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Meet Our Foundation Staff
                            

Our foundations are run by a talented staff of professionals who help donors find the fund or service they would like to support that matches their values and interests. We also explore the ways to give that best suit each donor’s circumstances. Gifts to Munson Healthcare often come from the heart because of a personal experience. Our foundation staff takes special care to make sure gifts are recognized in ways that are meaningful to the donor.

Foundation Staff clockwise from Top Left:  
Kris Zimmerman, Ruth Bloomer, Alyson Olivier, Nan Brown, Sharon Wilkins, Tracy Wittkopp, Des Worthington, Debra Henderson, Beth Karczewski and Denise DaFermo

 

 

  


                       
             

Des Worthington, President, Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation and Paul Oliver Foundation
dworthington2@mhc.net

Desiree Worthington serves as president of Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation and Paul Oliver Foundation. She has been leading philanthropy efforts for nonprofit organizations since 1991, raising more than $80 million to support health, human services, youth, and conservation. 

Des is credentialed as a Certified Fund Raising Executive and holds a bachelor of science degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.  She currently serves as a board member of HeadWaters Land Conservancy located in Gaylord, Mich.

It is such a great privilege to support this organization. Every day we get to work with kind, charitable people who are motivated by a simple desire to help.” ~ Des Worthington

 

 


           
               

Ruth Bloomer, Giving Specialist | (231) 935-6484 | rbloomer@mhc.net

Ruth Bloomer is a leadership giving specialist for Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation. She has been employed at Munson for 30 years and involved with fundraising for 23 of those years. Ruth has helped raise more than $80 million to support Munson Healthcare, Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, and the health care needs of our region.

Ruth has lived in the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.She settled in the Traverse City area in 1978 after completing her master’s degree from Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich.

Ruth has served on numerous committees and boards over the years working on community issues involving youth, senior citizens, the homeless, and schools. She currently enjoys spending her spare time with her husband, son and new daughter-in-law, and her two Golden Retrievers. 

 



           
 

Debra Henderson, Giving Specialist(231) 935-7668 | dhenderson@mhc.net

Debra Henderson serves as the annual giving specialist for Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation. Prior to joining Munson Healthcare in August 2013, she worked for The American Cancer Society and The American Heart Association, raising more than $25 million to support disease research, risk awareness, and public health advocacy.

Debra relocated to Traverse City from Charlotte, NC. She holds a dual bachelor of arts degree in marketing and psychology from the University of North Carolina and a master of science degree in health communications from Boston University.

In her spare time, Debra enjoys tennis, kayaking, skiing, and hiking with her dog through all the amazing trails in Traverse City. 

     

 

Beth Karczewski, Giving Specialist | (231) 935-7689 | ekarczewski@mhc.net

Beth Karczewski is a senior leadership giving specialist for Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation. She has more than 25 years of experience working in health care, and has been a Munson Healthcare employee for 15 years. Prior to joining the Foundation staff eight years ago, she worked for Munson Home Health and Hospice. Beth currently serves as the fundraising campaign manager for the Cowell Family Cancer Center.

Beth is a lifelong resident of Traverse City. She holds a bachelor of science degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in business from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Beth is a board trustee for Rotary Charities, past president of the Rotary Club of Traverse City, and is on the board of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy.

     

 

           
  Alyson Olivier, Giving Specialist | (231) 935-7901 | aolivier@mhc.net
      

Alyson Olivier is a leadership giving specialist for Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation. She has been with Munson Healthcare since January 2011. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 12 years.

Alyson is a native of Traverse City. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in marketing and advertising from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich.

A “bit of a health nut,” Alyson can be found at a variety of fitness studios around town. When she’s not there, she’s watching her two young boys play a variety of sports. “They keep me motivated and moving,” she says.