Our Staff

Heidi Tracy

Heidi Tracy

Chief Executive Officer - MiHIA

Heidi Tracy joined the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA) in December 2021 as the organization’s CEO. A strategic-thinking executive with a proven record of accomplishment in higher education, nonprofits, and community development, Tracy is dedicated to continuous community improvement by developing programs and securing support for organizations serving underrepresented groups. 

Prior to MiHIA, Tracy served as the vice president for Advancement at Central Michigan, Texas Woman’s and Otterbein universities and assistant vice president for Individual Giving at Carnegie Mellon University. Tracy began her career in higher education at Ohio University where she served as the assistant dean for Development, assistant director for Major Gifts and finally as executive director for Major Gifts.

Tracy’s service to community well-being extends beyond higher education. She has worked on a number of local and statewide elections and covered the 1988 Republican and Democratic conventions and subsequent presidential inauguration as a journalist.

As a private consultant, she has worked with numerous nonprofits on board relations and development, fundraising, finance, organizational leadership, marketing and communication, program development, public policy and legislative affairs. She has helped organizations raise more than $200 million throughout her career.

A native of Ohio, Tracy earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University and completed Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management Program.

Andrea Foster

Andrea Foster

Chief of Staff and Director for Program Development, Opioid Response

Andrea Foster is the executive coordinator for MiHIA and helps providing support for various MiHIA committees, staff efforts and operational needs. Foster comes to us from The Little Forks Conservancy in Midland, Michigan, where she worked for over six years as the director of Programs and Partnerships. A passionate youth and outdoor advocate, she is the creator of the Conservancy’s Nature/Nurture Program, an environmental education program for under-served youth and OUTdoors Together, a hiking group for LGBTQ individuals and allies.

Foster is an active community volunteer and advocate, serving on several local committee efforts including the Midland Young Professionals Steering Committee, and the Midland Area Community Foundation’s Cultural Awareness Coalition. She also volunteers as a mentor at the Midland County Juvenile Care Center, and is a regular motivational speaker for teens spanning diverse topics.

Kristen McDonald Rivet

Kristen McDonald Rivet

Strategic Advisor

Kristen McDonald Rivet serves as Vice President of Michigan Future, Inc and a Strategic Advisor to MiHIA/THRIVE. She is the former CEO/President of Greater Midland Inc, a network of centers connecting all residents in Midland County through wellness & recreation, education, youth development and basic needs. Prior to her work in Midland, McDonald served as the Vice President of Program and Policy for The Skillman Foundation in Detroit. In this role, she directed strategy for all of the Foundation’s program work in citywide education reform, place-based neighborhood revitalization, youth development systems building and public policy agendas addressing institutional inequity issues.

Previously, McDonald has served in multiple leadership roles developing public policies and systems to improve the lives of children and families including work in the Michigan Departments of Education and Human Services. She has worked extensively in early childhood education policy and was one of the chief architects of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) and Great Start, Michigan’s system of education and care for children from birth to kindergarten. McDonald was appointed to the Executive Committee of the ECIC by Governor Rick Snyder in July 2017 and currently serves as the Board Chair. In 2016, she was named an Annie E. Casey Children and Families Fellow, joining a prestigious network of leaders across the country with the vision, drive and ability to make changes that benefit large numbers of children and families.

McDonald and her husband are the proud parents and stepparents of six beautiful children and reside in Bay City, MI.

Mark Kato

Mark Kato

Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director for Health Impact and Strategic Partnerships

Dr. Mark Kato, DHA is a program leader for MiHIA/THRIVE, and has over a decade of experience in healthcare quality improvement, data analytics, and financial analysis.

Mark leads the Achieving the Right Medications for Health (ARM4Health) Project. The initiative implements a focused, coordinated action plan to increase education on appropriate prescribing, deprescribing and adverse drug events, and implement policies and care team models which improve these practices.  Mark comes to MiHIA from UnitedHealthcare where he led a Quality Improvement Analytics team and prior to that he was the Director of Performance Improvement at MidMichigan Health.

Mark obtained his Doctorate of Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University and Masters in Business Administration from East Carolina University.  He resides in Bay City with his wife and three children.

Daryn Papenfuse

Daryn Papenfuse

Dashboard Manager

Daryn is responsible for the dynamic nature of the MiHIA Dashboard. In this 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.

Jameca Patrick-Singleton

Jameca Patrick-Singleton

Executive Director, Community Impact and Strategic Partnerships

Jameca Patrick Singleton is the director of Children, Families and Education for MiHIA which includes the major focus and serving as the project leader for the Maternal Child Health and Well-being Initiative (MCHWI).

Previously she worked as the lead consultant for Granting Success, helping to build the capacity of non-profits and socially active businesses.

She is also the former chief recovery officer for the City of Flint. In this role she worked to maximize the involvement of Flint residents in the recovery and rebuilding of the Flint water infrastructure and recovery support services.

