Team Bios

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Executive Director

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 the Executive Director 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.

CFO

JEREMY ANDREWS, MPA

Jeremy Andrews (he/him) is the number-cruncher behind-the-scenes. Jeremy serves as the Chief Financial Officer maintaining financial operations, and conducting account reconciliations. He is the influence operational decision making and finance function, regarding books, records, financial reporting, and statutory compliance. Operating due to budgetary reasons. He is passionate about helping social service agencies and non-profits to help make the world a better place.

Beginning as an accounting clerk with SEMHA, Jeremy now leads the financial strategic operations within the association. His operations include balancing the books, reporting to funders, liaising with a myriad of partnerships, 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. Jeremy holds a Masters in Public Administration and studied at Miami University.

Executive Administrator & Office Manager

LUZ DE LUNA

Luz De Luna (she/her) is our Jack of all trades. Luz serves as Executive Administrator and Office Manager, and has been with Southeastern Michigan Health Association (SEMHA) since, May of 1998. She understands the intricacies of the association and its operations. She is a skilled and a versatile professional. She 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.

Human Resource Director

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 the Human Resource Director 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.

Employee Development & Benefits Director

COLLEEN DIGNA

Colleen Digna (she/her) is an integral driver of employee engagement. Colleen serves as Employee Development and Benefits Director for SEMHA specializing in benefit administration, and cross-sector needs. She implements and manages the employee benefits programs, helping to maintain good health and wellbeing throughout the workforce. With over 25 years of experience working in the administration office, Colleen is able to tailor her skills to meet the needs of the association, alongside serving as the liaison between SEMHA employees, and 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.

Communications Director

RAVEN THOMPSON

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

Prior to joining SEMHA, she has 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 Children’s Author, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), 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 & Information 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 Community Health and Information Specialist, to provide organizational productivity, and project management towards health equity operations. 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.

Health Equity Director

LA’VENA RICHARDS, MBA, MSPH

La’Vena Richards (she/her) is a dedicated and innovative leader. La’Vena serves as the Health Equity Director for SEMHA. She generates, organizes, and develops health equity and public health impact initiatives. As an Epidemiologist and Vaccine Manager, she has helped to shape the sphere of research and surveillance in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. She is FEMA-certified in Disaster Incident Command Management, and prior to SEMHA, worked with the City of Detroit’s Health Department to help combat the Hepatitis A Outbreak 2016 – 2018. She currently serves as a board member for the State of Michigan’s largest recovery home for veterans— Emmanuel House. She is also a member of Governor’s Task Force for Opioid Overdose Prevention and Education in the State of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). She is passionate in seeing direct services for victims of domestic violence and their families. La’Vena holds a Master’s of Business Administration, also a Master’s of Public Health, and is a candidate completing the Final Capstone for the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree.

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, 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.

Human Resource 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. She provides decision support to key functions to span from responding and assisting SEMHA employees, ensuring employee growth and satisfaction, as well as communicating with human resources management. 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.

Receptionist

ANNA KRUK

Anna Kruk (she/her) is a seasoned traveler passionate for life, languages and helping others. Anna serves as the Receptionist. 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.

Accounting & Payroll Coordinator

DIA HARRIS

Dia Harris (she/her) is a problem solver passionate for numbers. Dia serves as Accounting and Payroll Coordinator preparing financial office needs, tasks, and supporting operations. Dia supports accounting by maintaining important documentations, updating records, and preparing budgets under the purview of senior management. Her energy and hardworking attitude have helped the association to maintain important services within its department. Making her an integral part of the office and resolving many issues. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Information Systems and a Master’s of Science in Information Technology.