Board of Directors

Chris Allen | Executive Director, Detroit Wayne County Health Authority

A long-time health care and hospital administrator in southeastern Michigan, Chris was selected as the first executive director of the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority in 2005. Chris is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and has held offices on numerous local, regional, and national boards including the American Red Cross, Catholic Health Association, National Arthritis Foundation, and others. Mr. Allen resides in the city of Detroit.

Wayne Bradley| Executive Director, Detroit Community Health Connection

DCHC provides medical and dental services to the insured, uninsured and underinsured. Below are the locations and contact information for each of the six centers in Detroit.

Patricia Cason-Merenda | Nurse, UofM Hospital & Volunteer at FernCare Clinic

Robert Frank M.D. | Former Dean, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Currently serves as the chief medical officer of the Wayne State University Physician Group and vice dean for Clinical Affairs at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

David Green D.O. | Chair, MICHUHCAN | Neurologist

David Green is a neurologist in private practice in Farmington Hills. He is the local chair of Democratic Socialists of America.

Selma Goode | Treasurer, MICHUHCAN | Volunteer, Westside Mothers

Selma has been a community activist for many decades fighting for workers rights, interfaith dialogue, and access to health care.

Ponsella Hardaway | Executive Director, MOSES

A native Detroiter and a senior at Marygrove College, where she is working toward a degree in political science, Ponsella is currently the Executive Director of MOSES. Since 1996, Ponsella has been an organizer with MOSES. She is also a National Trainer with the Gamaliel Foundation.  She has trained congregation members in South Africa, Swaziland and in the United Kingdom. Ms. Hardaway has traveled to Brazil and Mali to study NGO’s work on political and social issues.

Ann Heler | Director, FernCare Clinic

Ann is a founder member and currently the Board President of FernCare Free Clinic, Inc. A free clinic that serves people between the ages of 19 through 64 who have no health insurance. She is also a member of Citizens for a Fair Ferndale, an ELKS member and represents Oakland County free clinics on the MICHUHCAN Board. She works as a consultant on special education issues.
 FernCare has had a waiting list since October, 2010. MICHUHCAN recognizes that we need to do better than this…..we need to create a system that facilitates people getting the care they need.

Sister Mary Ellen Howard | Former Director, Cabrini Clinic

Mary Ellen Howard is a Sister of Mercy and a native Detroiter.  She has a Masters in Health Management, and served for 20 years in Mercy hospitals across Michigan.  Since 1995, she has served as Executive Director of Cabrini Clinic.  Mary Ellen manages the clinic, raising funds for operations, and doing health policy work related to advocacy for the uninsured.

J. David Ivers | Secretary, MICHUHCAN | Former Union Organizer, Metro Detroit AFL-CIO

Elizabeth Lamoste | J.D. Lawyer

Elizabeth has been interested in health policy and health equity since her undergraduate years. She was a coordinator for Health Leads in New York City, an organization that helps to break the link between poverty and poor health by sending undergraduate students to serve as caseworkers in low-income urban health clinics. She worked for Senator Olympia Snow as a health policy fellow through the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar with the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2010.

Lucille Smith | Vice Chair, MICHUHCAN | Executive Director, Voices of Detroit Initiative

A longtime hospital administrator in Detroit, Smith had heard too may stories of people who couldn’t afford health care. So in 1999, Smith jumped at the chance to become Executive Director of the Voices of Detroit Initiative, a newly created organization charged with building collaborations among the region’s diverse public health care providers. Smith builds collaborations among diverse public health care providers, reducing costs for Detroit’s public health system and improving the care of the city’s uninsured