Meet Our Board

Sara Giles


Currently the marketing director of Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital (SMH) and member of the Senior Leadership Team in Manistique, Sara is a native of Canada. She is an honors graduate in psychology and criminology at the University of Western Ontario.

At SMH, Sara is responsible for all internal/external marketing material and designs/manages digital and print campaigns for advertising, social media, annual reports, fundraising efforts and press releases. She’s passionate about event planning and coordinates the annual Schoolcraft County Health Fair and Festival of Trees celebrations.  In addition, she works closely with the fund development department to promote giving campaigns while overseeing the Greeter Volunteer Program at the hospital.  

Sara actively gives of her time in the community. She currently serves as vice-chair on the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Elementary School Board of Directors; sits on the Schoolcraft County Planning Body; serves on the Schoolcraft County Communities that Care group and serves on the mental health task force for Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District.

Sara lives in Manistique with her family.  She is a world traveler and enjoys living in the Upper Peninsula. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, exploring new beaches, fishing for salmon and spending time with her family.


David Jahn

Vice President

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

He served as president and chief executive officer at War Memorial Hospital for 17 years
until retiring this past summer. Under his leadership, War Memorial Hospital
successfully underwent a $8 million radiology addition, added a new 30,000 square foot
rehab department, built a 40,000 square foot medical office building and constructed a
20-bed inpatient psychiatric facility. He helped improve its financial performance from a $1 million loss in the first year to a consistent $1 million profit for the last six years of his tenure.

Prior to joining War Memorial, Jahn worked as the vice president of marketing at the
MHA Insurance Company in Lansing. Earlier in his career, he was employed for 22
years as chief executive officer and chief financial officer at Schoolcraft Memorial
Hospital in Manistique. There, he helped play a role in converting the hospital to a
critical access hospital to gain increased Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement.

Jahn earned a master’s degree in business administration from Lake Superior State
University and holds a bachelor of science degree in business
administration/accounting from Michigan Tech University.

In his free time, Jahn enjoy golfing, traveling and spending time with his family.


Kara Katona, CPA


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.

Elise Bur


Elise Bur was hired as the inaugural director of the Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health in July 2020. In that role, Bur is creating and improving an integrated healthcare network to better serve Upper Peninsula residents. The center is also expanding access and improving the quality of essential healthcare services. 

Prior to that role, Bur served as the administrative director for the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center for six years. In that role, she conducted advocacy efforts by developing and maintaining professional relationships with organizations, foundations, partnering agencies and legislators at local, state and national levels. In addition, she helped develop, implement and sustain comprehensive marketing and outreach initiatives including media campaigns and internal and external communications. 

Nominated for the Michigan Center for Rural Health’s “Michigan’s Rural Health Professional of the Year Award” in 2023, Bur owns a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies from Suomi College, with concentrations in business communications, English and music. Suomi College later became Finlandia University. 

Fredi De Yampert


Fredi De Yampert currently serves as the vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college of health sciences at Finlandia University. She acts as the chief academic officer for two colleges and two schools within the university. Earlier in her career at Finlandia, De Yampert worked as chair of the nursing department and was a program chair and professor in the department of nursing. Prior to coming to Finlandia, among a number of other nursing roles, she worked as a clinical instructor at Suomi College.

De Yampert earned a PhD in Education from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN.,
with a major in leadership for higher education. She owns a master of science degree in
nursing and nursing education from Saint Joseph’s Collee in Standish, ME., and a
bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Away from work, De Yampert enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and
traveling. the U.P.”

Dr. Bryan Dixon


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.”

Traci Johnson


Traci  Johnson of Foster City joined the Superior Health Foundation Board of Directors at its March 2022 meeting. She will represent Dickinson County.

A prevention service’s supervisor with Great Lakes Recovery Centers in Iron Mountain, Johnson oversees prevention services in seven counties and provides substance use disorder prevention services. In her role, she counsels individuals, groups, families or communities regarding issues including mental health, poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, physical abuse, rehabilitation, social adjustment, childcare and medical care.

Johnson holds a number of certifications, including prevention specialist and crisis intervention stress management. In addition, she is a mental health first aid, American Red Cross and human traffic presenter instructor. Johnson has a strong background in grant writing and state prevention programming.

An active community member, Johnson is a member of the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Victim Service Unit and the Southern Upper Peninsula Crisis Response Team. She has volunteered for a local ambulance service for more than 25 years.

Johnson and her husband Kevin have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Away from work, she enjoys sight-seeing, reading about old local history, oil painting, crafting, fishing, camping and spending time with her family.

“Being a part of the Superior Health Foundation Board of Directors will give me an opportunity to learn and grow as a person,” Johnson said. “I hope to play a role in expanding resources and raising awareness of the Superior Health Foundation in the communities I live and work in. Making a difference has been one of my life’s missions. My mantra is to stay humble and be kind.”

Meghan Lane


Meghan Lane of Wakefield joined the SHF board of directors at its January meeting. She will represent Gogebic County and the western Upper Peninsula. 

Currently the director of the Great Start Collaborative and Early Childhood Specialist for the Gogebic Ontonagon Intermediate School District, Lane oversees the parent liaisons and the Great Start Collaborative for both counties to ensure that every child is born healthy and is developmentally on track from birth to 8 years of age. 

