The Portage Health Foundation (PHF) desires to have committed, community-minded individuals serving on the Board of Directors and the Committees. It is the PHF's hope that each member of the board and committees find this a personally and professionally rewarding experience serving together. The time, talents, and contributions invested by each individual who volunteer is greatly appreciated. Below are brief summaries of the board and committees obligations and roles within the PHF. To see the expectations in full detail please click HERE.

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Board of Directors

Members of the board of directors should act on behalf of and represent the Portage Health Foundation's stakeholders including service recipients, funders, local municipalities/governments, and the citizens of the community. The Board consists of up to thirteen (13) members. The composition consists of:

  • Board Chair

  • Board Vice Chair

  • Treasurer

  • Secretary

  • Up to Nine (9) Trustees

Current Board of Trustees

This was last updated on August 13, 2021

  • Bernadette Yeoman-Ouellette (Chair)
  • Brent Peterson (Vice Chair)
  • Bruce Rukkila (Treasurer)
  • Ann Clancy-Klemme (Secretary)
  • Michele Blau
  • James Bobula
  • Jeanne Kurtz
  • Jamey Markham
  • Paul Ollila
  • Guy St. Germain


All committees, and each member thereof, will serve at the pleasure of the Board of Directors. The Committees include: Executive Committee, Personnel and Operations Committee, Finance and Investment Committee, and Fund Development Committee.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee, chaired by the Chairperson of the board, subject to those limitations as may be required by law or imposed by resolution of the Board of Directors and may exercise all powers and authority of the Board of Directors in the management of the business and affairs of the PHF between meetings of the Board of Directors. Executive Committee limitations can be found on the detailed document.

Personnel and Operations Committee

The Personnel Committee, chaired by the Vice Chairperson of the board, shall serve to monitor and manage the corporation's policies and procedures as they relate to the operation of the PHF. Furthermore, the Personnel Committee shall conduct an annual review of the PHF's policy manual, making recommendations and amendments as required, to ensure compliance with PHF operating procedures, local, state, and federal laws, conduct a bi-annual review of the wages and benefits, making recommendations to the board, if necessary, for any changes in compensation to the employees of the PHF; facilitate the annual performance review of the Executive Director and making recommendations relative to the continued employment and compensation of the Executive Director to the board; aid in the assessment of the PHF's human resource needs, making recommendations to the same to the board; assist in the organization and facilitation of the PHF's ambassadors and volunteers relative to the initiatives of the PHF.

Finance and Investment Committee

The Finance and Investment committee, chaired by the Treasurer of the board, will have dual obligations that include the oversight of the PHF's financial and investment performance.

Financial oversight requires that the Committee shall assist in the preparation and presentation of the annual operating budget to the board; review and monitor the PHF's financial records and reports and review the quarterly Statement of Activities and Balance Sheet and present to the board; evaluate and monitor the financial performance and spending of the PHF; participation in the preparation of reports for and in the conduct of the PHF's annual financial audit; monitor and ensure the fiduciary obligation of the board.

Investment oversight requires that the Committee shall aid in the development of the PHF's investment and spending policy and present to the board; make recommendations for the selection of investment managers/custodians of the PHF portfolio; review quarterly portfolio performance summaries and present a consolidated report showing net performance of the portfolio to the board monitor the investments strategies in relations to individual custodian performance and initiatives of the PHF; monitor compliance with the PHF's spending policy and make recommendations to the board relative to spending practices based on the performance of the PHF's investment outcomes.

Fund Development Committee Committee

The Fund Development Committee will serve to identify, develop, and implement strategies for on-going fund development and donor cultivation activities including special event planning and coordination.

Additionally, this committee shall establish granting request for proposal (RFP) procedures including the criteria for application, request review, and award based on core areas of emphasis and the initiatives of the PHF; establish monitoring procedures for each award and maintain periodic progress reports on each award.

Current Committee Members

In addition to board members, committees are made up of volunteers. This is updated as of June 14, 2022.

  • James Bogan
  • Daniel Giachino
  • James Kotajarvi
  • Jonathan Leinonen
  • Meredith LaBeau
  • Savanna Rivest