Superior Health Foundation

Meet Our Team

Jim LaJoie

Executive Director

Jim 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

Account and Database/Grants Coordinator

A 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 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

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. She has two daughters.

Kim spent 10 years in Port Huron before moving to Marquette. Now after six years, she calls Marquette home.

Kim dedicated 20 years to travel counseling, specializing in destination services. She actively volunteers in her kids’ school and has many various hobbies.

In her spare time, Kim loves camping, quilting, attending stock car racing and going to the beach.

“My role is to continue to bring people together, to connect those in need with those we can help,” she said. “It brings me such joy to work with the community in this way.

“The Superior Health Foundation is making a difference in the lives of so many people,” she added. “I’m honored to be a part of such a dedicated team. Working here brings a smile to my face every day.”

Lynn Hill

Community Engagement & Annual Giving Coordinator

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

Lynn Hill is the new Community Engagement & Annual Giving Coordinator.

In her role, the Wakefield native will work closely with the executive director on setting up community speaking events and engaging individuals and businesses on how they can work closely with the Superior Health Foundation.

In addition, she will play a defining role in spearheading the SHF mid-summer and end-of-year fundraising appeals.

Hill comes to Marquette from Chicago where she most recently worked in the greater Chicago land area as a recruiter for the Food & Beverage Industry.

Earlier in her career, Hill worked as a health educator with Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties and State of Michigan as an eligibility specialist.

She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Northern Michigan University.

A parent of four grown children, Hill enjoys pilates, line-dancing, music, traveling, reading and being outdoors near or on the water.

“I am thrilled to join this amazing team,” Hill said.

Added Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation: “We’re excited to have Lynn join the Superior Health Foundation team. Lynn’s familiarity with the Upper Peninsula and ability to connect with people will serve the Foundation well.”

Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
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 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 and click on the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund button.
Thank you for your support!
Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
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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