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…

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Laura Jarvi

Accountant and Grants Administrator

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

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Leah Berthiaume

Executive Assistant

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

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Amanda Boundy

Event Specialist

Amanda is an Upper Peninsula native who grew up running through the woods and riding her bike on the backroads of Alger County…

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Emily Ellis

Community Engagement & Annual Giving Coordinator

A proud Yooper, with nine years of experience in the non-profit sector focused on community inclusion, Emily is…

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Meet Our Board

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

Sara Giles

President

Currently the marketing director of Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital (SMH) and member of the Senior Leadership Team…

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David Jahn

Vice President

Jahn, a native of the Upper Peninsula, worked for more than 40 years in healthcare.

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Kara Katona, CPA

Secretary/Treasurer

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

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Fredi De Yampert, Ph. D

Director

Fredi De Yampert currently serves as the vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college of health sciences at Finlandia University.

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Dr. Bryan Dixon

Director

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

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Joan Haara

Director

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

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Traci Johnson

Director

Traci Johnson of Foster City joined the Superior Health Foundation Board of Directors at its March 2022, representing Dickinson County.

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Meghan Lane

Director

Meghan Lane of Wakefield, director of the Great Start Collaborative and Early Childhood Specialist for the Gogebic Ontonagon Intermediate School District,  represents Gogebic County and the western Upper Peninsula.

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John Marshall

Director

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

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Dr. Scott Pynnonen

Director

A native of Negaunee, Dr. Pynnonen was a family practice physician at Baraga County Memorial Hospital in L’Anse…

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Carrissa Rondeau

Director

Carrissa Rondeau, LMSW, BCBA/ LBA and Founder/CEO of Functional Behavior Services in Marquette…

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Scott Sampeer

Director

Scott Sampeer is a certified financial planner for Northwestern Mutual in Marquette. Sampeer, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, has worked…

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Angela Victorson

Director

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

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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 four full-time employees and one part-time employees: Executive Director Jim LaJoie (jlajoie@superiorhealthfoundation.org); Accountant and Database/Grant Coordinator Laura Jarvi (ljarvi@superiorhealthfoundation.org); Event Specialist Rachel Sheppard (rsheppard@superiorhealthfoundation.org); Community Engagement and Annual Giving Coordinator Lynn Hill (lhill@superiorhealthfoundation.org) and Executive 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.

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