Chair of the Fund Development/Granting
Spring Gala Planning Committee Member
Bernadette was born and raised in Pelkie. After living in
the United Kingdom for a number of years, she returned to the Copper
Country and reclaimed this community as her home.
In addition to the PHF, Bernadette is very
passionate about the area's youth. She is an
advocate for youth education and programs/projects
that promote overall health and wellness. "I believe
in the PHF because it will have a huge
impact on this community that I love so much."
Bernadette, stated. "I am privileged to be a part of
Bernadette spends her time during retirement
traveling; enjoying her cabin along the shores of
Lake Superior; and spending time with her family. A
little known fact about Bernadette is that she is
quite the accomplished vocalist and was part of the
Pine Mountain Music Festival's opera chorus for
Carmen and the Children of the Keweenaw.
Roger Helman, J.D., CFP
Vice Chair Person
Chair of the Personnel/Operations
Roger moved from Oxford, Ohio, to Houghton when he was 10.
He claimed that at the time of his family's move he
thought they were moving to the Arctic. He still states that
his initial thought was right.
Roger lived outside
the area for college (University of Michigan) and law school
(University of Detroit), and practiced law in Bloomfield
Hills and Harbor Springs for five years before moving back
in 1999 to raise a family.
been assisting clients with estate planning matters for 20
years. He opened his law office in Hancock 12 years ago
and continues to be a visible and active member of the
"I am involved with the Portage Health
Foundation because it gives
me the opportunity to give back to the community. Raising
four children with my wife, Allison, has given me a
perspective of what is needed to make our area an even
better place in which to live. I sincerely aspire to do just
that. The Portage Health Foundation is in a unique position to make a difference, and
I am very enthusiastic about the possibilities." Roger said.
When not working or volunteering his time and talents,
Roger enjoys time spent with family on the water, in the
woods, on the ski trails, on the golf course, and at the
beach… and otherwise enjoying all that the Keweenaw has to
offer. "I also cherish spending time with my parents in
Chassell, and attending all of the sporting events and
concerts in which my children compete and perform." added,
Roger. "I am a very proud father."
Roger played golf
for the University of Michigan as a freshman, but quickly
realized that it was either the links or the library. When
asked why he stopped playing golf in college, Roger
responded, "I had no aspirations of playing golf for a
living. Which is good. I acquired the putting yips after
college and can't make a 3-footer to save my life."
Chair of the Finance/Investment Committee
Not only is Tim well-known for enjoying and sharing great
food, he is also a well-regarded leader in our community.
Tim has called the Keweenaw his home for over half a century
and has been involved in many facets of it during that
time. After running the family business for over 20 years,
Tim pursued his interests in finance and investing and was
hired as the Community Bank President of Range Bank where he
has served for the past 10 years.
Tim's capacity for service to the community seems
endless as does the list of service clubs and
governing boards on which he has served. His love of
the community, and the passion that he brings to his
service to the community is an incredible asset to
the PHF. "We have an incredible opportunity
to do 'good' for our community." Tim said. "Everyone
that serves the PHF organization recognizes
the potential and has embraced the obligation we've
made to best use these assets."
When not working and volunteering, Tim can be found
enjoying his "camp" up north with friends and
Michele (Lahti) Blau, MS
Member of the Fund Development/Granting
Having worked for IBM for the past 19 years, Michele has
held a number of positions including Application Developer,
Project Manager, First and Second Line Manager and is
currently a Delivery Executive for IBM's Financial Service
Sector, supporting IBM's Outsourcing Accounts in the banking
and finance industry. In addition to her work with IBM, she
and her husband own a number of small businesses in the
After earning her BS degree in Electrical
Engineering and a MS degree in Business - both from
Michigan Technological University - Michele and her
family moved away for approximately eight years,
returning in 2004 to reside in Hancock.
Michele and her family are active in the community
and contributes a great deal back to it.
Terry Kinzel, MD
Member of the Fund Development/Granting
Terry's grandfather moved from the Copper Country in the
early 1920's as the mines began to close to work in the car
factories of Detroit, thus, years later Detroit became
Terry's birthplace. However, when Terry began the path
towards his medical education, he returned to the Copper
Country and attended Michigan Technological University and
then the University of Michigan where he earned
his doctoral degree in medicine. Following an internal medicine
residency at Michigan State University, Dr. Kinzel returned
to Hancock where he has since lived.
Dr. Kinzel's career has spanned many of the changes
in our local health system's history. Originally he
worked at the Portage View Hospital and Copper
Country Mental Health. He has worked with Portage
Health's long term care program since finishing his
Geriatric fellowship in 1980, and has served as the
Medical Director of PortagePointe since its
inception. Dr. Kinzel is still very active in
medicine and maintains a part time hospitalist
position at UP Health Systems Portage, in addition
to his continued role as the Medical Director of
PortagePointe and his work with Copper Country
Dr. Kinzel stated that he feels fortunate to be
involved with the Portage Health Foundation. "I
believe that in an affluent society such as ours we
are morally required to give back to the community
some of our surplus." He said.
Dr. Kinzel will often be found reading, but he also
dearly loves walking, bicycling, kayaking, cross
country skiing, taking saunas and entertaining
friends. He also has a strong passion for
land-preservation and renewable energy initiatives.
In fact, Dr. Kinzel has produced all of his own
electricity on-site since 1992.
Dr. Kinzel has always contributed in modest ways
privately, but the opportunity to utilize his
medical background and share that perspective on the
Board of the Portage Health Foundation is, in his words, "thrilling."
