Board of Directors

Ed Lynch, Board Chairman

Senior Financial Representative, Edward Jones

Ed Lynch is 30-year veteran of the financial services industry, 26 of which have been at Edward Jones where he has served in multiple roles. After entering formal leadership within the organization in 2001 as Regional Leader of Metro Detroit, he accepted a role as a General Partner in the firm in 2004. He progressed to lead Chicago Metro and subsequently the state of Michigan as an Area Leader from 2011 through 2020. In those roles he led hundreds of branch office teams to grow market share, understand firm vision for delivering outstanding service to clients while coaching them to develop outward looking mindsets. He retired from leadership at Edward Jones at the conclusion of 2020 and continues to focus on serving a select group of clients as a financial adviser.

Ed is excited to give back to the community by helping New Day craft and execute its vision to become the primary cancer support charity in the state of Michigan.  He and his wife Heather, a long time New Day volunteer, are Rochester residents and along with their adult children Bailey and Ryan, feel so fortunate to engage in efforts to assist this wonderful foundation.

Matt Jamison

President and Managing Director of PMCF

Matt has 30 years of professional experience advising clients on strategic and financial alternatives, sale and acquisition transactions, divestitures and recapitalizations. His past clients include privately-owned businesses, private equity groups and public corporations across various industries, including business services & technology, consumer, food & retail, plastics & packaging, industrials and healthcare. Matt has significant experience originating and executing deals domestically and internationally and is a board member of Corporate Finance International, the global investment banking affiliate of PMCF. As President of PMCF, Matt provides strategic, operational and financial direction to the firm. In addition, he is responsible for managing
client relationships, leading transaction teams and actively marketing the services of PMCF to potential clients.

Matt is an advisor to the board of Mortarstone, a Christian-based software and services company focused on increasing church giving and engagement. He and his wife Kristen are members of Northridge Church and are active supporters of numerous charities focused on assisting children in the metro Detroit area.
Matt and Kristen are long-time Novi residents who now split their time between Novi and Chicago. They have two adult children, Andrew and Ashley. Matt is honored to join the board of New Day and is extremely excited to assist in furthering the mission of this amazing foundation.

Alicia Jeffreys

Chief Marketing Officer, Detroit Pistons

Alicia has been in marketing and branding with the organization for 19 years and leads a team of 40+ people over different areas including Community in Social Responsibility, Brand Strategy, Marketing Operations, and Content and Creative Production. She is the mother of four wonderful daughters and a cancer survivor who has a strong affinity and understanding for the mission of New Day.

Mary Sue Lanigan

Retired CEO, Michigan Parkinson Foundation

Mary Sue Lanigan has lived in Michigan for 33 years. She and her husband Jack live in Beverly Hills and have two adult sons who also reside in the Metro Detroit area. They are blessed to have three grandchildren living nearby.

Mary Sue spent most of her professional life in the non-profit sector. She retired from her position as CEO of the Michigan Parkinson Foundation (MPF) in 2022. As CEO, she was responsible for establishing an annual operating budget. Revenue more than doubled under her leadership from 2016 to 2022. Additionally, during this time the foundation’s endowment fund grew to $2.1 million. She planned and managed the organization’s operations, staffing, programs and fundraising while ensuring the organization’s financial sustainability. She worked collaboratively with stakeholders, volunteer board of directors, health care professionals and staff to deliver evidence-based patient and professional education programs to enhance the quality of life for those who live with Parkinson’s and their care partners. She established the in-home respite care family grant program; free exercise programs delivered by physical therapists; produced a Caring for a Parkinson Patient training module that is distributed free of charge to long-term care facilities nationwide and expanded the medication patient assistance program. Upon retirement, Mary Sue joined the MPF’s Board of Trustees

Before her time at the Michigan Parkinson Foundation, Mary Sue was the Director of Development at the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region for 15 years. She was also a patient educator at the Cleveland Clinic and the Education Director at the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland. Mary Sue graduated from Kent State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health.

 Caron Koteles Riha

Associate Broker at Real Estate One/Max Broock in Rochester

Caron is a leader in the real estate community as consistently the top Associate Broker at Real Estate One/Max Broock in downtown Rochester.  While building a strong legal and business career since the early 1990’s, as well as raising her children who have all graduated the local Stoney Creek High School, Caron is proud to have always dedicated herself to the Community.  New Day Foundation is a vital part of helping others, which is what Caron loves to do.  Whether it is dominating her business, spending quality time with her husband, Keith, and their five grown children and Corgi named Bean, or volunteering to raise awareness in the community, Caron makes time for what is important.

David Kwon, MD

Interim Deputy Director-Surgical Oncology Specialties, Henry Ford Cancer Institute, Physician In Charge, Cancer Pavilion, Division Head, Surgical Oncology, Medical Director, Cancer Care Pathways, Clinical Director, Henry Ford Pancreatic Cancer Center

Dr. David Kwon is a board-certified surgeon and fellowship-trained surgical oncologist. He also is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Columbia University and earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. He completed his residency in general surgery at Henry Ford Hospital where he received multiple research and clinical awards. He completed a surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where he developed clinical expertise in the multidisciplinary care of cancer patients.

