The membership of the board reflects people with company paid insurance, self-insured, catastrophic insurance only, without any health insurance, and people of all ages.

Board of Director meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of every other month, 7:30 – 9:00 pm at MIWORKS!, 713 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI. NOTE THE NEW ADDRESS. Use the door closest to the railroad tracks. These regularly scheduled meetings are open to the public.
Next meetings: 2017 – October and December. 2018 – February, April, June, July (Annual Meeting), and August.

The Executive Committee

Ann Heler is our Board President.

Ann received both her Bachelors and Master Degree in Special Education from Wayne State University. Ann is a member of  Citizens for a Fair Ferndale and Ferndale Elks. She represents FernCare and Free Clinics of Michigan on the Michigan Universal Health Care Action Network Board (MichUHCAN.)  She is President of Free Clinics of Michigan (2016 – 2018). She was honored in 2015 with one of the Michigan WONder Women Awards and one of the Esteemed Women of Michigan Awards.

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Rudy Serra
Rudolph (Rudy) Serra, Vice-President

Rudy Serra is an Attorney in private practice. He lives in Ferndale and graduated from Ferndale High School. He is an affiliated Consultant with the University of Michigan Health Systems, a Certified Forensic Counselor, and a member of the Master Lawyer’s Section of The State Bar of Michigan. He represents the Michigan Association of Professional Psychologists, as well as physicians, nurses and other health care providers.

Serra is a former Judge on the 36th District Court (Detroit), a former Oakland County Commissioner representing Ferndale and Royal Oak, and served on the Ferndale Board of Education. He taught Health Law at Mercy College, served on the Nursing Specialty Task Force in the Michigan Department of Licensing, worked as a Regional Director for the Michigan Lung Association, and was certified as an Emergency Medical Technician. He was Licensed Social Worker from 1980 through 2007.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School with post graduate training in Dispute Resolution; a Master’s Degree in Communication, and a Bachelor of Science Degree with double majors in Psychology and Speech, from Central Michigan University.

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Tuomo Kallio, Treasurer

Tuomo holds an MBA from Michigan State University and has an undergraduate degree business degree from Tiffin University. He currently works for FCA US (formerly Chrysler). Tuomo’s previous work experience includes consulting and financial services. His investment related articles have been published on notable financial sites, such as MSM Money and
Tuomo is married and has been living in Ferndale since 2010.

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John Sterritt, Secretary

John is a long time resident of Ferndale. He is an elected member of the Ferndale Library Board and a member of Citizens for a Fair Ferndale. He is a retired public school teacher.

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Board of Directors

Kate Baker , Development Team.

Kate is Senior Program Administrator for Economic Development at Wayne State University. She is a member of the Ferndale Education Foundation. She is a former Ferndale City Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem (2008 – 2011).

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Pamela Bellaver, Clinic Team.

Pamela has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Counseling with a State of Michigan License as a Professional Counselor. She has worked in human services for 25+ years serving many populations including juvenile delinquents, the foster care community and mental health and substance abuse clients. She is currently the Supervisor of the Ferndale Career Center, Michigan Works office and serve on the board for the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce as well as the Ferndale Schools Arts Boosters OrchSupport Board and now Ferncare. Pamela has volunteered her time serving on the board for the Ferndale Youth Assistance and Ferndale Schools Parent Teacher Student Association as well. Pamela lives in Oak Park within the Ferndale School District with her husband and two children, ages 15 and 12.

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Brian Wahl,  Historian

Brian is a Senior Benefits Account Manager at GKN North America in Auburn Hills, MI.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and English from Western Michigan University. In addition to FernCare, he volunteers for the Accounting Aid Society and Pleasant Ridge Foundation.

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Randall (Randy) Caballero, Patient Relations and Advocate

Randy is an artist-craftsman. He worked for Ford Motor companies, earning a journeyman’s card and later becoming the leader of one of Ford’s off-site development groups.  He is a former FernCare patient and has come to the Board with that perspective.

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Joanna Beatty
Joanna Beatty

Joanna Beatty is a school psychologist with over 20 years of experience as a special educator. She currently works with Oakland Schools Early On. She is a trained domestic relations mediator and provides volunteer services in mediation, special education navigation and advocacy. She is a partner in the family business, Beatty/Hudson, a home renovating operation focused on creating beautiful, affordable homes in the Ferndale area.

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Fr. Charles Blanchard. Pastor Christ the Good Shepherd, ORCC.Information to come.


Honorary Board Members

David Coulter, Mayor of Ferndale

Liaisons to the Board 

, ___________________ Clinic Manager

Dr. G. Christopher Popp, Medical Director

Carolyn Barr, Office Manager

Southeast Oakland Coalition            Minou Carey, Executive Director

Ferndale Public Schools, Head Start and Grant Early Education            Amy Rooney, Program Staff