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Former EGR teacher to help allocate $1.56 billion in state funding
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Former EGR teacher to help allocate $1.56 billion in state funding

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  A former East Grand Rapids school teacher is now helping the state improve its health and wellness programs.

Earlier this month, Governor Snyder appointed Susan Jandernoa to the newly created Michigan Health Endowment Fund Board.    The nine-person board is in charge of allocating funding the state collects from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.  BCBSM is expected to contribute up to $1.56 billion over 18 years to the Health Endowment Fund.  The funding is meant to improve the health and wellness of state residents, as well as provide a program to help cover the costs of Medicare for senior citizens in need.

Jandernoa is a West Olive resident.  She taught fourth, fifth and sixth grade students for 30 years at East Grand Rapids Public Schools before retiring in 2004.  Jandernoa is a member of the Children’s Leadership Council of Michigan, the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Michigan, the YMCA Advisory Board, and is a local board president for Ele’s Place. Jandernoa holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University. She will serve as the nominee of the Speaker of the House for an initial two-year term.

Other Health Endowment Fund board members include Lynn Alexander of Bloomfield Hills,  Michael Williams of Westland, Tim Damschroder of Ann Arbor, Western Michigan University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School graduate Keith Pretty of Midland, Rob Fowler of Haslett, Jim Murray of Okemos, Cindy Estrada of Whitmore Lake and Margaret Robinson of Southgate.  All appointments must be approved by the Michigan Senate.

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