As the Clinical Director of the Henry Ford Pancreatic Cancer Center, Dr. Kwon is leading the effort to bring together the world’s best minds to accelerate the pace of discovery in early detection and treatment of pancreatic cancer. His personal research interests are related to identification of radiographic biomarkers indicating early presence of disease, health and healthcare disparities, and surgical outcomes.

Steven Meyer

Assistant Dean for Graduate Education and Lifelong Learning for Oakland University

Steve Meyer has been involved with the New Day Foundation as a board member since 2016 and recently accepted the role as board chair. Steve is passionate about helping families battle the financial toxicity of cancer since losing an aunt, uncle, mother-in-law, and brother-in-law to cancer; all whom had children in their home at the time of their passing. Steve holds a doctorate in Education from Oakland University where he has worked since 2006. He has a broad background and experience in budget management, information systems, gift accounting, and advancement services. Steve and his wife of 16 years, Michelle, have three kids (CadenDeclan, and Linden) and reside in Shelby Township. Michelle has been practicing veterinarian in Sterling Heights since 2007.

joannepJoAnne Purtan

Emmy Award winning reporter and radio host on WOMC

JoAnne Purtan helps start people’s day with a smile as co-host of “Mornings with Stephen Clark & JoAnne Purtan” on 104.3 WOMC. She joined WOMC Radio in April 2018 after spending 27 years as a broadcast journalist. During that time, she won 4 Emmys for her work, including Best New Anchor. JoAnne’s always been passionate about communicating, and she’s enjoying using her skills in a new way now at a station where her father spent the last 15 years of his iconic career in morning radio.

JoAnne and her family know the struggle of cancer all too well.  Not only did she lose her mother-in-law to ovarian cancer, but her own mother battled the disease five times. The entire Purtan family is dedicated to raising awareness about the disease and the money needed for a more effective early detection method.

While JoAnne knows how devastating cancer alone can be, she has a heart for those faced with the added burden of financial distress. That’s why she is so passionate about her role on the Board of Directors for the New Day Foundation. She looks forward to making a difference in people’s lives as they face such a heartbreaking time. JoAnne and her husband Eric are proud Spartans, both graduates of Michigan State University. They have two children, Lauren and Adam.

Gina Kell Spehn

Co-Founder and President, New Day Foundation for Families

Michael Spehn

Co-Founder, New Day Foundation for Families; Financial Representative

In 2007, motivated by their personal experiences, Michael and Gina started New Day at the kitchen table with no nonprofit experience, but with a deep desire to help families cope with the financial and emotional burdens of cancer. The legacies of their first spouses, Matt Kell and Cathy Spehn, are the heart and soul of New Day Foundation for Families. The origins of New Day are told in the Spehn’s New York Times bestselling memoir, “The Color of Rain”, which also became a Hallmark Original movie in 2014. 

Together they have a blended family with five fun-loving young adults. They have been featured on The Today Show, Huckabee and ABC World News, and have been national speakers and radio talk show hosts, sharing their message of faith, hope and love. Gina currently serves as President of New Day Foundation and is on the Advisory Board for Camp Kesem MSU. Michael is a Financial Representative with Equitable. The legacies of their late spouses and their faith in Jesus Christ are what guide their lives and commitment to the cancer community.

Lori Wingerter

Retired Chief Philanthropy Officer, General Motors

As the former Chief Philanthropy Officer, General Motors, Lori Wingerter managed the company’s efforts to move the world forward with social investments that change lives through meaningful charitable partnerships. Prior, Ms. Wingerter held various management positions at General Motors during her three decades with the company, including within the Public Policy, Environment and Energy, and Emerging Issues and Process Integration functions.

An active community member, Ms. Wingerter serves on the board of the Empowerment Plan and the Parade Company in addition to New Day’s board. She previously served as the chair of the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network, the Channel WTVS Television–Earthworks Advisory Board, United Way for Southeastern Michigan Cabinet, the Oakland University Alumni, TechTown, Forgotten Harvest, and the Ser-Casa Academy Board of Directors.

A life-long Michigan resident, Ms. Wingerter received her Bachelor of Science degree from Oakland University and her Master of Science Administration degree from Central Michigan University and completed the Harvard Business School GM Emerging Leader Program.
She also earned a Corporate Citizenship Leadership Certificate from the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.

Dana Zakalik, MD

Corporate Director of the Nancy and James Grosfeld Cancer Genetics Center and a Professor in the Oakland University William Beaumont Medical School. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Oncology.

Dr. Zakalik completed her undergraduate and Medical School studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she went on to do her residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine. She completed a Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco, where she became faculty and conducted NIH funded research in the area of gene regulation in cancer development. Dr.Zakalik was instrumental in developing a Cancer Genetics Program at Beaumont at a time when the understanding of Cancer Genetics was coming into the forefront of Oncology.

Dr. Zakalik came to Beaumont 17 years ago and is a core faculty member in the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program. She is a member of the OUWB Medical School Admissions committee, and teaches in the Cancer Genetics curriculum . She serves on the Board of the Michigan Cancer Consortium where she has chaired the Cancer Genomics Committee and the Cancer Prevention Committee.