ABOUT THE HONOREES
Tasha Blackmon: Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich., Tasha Blackmon is a dynamic, collaborative leader, mentor and coach who brings more than 20 years of business operations experience to her role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Michigan’s largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Cherry Health provides integrated health care services to 70,000 patients in Barry, Eaton, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Ottawa and Wayne counties. During her 15 years with Cherry Health, Blackmon has championed health justice through aggressively disrupting healthcare disparities. Her experience comes from an operational perspective, having established high standards of care and developed integrated healthcare systems that treat an individual’s health needs holistically, rather than symptomatically. She has led numerous large-scale expansion and development projects and held six positions within Cherry Health before becoming CEO in 2018. As an accomplished and mission-minded leader, it is imperative to Tasha that our community is healthier, one patient at a time.
Sue Jandernoa: Following 30 years of teaching in East Grand Rapids and Catholic Schools, Sue Jandernoa continues to be a committed volunteer and gives her time and talent to help organizations throughout the West Michigan community and the State of Michigan. Because her heart and career have been with children, Sue has dedicated much of her time promoting their health, education, and well-being throughout the Grand Rapids community. She is on the Board of Directors at the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, First Steps of Kent County, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation, Broadway Grand Rapids and serves as a trustee at Grand Valley State University. Sue has been married to Mike for 48 years. They are very proud of their three talented sons and fantastic spouses who have given them eight beautiful grandchildren.
Kelly Springer: Kelly Springer serves as Metal Flow Corporation’s President and Chief Executive Officer. She has served in this role since 2017. Metal Flow Corporation is a manufacturer of technically sophisticated custom metal components primarily to the global automotive industry. Her role oversees all operations at both their Holland, Michigan and Wuxi, China facilities. Kelly joined Metal Flow in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer after spending 22 years in public accounting serving manufacturing clients. Kelly has made significant contributions to the community through her involvement in a variety of organizations including her current roles as a member of the Michigan West Coast Chamber Board of Directors, as a member of the Michigan Women Forward Advisory Council, and as the Executive Champion for Inforum’s Manufacturing NEXT group. She was recognized in 2017 as the recipient of the Lakeshore Athena Leadership Award. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University where she remains active in alumni activities supporting the Eli Broad College of Business.
ABOUT THE HONOREES
Dr. Betty Chu: As Associate Chief Clinical Officer/Chief Quality Officer for the health system, she supports the HFHS EVP, Chief Clinical Officer in aligning and enhancing the performance of clinical quality of services across the enterprise; defining models of care including setting standards to drive consistency of quality, value and patient experience across our “continuum of care” and developing targets for clinical programs. Dr. Chu provides strategic and operational leadership for the System’s quality and safety initiatives and for performance measurement, reporting and continuous performance improvement. This includes responsibility for overall safety, regulatory, infection control and prevention activities; the development and oversight of a comprehensive quality/performance improvement program; and leading the organizations’ journey to high reliability.
JoAnn Chavez: JoAnn Chavez is senior vice president and chief legal officer for DTE Energy. Chavez has responsibility for the management and strategic direction of DTE’s office of the general counsel, and advises DTE’s board of directors and senior management on legal and related matters. Chavez also has responsibility for the oversight of ethics and compliance, corporate security, corporate emergency management and tax. Prior to joining DTE in 2007, Chavez served as an international tax partner for KPMG LLP with experience service large multinational clients. Chavez earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame.
Byna Elliott: Byna Elliott is devoted to caring for communities. Her decades long career in banking centers around reinvesting to improve the economic plight of the vulnerable. As the Head of Advancing Black Pathways for JPMorgan Chase, Elliott’s mission is to strengthen the economic foundation of the Black community and bring shrinkage to the racial wealth divide. By focusing on targeted investments and programs under the firm’s diversity and inclusion framework, Elliott leads the Advancing Black Pathways global efforts surrounding Careers & Skills, Financial Health & Wealth Creation, Business Growth & Entrepreneurship and Community Development.