Superior Health Foundation

Meet Our Board

Bruce E. Seely, Ph.D.

President

Bruce E. Seely, Ph.D., resides in Houghton. Dr. Seely began his journey at Michigan Technological University as an assistant professor in 1986 and is currently the Dean of the College of Sciences and Arts at MTU. He received his B.A., cum laude, from St. Lawrence University and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in History of Technology from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Seely is the founding Co-editor in Chief of the journal Comparative Technology Transfer and Society. He served as the Program Director for Science and Technology Studies at the National Science Foundation for two years; was a member and co-chair of the History Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council for nine years; was the secretary of the Society for the History of Technology for six years.

Dr. Seely said he looks forward to serving on the SHF Board of Directors.

“Professional activities at Michigan Tech and personal and ethical viewpoints have in recent years impressed upon me the need to address the challenges of improving access to quality medical care,” he said. “I’m impressed by the Foundation’s commitment to tackling those challenges and excited about advancing the Foundation’s plans to address such vital issues for many living in the U.P.”

In his 28 years living in the Copper Country, Dr. Seely says he’s taken full advantage of the pristine outdoors.

“This is such a beautiful part of the world, so my two primary current recreational interests include skiing in the winter and golfing in the summer,” Dr. Seely said. “Always, however, these activities are built around the responsibilities of taking care of two Airedale terriers, Fraser (10) and Lexie (3). Twice daily walks keep my legs in good shape!”

In his spare time, Dr. Seely enjoys reading History, science fiction and current events.

“A book is almost never out of reach,” he said.


Sheri Davie

Vice President

Sheri Davie moved to Marquette in 2001 to serve as U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow’s Regional Manager in which she was responsible for constituent work within the 15 U.P. counties.

A native of McMillan and graduate of Newberry High School, Sheri and her husband relocated back to the Upper Peninsula from Colorado in 1974. Her volunteer work in the eastern end of the U.P included being president of the Woodside Community Women’s Club; facilitator of the Women Business Owners’ Forum; chair and member of the EUP Mental Health Board for 10 years serving Chippewa and Mackinac Counties; member of the Kinross Historical Society and the Chippewa County Historical Society; and a member of the Sault Community Foundation Board.

She held elective office as a trustee on the Kinross Township Board; Rudyard School Board president and board member for 12 years; six years on the board of the Intermediate School District of the EUP; two, three-year terms on the Michigan Association of School Boards; and vice-president of the Educational Support Staff Union at Lake Superior State University.

Professionally, Davie was employed at the University of Michigan, University of Denver, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Lake Superior State University and the United States Senate. In addition, she has been a partner and co-owner of a multimedia production company, Davie Multimedia, which has produced educational programs on health care, including an award-winning video “Healthy Start,” which encouraged prenatal health care and awareness for rural Native American populations.

She received her bachelor of science degree in political communication from Lake Superior State University and a Master’s of Public Administration Certificate from Northern Michigan University.

Since her “retirement” from the Office of U.S. Senator Stabenow, Ms. Davie has provided services as an adjunct consultant to the Michigan Association of School Boards. In that role, she provides training, superintendent searches, and board support to local school districts. She is also the Executive Director of the City of Marquette Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with their three children and five grandchildren; “jeeping” with her husband, Bill, on the back trails of the U.P., reading, cooking, watching Lions’ football games, and appreciating life in the U. P.

“In joining the Superior Health Foundation Board of Directors,” Davie said, “I look forward to using my experience to help educate and promote wellness to make life better and healthier for residents of the U.P.”


Kara Katona, CPA

Secretary/Treasurer

Kara is a partner in the CPA firm of Makela, Toutant, Hill, Nardi & Katona, P.C., in Marquette.  A Marquette native, Kara graduated summa cum laude from Northern Michigan University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting/computer information systems.

Kara is active in the community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Marquette County, is a member of the Marquette Noon Kiwanis and the Economic Club of Marquette County, and is active in her church.  Kara is a 2013 graduate of the Lake Superior Leadership Academy.

