Munson Health
JoAnn Holwerda

In everything she does, JoAnn Holwerda wants to be a positive force, and that is especially true in her new role as a member of the Paul Oliver Foundation Board of Directors.

As a past president of the POMH Hospital Auxiliary Board, she believes she can be a valuable liaison between the Auxiliary and the Foundation, helping those organizations accomplish their shared goal of supporting growth and services at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital.

"When I served as Auxiliary president we were always invited to sit in on hospital board meetings - it was such a great experience to see the whole circle of the operation," she said. "You are able to have a much more in-depth understanding of the process because you’re able to get a well-rounded picture of how things work."

One message she hopes to reinforce in the community is that all of the money raised by the Paul Oliver Foundation and the Auxiliary stays in Frankfort to benefit services at the local hospital. She also wants people to know that continued success depends on the local community using the services in Frankfort.

"I think the services we have at Paul Oliver are above and beyond excellent," she said. She’s been impressed by the way the hospital’s administrators are planning for the future. "They analyze everything to make sure the service is high quality, and that it meets the needs of the demographics of this area."

JoAnn currently serves as Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Frankfort. She retired five years ago as Administrative Assistant to Benzie County Administrator, after having also worked as Clerk Treasurer for the City of Frankfort. JoAnn moved to Benzie County from Midland in 1979 to manage a children’s store. She was the 2010 chair of the POMH Auxiliary Holiday Ball and is treasurer for Periwinkle Garden Club. JoAnn is married to David Holwerda and has three grown children all living locally, as well as 10 grandchildren. They are anticipating the birth of a fourth great-grandchild in July.