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Capital Area Health Alliance Announces New Executive Director

Wednesday, July 8, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Capital Area Health Alliance Announces New Executive Director


OKEMOS ¾ The Board of Directors of the Capital Area Health Alliance is most pleased to announce that a new Executive Director has been appointed to lead its 21-year-old health collaborative. Kathy Hollister began her tenure in this position on June 1, 2015, becoming the 4th Executive Director of the Alliance, succeeding Valerie Glesnes-Anderson. Ms. Hollister has an extensive background in non-profit leadership, community outreach and engagement, and health and wellness promotion.


“In Kathy we have found an Executive Director of powerful and diverse ability, deeply committed to our mission for improvement of health in the tri-county region,” said Margie Clark, RN, Chairperson of the Alliance Board of Directors and Dean of Health and Human Services at Lansing Community College. “With extensive experience, a strong command of the substance of our work, and an engaging leadership style that relies heavily on collaboration and partnership, she represents the best of all worlds. She’s an excellent leader for a health organization with grassroots sensibilities, and we’re very proud that she emerged from within the Alliance’s own team of talent.”


The Capital Area Health Alliance has over 200 participating organizations and has raised millions of dollars for the region to work toward the achievement of better health. Ms. Hollister’s appointment follows a broad national search that began when former Executive Director, Ms. Glesnes-Anderson, announced that she would step down, after 11 years of service, because of personal medical challenges.


“Our search included an extraordinarily high number of strong candidates, and we are extremely grateful for the feedback, recommendations, and ideas we received through this process,” Ms. Clark said.


Ms. Hollister was initially recruited by Glesnes-Anderson in 2012 to serve as Outreach Director for the Alliance’s Healthy Lifestyles initiatives and to administer a multi-year Health and Wellness grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health. Prior to joining the Alliance, her experience included working to expand refugee services in San Francisco, overseeing programs to strengthen and support families in New Hampshire, and leadership training and development in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Texas.


Since moving to Lansing in 2003 and prior to starting at the Alliance, Ms. Hollister built strong community relationships to create environments dedicated to promoting health and wellness, including working as a team to shape Lansing School District’s Wellness Policy, engaging women from low-opportunity neighborhoods for health self-improvement, collaboratively establishing an after-school teen center which engaged community leaders, and researching the impact of involving families in making healthy lifestyle choices. Throughout her career, Ms. Hollister has worked to create and promote sustainable health and wellness.


“Leading the Alliance is a great opportunity, and I am very honored to be chosen for this role,” Ms. Hollister told the Board of Directors. “I am inspired by the commitment of our Alliance partners to fulfill the collaborative’s goals, and I look forward to listening and learning while leading”.


Former Executive Director Valerie Glesnes-Anderson led the Alliance since 2003.


“Valerie leaves behind an organization that is more focused in the pursuit of its health mission, operationally efficient and strong, and filled with remarkable people,” Ms. Clark said. “Thanks to Valerie, we’re well-positioned for a new generation of accomplishment, and Kathy is the ideal leader to guide us into that future.”


“I am delighted the Board selected Kathy as my successor,” said Ms. Glesnes-Anderson. “Kathy will lead the Alliance with thoughtfulness, style and energy. I know that under her guidance the core health improvement values of this organization will spread throughout the region, becoming part of our culture.”



The Capital Area Health Alliance is an independent, nonprofit neutral convening body that has worked on the frontlines of improving health and health care for the mid-Michigan community for more than 21 years. Its collaborative efforts are guided by its mission to strengthen healthy lifestyles, improve access to health, reduce health care costs and improve health care performance. Based in Okemos, Michigan, the Alliance has partners in Barry, Eaton, Ingham, and Clinton Counties.


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