In her spare time, Kara enjoys traveling, reading and boating.  She resides in Negaunee Township with her husband, Chris.


Dr. Dan Arnold

Director

Dr. Dan Arnold is a semi-retired medical oncologist. He practiced in Marquette for more than 30 years. He previously served as Chief of Staff of Marquette General Hospital, President of Congregation Beth Sholom in Ishpeming, and as Chair of the Marquette General Foundation.

He is past president of the Board of Directors of the Marquette General Foundation and the Board of Trustees of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra. “Few of us appreciate how much in life is not completely paid for by user fees and taxes, whether it be the public library, symphony music, or medical care,” Dr. Arnold said. “It is the obligation of all of us to contribute to the limits of our abilities to make sure that these services remain available to all the residents of our communities.”


Dr. Bryan Dixon

Director

Dr. Bryan Dixon is a partner at Advanced Center for Orthopedics. A native of Fairbanks, Alaska, Dr. Dixon received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Montana State University before going on to complete his medical degree at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., and his family medicine residency at the former-Marquette General Health System.
Following his residency, Dr. Dixon underwent a fellowship in sports medicine at South Bend Sports Medicine Fellowship in South Bend, Ind.
Dr. Dixon also serves as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at MSU and in the Athletic Training Program at Northern Michigan University. He’s a team physician and Medical Director for the United States Olympic Education Center, as well as assistant team physician for NMU.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors.
“I’m excited to join the SHF board,” Dr. Dixon said. “Over the last several years, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with different aspects of the Foundation and I’ve been impressed by the values that drive the organization.
“Throughout the organization. I have witnessed a passion for the mission, compassion for the people of the region and responsible stewardship of assets. I look forward to upholding these values and being a part of the team.”


Joan Haara

Director

Joan Haara of Michigamme is a retired registered nurse. In her career, Haara served as director of resident services at the former Woodland Assisted Living Facility; was quality assurance director, risk manager and infection control officer at Bell Hospital; and is active with community advisory boards, such as the Commission on Aging. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from NMU.

Earlier in her career, she worked as an RN on the pediatrics and medical surgical unit floors.In retirement, Haara has remained very active on the RSVP Advisory Board, the Commission on Aging Advisory Board and the Michigamme Downtown Development Advisory Board. “Although I have always committed time to helping my community through involvement on several various boards and organizations, I strongly believe that retirement should be a continuing time of ‘giving back’ to the community by providing insight as to the many healthcare needs I observed during my nursing career,” Haara said. “I love the diversity and integrity of the SHF Board Directors’ backgrounds and their wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience. I’m honored to have been asked to join this amazing group of talented SHF Board members, and the wonderful and hard-working SHF staff. I look forward to helping Superior Health Foundation grow and become a proactive beacon in assisting non-profit organizations throughout the U.P. improve the health for its citizens.”

Haara’s hobbies include jewelry design, antique hunting, nature hiking and traveling.

An avid photographer, Haara has won several photography contests locally and nationally. She resides in Michigamme with her husband, Paul, and has two grown daughters.

 


Kris Leonard

Director

Leonard has been an active member of the Dickinson County community for many years. A native of Iron Mountain, she served as trustee, secretary and president of the Iron Mountain School Board of Education for 10 years and was also involved with the Dickinson County Council for the Arts, working as an education coordinator, publicity chairperson and chairwoman for the Midwest Arts and Crafts Show.

She currently sits on the board of the Dickinson County Hospital Foundation.

A graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in English literature and minors in history and secondary education, Leonard is a member of the steering committee that organized “100+ Women Who Care in Dickinson County” in December 2012. The group has reached a membership of more than 500 women. It has raised more than a quarter million dollars for local charities and organizations in Dickinson County and the surrounding areas.

Leonard lives in Iron Mountain with her husband, Stephen. They have three married children and nine grandchildren.

