FREELAND, MICHIGAN, December 6, 2021 – The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc., also known as MiHIA, today announced four new members who will join the board of directors and support the efforts and vision of the organization to improve health outcomes of people in the region.

The new board members begin their three-year terms with MiHIA, effective January 1, 2022. Those joining the MiHIA Board of Directors for 2022-2024 include:

  • Hurley J Coleman III, executive director, Saginaw County Community Action Committee, Inc.
  • Marcia Ditmyer, dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Saginaw Valley State University
  • Wayne Hofmann, infrastructure finance director, Wade Trim
  • Beverlee Wenzel, president and CEO, The Rock Center for Youth Development

“It is energizing to welcome such a strong and passionate group of new board members to the organization. We look forward to their contributions as the board, our staff and many community organizations together pursue better health and well-being for the region,” said Dr. Catherine Baase, chairperson of the MiHIA Board of Directors.

In addition, David Brown, vice president and commercial lender with Isabella Bank and current MiHIA board member, will replace Jim Borin as treasurer. Brown will also thereby join the MiHIA Executive Committee.

Those departing the board after completing their terms include:

  • James Borin, community volunteer
  • David Dittenber, chief marketing officer, GENE-5
  • Greg Dorrien, executive director, West Midland Family Center
  • Judith Ruland, retired dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Saginaw Valley State University

“We are incredibly grateful to these four departing members for their years of service to MiHIA. The board is one of our greatest strengths and each member’s input is critical to our progress,” said Baase.  The genuine commitment and time these members have provided over the years is very much appreciated and while they are leaving their formal seats, we continue to count them as valued supporters of regional health priorities.”

For more information on the MiHIA Board of Directors, visit the website here.


About MiHIA

The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc. (MiHIA) is a 501(c)3 focused on achieving sustainable system change and improved health outcomes of people within a 14-county region in central Michigan. MiHIA focuses on improving health within our region through a comprehensive focus on sustainable systems change. Founded in 2007, MiHIA functions as an integrator or backbone organization to guide the health ecosystem at a regional level, accelerate competitive advantage, foster long-term sustainability and enhance the existing efforts of its valued partners.

Since 2017, MiHIA, along with community partners has advanced a balanced portfolio of actions via the signature initiative THRIVE (Transforming Health Regionally in a Vibrant Economy) to dramatically improve both health and economic success of the region.

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