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.


Kevin Cawley


Kevin Cawley, MHSA

Director since 2009
Mr. Cawley spent four decades in health care administration and financial management. A graduate of the University of Michigan’s health care administration program, he served six years as a hospital CEO and is founding officer of Medical Advantage Group. Of Michigan’s 140 hospitals, about two dozen have senior management staff who have been mentored by Kevin. He splits his time between Dewitt and Spring Lake and maintains an active consulting practice.


Steven Hall

Vice Chair and Director

Steven Hall, MS

Director since 2016
Mr. Hall is the Health Officer for 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 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 master’s degree in Organizational Communication from Western Michigan University.


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 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.


Michael Towler


Michael Towler, DDS

Director since 2016
Dr. Michael Towler received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and his master of business administration degree at the University of Michigan and worked for many years in automotive product engineering and development. He then attended the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and received his doctorate of dental surgery degree with a certificate in Implantology. Dr. Towler and his wife have three children.


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 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