 


John Marshall

Director

John Marshall graduated from Michigan Tech in 1968 with a degree in civil engineering. He joined Kennecott Copper after graduation, working as a pit operations engineer in Salt Lake City until 1973. Then, he took a similar position with Cleveland-Cliffs.

Over 30 years, John held several management assignments with Cleveland-Cliffs and the company’s operations in and around Ishpeming, Michigan. He held management positions at the Republic Mine, spent eight years as senior staff engineer in the corporate office in Cleveland, transferred back to Michigan in 1983 as manager of human resources in Michigan, managed Cliffs Electric Service, was general superintendent at the Empire Mine, and was general superintendent at the Tilden Mine. In 1993, he was named president and general manager of the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad, a subsidiary of Cleveland-Cliffs and served in that position until his retirement on November 30, 2003. He went back to work in March of 2004 as President of Superior Extrusion, an aluminum extrusion plant located on the former K.I. Sawyer Air Base in Gwinn, MI. When his wife Donna elected to retire from NMU where she taught in the College of Nursing in August 2005, he joined her in retirement.

John has a long history of community service. He served eight years on the Michigan Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors, including two as president. He was a longtime executive board member of the Hiawathaland Boy Scout Council; he served as a leadership committee member of the Marquette County United Way for the past 24 years; he has been a member for 15 years and is past Chairman of the Board of the Lake Superior Community Partnership that is Marquette County’s Economic and Community Development Organization; and he served a nine-year term on the board of the Marquette County Community Foundation.

He currently serves on the Economic Development Corporation Board, the Marquette County Solid Waste Authority Board and on the Board of Directors of Range Financial Corporation and Range Bank NA. He has been an officer and board member of Operation Action UP for the past 20 years.

He was elected to Michigan Tech’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Alumni Academy in 1994. He also served on the presidential search committee in 1990-91. He and his wife, Donna, have a grown daughter and two grandchildren and live on Lake Superior in Marquette.


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. The associate publisher and business manager of The St. Ignace News newspaper and the Mackinac Island Town Crier, Maurer is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in resource development. She has been a member of the St. Ignace Community Foundation since 1999 and served as its president from 2001-2004. She also sits on the St. Ignace Library Board of Directors and the Mackinac Straits Health System board.


Nicole Rowe

Director

Nicole Rowe of Ironwood currently serves as the Director of Allied Health at Gogebic Community College. Rowe holds a bachelor of art’s degree in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica and earned a Master of Science degree in nursing education from Western Governors University.

In her 11 years at Gogebic Community College, Rowe previously served as the Clinical Coordinator and Certified Nursing Assistant Program Coordinator and as an adjunct professor

In her spare time, Rose is very active in her community and strongly believes that volunteerism and community action are important parts of citizenship. Rowe and her husband have volunteered as swim coaches of the local swim team for the past 13 years. She’s also been active with the Cub Scouts, the Carnegie Library, Historic Ironwood Theatre, the local dance studio and her church.

Currently, she is working with the Allied Health Education Corporation (AHEC)’s Healthy Helpers program to improve the health and wellness in the region.

Rowe and her husband live in Ironwood with their two children.


Carolyn Severson

Director

Carolyn Severson joined the Marquette General Foundation Board in 2007-2009, when she served as Chief Volunteer Officer as a part of that position. She remained on the Marquette General Foundation Board of Directors until the next Chief Volunteer Officer was elected. Later, she returned to the Marquette General Foundation Board at the pleasure of another Chief Volunteer Officer. She was serving on the Marquette General Foundation Board when the conversion to the Superior Health Foundation occurred. Severson served on the Michigan Association of Healthcare Advocates Board as Vendor Coordinator, 2009-2011, and as Conference Coordinator, 2011-2013.

She has served on the Hospitality House of the Upper Peninsula (Beacon House) Board from 2007 until the present.

