruce E. Seely, Ph.D.

President

Bruce E. Seely, Ph.D., resides in Houghton. Dr. Seely began his journey at Michigan Technological University…

Read More

Sheri Davie

Vice President

Sheri Davie moved to Marquette in 2001 to serve as U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow’s Regional Manager…

Read More

Kara Katona, CPA

Secretary/Treasurer

Kara is a partner in the CPA firm of Makela, Toutant, Hill, Nardi & Katona, P.C., in Marquette.

Read More

Dr. Dan Arnold

Director

Dr. Dan Arnold is a semi-retired medical oncologist. He practiced in Marquette for more than 30 years.

Read More

Dr. Bryan Dixon

Director

Dr. Bryan Dixon is a partner at Advanced Center for Orthopedics.  A native of Fairbanks, Alaska, Dr. Dixon received his…

Read More

Joan Haara

Director

Joan Haara of Michigamme is a retired registered nurse. In her career, Haara served as director of resident services at the…

Read More

Kris Leonard

Director

Leonard has been an active member of the Dickinson County community for many years. A native of Iron Mountain,…

Read More

John Marshall

Director

John Marshall graduated from Michigan Tech in 1968 with a degree in civil engineering. He joined Kennecott Copper after graduation…

Read More

Mary Maurer

Director

Mary Maurer lives in St. Ignace. She and her husband, Wesley, are the co-owners of Maurer Publishing Company, L.L.C.

Read More

Nicole Rowe

Director

Nicole Rowe of Ironwood currently serves as the Director of Allied Health at Gogebic Community College.

Read More

Carolyn Severson

Director

Carolyn Severson joined the Marquette General Foundation Board in 2007-2009, when she served as Chief Volunteer Officer…

Read More

Angela Victorson

Director

Angela Victorson is a home mortgage consultant with Wells Fargo in Escanaba with more than 30 years of service…

Read More

Frequently Asked Questions

The Superior Health Foundation (SHF) is a conversion 501 c (3) foundation that materialized on Sept. 1, 2012, following Duke LifePoint’s acquisition of Marquette General Health System. It is a stand-alone corporation and is not affiliated in any way with Duke LifePoint or Marquette General.

The Marquette General Foundation, which provided charitable funding to Marquette General to invest in new technologies and equipment, spun into the SHF. Its non-profit tax ID was transferred to SHF.

Its mission is assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health. That mission may include supporting (a) the unmet healthcare needs of the indigent and uninsured; (b) healthcare education programs; (c) supporting programs and research which have the primary purpose of preventing and reducing illness and disease; and (d) other programs to promote the health, education and welfare of the community.

The SHF Board of Directors took action at a board meeting in 2013, stating that SHF would entertain grant applications in the Winter 2014. In the fall 2014, SHF awarded more than $320,000 in health-centered grants, with 2/3 of that funding going to improve the Oral Health for Children in the Upper Peninsula. In 2017, we awarded more than $287,000 to substance use issues.

Absolutely. It is the SHF’s intent to work with donors on finding charitable gift opportunities that appeal to them and benefits its mission. To learn about the Superior Circle and how you can philanthropically support, visit www.superiorhealthfoundation.org/give.

Your feedback and opinions are important to us. Please drop us a line or call us with ideas you may have for future funding projects! And, we’re always looking for volunteer help. If interested, let us know!

Bruce Seely, Ph.D., (Houghton) is the President, Sheri Davie (Marquette) is the Vice President and Kara Katona (Negaunee), CPA, is the Secretary/Treasurer. The remaining board members are Dr. Dan Arnold (Marquette), Dr. Bryan Dixon (Marquette), Joan Haara (Michigamme), Kristine Leonard (Iron Mountain), John Marshall (Marquette), Mary Maurer (St. Ignace), Nicole Rowe (Ironwood), Carolyn Severson (Champion), and Angela Victorson (Bark River).

It is located at 121 N. Front St. in Marquette, next to the Q 107 studio. It can be reached at 906-225-6914 or at shf@superiorhealthfoundation.org.

The Foundation is staffed by three full-time employees and two part-time employees: Executive Director Jim LaJoie (jlajoie@superiorhealthfoundation.org); Accountant and Database/Grant Coordinator Laura Jarvi (ljarvi@superiorhealthfoundation.org); Special Event Coordinator Kim LeTourneau(KLeTourneau@superiorhealthfoundation.org); Community Engagement and Annual Giving Coordinator Lynn Hill (lhill@superiorhealthfoundation.org) and Foundation Assistant Leah Berthiaume (LBerthiaume@superiorhealthfoundation.org.)
We also employ a student intern.

Visit its website at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org; visit and become a friend of SHF on its Facebook page; and follow it on Twitter.

Partners