Meet the HFM Staff
Susan Fenters Lerch is an accomplished leader who has served in the non-profit sector for more than three decades. Sue joined HFM as the Executive Director in June 2014; however she came to this role having previously served as the HFM Associate Director from 1983-1996. As the Executive Director Susan is responsible for statewide patient educational programming and advocacy services and also serves as the Great Lakes and Region V-East Hemophilia Treatment Centers’ Regional Director.
In 1997 Sue joined Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan as President and CEO until 2010 when she launched Autism Alliance of Michigan, served as the lead consultant in implementing World AIDS Day Detroit, initiated the Hospice of Michigan Foundation and created Bring Joy consulting services.
Sue and her husband, Dan, have two grown children and are grandparents to Charlie, the most adorable baby ever – of course! Sue and Dan, together with their puppy, Chip, reside in Ann Arbor.
Travis Tussing, JD, Regional Coordinator
Travis is the Regional Coordinator for the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan. He is responsible for handling HFM's federal grants and works directly with the HTCs in our region. Before joining our staff, Travis was an estate planning attorney. Travis has worked with the foundation for many years with our camping programs. He enjoys camping, miscellaneous trivia, and spending time with his family.
Gwyn Hulswit is HFM’s Philanthropy Director and is responsible for working with industry partners as well as individuals, foundations and businesses to support the work of HFM. With more than a decade in the philanthropic sector, Gwyn is passionately committed to connecting donors to the programs and services HFM provides to the bleeding disorder community. Prior to joining HFM, Gwyn worked in Resource Development at SafeHouse Center and also served in Student Affairs at the University of Michigan. If you are interested in holding a fundraiser to support HFM or would like to talk about the difference you can make in supporting HFM through an event or a donation, please contact Gwyn.
Sharon Ceci, Director of Finance and Operations
Sharon Ceci is HFM’s Director of Finance and oversees the many aspects of finance, human resources and office operations. Prior to HFM, Sharon worked for the United Way of Genessee County as their Director of Finance & Human Resources for three years. Prior that that, she worked for Make-A-Wish© Michigan as their Chief Operating Officer for 10 years. Although Sharon has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 15 years, she is no stranger to the corporate world. Sharon worked for Domino’s Pizza Headquarters for 13 years, 11 of those years as Vice President of Marketing Finance.
Sharon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Finance from Cleary University and a Master’s certificate in Human Resources from Eastern Michigan University.
Sharon loves spending time with her grandchildren. She and her husband have four grown children and live in Brighton.
Laura Olson, Business Manager
Laura Olson is HFM’s Business Manager and is responsible for overseeing our donor database, accounts payable and office procedures. Prior to HFM, Laura worked for Make-A-Wish© Michigan for 14 years, most recently as Operations Manager. She also worked as the Business Manager at Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit. Having worked for non-profit organizations most of her professional life, Laura is highly skilled in assisting with many facets of operational support. Laura and her husband have four grown children, and live in Lansing.
Patrice Thomas, M.S. , M.S.W.
Director of Program Services
Patrice Thomas has been a social worker and health educator for over 20 years. She has worked with a wide variety of popluations and health issues, ranging from HIV/AIDS, sexual health education, and life skills training, to wellness programs with teens and young adults. She brings her passion for social justice and respect for the innate wisdom of every person to her work with the bleeding disorder community. Patrice joined the National Hemophilia Foundation in January of 2010 as a Manager of Education, where she worked on programs for women and those with VWD. Patrice now works at the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan as Program Services Director where she oversees educational outreach and support services for the Michigan bleeding disorder community. Patrice would love to hear from you!
Lisa Clothier, LLMSW
Outreach and Community Education Manager
Lisa Clothier, LLMSW is the Outreach and Community Education Manager for HFM. She is responsible for consumer resource assistance and community education. Most of her career was spent in the corporate arena but most recently worked in the nonprofit field serving families and children with life threatening medical conditions. She has always had a passion for serving people and it is that inspiration that motivated her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Health. Although she is new to the bleeding disorder community, she brings experience in the challenges facing those with chronic illness and a passion for patient advocacy and education. She is a dedicated volunteer in her community and enjoys spending time with her family. Lisa and her husband are the parents of three awesome young adults and one adorable grandson.
Tim Wicks, Camp Director/Youth Services Manager
Tim Wicks is the Camp Director and Youth Services Manager for the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan. He is responsible for the year round components of Camp Bold Eagle, Eagle Outpost, Eagle Expedition and the Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program. In addition to camp, Tim coordinates other youth programs including Teen Retreat, MYLIFE and the SpringFest youth programming. Tim is also responsible for the development and implementation of education materials and programs regarding hereditary bleeding disorders and their complications.
Tim was raised outside of Deshler, Ohio and holds a BS from Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to HFM, he was employed as Outdoor Education Instructor at Michindoh Camp and Conference Center. Tim has worked with HFM as a camp staff member since 2000. He also has severe hemophilia A.
Janelle L. Gunn
Special Events Manager – West Michigan
Janelle Gunn is HFM’s Special Events Manager in West Michigan. She organizes fundraising events to engage the West Michigan community and raise funds for HFM programs and services, while creating awareness for those with bleeding disorders. Janelle brings a variety of experience to HFM; from Market Training at Office Max to 10 years with Make-A-Wish© Michigan, most recently as the Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour Director. Her interests include travel, outdoor athletics and spoiling her nieces and nephews.
Carrie McCulloch, Special Events Manager
Educational Services Manager/
Associate Camp Director
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Advocacy | Communications Manager
Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator
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Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
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Regional Core Manager
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