Board of Directors

 

President - James Meyer

Jimeyer has served on the boards of Michigan Pulmonary Disease Community, Inc. (MPDCI), Metropolitan Detroit Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID), Kensington Academy, Chateau Chantal Winery & Inn in Traverse City, Michigan and Mendoza, Argentina, as well as the Professional Advisory Committee of Karmanos Hospice Program and the Biomedical Ethics Committee of the Wayne County Medical Society (WCMS).His personal mission is to utilize his God given gifts and talents to help bridge the personal, physical, financial and spiritual gaps between “what is" and “what can be.”

Treasurer - Matthew H. Jastrzembski

From 1980 to 1988 Matthew served as Assistant Administrator in charge of Ancillary services at Oceana Hospital in Hart, Michigan. In 1988 he was elevated to Chief Operating Officer at Oceana Hospital, after affiliation with Reed City Hospital.

He then worked the next 22 years at St. Marys Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he worked in Critical Care Medicine both Adult and Neonatal. He was also very involved in changing the healthcare system from paper charting to electronic medical records with Project Genesis, which is used by the entire Trinity Health System.

On May 1, 2012 he retired to Hart, Michigan where he resides in a suite overlooking downtown Hart and Hart Lake. 

From 1976 till his retirement in 2012, Matthew was a member of Michigan Pulmonary Disease Camp, Inc. serving as President for over ten years and for the years 2002 till 2012 was Treasurer of the organization. He also is a Board member of C.O.V.E., Womens Shelter in Ludington, Michigan. He Seved Treasurer fro 1990 till 2007 and is a member of the Finance Committee.

Since retirement from St. Marys he has volunteered at St. Gregory and Our Lady of Fatima parishes, helping set up new accounting systems for both churches. They have since merged and he has helped combine both parishes accounting systems. Matthew has been a volunteer at Chalfonte since retirement and joined the Board in June 2013 as Treasurer. He has also volunteered for El Centro Hispano de Oceana in Hart and has served as Treasurer from August 2013 till present. Since August 2014 till present he is a member of Childrens Trust Fund/ Child Abuse Commission of Oceana and Mason County. He also donates eight hours a week to The Bread of Life Food Pantry and is a member of the Hart Lions Club.

 

Members at Large

 

Carla Vollmer

Carla Vollmer has a 30-year history with Chalfonte House and has filled many roles over the years, from junior camper to senior staffer. She’s participated in a variety of Chalfonte activities, including Halloween, Epiphany Weekend, and Women’s Weekend, which just celebrated its 20thyear.

A graduate of Madonna University with a bachelor’s degree in sign language studies and sociology, Carla interpreted for deaf and hearing impaired students for more than 10 years at Oakland Community College. She currently works at the Michigan Works Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan as a team leader and retention specialist. She lives in Milan with her husband, Todd.

Carla is a bone cancer survivor. Diagnosed at 13, Carla had to have leg amputated above the knee. The cancer then spread to both lungs and her heart, requiring two lung surgeries and three heart surgeries before she finally went into remission. As challenging and difficult as that experience was, it shaped who Carla is today. She spent 20 years as a camper and counselor at Special Days, a cancer camp in Brooklyn, Michigan. She also has counseled nurses and medical students on how to treat patients with cancer and other life threatening diseases. And she’s visited many children with bone cancer facing the possibility of amputation in the hospital to share her experience and hopefully ease their pain.

Chalfonte has given Carla so many memories and so much joy as a kid and an adult. She hopes to help it grow so that it can help more kids find their inner peace and happiness.

Chair Person -Lori Fortino-Franklin

Lori Fortino-Franklin: Lori has been apart of the Chalfonte family for over 20 years. She first met Jimeyer at Camp Onkoi Benek in 1985. They bonded over the fun and service to the Cystic Fibrosis community where they both served on the board of MPDCI. Lori wore many hats during her 18 years with MPDCI. From Camp Director, Asst. Director, Activities Director, Patrol Leader, board member and finally Board President. During the 1990’s Lori was invited to participate in many programs for the Chalfonte foundation. From Halloween, Women’s Weekend, Nestling and was a founding member of Mom & Munchkins. Lori was brought onto the board in 2014 to help transition the Foundation into the future. She is committed to honoring the Chalfonte mission and the many children and families that call Chalfonte “home”. Lori lives in Okemos, MI with her husband, Alan and their two Chalfonte kids, Sophia and Nicholas.

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Ryan Giannini, Emeritus

Ryan's life since seven has been punctuated perpetually with concomitant illnesses that have included infections, pneumonias, meningitis, pleural effusions (fluid collection in the lining of the lung) and pneumothoraces (collapsed lung). Treatments have ranged from IV antibiotics, hyperbaric oxygen chamber (5 days/ week for 3 months), daily injections, radiation, and chest tubes

 

 

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