Superior Health Foundation names new executive director

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) — The Superior Health Foundation has chosen a new executive director as its long-time leader Jim LaJoie is set to retire later this year.

Taking LaJoie’s place at the helm of the local health grant organization is U.P. native Megan Murphy. In a Tuesday release SHF said Murphy is a leader in healthcare philanthropy, having over 15 years of experience working with small non-profits, university research centers, and a statewide health foundation.

“Megan has an incredible vision and strategy to extend the foundation’s reach to all areas of the Upper Peninsula. Her creativity, drive and familiarity with the U.P. will help her succeed for years to come,” said SHF Board of Directors President Sara Giles.

Murphy has recently served as the Director for Community Health and Capacity Building at the Michigan Health Endowment Fund where she oversaw the donation of over $6.5 million in grants.

“As someone who grew up in the U.P. and spent several years working on health issues in the region at a distance, this is like a homecoming for me,” Murphy said. “The Superior Health Foundation is an innovative grant-making organization that focuses exclusively on the health of U.P. residents. I look forward to bringing my experience as a statewide funder to lead the Foundation into this new chapter.”

Murphy is set to begin her new role April 1. LaJoie’s retirement is effective in May.

You can find more information about the Superior Health Foundation here.

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