She also serves as the cheerleading advisor for the Wakefield-Marenisco School District. 

A Wakefield native, Lane earned a master’s degree in early childhood studies: administration, management and leadership from Walden University in 2020. She holds a bachelor’s degree in media production and new technology from Northern Michigan University. 

“It’s an honor to join the board of directors of this great organization – the Superior Health Foundation,” Lane said. “Its mission and vision align with my profession, as well as my personal beliefs to help promote health awareness throughout our communities in the Upper Peninsula.”

Away from work, Lane enjoys snowshoeing, going to country music concerts, spending time with her family, going to the beach and traveling.

Lane and her husband Mark, the principal and athletic director at Wakefield High School, live in Wakefield. They are parents to three boys. 

Dr. Scott Pynnonen


Scott Pynnonen, M.D. joined the Superior Health Foundation Board of Directors on July 1, 2022.

A native of Negaunee, Dr. Pynnonen was a family practice physician at Baraga County Memorial Hospital in L’Anse for 17 years. Prior to that, he founded Bayview Family Practice and worked in that capacity for 19 years. He retired as a family practice physician in May 2021 after 36 years in L’Anse at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. 

Dr. Pynnonen received a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University and then earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1982. He was a part of the Marquette Family Practice Residency Program for three years and served as chief resident from July 1984 to June 1985.

Dr. Pynnonen has affiliations with a number of organizations, including the American Board of Family Medicine, the American Medical Association and the Michigan State Medical Society. He served as the Baraga County Home Health Medical Director for 25 years. 

In his career practicing medicine, Dr. Pynnonen was recognized as the Outstanding Outpatient Educator and was named the Upper Peninsula Physician of the Year by the U.P. Pharmaceutical Travelers Association. 

“Serving on the Superior Health Foundation Board of Directors gives me a chance to continue aiding the health care of Upper Peninsula residents, yet in a different capacity,” Dr. Pynnonen said. 

Dr. Pynnonen and his wife, Deanne, have been married for 41 years. They have two adult children and two beautiful grandchildren. 

He is actively involved in the Gwinn Lion’s Club. 

In his spare time, Dr. Pynnonen enjoys fishing, hunting, boating, kayaking, tent camping, side-by-side riding and supporting the Michigan Wolverines. 

Carrissa Rondeau 


Carrissa Rondeau, LMSW, BCBA/ LBA and Founder/CEO of Functional Behavior Services in Marquette, is the newest addition to the Superior Health Foundation Board of Directors.

Rondeau, a board-certified behavior analyst and a licensed master’s clinical social worker, has spent a good portion of her career providing support for people with autism, developmental disabilities and social-emotional impairments.

She founded Functional Behavioral Services, LLC , in July 2015 and serves as its CEO. Functional Behavioral Services, LLC, contracts with agencies across the U.P. needing specialized behavior analysis services. It also provides behavior analytic and mental health therapy services to individuals and families.

Previously in her career, she worked as a mental health aide, parapro and behavior analyst and specialist for Pathways Community Mental Health in Marquette.

Rondeau holds a bachelors of social science/sociology from Northern Michigan University and earned a masters of social work from Michigan State University.

“Joining the Superior Health Foundation board of directors is such a wonderful honor,” Rondeau said. “My career in mental health began in 2005. Over the years, I have shared my passion with many individuals and their families. As my career has progressed, it has had a number of twists and turns along the way … each with a new opportunity to partner with and support individuals in our communities with their
mental health needs.

“Joining the SHF board will allow me to continue my passion of advocating for
individuals with cognitive impairments and mental health needs,” she added.
Away from work, Rondeau enjoys craft projects and spending time outside with her husband and three young children.

Scott Sampeer


Scott Sampeer is a certified financial planner for Northwestern Mutual in Marquette. Sampeer, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, has worked for Northwestern Mutual for 16 years, including the last six out of the Marquette office.

As a certified financial planner, Sampeer conducts financial assessments for clients to created tailored financial plans. He also provides guidance on retirement planning to enable his clients to achieve their retirement goals.

A Michigan native, Samper received his bachelor’s degree in management and a minor in economics at the University of Tennessee. He earned licenses for Chartered Life Underwriter CLU®, Chartered Financial Consultant ChFC® and Financial Planning and Services from the American College of Financial Services.

“I’m thrilled to join the Superior Health Foundation board,” Sampeer said. “For almost two years, I’ve had the opportunity to serve on the Finance and Audit Committee. I’ve been impressed with the entire SHF team and the values that drive the organization forward.”

“Being part of the SHF board of directors is an incredible opportunity to channel my passion for healthcare philanthropy, fueling my commitment to meaningfully shape a healthier tomorrow for the Upper Peninsula community.”

Sampeer is vice president of the Marquette Federation of Women’s Clubs and serves as the membership committee chair for the Marquette Lions Club.

Away from work, Scott enjoys trail running, camping, golfing, traveling, backpacking, pickleball and enjoying time with friends and family. He and his wife, Mary, reside in Marquette.

Angela Victorson


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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