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Steering Team

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Dr. Kathy Dollard 

Steering Team At-Large Member

Director, Behavioral Health Service Line, MyMichigan Health

 

Kathy joined MidMichigan Health in 2017 as the Service Line Director for Behavioral Health.  In her role, she has written and implemented behavioral health strategic plans and has developed new behavioral health services.  Kathy has been instrumental in launching integrated behavioral health in several primary care offices, a program in Applied Behavior Analysis for children with autism, a behavioral health telehub to assist people in crisis and promote suicide prevention, programs to address substance use disorder, a partial hospitalization program in Midland, intensive outpatient services for older adults, and programs to address loneliness. 

She has served on and chaired several collaborative committees and boards, and currently serves on the Board of Midland Kid’s First and The ROCK Center for Youth Development.  Kathy has a bachelor degree in psychology and Spanish from Alma College and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Central Michigan University.  She is also a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and certified in Applied Positive Psychology.  Kathy is a Michigan native, having grown up in Charlevoix, and has lived in Midland since 1992.   

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 James W. Fisher, P.E.

Steering Team Chair

President

Fisher Contracting Company

 

J. W. has worked for the Fisher family businesses throughout his life and for Fisher Contracting since 1979, becoming president, and serving in that role since 1996. He also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for all of the Fisher Companies.  J. W. has a B. S. in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Michigan. J. W. has been married to Yvonne for 33-years and they have four children. Together J. W. and Yvonne serve on several boards for local for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

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Dr. Furhut Janssen

Steering Team Standing Member

Director, Psychiatry Residency Program and Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

CMU College of Medicine

Dr. Janssen is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. She earned her medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Janssen is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Covenant HealthCare and Genesys Regional Medical Center. Dr. Janssen serves nationally in setting and maintaining high standards for board certification as the child psychiatry representative to the American Board of Osteopathic Neurology and Psychiatry, as well as to the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists. Dr. Janssen is the psychiatry residency program director at CMU Medical Education Partners.

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Mary Laffey

Steering Team At-Large Member

Owner and President

MultiMedia Communications Consulting 

Mary was born and raised in Midland and has a strong commitment to the Great Lakes Bay Region.  She started her communications business more than 30 years ago and has especially enjoyed advocating for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities – elderly citizens, low-income families, and those struggling with mental illness.  Mary has a B.S. in Hospital Management from Ferris State University. 

 

She has served on a number of community boards and committees, and has worked with the Great Lakes Bay Mental Health Partnership since its inception.

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Rob Vallentine

Steering Team At-Large Member

Mental Health Advocate, MHFA Trainer 

Rob recently served as an executive in residence for Saginaw Valley State University. In this role, he worked closely with various departments and student organizations in an effort to reduce the stigma of mental health and strengthen access to resources within the university and the community. Rob also worked closely with the President’s staff, University Communications, SVSU Foundation and Alumni Relations to further advance the SVSU experience on campus and in the community.

 

He served as president of the Dow Company Foundation, providing strategic direction for Dow's philanthropic priorities around the world. He managed implementation of the Foundation’s $40 million annual charitable contributions, with a keen commitment to education, sustainability and community development.

 

Over the last several years, Rob has become a community advocate, working tirelessly to break the stigma of mental health by sharing his own story of hope, healing and growth with thousands of people. He is a certified trainer for the SafeTALK Suicide Prevention Program and Mental Health First Aid. He serves on the National Advisory Board for the University of Michigan Depression Center and the National Advisory Council for the National Network of Depression Centers. Rob also serves on the Shelterhouse Board of Directors and is a Community Director for TCF Bank.

 

Rob earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and a master’s degree in business administration from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Jennifer Whyte

Steering Team At-Large Member

Director, Behavior Health Services

McLaren Bay Region

Jennifer is a master’s prepared Registered Nurse with 12 years of nursing leadership experience. She started her career with Mclaren Bay Region in 1999. Jennifer has served in various roles through her time with Mclaren as a Staff Nurse, Nursing Coordinator, Behavioral Health Manager and Nursing Director. While serving as the manager of Behavioral Health Services Jennifer lead the development and implementation of a new Geriatric Psychiatric Unit and Partial Hospital Program. Over the last year she has focused on improving care for patients suffering with treatment resistant depression.

She has a strong commitment to the Great Lakes Bay Region and enjoys networking and collaborating with others in the community.

Ad Hoc Steering Team

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Matt Felan

President & CEO

Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

Staff

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Dallas Rau

Executive Director

Great Lakes Bay Region

Mental Health Partnership

 

Prior to this role, Dallas was previously the Director for Program Development of Community Impact and Partnership Engagement at the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA) which aims to bring high-value health and economic impact to our community citizens, and other regional organizations and institutions. Dallas graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwood University with her BBA in Business Management.

She is a 2020 graduate of the GLBRA Institute for Leaders, a member of the Midland 100 Club, 2022 graduate of Leadership Midland, a member of the Rotary Club of Midland where she also serves on the board as Immediate-Past President. Currently, Dallas serves as Board President for The Arc of Midland and was recently recognized by the Midland Daily News as the inaugural “Citizen of the Year” for 2022.

Dallas resides in Freeland with her husband, Jeremy and son, Haven. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, cheering for her son in all his sports activities, volunteering, and taking walks with the family dog, Zion.

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Tera Szeliga

Director of Marketing, Communications and Institute for Leaders

Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

 

If you or someone else has a medical or mental health emergency or requires immediate assistance dial 911.

 

If you are experiencing a suicidal, substance use, and/or mental health crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress, or if you are worried about someone who may need crisis support dial 988.

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