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The Lake Huron Foundation recently named Chandra Gruber as its new director.

Gruber, who started in the role Dec. 31, 2018, is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, strategic plan and financial viability of the foundation.

The LHF is the philanthropic arm of Lake Huron Medical Center, encompassing the People’s Clinic for Better Health, the Lake Huron Medical Foundation Volunteer Organization and various charitable funds to support patient care needs.

Gruber brings more than 20 years of combined corporate and nonprofit organizational leadership, as well as program development, fundraising and grant making experience.

“We are excited to have Chandra leading the foundation’s initiatives” LHF Board Chairwoman Jennifer Smith-Deegan said in a recent news release. “Her experience and proven track record will ensure we continue to meet our standards for delivering high-quality patient care.”

Gruber previously served as director of corporate and foundation giving for Children’s HeartLink in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also held foundation and giving positions at the General Motors Foundation in Detroit and St. Jude Medical in Minneapolis.

She has a Bachelor of Science in management information systems from Metropolitan State University.

Gruber succeeds Laura Cottengim, who held the position for three and a half years, co-leading efforts to relocate the People’s Clinic for Better Health to expand services offerings to meet the evolving health care needs of vulnerable members of the community. During her tenure, both individuals served and assets tripled in size.

“I can’t express enough gratitude for the privilege of serving this foundation or for the successes we have all achieved together throughout the past three years,” Cottengim said in the release. “Chandra’s leadership, sincere appreciation for our culture and proven track record for fostering relationships that deliver positive outcomes will ensure Lake Huron Foundation continues to serve those most in need for many years to come.”

Cottengim will continue to serve as a member of the Lake Huron Foundation Governing Board and the director of business development and marketing for Lake Huron Medical Center in a full-time capacity.

“I would like to thank Laura for her dedication, commitment and passion to keeping the mission of the foundation moving forward,” Gruber said in the release. “I am excited to help further advance the important and impactful work of the foundation and the People’s Clinic for Better Health. I look forward to collaborating with local leaders and stakeholders to enhance our sustaining partnerships with community organizations and donors and identify and cultivate new relationships to ensure our organizational sustainability.”

“Continuing the legacy of the foundation and its assets, including the People’s Clinic for Better Health, are of the utmost importance,” she added.

By Emily Pauling, The Voice

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