Joseph D’Ambrosio, MD, DMD
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
Joseph D’Ambrosio, MD, DMD, joined the faculty at Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies in 2005, and one year later he assumed leadership of the transitional year residency program and subsequently the internal medicine-pediatrics residency program in 2007. D’Ambrosio is an associate professor in the medical school’s department of medicine, with a secondary appointment in the department of pediatric and adolescent medicine.
He completed his undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University, and subsequently joined a research team at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He later went on to receive his dental and medical school training at Boston University Medical Center. Dr. D’Ambrosio completed a general practice dental residency in Boston, followed by National Health Service Corp assignment as a dental officer.
After several years of private dental practice in central Massachusetts, he returned to Boston University for his final two years of clinical education and subsequently completed a combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency program at Baylor Affiliated Hospitals/Texas Medical Center in Houston. Realizing a passion for outpatient medicine and preventive services, Dr. D’Ambrosio practiced in Florida for a number of years during which time he served as a volunteer faculty member at the University of South Florida School of Medicine in Tampa. He currently serves on the board of the Heritage Community of Kalamazoo and is a member of their finance committee.
D’Ambrosio is responsible for oversight of the medical school’s faculty practice plan, clinical services, clinical quality improvement, and clinic accreditation.
Erin Majka concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, and long term care planning. Erin graduated from DePaul University College of Law (magna cum laude and Order of the Coif). Before attending law school, she graduated from DePauw University, which is located in Greencastle, Indiana. She is licensed to practice in both Illinois and Michigan. After law school, Erin was an attorney with a firm in Chicago for eleven years before moving home to Michigan.
Erin is a board member for both the Hospital Hospitality House of Southwest Michigan, located in Kalamazoo and Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E – Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), located in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. She is also a member of the Junior League of Kalamazoo. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as reading and volunteering.
Marijo Snyder, MD
Vice President, Medical Staff Development & Clinical Engagement
Marijo Snyder, MD, has overall responsibility for Medical Staff Services which provides credentialing and on-boarding of all new physicians and providers in the Bronson Healthcare system. In addition, she is responsible for providing education and development for providers at all levels of the organization including the annual Physician Leadership Academy.
Dr. Snyder received her degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1984 and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University in 1988. She has practiced at Bronson Hospital since 1988 and has been board certified since 1990. She formerly served as chief of staff at Bronson Methodist Hospital, chair of the Credentials Committee, chair of the Medical Staff Quality Committee, and a member of the Board of Trustees.
Dr. Snyder is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is a member of the American Association for Physician Leadership and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Vice President, Post-Acute Network
Becky Trella oversees the development of an integrated continuum of post-acute services for the Bronson Healthcare system. Her areas of accountability include partnering with skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation, home care and community-based services to implement processes to coordinate care and assure that patients are receiving care in the least restrictive most appropriate settings.
Trella has over 30 years of experience in various management roles at Chicago-based Advocate Health Care, one of the Midwest’s largest non-profit health systems and the largest accountable care organization in the nation.Before joining Bronson in 2015, she was vice president for Advocate’s post-acute network and prior to that served as vice president for its managed care division. Her education includes a bachelor of science in nursing from Northern Illinois University, and a master of science in geriatric nursing from Loyola University of Chicago.
Regional Sales Manager
Sandy Ham is the Regional Sales Manager for the lakeshore for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. She is responsible for group business retention for employer groups with 50-999 employees, for the seven counties on the lakeshore. She leads a team of seven individuals.
Sandy has been with Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Care Network of Michigan for 28 years in a number of capacities including quality assurance, case management, provider servicing and key account management.
She is also a Registered Nurse with an Associate Degree in Applied Science from Ferris State University with experience in critical care, post anesthesia recovery and emergency room. In addition, Sandy graduated from Spring Arbor University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management of Health Services.
President and CEO of the Michigan Association of United Ways
Mike Larson has 20 plus years of experience with United Way, Mike provides strong, innovative, collaborative leadership to the Michigan Association of United Ways, as its President and CEO.
