Meet the HFM Staff

 

 

Susan Fenters Lerch

 

Susan Fenters Lerch, Executive Director

slerch@hfmich.org

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

 

Travis Tussing, JD, Regional Coordinator

ttussing@hfmich.org

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

 

Gwyn Hulswit, M.A., Director of Philanthropy

ghulswit@hfmich.org

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

 

Sharon Ceci, Director of Finance and Operations

sceci@hfmich.org

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

 

Laura Olson, Business Manager

lolson@hfmich.org

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

 

Patrice Thomas, M.S. , M.S.W.
Director of Program Services

pthomas@hfmich.org

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
 

Lisa Clothier, LLMSW

Outreach and Community Education Manager

lclothier@hfmich.org

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

 

Tim Wicks, Camp Director/Youth Services Manager

twicks@hfmich.org

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 Gunn


Janelle L. Gunn

Special Events Manager – West Michigan

jgunn@hfmich.org

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

 

Carrie McCulloch, Special Events Manager

cmcculloch@hfmich.org

Carrie McCulloch is HFM's Special Events Manager. She is excited to be a part of the team, and loves serving the HFM community. Carrie is a graduate from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and holds a BA in History. Prior to HFM, she was employed as a Wish Coordinator for Make-A-Wish Michigan, and as a Community Manager at the American Cancer Society. She resides in Ann Arbor with her husband and young son. 

 

 

Torey Allen

 

Torey Allen

Educational Services Manager/
Associate Camp Director

tallen@hfmich.org

Torey Allen is the Educational Services Manager / Associate Camp Director at HFM. She currently serves as the supervisor of HFM's Mentoring program and Outreach programs in addition to being the Associate Camp Director. Torey plays a key role in the Twinning Program with the Hemophilia Association of Sri Lanka. Torey speaks English and Spanish, and holds a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Southern California, as well as degrees in Language Arts for Elementary Education and Spanish from Hope College. She was a bilingual public school teacher in both Michigan and New Mexico before beginning her full-time role at HFM. Torey attended Camp Bold Eagle as a child, and has served as staff at HFM's camps since 2003. She is the daughter and aunt of people with hemophilia, and is a carrier herself.

 

 

Sarah Procario

 

Sarah Procario

Advocacy | Communications Manager

sprocario@hfmich.org

Sarah Procario began working with the Michigan bleeding disorders community in 2014 as a camp counselor at Camp Bold Eagle. Her experience at camp inspired her to take a more active role in the bleeding disorders community and in January of 2016, she accepted an internship at HFM. Shortly after, Sarah began working full-time as HFM’s Advocacy and Communications Manager. Sarah works to increase HFM’s political and personal advocacy activities, including organizing HFM’s state legislative day, Lansing Day. She also supports communications efforts including the development of HFM’s newsletter, The Artery, and managing HFM social media pages.

 

Sarah graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a certificate in West European Studies. She enjoys spending her free time practicing hot yoga, discussing politics, and spending time with friends and family. Sarah is the sister of an individual with a bleeding disorder. 


 

 

Shari Luckey

 

Shari Luckey

Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator

sluckey@hfmich.org

Shari Luckey is a long-time member of the hemophilia community. Her older brother Jim Wilson, attended the first ever Camp Bold Eagle, as a child, and she is now the mother of 4 children with bleeding disorders. Shari is passionate about helping those in the community that are struggling most. In 2008 she started the Great Lakes Inhibitor Support Network for families affected by inhibitors, like her oldest son. She is passionate about women affected by bleeding disorders, as she and her twin daughters are all affected, and is active in helping to educate and raise awareness about the unique challenges women with bleeding disorders face. In 2010, Shari and her family adopted their youngest son from China, who has severe hemophilia. Since that time, she has been advocating for orphans with hemophilia, bringing attention to each child and advocating to find forever families for them. She is a part of a growing network of families that provide information and support for families considering, or in the process of, adopting a child with hemophilia. 

 

 

 

Ashley Fritsch

 

Ashley Fritsch

Office Manager/Administrative Assistant

afritsch@hfmich.org

Ashley Fritsch is the Office Manager at HFM and additionally supports the Executive Director as an Administrative Assistant. As Office Manager, Ashley is the first face or voice welcoming you to HFM. She assists in office operations as well as HFM’s programs that provide medical alert tags and low cost dental care. Ashley is fairly new to the non-profit sector, working at SafeHouse Center as the Finance Assistant for 2 years, prior to her start in HFM in July 2016. She is excited to be a part of the HFM community, just as much as she is thrilled to be a part of such a dedicated and amazing team at HFM. Ashley enjoys camping, swimming, laughing and learning everything under the sun. She lives in Allen Park with her partner, Russell and daughter, Zoey, with their dog, Buster Brown. 


 

Ashley Fritsch

 

Sue Adkins

Regional Core Center Manager

sadkins@hfmich.org

Sue Adkins assists with regional Hemophilia Treatment Center programming such as the Great Lakes Region Annual meeting and statewide Hemophilia Treatment Center meetings. She also assists with HFM consumer programing and camping programs. She just completed a Dartmouth Coaching program in the hopes of assisting HTCs in quality improvement programs. Prior to coming to HFM she worked as a nurse at Michigan State University Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders for over 30 years. Sue sponsored a yearly golf outing in her home area for 13 years to raise money for HFM camping programs. She enjoys gardening, golfing, playing with her pets and spending time with her 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

 

 

 


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