Our Board Header

Our Board

The membership of the board includes people of all ages who have company paid insurance, are self-insured, have catastrophic insurance only or are without health insurance.

The board of directors meets the 3rd Tuesday of every other month, 7:30 – 9:00 pm at Ferndale High School, 871 Pinecrest, Ferndale, MI 48220. Conference Room. NOTE THE NEW ADDRESS. These regularly scheduled meetings are open to the public.

The Executive Committee

Dan Martin

Dan Martin

Executive Director

Dan Martin joined FernCare as Executive Director in February 2020.  Dan is a graduate of Michigan State University.  Prior to joining FernCare, Dan has held several leadership roles in healthcare, non-profit organizations and municipal government.

Rudolph A. Serra, J.D.,

Rudolph A. Serra, J.D.,

Board 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.

Rudy 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 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.

Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter

Vice President

Barbara Winter is a senior analyst for the Oakland County Board of Commissioner. She worked as a legislative director for State Representative Robert Wittenberg (D-Huntington Woods) and Ellen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods). She is an elected member of the Hazel Park District Library Board. She holds two masters degrees in public policy and in political science. In addition to FernCare, she volunteers for Hazel Park Holiday Basket. Barbara immigrated to the United States from the Czech Republic in 2000 and bought a house in Hazel Park in 2003, where she lives with her husband Piotr, dog Gordy and cat Simon.

Kristie Lee

Kristie Lee

Secretary

Kristie Lee is the Executive Director of Defpotec Corporation, specializing in the management of health care facilities.  She lives in Ferndale and graduated from Birmingham Groves High School.  She holds her Bachelor's Degree in Physics, Maths, Earth Space and Atmosphere sciences from Hampton University.  She is also a former fully licensed broker, holding her Series 66 and Series 7 licensing.  When she is not volunteering with FernCare, she can be found enjoying the outdoors with her dog, Leo.

Sheryl Stubblefield

Sheryl Stubblefield

Treasurer

Sheryl Stubblefield is the Director of Finance for the City of Ferndale.  Sheryl has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and a master’s degree in management, both from Walsh College.  Sheryl is a member of the Michigan Government Finance Officers Association.  In addition to spending time with her husband Kevin and son Hunter, Sheryl enjoys bowling and photography.

Board of Directors

Randall Caballero

Randall Caballero

Patient Representative

Randy worked for Ford Motor companies, earning a journeyman’s card and later became the leader of one of Ford’s development groups. He was a FernCare patient and brings that unique perspective to the board.

Irenita Goedert

Irenita Goedert

Development

Irenita is a realtor with Red Door Realty and has been active in the Metro Detroit community for over 25 years. She has a Bachelors of Science in criminal justice from Wayne State University. In addition to FernCare, she is a member of the Detroit Artists Market, Japanese American Citizens League, Fraternal Order of Police #130 and both the Ferndale and Royal Oak Chambers of Commerce. She and her husband, Chuck, have been married for 30 years and have three daughters. In her spare time, Irenita enjoys reading, gardening and watching British murder mysteries.

Dennis Whittie

Dennis Whittie

Dennis Whittie is an Attorney in private practice that focuses on indigent legal services concentrating in criminal defense.  Additionally, he is the Emergency Management Coordinator at the Sterling Heights Campus of the Henry Ford Health System.  He is a former police officer and licensed Advanced Emergency Medical Technician.  He lives in Ferndale and graduated from Ferndale High School. 

Dennis' community service includes previously serving a partial term as a council member on the Ferndale City Council.  Prior to this, he was a member of the Ferndale Fiscal Review Advisory Committee, the Budget Review Committee, and volunteered at various community events including FernCare fundraisers and Ferndale Pride.  
 
He holds a juris doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School,  a master’s degree in public administration from Wayne State University, a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in political science from Wayne State University, and a criminal justice degree and liberal arts degree from Oakland Community College.

Melinda Cupples

Melinda Cupples

Mindy Cupples has spent the past 31 years working for Ford Motor Company, in the area of Labor Relations. She has her Master’s in Human Resources from Central Michigan University. Mindy became a Ferndale resident in 2005, and immediately started getting engaged with community activities. From 2008 -2011, she was involved with the Ferndale Community Foundation and sat on the Board of Directors. Starting in 2012, she was appointed to the Downtown Development Authority, serving both as a Board Member and an Executive Board Member until 2020 when her term limit expired. In her spare time Mindy enjoys staying active and participating in sports like Golf and Hockey.

Board
Emereti

Kate Baker, detroit.kate@hotmail.com
Ann Heler, aheler6468@gmail.com
John Sterritt, jsterritt@ferncare.org
Brian Wahl

Liasons to the Board
(Do Not Vote)

Pamalar Burnette, RN, Clinic Manager
G. Christopher Popp, MD, Clinic Medical Director
Carolyn Barr, Office Manager

Honorary Board
Members

Melanie Piana, Mayor of Ferndale

Want to volunteer where you
can make a difference?