Our Stars

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Our Foundation

Most Hospice organizations depend on generous donations of time, money and compassionate care. As one of the first three Hospices to operate in the United States, U.P. Hospice is no exception. During our four decades of service, we have benefited from countless hours of volunteer service and contributions of financial support, unused medical supplies, and equipment. What does make our non-profit foundation unique, however, is that 100% of all donated monies go directly back to Hospice patients and their families. No donated funds ever go towards operating costs or other overhead.

Our Foundation Board of Directors is made up of community leaders who are dedicated to overseeing these funds and dispersing them to patients and families who deserve extra special treatment while confronting a terminal illness.


Jeff Nyquist

Jeff Nyquist

CEO of U.P. Home Health & Hospice and President of the U.P. Hospice Foundation

Jeff is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Doctorate in Experimental and Applied Neuropsychology. His doctoral and post-doctoral work developed rehabilitative techniques that restore visual functioning for individuals with profoundly impaired vision. His professional career has been spent tackling difficult and complex problems in vulnerable populations. This focus is now aimed at promoting empowerment within Marquette County’s Healthcare Community.

Jeff is a strong advocate for the community. He currently serves on the following Boards and Committees:
• Board Member- Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Michigan
• Executive Committee Member – Lake Superior Community Partnership
• Vice Chairman – Western Marquette County Health Foundation (Formerly Bell Hospital Foundation)
• Incorporator and Vice President – Trillium House (Marquette County Hospice House)
• Committee Member – City of Marquette Aging Services Advisory Committee
• Committee Member – Advanced Directive Steering Committee for Upper Peninsula
• Committee Member – Lake Superior Leadership Academy


Dave Aro

Dave Aro

Hospice Foundation Executive Director

Dave has been the Executive Director of the UPHF since April of 2013 in a volunteer capacity as well as the Director of Operations for UP Home Health & Hospice.  Prior to that Dave oversaw the Bell Foundation for a number of years, including the final stages of a $7.2 million campaign to build the new Bell Hospital in 2008.  Dave received training by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy at their Madison Institute, which focused on efficient, effective health related foundation management.  Dave’s other work includes being a partner and General Manager of Superior Rehabilitation and Professional Services and also the Active Physical Therapy clinics in Ishpeming and Negaunee.  Dave’s other current volunteer work includes:

 

  • Board Officer – Lake Superior Community Partnership
  • Member – Marquette County Ambassadors
  • Member – Ishpeming Downtown Development Authority
  • Member – Kiwanis Club of Marquette, Past Distinguished President
  • Board Member – Ishpeming Kiwanis Club
  • Volunteer, co-founder – Ishpeming Elks Christmas Dinner

U.P. Hospice Foundation Board Members

Jeremy Hansen

Jeremy Hansen

Funeral Home Director & Vice President of the U.P. Hospice Foundation

Jessica Kirkland-Caldwell

Jessica Kirkland-Caldwell

UP Health System Neuropsychologist & Board Member, U.P. Hospice Foundation

Julie Shaw

Julie Shaw

Nursing Facility Outreach Specialist for SAIL & Board Member, U.P. Hospice Foundation

Kent Jenema

Kent Jenema

Pharmacist & Treasurer of the U.P. Hospice Foundation

Susan Wideman-Schaible

Susan Wideman-Schaible

Elder Law Attorney & Secretary of the U.P. Hospice Foundation

Gary Walker

Gary Walker

Retired District Attorney & Board Member of the U.P. Hospice Foundation

Nheena Ittner

Nheena Ittner

U.P. Children’s Museum Director & Board Member of the U.P. Hospice Foundation

Paul Guindon

Paul Guindon

UP Health System Clinic Manager & Board Member of the U.P. Hospice Foundation

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Our Event

The U.P. Hospice Foundation proudly presents the “Dancing with the Stars Marquette County Style.” 100% of ALL proceeds raised will be donated back to Hospice patients and their families!
 