Prior to the City of Flint, she worked as the director of Coalition Building Programs for Metro Community Development and the Coordinator for the Flint/Genesee Continuum of Care. She has also worked as an adjunct faculty member for University of Michigan- Flint and Baker College where she taught Social Work and Human Service disciplines.

Being a teenaged mother fueled her passion to try and change her community for the better. That passion, as well as her love for people has resulted in Jameca spending her career working in the community.

She studied social work both at Mott Community College and the University of Michigan. She holds a Masters of Social Work degree with a concentration in Organizational and Community Practice from Michigan State University.

Jameca sits on several boards and committees working towards creating and sustaining stable communities, including serving as the current chairperson of the City of Flint Human Relations Commission.

She is a lifelong resident of the City of Flint, a proud mother of two and grandmother to seven children.

Dallas Rau

Dallas Rau

Director for Program Development, Community Impact and Partnership Engagement

Dallas Rau is the director for Program Development, Community Impact and Partnership Engagement and works to engage THRIVE’s many stakeholders in our work. Rau also works on programs in financial stability and maternal child health.

Before joining MiHIA, Dallas worked for SecureCom, a local security integration company, for just over 16 years. Dallas was in charge of the day-to-day business operations as well as project and employee management.

Dallas is a native to the Great Lakes Bay Region and has been married to her husband for just over 13 years. She and Jeremy have one child, a son, named Haven. An alumni of Northwood University in Midland, Dallas graduated Summa Cum Laude with her B.B.A. in Business Management. Community involvement has always been very important to Dallas, who is a member of the Midland Noon Rotary Club where she also serves on the board. Additionally, she volunteers with many other local organizations such as Salvation Army, Midland Public Schools, the Midland Lacrosse Club, and The Bridge, to name a few.

In her spare time, Dallas enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, watching her son participate in sports, riding ATV’s and snowmobiles, and playing volleyball.

Courtney Soule

Courtney Soule

Director of Communications - MiHIA, GLBRA and THRIVE

Courtney Soule is the Communications Leader for the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA), the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance and their co-led initiative THRIVE (Transforming Health Regionally in a Vibrant Economy).

Prior to joining MiHIA, the Alliance and THRIVE, Courtney served as the Managing Editor of Catalyst Midland and development manager of Issue Media Group, Catalyst’s parent company. She also brings over 15 years of experience working in public affairs, government affairs and public policy and corporate strategic development for Dow. She is a graduate of Northwood University, Summa Cum Laude and holds a BBA in Marketing and Business Management.

Soule is a passionate community supporter, volunteer and advocate. A lifelong resident of the Great Lakes Bay Region, she lives in Midland with her two dogs and recently started a public effort sharing her journey managing multiple sclerosis (MS) through diet and lifestyle.

Dr. Sasha Savage

Dr. Sasha Savage

Chief Health Officer

Sasha Savage, M.D. is the chief health officer for THRIVE. Dr. Savage’s role is focused on the health and well-being aspects of the THRIVE Portfolio, including key messages, achieving intended outcomes and informing the actions and progress during the multi-phased implementation.

Dr. Savage’s compassion for people is a result of his childhood. A native of Michigan, Dr. Savage was raised in Kalamazoo. Serving the public and helping others was deeply ingrained in his upbringing. His father was a teacher of the deaf and blind and actively demonstrated the compassion and hard work involved in helping others. His parents invested in a more economically challenged area and worked as a family to repair homes in order to make them available to rent. For Dr. Savage, working on properties in the summers and being aware of the financial struggles of tenants brought him, from a young age, a deep understanding of the issues facing families.

Currently, Dr. Savage works at MidMichigan Medical Center, where he serves as the medical director of the Family Practice Center. He is involved in leadership and ethics at his employer. He provides peer leadership support as a Physician Dyad, and is active in the system redesign incorporating the Quadruple Aim with a specific focus on provider wellness. More recent contributions have included pioneering leadership concerning the issue of provider burnout, system wellness reform, and enhancing provider resiliency.

Prior to his current position, he served as chief of staff within the hospital and was instrumental in graduate medical education in a variety of roles: he was the chairperson of the Department of Family Medicine, and from 2013-2018 served as the inaugural chair of the Ethics Committee. In 2002, he joined the faculty in Midland and was honored by the residents with the Teacher of the Year Award in 2007. Rounding out his recognition within the MidMichigan Health System, he was the first physician ever to receive the Bernard E. Lorimer Award for outstanding lifetime achievement. Early in his career, Dr. Savage served as the primary architect of the Patient-Centered Medical Home, the model of care that is now the standard across the MidMichigan Health System.

Tina Swanton

Tina Swanton

Executive Director, Community Impact and Strategic Partnerships

Tina coordinates several programs contributing to general population health: the In-Person Diabetes Prevention Program, the Virtual Diabetes Prevention Program (VDPP), Kurbo, and Choosing Wisely. 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.