Team Bios

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Executive Director /CEO

DANIELLE HILLIKER, MSM

Danielle Hilliker (she/her) is a social justice warrior and community change advocate passionate about issuing societal change in the sector of nonprofit. Danielle serves as President/Chief Executive Officer for SEMHA leading the organization to expand by way of her expertise in strategic organizational development, capacity building, and fund development. Danielle has consulted and led a variety of non-profits in various sectors; from PYXERA Global to the Capitol of the United States of Americas, Michigan Women’s Foundation. During her tenure, she was awarded as a fellow with the Cross Generational Women Leaders in Washington D.C., to partner young and senior women leaders on keys issues at the local, state and national level.

Danielle has served as a board member for Teen Hype, Community Development Advocates of Detroit and on the D&I Council for Troy School District. She has immersed herself in the fight of systemic change, and she focuses on issues of social justice, equity, social determinants of health, and community development work. Danielle holds a Master of Science from Spring Arbor University, concentrating in management organizational development and is currently pursuing her PhD in public policy and administration focusing on international nongovernmental organizations.

Chief Financial Officer

JEREMY ANDREWS, MPH

Jeremy Andrews (he/him) is an old soul absorbed by the ancient mysteries of the double-entry accounting system. Jeremy serves as Chief Financial Officer for SEMHA, maintaining financial operations and conducting account reconciliations. He is passionate about helping social service agencies and non-profits to make the world a better place. For the past 25 years, Jeremy has curated, evolved, and dominated at SEMHA. Beginning as an accounting clerk, Jeremy worked his way up the organization balancing the books, reporting to funders, liaising with myriad partners, and tackling the many daily challenges that every organization faces.

Jeremy uses his operational expertise to ensure SEMHA remains the well-oiled fiduciary machine it is today. He may have a twin, but Jeremy is definitely one of a kind, and just a hair off from total world domination. Jeremy holds a Masters in Public Health and studied at Miami University.

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

LUZ DE LUNA

Luz De Luna (she/her) is our Jack of all trades. Luz serves as Executive Assistant and Office Manager of Southeastern Michigan Health Association (SEMHA). She has been with the Southeastern Michigan Health Association (SEMHA) since, May of 1998. She understands the intricacies of the association as she is a skilled and versatile professional. Luz finds her satisfaction in her knowledge of our policies, procedures and inner-works. Luz is bi-lingual with a native Spanish tongue. She is passionate about customer service and is always going the extra mile to help others.

Director of Human Resources

LA JUAN REESE

La Juan Reese (she/her) is a driven multi-tasker passionate about improving the employee life cycle experience. La Juan serves as Human Resources Director for SEMHA, effectively leading administrative tasks and correspondence. She leads a team of HR Specialist and serves as an escalation point for SEMHA partners throughout the Michigan area. Her areas of expertise include compliance and best practices, HR infrastructure, policy and procedure development and employee relations. As a member of the SEMHA non-profit HR team, La Juan strives to promote an environment that embraces diversity and inclusion as a valued benefit to our partners and to the communities we service.

Senior Human Resources Specialist

COLLEEN DIGNA

Colleen Digna (she/her) is in a caffeine dependent life form with over 25 years of experience working in the Administration office. Colleen serves as Senior Human Resources Specialist for SEMHA, specializing in benefit administration and cross-sector needs. She is able to tailor her skills to meet the needs of the association and serve as the liaison between SEMHA employees and our insurance companies. Colleen is the heartbeat that helps to nourish our movement throughout day-to-day interactions, providing on-going support from onboarding to communicating resources to support cross-sector and employee needs.

Director of Communications

RAVEN THOMPSON

Raven Thompson (she/her) is a content marketing professional passionate about human rights, social equity and engagement. Raven serves as Director of Communications and Strategy for SEMHA, working to contextualizing the brand and supports internal processes and external affairs. Raven works to execute our core mission through strategic initiatives.

Raven served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Georgia in the sector of Education. Prior to joining SEMHA, she worked as a Communications Specialist, responsible to deliver change management in support of internal and external communications in workplaces. She worked on the Ultimate Software Human Resource
Information System (HRIS) Implementation, for the City of Detroit and the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Software Implementation, for a national Catholic health system, Trinity Health. She is a self-published Author and life member of the First African-American Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Incorporated. Raven holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Western Michigan University.

Community Health Planning Specialist

CHERYL JAMIESON

Cheryl Jamieson (she/her) is a self-made expert on everything SEMHA, passionate about learning, connecting others, and trying new things. Cheryl serves as Senior Community Health Planning Specialist for SEMHA contributing organizational productivity and project management. She works to outline data needs and information in accordance with external clients and internal staff. She transforms how nonprofits work together to ensure public health equity across the sector health. With Cheryl’s background in data-analytics, she leads in her expertise to deliver the Certificate of Need Annual Survey Database for the Michigan Department Health and Human Services (MDHHS). She supports on-site tech support, special projects and business analytics.

Office Assistant Secretary

ANNA KRUK

Anna Kruk (she/her) is a seasoned traveler passionate for life, languages and helping others. Anna serves as Office Assistant Secretary for SEMHA, efficiently leading administrative tasks and correspondence. You might even say she’s SEMHAs “business card.” Before coming to America, Anna lived in Poland and Austria. In Austria, she worked as a translator for the intergovernmental organization, United Nations (UN). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economy.

Human Resources Specialist

DIONE HARRIS

Dione Harris (she/her) is an overachieving double masters and bachelors human resources professional, passionate about social responsibility and helping others. Dione serves as Human Resource Specialist at SEMHA, her duties include responding and assisting SEMHA employees, ensuring employee growth and satisfaction; as well as communicating with human resources management about employee needs. She has increased departmental efficiency greatly by pushing for employee needs. Dione holds a Business Administration Degree from Detroit College of Business, a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management and a Master’s of Science in Human Resources from Central Michigan University.

Payroll Coordinator

CYNTHIA GRIFFIN

Cynthia Griffin (she/her) is a unique blend of leadership, vision, and knowledge in the field of payroll. Cynthia serves as Payroll Coordinator for SEMHA and is the prototype for managing the associations most valuable assets “Human Capital”. Cynthia offers over 28 years of experience in the payroll field. She attends yearly classes and seminars to identify the changes in payroll laws. She withholds the knowledge to understand and apply the proper laws and rules in payroll. Cynthia provides essential payroll documents and services to our clients, auditors, and various government entities. She strives to provide a high level of service to our employees as they serve the needs of the public.