Losing his longtime friend Matt Kell to cancer in 2005 set Steve Elmer on the path to supporting families affected by the disease through the New Day Foundation for Families. Since he began serving on the foundation’s board of directors, his faith and resolve to spread positivity have grown as strong as ever. Steve is the founder and CEO of Tipping Point, an advertising and marketing agency based in Downtown Rochester, and a proud graduate of Michigan State University. He currently lives in Rochester Hills with his lovely wife Mary Claire and their two beautiful daughters Gabby and Emma.
Associate Broker at Real Estate One/Max Broock in downtown Rochester for over 22 years. Resident of Rochester for 17 years. Married to Keith, 5 kids, 2 dogs. I love to travel and spend my free time working with New Day Foundation, Special Olympics, and other Charitable Foundations.
Steve is employed by Oakland University as the Assistant Dean for Graduate Education and Lifelong Learning. He is responsible for graduate admissions, recruiting, graduate student services, and operations. Prior to that position at OU, Steve was the Director of Advancement Services for the Division of Development and Alumni Relations where he was responsible for gift accounting, board and executive reporting of development activities, maintaining the donor database, and division operations. Steve has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Oakland University, a master’s degree in Education Administration from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Education from Oakland University. He is blessed to be married 13 years to his partner in life and best friend – Michelle. They have two beautiful boys Caden (6) and Declan (3).
JoAnne Purtan is an Emmy Award winning anchor & reporter who co-anchors WXYZ Action News at Noon and 5 pm. She’s also the “Don’t Waste Your Money” Consumer Reporter. JoAnne loves telling people’s stories and bringing viewers important information. JoAnne has received four Emmy Awards for her work, including Best News Anchor, and has been nominated for more than a dozen others.
Not only did JoAnne lose her mother-in-law to ovarian cancer, but her own mother has battled the disease five times since 1997. JoAnne believes her mom is not only a survivor, but a living miracle. The entire Purtan family is dedicated to raising awareness about the disease and the money needed for a more effective early detection.
JoAnne knows first hand how devastating cancer alone can be, and has a heart for those faced with the added burden of financial distress. That’s why she is so passionate about her new 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.
Matt, a graduate of Wayne State University, is currently COO of JMA Services – servicing customer outreach needs in the financial service industry. Additionally Matt serves as President of the Loon Golf Resort. Matt has previously served on the St John Lutheran Church and School Foundation and is currently serving on the Harmon’s Heroes Foundation. Matt lives in Rochester Hills, Michigan with his wife and two children.
I have spent the last decade learning to be content with what God has given me. During those ten years, I have also worked to do my best at what he puts in front of me. Supporting my wife and encouraging my kids has been that challenge, for the most part, but I have found time to indulge new interests and areas of intrigue. I believe that when you are in a room and someone asks if there is anyone that can help, I should almost always raise my hand. There is always time to help others out..
Gina Kell Spehn and Michael Spehn are co-founders of New Day Foundation for Families, an organization born out of the beautiful legacies of their late spouses, Matt Kell and Cathy Spehn, who each lost a valiant cancer battle with incredible faith and grace. It was the love and generosity of Matt and Cathy that prompted Michael and Gina to want to give back and provide financial and emotional resources to cancer patients and their families.
Michael and Gina also co-authored the New York Times Bestselling book, The Color of Rain, which tells the story of how their two families found faith, hope and love in the midst of tragedy. Together they have a blended family with five fun-loving teenagers. Never a dull moment! Their story became a Hallmark Movie Channel original in 2014 and was the highest rated program in network history. 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 hope and living generously. Gina currently serves as Executive Director of New Day Foundation, and Michael serves families as a financial rep at Thrivent Financial and continues to coach high school basketball.