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Who We Are

Our people care about helping families survive the financial and emotional stress of cancer. With New Day, no one fights alone. We’ve been there. We understand. And we’re here for you.

Founders

Michael Spehn & Gina Kell Spehn

New York Times bestselling authors, co-founders of New Day Foundation for Families, parents to five grown children, Michael and Gina blended families after the death of their first spouses. New Day is a statewide cancer support organization partnered with more than 100 hospitals across Michigan to provide financial assistance and emotional support to patients, caregivers and families.

Michael Spehn & Gina Kell Spehn

Board of Directors

Portrait of Board of Directors member Ed Lynch

Ed
Lynch

Board Chairman
Financial Advisor, Partner, Edward Jones

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Matt
Jamison

President and Managing
Director of PMCF

Alicia Jeffreys, board member for New Day

Alicia
Jeffreys

Chief Marketing Officer,
Detroit Pistons

Mary Sue Lanigan

Mary Sue
Lanigan

Retired CEO,
Michigan Parkinson Foundation

Caron Koteles

Caron
Koteles Riha

Associate Broker at Real Estate One/Max Broock in Rochester

Dr. Kwon

David
Kwon, MD

Interim Deputy Director-Surgical Oncology Specialties, Henry Ford Cancer Institute; Clinical Director, Henry Ford Pancreatic Cancer Center

Steve Meyer

Steve
Meyer, PhD

Assistant Dean for Graduate Education and Lifelong Learning for Oakland University

JoAnne Purtan

JoAnne
Purtan

Emmy Award winning reporter and radio host on WOMC

Gina Kell Spehn headshot

Gina
Kell Spehn

Co-Founder and President, New Day Foundation for Families

Michael Spehn

Michael
Spehn

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

Lori Wingerter

Lori
Wingerter

Retired Chief Philanthropy Officer, General Motors

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Dana
Zakalik, MD

Corporate Director of the Grosfeld Cancer Genetics Center and a Professor in the Oakland University William Beaumont Medical School.

Advisory Board

Vince Asaro

Kevin Beers

John Birmingham, esq.

Kristin Bull

Tami Callahan

Michelle Chmelko

Jim Deliz

Andy Dirks

Randall Frantz

Scott Hankins

Kate Long

Jeff Maerov

Eric Pott

Meghan Kell Pott

Curt Powers

Greg Rhodes

Lynn Spehn

Jeff Schmitz

Patrick Seyferth, esq.

Bob & Toni Valenti

Col. Mike Vogel

Chip Werner

Amy Whipple

Mickey York

Executive Team

Gina Kell Spehn headshot

Gina
Kell Spehn

Executive Director

Cheryl Warstler headshot

Cheryl
Warstler

Program Director

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Wendy
Christie

Marketing Director

Julie Williams

Julie
Williams

Finance Director

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Lisa
Garr

Director of Operations

Team Members

Julie Nemeth

Julie
Nemeth

Strategic Partnerships and Development

Jenny Moeller

Jenny
Moeller

Programs

Alyssa Grau

Alyssa
Grau

Programs

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Heather
Blasko

Publicity

Jennifer Landers

Jennifer
Landers

Events and Community Outreach

Support Families Facing the Financial Burden of Cancer.

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