MEET THE HFM STAFF
Susan Fenters Lerch
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 and Margeaux Elise, the most adorable children ever – of course! Sue and Dan, together with their puppy, Chip, reside in Ann Arbor.
Travis Tussing, JD
Gwyn Hulswit, MA
Gwyn Hulswit is HFM’s Associate 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 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 to 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.
David L. Kaumeyer, EdD
David Kaumeyer is HFM’s Manager of Finance and Operations assisting in the management of finance, human resources and office operations. Prior to working at HFM, David worked as a financial analyst in accounting controls and general accounting for United Technologies in the automotive products division. Subsequently, he worked for thirty years in various business office management roles in large Michigan public school districts. During his 22 year tenure in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools he served as both Assistant Director and Director of Finance. Most recently, David served as the Senior Executive Director of Business and Operations for the Wayne-Westland Community Schools. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor of Accounting at Walsh College.
David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Science from The University of Michigan College of Engineering, a Master of Business Administration degree in Managerial Economics and Finance from the Graduate School of Management at The University of Michigan-Dearborn and a Doctor of Education degree from The University of Michigan School of Education.
In his free time, David is an avid walker and enjoys travel, cooking, swimming, skating and spending time with family and friends. He is a long time resident of Plymouth.
Patrice Thomas, MS, MSW
Patrice Thomas has been a social worker and health educator for over 20 years. She has worked with a wide variety of populations and health issues, ranging from HIV/AIDS, sexual health education, and life skills training, to wellness programs with teens and young adults. She brings 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!
Laura Olson is HFM’s Database Manager and Project Coordinator. Prior to HFM, Laura worked at 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.
Lisa Clothier, LMSW, ACSW, LCSW
Lisa Clothier, LMSW, ASCW, is the Outreach and Community Education Manager for HFM. She is responsible for consumer resource assistance and community education. Before she came to HFM, Lisa worked in the nonprofit field serving families and children with life threatening medical conditions. Before that, she worked extensively in the corporate arena. Lisa 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. She brings experience and compassion to her work supporting individuals in the bleeding disorders community, and a passion for patient advocacy and education. She is a dedicated volunteer in her community and enjoys spending time with her family.
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.
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 Grand Rapids with her husband and two sons.
Anthony is the Educational Services Manager / Associate Camp Director for the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan. Anthony oversees Swims Detroit program and supports the Camp Director in managing camping programs throughout the year. With a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Rochester College, Anthony also supports our communications team. Anthony has volunteered with HFM since 2001 and won the volunteer of the year award in 2006-2007. Anthony lives in Dearborn with his wife and two beautiful daughters.
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. Sarah has been working at the foundation since 2016. She is responsible for monitoring and responding to access issues that may impact bleeding disorder patients’ health care. She also works to increase HFM’s political and personal advocacy activities and supports communications efforts. Sarah graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a certificate in West European Studies. Sarah is the sister of an individual with a bleeding disorder.
Shari Luckey, MA
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. She is the mother of four 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 is the Office Manager at HFM, and 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 comes to us after working at SafeHouse Center as the Finance Assistant for two 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.
Sue Adkins, RN
David has also been a fixture in HFM’s camping programs for years, currently working as lead staff for Eagle Quest, program director at Camp Bold Eagle and adventure staff for Eagle Outpost.
David has a Bachelor of Science in education from Tri-State University. He has taught outdoor education at Camp Michindoh, worked as nature director at Camp Bold Eagle, and was OLS director at Camp Killarney. David is an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys the challenge of engaging youth in the discovery of camp and helping them to find success in their personal lives.