Member of the Fund Development/Granting Committee
Jeanne was born and raised in South Range, Michigan and
following a short period of time during college and
employment elsewhere, Jeanne returned to the Keweenaw
Peninsula in 1977. Most people, locally, will recognize
Jeanne as she had enjoyed a long career as one of the area's
leading real estate agents before retiring in 2008.
Jeanne, like so many others, has been an active and
vocal member of our charitable community. She has
served a number of local organizations and has been
involved with the Portage Health Foundation for many years.
"Being involved with the foundation is a wonderful
way to contribute to our community." Jeanne said.
Jeanne moved back to the Keweenaw because of her
love and participation in outdoor activities
including; hiking, biking, kayaking, and skiing. She
is passionate about the Upper Peninsula park system,
forests, and Lake Superior. When Jeanne worked as a
VISTA Volunteer on Washington's Olympic peninsula,
she rode her bicycle over 1,000 miles, much of which
was through the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
As the PHF seeks ways to improve and
enhance access to our natural resources as a way to
promote health and wellness, Jeanne's passion and
experience will provide a voice for such
Member of the Finance/Investment Committee
Paul has been a visible part of the Keweenaw for what seems
like forever. He has served the community in a variety of
ways and the community's best interests are at the heart of
each of his decisions. Paul retired from the education
system as the Copper Country Intermediate Schools
Superintendent. His success as an administrator is
attributed to his ability to look at the bigger picture and
find ways for collaboration and win-win outcomes for all
Paul, like many other members of the Board, has
served the foundation for many years. He is a
staunch proponent to ensuring the obligation of the
board to govern the foundation with integrity and
transparency as each decision has been at the
forefront of our discussions and decisions.
"The Portage Health Foundation has a great
opportunity to impact the health and lives of people
in the four-county community in ways that have never
been available before." Paul emphasized. "We need to
focus on all aspects that influence the "health" of
our community and look for innovative and
progressive programs/services that will address our
Paul added that although there will be many
challenges as we look forward to supporting this
great community, that the Portage Health Foundation needs to stay focused
and energized by the fact that there are far more
opportunities before it as well.
Member of the Finance and Investment Committee
Brent is well-known for his prowess on the hockey rink, and
after a successful career in the NHL, he and his family
returned to the Copper Country in 2004 to make this their
home. Brent remains active in the community as businessman
(financial advisor), coach, sports commentator, and
philanthropist. Brent gives of his time and talents and has
served with a number of charitable community organizations
and youth hockey teams. "I enjoy the area, the people, and
the quality of life this community offers." said Brent.
Brent's passion is for his family and hockey. He
will tell you that he is happy for the opportunity
to raise his family in this community, but he will
also speak of his passion for coaching and mentoring
and ever-present stream of up and coming young
Brent, like the other members of the PHF
Board, recognizes the opportunity to have a real and
lasting impact on the community. "We have the
ability to bring our community together on issues
that need to be addressed." Brent concluded.
Member of the Fund Development/Granting Committee
Ann Clancy-Klemme has worked as a registered nurse for
almost thirty years. She currently works for Valley Med
Flight as a Critical Care Flight Nurse/Paramedic, Intensive
Care Nurse and Educator for UP Health System-Marquette. Not
only has she invested her life’s work in helping people, but
she is passionate about volunteering. Throughout her career
as a registered nurse, flight nurse, and Emergency/Trauma
Care provider, Ann has traveled on several different
occasions to volunteer on medical missions to foreign
countries – most recently to Nepal following the
catastrophic earthquake in April 2015. Ann is an outdoor
enthusiast who enjoys kayaking and skiing.
Ann recently joined our Board of Directors after
serving on the Fund Development Committee for the
past year. Her input and medical background presents
a unique perspective to the Portage Health
Foundation. When we asked Ann why she volunteers and
wants to be a part of the Portage Health Foundation,
she said, "I believe in giving back when you can. I
hope that as a registered nurse, I can bring some
degree of understanding into some of the
difficulties people face in our community related to
healthcare needs. Also, I want to be a part of an
organization working toward positive solutions in
Kevin was born and raised in Ontonagon, Michigan and moved
to the Keweenaw in the late 90's with his family. He is a
life-long resident of the Upper Peninsula and is committed
to do what is in the best interest of our community. With
nearly 20 years of senior non-profit administration
experience, Kevin brings a unique perspective and a great
deal of understanding of the challenges that face non-profit
charitable organizations to his role at the Portage Health
His work experience has involved working with
adjudicated youth; establishing vocational education
and job training programs; developing and operating
work programs and business development for adults
with cognitive impairments and mental illness, and
collaborating with many state and local human
service agencies to provide care to those in need.
Most recently he was involved with Portage Health
Hospital's management team and has a great awareness
to the pressing health needs in our community.
Kevin has been an active volunteer in the community.
His leadership is not limited to his positions of
employment and have included many community
volunteer positions including:
President of the Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of
Commerce, Committee Chair of the Main Street Calumet
Economic Restructuring Committee, Rotarian Club
President (Paul Harris Fellow), Transportation Chair
Region 13-A Rural Task Force, Chair of the Copper
Country Regional Consumer Council, Chair
Development Parent Advisory Council, Member of the
Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance, and a Member
of the Copper Country Human Services Coordinating
Body…to name just a few.
When asked why he became involved with the
Portage Health Foundation, Kevin said the main goal is to make
sure this community asset is used to address and
solve the systemic problems with which our community
is challenged. "We want to solve problems and build
community assets that will truly impact the lives of
all those who live here. " Store, said. "Our success
will not be determined by who does or does not
receive financial support. It will be determined by
whether or not we have been able to help make our
community a healthier more vibrant place to live."