When the Seversons moved to Marquette in 1993, the original Beacon House was one of the first places that she volunteered along with Bothwell Middle School and the First Presbyterian Church.Severson joined the India Benton Lesser Foundation in 2011 at the request of her first cousin. She continues to enjoy her service to this family foundation. She has been honored to be a member and to hold many offices of Chapter ES of the P. E. O. Sisterhood, which is an organization that promotes the education of women. When her husband retired from Pioneer Surgical Technology, they built on to their camp and moved to Republic Township where they enjoy winter and summer activities in this pristine area. Steve (Burns, III) and Carolyn have a grown son, Burns, IV, who lives in Marquette. Severson attended Georgia College and State University while it was still Georgia College receiving her Masters of Business Administration – Management in 1974 and her bachelor’s degree in home economics – fashion marketing in 1973.

Her work experience includes working as a Production Planning Specialist for Baxter Travenol in Deerfield, Ill., and as Production Planning Manager for the Valway Plant, in LaGrange, Ga. “It is an honor to serve on the Finance and Audit Committee, on the Grants Committee and on the Superior Health Foundation Board,” Severson said. “Everyone associated with the Superior Health Foundation is committed to making our world a better place.”


Angela Victorson

Director

Angela Victorson is a home mortgage consultant with Wells Fargo in Escanaba with more than 30 years of service in the financial industry.

She has been an active member in her community, serving in various roles with the Girl Scouts, 4-H club and the Heart of the North Lions Club.

“I’m really looking forward to putting my experience in the financial industry to work and help the Superior Health Foundation with its goals,” Victorson said. “The foundation offers so many wonderful health-centered, grant-giving opportunities across the peninsula. I’m honored to serve on this board.”

In her spare time, Victorson enjoys traveling, motorcycling and camping.

She resides in Bark River with her husband, Steve. They are the parents of three grown children: Shannon, Kyle and Sydney and have two grandchildren, Ava and Gionni. 

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SHF Covid-19 Grant at Work!

Several weeks ago, the Superior Health Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant to Michigan Tech University to help cover expenses for product design and production of filtered face shields, meeting the specifications developed with the Western U.P. Health Department (WUPHD) in development with the National Institute of Health (NIH)
The face shields were donated to local first responders and health organizations who express a need.
We're happy to support!
Do you have a unfunded need during this Covid-19 Pandemic? If so, apply for SHF Covid-19 Pandemic Funding. Simply visit our website at superiorhealthfoundation.org and click on the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund.
Please also consider supporting with a charitable gift to strengthen the fund and help others with pressing needs across the region.
Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
SHF Covid-19 Funding at Work!

The Superior Health Foundation awarded $1,000 to Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice to help pay for its Zoom healthcare license. This allowed LSLC & Hospice the ability to provide telehealth services for its hospice patients and Adult Day Service caregivers and participants.
To date, the SHF has provided nearly $35,000 in funding to 39 non-profit and service organizations across the Upper Peninsula.
Funding dollars remain in the SHF Covid-19 Pandemic Fund. To apply for funding or to give a charitable gift to help support the fund, simply visit superiorhealthfoundation.org and click on the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund button.
Thank you for your support!
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SHF Grant at Work!

In May 2019, the Superior Health Foundation awarded a $1,849 mini-grant to the Historic Ironwood Theatre for its “Don’t Laugh at Me” program.
The "Don't Laugh at Me" playwright and performance initiative is a student-driven, anti-bullying program. Its creation was inspired by Peter Yarrow's Operation Respect April 2018 performance at the Ironwood Theatre for area school children. When the Awkward Stage Drama Club (ASDC) started work on the anti-bullying project in June, the intention was to create original scripts addressing bullying.
Several teen members spoke about the pervasiveness of bullying in schools and their desire to make a difference. They wanted the teen members of ASDC to determine the direction of the project, and they have.
The project has evolved with the input of the 25 6th to 12th graders of ASDC. An unanticipated result of the original proposal and SHF mini-grant is the ownership of the initiative shown by ASDC teens. They are speaking out about bullying, and they have expanded on the original idea of a one-time presentation of short, one-act plays. The plan is to have multiple performances of alternative fairy tales followed by a large-scale production of "Shrek the Musical."

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