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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

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.

Brian Wahl

Brian Wahl

Secretary

Brian is an Account Manager in Health and Benefits for Marsh & McLennan in Troy. 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. He is our benefits manager and has been since our first clinic session.

Matthew Nowaczok

Matthew Nowaczok

Treasurer

Matt Nowaczok is an accountant who works for PVS Chemicals as a customer service manager. Matt has an undergraduate degree in accounting from Michigan State University and a masters from the University of Georgia and Wayne State University. He has been part of the FernCare finance committee for the last decade and served on the Board three times. When not busy with work or FernCare, Matt lives in Rochester Hills with his lovely wife Marci and three great sons; Abe, Cormac and Gordie.

Board of Directors

Fr. Charles Blanchard

Fr. Charles Blanchard

Charles is pastor of Christ the Good Shepherd, ORCC in Ferndale. He is an MSW with a concentration in addiction treatment and is a certified PTSD Clinician.

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.

Kristie Lee

Kristie Lee

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.

Board
Emereti

Kate Baker, detroit.kate@hotmail.com
Ann Heler, aheler@ferncare.org
John Sterritt, jsterritt@ferncare.org

Liasons to the Board
(Do Not Vote)

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

Executive Director
(Interim)

Ann Heler, aheler@ferncare.org

 

Honorary Board
Members

Melanie Piana, Mayor of Ferndale

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