Our Board of Directors

Denise Holmes

Denise Holmes, MS

Director since 2013 Before retiring, Ms. Holmes served as Associate Dean for Government Relations and Outreach at Michigan State University. She also previously served as Director of the Plan Administration and Customer Services Bureau for the Medical Services Administration within the Michigan Department of Community Health. She resides in Boyne City with her husband, Steve.

Steven Hall
Vice-Chair and Director

Steven Hall, MS

Director since 2016 Mr. Hall is the Health Officer for the Central Michigan District Health Department. Prior, he served as the Interim Health Officer and Environmental Health Director for the Jackson County District Health Department. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University and his master’s degree from Independence University, California College of Health Sciences. He resides in the central Michigan area with his wife and two daughters

Linda VanGills

Linda VanGills, MA

Director since 2012 Ms. VanGills worked in public health for 37 years and is the former Health Officer for District Health Department #10. She was elected to the MCDC Board of Directors in 2012 and currently sits as a regular member. She has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in Public Health Education and a master’s degree in Organizational Communication from Western Michigan University.


Jason Jorkasky, MPA

Director since 2019 Jason is the Vice President of Health Finance at Michigan Health & Hospital Association and a demonstrated leader with nearly 20 years of healthcare expertise. He has focused on research, program evaluation, data analysis, financial modeling, strategic planning, policy development, and program implementation. His experience spans public programs and commercial insurance.

Jerry Messana

Jerry Messana, MPA

Director since 2017 Jerry Messana became the Administrative Health Officer for the Marquette County Health Department (MCHD) in March 2015. He was previously an Administrator at MCHD. Jerry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration-Accounting from Michigan Technological University and his Masters of Public Administration from Northern Michigan University. Jerry is currently enrolled at Michigan State University and is working towards a Graduate Certificate in Public Health.


William Ridella, MBA

Director since 2019 William Ridella serves as the Director/Health Officer of the Health Department of Macomb County. For over 30 years, William has devoted his career to the service of public health. Ridella holds a master of business administration from Wayne State University, a master of public health from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor of science in human nutrition from the University of Michigan.

Phyllis Meadows

Phyllis Meadows, PhD, MSN, RN

Director since 2016 Dr. Meadows is currently the Senior Fellow and Advisor for The Kresge Foundation’s Health Team. Her professional experience includes serving as the Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Clinical Professor—Health Management and Policy for the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She holds both a bachelor and master of science degree in nursing and a PhD in sociology from Wayne State University.

ronald khoury

Ronald G. Khoury

Director since 2016 Ronald has extensive experience in the areas of legislative and political/fundraising strategy. He also spent several years as the Director of Marketing & New Business with a Michigan-based, nationally recognized real estate operating company before going back to Lansing where he joined a multi-client lobbying firm. Today, he is part of the lobbying and public affairs firm Kandler Reed Khoury & Muchmore


Susan Moran

Director since 2019 Ms. Moran has over thirty years of experience in health policy and program administration in both the public and private sectors. She retired from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in September 2018 where she served as the Director of the Population Health Administration. She previously served as the Director of the Medicaid Program Operations Bureau at the Michigan Department of Community Health. Ms. Moran holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Health. She resides in Williamston Michigan with her husband.

Advisory Board and Partners

Angelique Joynes
Allegan County
Health Department


Colette Scrimger
Barry-Eaton District
Health Department


Joel Strasz
Bay County Health Department


Rebecca Burns
Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency


Eric Pessell
Calhoun County Public
Health Department


Steve Hall
Central Michigan District
Health Department


Yolanda Hill Ashford
City of Detroit


Mike Snyder
Delta and Menominee County
Public Health Department

Kevin Hughes
District Health Department #10


John McKellar
Genesee County Health Department


Ken Bowen
Ionia County Health Department


Adam London
Kent County Health Department


Dianne McCormick
Livingston County Health Department


Nick Derusha
Luce-Mackinac-Alger-Schoolcraft District Health Department


William Ridella
Macomb County Health Department


Jerry Messana
Marquette County Health Department

Marcus Cheatham
Mid-Michigan District Health Department


Kim Comerzan
Monroe County Health Department


Lisa Stefanovsky
Ottawa County Health Department


Christina Harrington
Saginaw County Health Department


Bryant Wilke
Sanilac County Health Department


Annette Mercatante
St. Clair County Health Department


Jimena Loveluck
Washtenaw County Public Health Department