Prior to joining the Michigan Association of United Ways, Mike served as the President and CEO of the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region. Mike served as the President and CPO at United Way of Greater Battle Creek from 1999-2008. Prior to coming to UWGBC, Mike was employed as the Executive Director of Livingston County United Way and the Vice President of United Way of Madison County.
Mike began his professional career as a junior high school teacher and coach and received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana.
He and his wife Heather reside in Battle Creek and are the proud parents of two daughters.
After graduating from Eastern Michigan University, Judith began a 32-year career with Battle Creek Public Schools as a teacher and counselor. Retiring in 2003 she continued to volunteer with organizations in the Battle Creek area. Since 2000 she has served the Battle Creek Community Foundation in many capacities: Trustee and then Board Chair, Kool/Burnham Broom Community Center Title Holding Corp., established, along with Brother LaVaughn Cole, the Clarence and Ruth Cole Memorial Scholarship Fund, and continues with many other committee positions.
Other community service includes Willard Public Library Trustee, Meals on Wheels Hopper, Board of Directors Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E., and Director of Christian Education at Second Missionary Baptist Church.
She enjoys traveling, gardening, quilting, sewing, reading, and trying new recipes.
Interim President & CEO of Senior Services
Tauhric Brown works for Senior Services Inc., located in Kalamazoo Michigan and has been with the organization for over six years as Division Director Business Development; Chief Operating Officer and most recently and currently as Interim President & CEO. Tauhric has a strong sense of community relationships and how those partnerships can be leveraged to enhance service offerings to older adults in need which he hopes results in them remaining in their own homes independently with dignity for as long as possible. In his personal time; Tauhric enjoys spending time with family; is an avid fan of John Grisham novels and playing golf.
Chief Financial Officer at Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan
Jamie Cockerel is the Chief Financial Officer at Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. She has been at Hospice Care of SW Michigan since 2006. Prior to starting her career in healthcare finance, Jamie worked in public accounting in South Bend, Indiana. Her specialty was external and internal audits in the banking industry. Jamie received her Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University and her Master’s degree from Indiana University. She is currently a board member for Senior Services of Southwest Michigan and Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.
Director of the Homecare, Hospice and Wound Care Center at Oaklawn Hospital
Adrienne Solis-Sherman, CHPN, serves as the Director of the Homecare, Hospice and Wound Care Center at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Michigan where she is responsible for all daily operations and fiscal management of three departments, providing leadership to a staff of sixty. With a very diverse background in nursing, she has extensive experience in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings and has expertise in offering innovative solutions to operational challenges in her field. Educationally, Adrienne earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Spring Arbor University and her Master of Science in Nursing Degree, with a concentration in Health Care Systems Management, from Loyola University of New Orleans. Additionally, she is a Board Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse (CHPN) through the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center. Adrienne is passionate about serving the community and optimizing the quality of life throughout the care continuum.
Executive Director of Bronson At Home
Sarah Bilkey is the Executive Director of Bronson At Home. Immediately prior to her current position, she served as the System Director of Clinical Operations for Bronson at Home. With over twenty years of experience in acute and post-acute healthcare settings, Sarah has expertise in not only nursing, but also quality and safety, process improvement, electronic medical record implementation, project management, and strategic planning.
She began her nursing career in the Trauma and Emergency Department at Bronson Methodist Hospital, followed by a broad range of experience in hospice, home care, and adult critical care. Additionally, she has a passion for patient safety and high-reliability initiatives. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing from Western Michigan University and is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University.
Vice President of Finance & Investments for the Battle Creek Community Foundation
Providing leadership in financial management and investments at the Battle Creek Community Foundation (BCCF), Thomas oversees all aspects of the BCCF finance department including supervision of the finance staff, completing investment allocations, cash management, journal entries, and staffing the BCCF Finance and Investment Committees. He also oversees the Development efforts of the BCCF.
Prior to his current position, Thomas worked for Charter One Bank as the Vice President of Finance, also serving on the company’s foundation board. Additionally, he was employed for nearly nine years in municipal government, including tenure as a budget analyst for the City of Chicago.
Originally hailing from Ireland, Thomas earned his Bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University in Belfast and his Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.