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Meet the Team at Munson Healthcare Foundations

Munson Healthcare Foundations are staffed with talented professionals who help donors support the specific funds or services that match their values and interests, allowing them to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Des WorthingtonDes Worthington, Chief Development Officer, Munson Healthcare

Desiree Worthington, Chief Development Officer of Munson Healthcare, leads fundraising efforts for wholly-integrated hospitals and hospice within Munson Healthcare. She has served in this role since 2006.

Des has a lifetime of experience raising dollars for both small and large organizations to support health, human services, youth, religious and conservation missions. She is credentialed as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and holds bachelor of science degree from Northern Illinois University.

She and her husband Greg enjoy spending time with their three daughters, son, and his wife.

Heather Appold, Charitable Giving Officer - East Region

Heather Appold serves as a Charitable Giving Officer for Munson Healthcare Foundations, focusing her efforts on Grayling and Otsego Memorial Hospitals. Originally from Hemlock, MI and a graduate of Central Michigan University, Heather relocated to Gaylord in August 2018. Her early professional years were spent in Saginaw, most recently as Covenant Kids Coordinator raising funds for pediatric patients.

Heather has volunteered through the years with Special Olympics Michigan and is a graduate of the Michigan Firefighters Academy. Heather lives in Gaylord with her husband Drew and son Tyler. Her family loves the outdoors, board games and traveling down state to see family and friends. She is excited to reside in the region and looking forward to exploring the lakes and trails.


Ruth Bloomer

Ruth Bloomer, Senior Leadership Giving Officer

Ruth Bloomer is a senior leadership giving officer for Munson Healthcare Foundations. She has been a Munson Healthcare employee for more than 30 years and involved with fundraising for most 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.

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 serves on the board of the Women’s Resource Center – Grand Traverse.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and two dogs.


Kim BiddingerKim Biddinger, Leadership Giving Officer - East Region

Kim Biddinger is the Leadership Giving Officer for Munson Healthcare Foundations, focusing her efforts on Charlevoix, Grayling and Otsego Memorial Hospitals. She has been raising funds for Otsego Memorial Hospital since 2010 and is passionate about connecting donors to causes they care about. Kim was instrumental in raising over $4 million for the "Building the Future of Local Healthcare" capital campaign which includes the hospital's largest gift, naming the Dale E. Johnson Emergency Department. 

Prior to joining Otsego Memorial Hospital Foundation, Kim resided in Birmingham, Michigan and began her career in the legal community focusing on business development and public relations in the greater Detroit area. 

Kim is credentialed as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and holds certificates in Non-Profit Executive Leadership and Fund Raising Management from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. 

Kim serves on the board of the Indian River Chamber of Commerce and serves as president of the Gaylord Booster Club. While not in the office, Kim enjoys attending her son and daughter's soccer games, skiing, traveling and spending time with family and friends.  

John Gower

John Gower, Traverse City, Frankfort and Charlevoix Charitable Giving Officer

John Gower serves as the Traverse City, Frankfort and Charlevoix charitable giving officer for Munson Healthcare Foundations. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, John spent 10 years as a professional with the Boy Scouts of America in central Indiana and throughout Michigan, focusing on fundraising, membership recruitment, and volunteer engagement.

John resides in Traverse City with his wife, Amanda, and two young children. He holds a bachelor of applied arts degree in integrative public relations and recreation, parks & leisure services administration from Central Michigan University.

John is a lifelong member of the Boy Scouts of America as an Eagle Scout and is active with the Traverse City Young Professionals and Chamber of Commerce. He especially enjoys camping, hiking, and traveling with his family.


Debra Henderson

Debra Henderson, MSHC, Director of Stewardship & Annual Giving

Debra Henderson serves as director of Stewardship & Annual Giving for Munson Healthcare Foundations. Prior to joining Munson Healthcare in 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.

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


Courtney MulderCourtney Mulder, Cadillac Charitable Giving Officer

Courtney Mulder is the charitable giving officer for the Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital Foundation. She has been associated with Cadillac Hospital since 2013.

Courtney is a Lake City native and lives there today with her husband and three young sons. She holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and sales from Central Michigan University.

Most of her free time is spent with her family and friends. She is a part of a women’s golf league and spends a lot of time with her family swimming and staying at their family cabin. She also enjoys reading, biking and running.


Amy PetersonAmy Peterson, Grants Administration Officer

Amy Peterson serves as the grants administration officer for Munson Healthcare. She has been with Munson Healthcare since 2015 and is responsible for state and federal grants throughout the Munson Healthcare system. Amy helped secure a large USDA Rural Utilities Service grant, as well as several State of Michigan program grants.

Amy relocated to Traverse City after living in the Detroit area and has a PhD in medical sociology and a master’s degree in health communication, both from Wayne State University. Amy came to Traverse City from the Karmanos Cancer Institute, where she managed NIH funded research studies.

Amy is a long-time volunteer with Camp Catch-a-Rainbow, a camping program for 7-15 year olds with cancer and is a board member of the Utopia Foundation. Amy lives in Williamsburg with her husband and two young daughters. She loves biking, hiking, and enjoying the Grand Traverse region with friends and family.


Amy PetersonTami Stanley, Leadership Giving Associate - Frankfort, Manistee, Traverse City

After working the past five years for a retirement community foundation and studying with the Prospect Research Institute, Tami Stanley brings her experience to the Foundation's newest role: Leadership Giving Associate in Major Giving. Tami meets with philanthropic individuals across northern Michigan who have an interest in fulfilling and expanding Munson Healthcare's mission and vision. 

By using her skills in executive administration, customer service, and project planning administration, she will help to support the Foundation's team, board, and volunteer committees. Most of all, she believes in giving back and has a strong belief that everyone deserves quality health care in the communities where they live. 

Tami and her family have recently fulfilled a dream of moving to Manistee, Michigan. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading a good book, playing her flute, painting, and sailing. 


McKenzie Weeks, Charitable Giving Officer - Direct Mail and Digital Solicitation

McKenzie Weeks is the Charitable Giving Officer for Direct Mail and Digital Solicitation with Munson Healthcare Foundations. Prior to joining the Munson team in 2019, McKenzie excelled as marketing manager for a Traverse City-based organization who specialized in print, direct mail, and marketing. With passion and creativity, she is responsible for growing the digital and direct mail presence for the foundations.

McKenzie is a 2016 cum laude graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration, focusing on marketing. She moved from Centreville, MI to Traverse City in early 2017 to join her now husband and accept her previous role. In late 2017, they established roots in northern Michigan by purchasing their first home in South Boardman, MI.

When out of the office, McKenzie enjoys walking her dogs, Ruca and Luna, camping with her husband, attending car rallies, watching Wheel of Fortune, and going on road trips to see her friends and family.