The U.P. Hospice Foundation supports countless hours of volunteer services and accepts donations of time, talents, and money to help serve patients and families in the care of the U.P. Hospice Program. Special support goes to programs like the “Make-A-Memory” program which creates a variety of activities, including family reunions of family members near and far, fall color tours, fishing trips or building a wheelchair ramp to enable a family to be mobile and socially connected once again.
 
Marquette County dance professionals have come together to help local Stars compete for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy and Fan Favorite Trophy. Local Stars have begun practicing for the big event and online video updates will document their progress. The Mirror Ball Trophy will be awarded based 50% on their scores from three Judges during the evening performance on May 2st, 2015 and 50% on their online votes. There will also be a Fan Favorite Award given the evening of the performance to the Star couple that collects the most online votes from Monday, March 9, 2015 until 6:30 PM on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Each vote costs $10 and there is no limit to number of times to vote.
 


Lindsay Hemmila

Lindsay Hemmila

Event Coordinator

Lindsay is a 1999 graduate of Negaunee High School and a 2006 graduate of Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Speech Communication. Lindsay began her career with U.P. Home Health & Hospice in September of 2012. Prior to working with UPHHH, Lindsay was the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the Lake Superior Community Partnership where she worked for five years. You can also still find her working on the weekends at The Up North Lodge in Gwinn where she has worked since 2001.
 
Lindsay serves as a Board Member of the Greater Ishpeming Negaunee Chamber of Commerce and 40 Below – Marquette County’s Young Professional’s. Lindsay has an extreme love for fundraising and it shows as she expresses such passion for this event…it’s contagious! In its first year, “Dancing with the Stars Marquette County Style” raised a thrilling $35,000 and in its second year a whopping, $90,000! Hopefully this year will prove to be equally as successful!


Rusty Bowers

Rusty Bowers

Stage Director

Having appeared in a variety of venues in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and beyond; Rusty’s credits include Outdoor Dramas, World Premiere performances, appearing at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and performing for a number of years for Walt Disney World in Florida.
 
When not performing on stage, Rusty can be found backstage. He has extensive technical credits for Sound Design, Lighting, Make-up Design & application and Stage Management. He is a founding member of the Lake Superior Theatre and was also a Board Member for the First Nighters Club at NMU and PAAC in Negaunee.
 
Some of Rusty’s favorite roles he has portrayed include: Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Sancho Panza in THE MAN OF LAMANCHA, Ebenezer Scrooge in SCROOGE, and Captain Petroff in BEACON ON THE ROCK. He is an avid singer, and comic book collector. He also has an incredible knack for music trivia. He is the owner of his own business Rusty Bowers Entertainment; a Studio Production facility and Professional Mobile DJ Service. Rusty is a recent graduate of NMU in Communication and Performance Studies. He and his lovely wife, Lisa, live in Marquette with their three children: Joseph, Jack and Jessica.


Jennifer Skogman-Wagner

Jennifer Skogman-Wagner

Assistant Stage Director

Jennifer Skogman-Wagner earned her BS at Northern Michigan University with a Major in Media Production and New Technology and  a Minor in Performance Theatre. Jennifer is the owner of JLSW Design, LLC, which specializes in Event Production and Makeup Design for Theatre, Stage, and Pageantry. 
 
With 11 years of experience with the Miss Universe Organization, Jennifer is the Executive Director of the Miss Upper Peninsula USA and  Miss Upper Peninsula Teen USA Pageant, and assists in producing the Miss Lake State USA and  Miss Lake State Teen USA Pageant in Lansing as well as the Miss Heart of Ohio USA and Miss Heart of Ohio Teen USA Pageant in Dublin, OH. While working for PBS, she assisted in media production at such events as the 2009 US Olympic Speed Skating World Cup. Jennifer has vast experience as a model and actress appearing on the Forest Roberts Theatre and Vista Theatre stages in many productions as well as performing at special events in Ohio and working as an Emcee downstate. She also has modeled at the NAWBO Fashion Stars and Cars Fashion Show in Detroit, Michigan Sights and Sounds Show which Broadcasts in Central Lower Michigan, appeared in local commercials, and has even had a spread in Supermodels Unlimited Magazine.

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