The Board of Directors is pleased to introduce the staff members of MiHIA, who along with volunteers, are working daily with diligence and passion to achieve our Mission.
Chief Executive Officer
As CEO, Beth is responsible for guiding the MiHIA Team and partners to achieve a community of health excellence for the 14-county service area. Beth is responsible for executing the strategic plan and provides leadership in regards to funding, public relations, coordination amongst staff members, and interaction with the Board of Directors, stakeholders, and the community as a whole. Additionally, Beth also serves as co-leader of THRIVE, the collaborative economic and health venture between MiHIA and the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance.
When asked about her position as CEO, she said, “I enjoy being a part of a transformative time in our region. I am passionate about creating an environment to achieve better health and a stronger economy. This is a rare opportunity to help create a better tomorrow for our region and I am grateful to be working with dynamic partners and staff to achieve positive change.
Beth obtained her Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and her Masters, Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State University. In addition, Beth has been an adjunct faculty at Delta College since 2009. She currently resides in Saginaw, MI.
Director of Communications
As Director of Communications, Kate is responsible for MiHIA’s communication strategy, website and for the organization’s ability to quickly communicate with clarity and transparency to the community as a whole. Kate is responsible for both public relations for MiHIA and the marketing of its programs to area employers and the public as a whole. Describing the organization and her role, she said, “MiHIA is working on cutting edge health initiatives that will greatly impact the 760,000 residents in the Great Lakes Bay region. I am lucky to help with these endeavors.”
Kate obtained her BFA from Saginaw Valley State University and her MBA from Northwood University DeVos Graduate School. She resides in Auburn, MI with her husband, three children.
As MiHIA Initiative Leader, Shanna has two main areas of focus: Prenatal, Maternal, and Infant Health and the Regional Opioid Strategy. In both areas, she oversees and drives progress on existing work and identifies future opportunities, secures resources to support endeavors, analyze community needs, and serves as the liaison between THRIVE, MiHIA, the State of Michigan and its various related departments, stakeholders, the community as a whole. In regards to her new position, Ms. Hensler stated, “I feel very honored to be given this opportunity. I am excited to collaborate across our region and be an advocate to improve health and overall well-being.”
Active in the community, Ms. Hensler has served in leadership positions of various health collaboratives: the Gratiot Collaborative Council, the Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition, the Great Start Collaborative, and the Isabella Community Collaborative.
Educated at Saginaw Valley State University for both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Health Administration and Leadership, Ms. Hensler is a resident of Saginaw along with her husband and daughter.
Daryn is responsible for the dynamic nature of the MiHIA Dashboard. In his part-time role he updates information and creates community calendars and pages to share upcoming events, facilitates partner hubs and otherwise keeps the dashboard running smoothly so partners can access important data. Daryn is also responsible for data collection, mining and analysis. “I find tremendous satisfaction in being part of the MiHIA team. I really believe in the mission behind our work and am excited to have been part of the launch of some amazing initiatives!”
Daryn currently volunteers as a co-lead for the SBIRT strategy group within the MiHIA Opioid Strategy and also volunteers on the Chippewa River as a surveyor and restorer.
Daryn obtained both his undergraduate degree and his Master of Public Health at Central Michigan University and currently resides in Mt. Pleasant.
Jacque provide part-time support to MiHIA’s opioid work through both research and on-going coordination and communication with partners. “It is rewarding to see different sectors and partners work together to create a stronger and healthier community for everyone, and my job allows me to be part of an organization working diligently to see such goals come to fruition,” she says in regards to her work with MiHIA.
Jacque is active in the community in other ways, helping health initiatives at Central Michigan University and even helping to teach a fencing class.
Jacque’s BA, MA of English Language and Literature, Master of Public Health were all from Central Michigan University and she resides in Mt. Pleasant.
Sapha over the last year has worked primarily with the Region 5 Perinatal Quality Collaborative. Over the coming months Sapha will continue to support the prenatal, maternal and infant health work underway in the region. This includes identifying projects and initiatives to improve outcomes, supporting partner implementation and their respective teams, and coordinating stakeholder engagement and networking. “Working with MiHIA has been fantastic; working with a supportive team that is doing amazing work is inspiring and fuels me to improve maternal and infant health outcomes,” she said when asked about her position.
Elsewhere in the community, Sapha continues her years of helping with food packaging and general donations at the Islamic Center of Midland.
Her Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan and her Masters of Public Health is from Central Michigan University. She resides in Midland.
MiHIA Population Health Strategy Team Technical Advisor
Mary advises the MiHIA Operations Team and the Population Health Strategy Team on public health and population health action areas. This includes the implementation of the Regional Community Health Improvement Plan (RCHIP). Mary produces models, designs processes, support quarterly progress reports, and helps to identify funding opportunities. She describes how she feels about her job as, “I thoroughly enjoy working with the dynamic MiHIA Team. Everyone who is a part of MiHIA has a passion for improving the health status of the region and I am blessed to be a part of it.”
Working to help her community in another way, Mary is assisting her church with the development of a safety plan. Her volunteer group has been conducting trainings, had a fire drill and is helping to make needed safety improvements to the building.
Her BA is from Alma College and her MSA is from Central Michigan University. She resides in Alma.
In her part-time role, Sue supports the MiHIA Staff and Board of Directors to assure daily operations are running smoothly. This includes assisting external stakeholders, contractors and vendors, and otherwise acts as the first line of communication to most partners.
In her spare time, Sue is a softball enthusiast and is an assistant softball coach at Midland High School. She resides in Midland.
Tina is the coordinator of several programs contributing to the implementation of the Regional Community Health Improvement Plan. Programming within the plan includes an in-person Diabetes Prevention Program, virtual Diabetes Prevention Program (vDPP), Kurbo, Community Gardens, Choosing Wisely and other population health opportunities. In addition to handling the daily coordination of programs, Tina also works as a community relations staff member. Tina says, “I am very energized to be working with community partners to make strides to impact and improve the community.”
In her free time, Tina loves to be outdoors, to travel, and to otherwise be active.
Her undergraduate degree is from Central Michigan University and her master’s degree is from the University of Kentucky. She resides in Saginaw with her husband and young children.
Executive Assistant THRIVE
Dallas Rau is Executive Assistant for the THRIVE initiative. This position is a critical role in helping to provide support and build capacity that aide in the fulfillment of the THRIVE Portfolio implementation. Dallas oversees the daily operations of the initiative and works closely with the Leadership Team and other staff or volunteers to move the initiative from the robust strategic planning phase to the multi-year portfolio implementation.
Dallas is a graduate of Northwood University and resides in Midland with her Husband and Son. Dallas is also involved in her community, volunteering with the Midland Noon Rotary Club, Midland Public Schools, Midland Lacrosse Club, and Salvation Army.