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Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to the Health Endowment Fund Board

Thursday, November 12, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Cindy Estrada, of Whitmore Lake, and Sue Jandernoa, of West Olive, to the Health Endowment Board.

The Fund’s purpose is to benefit the health and wellness of Michigan residents with significant focus on programs for children and seniors throughout the state. Priority areas include infant mortality, wellness and fitness programs, access to healthy food, technology enhancements, health-related transportation needs, and foodborne illness prevention. In addition, the fund is required to implement a program to subsidize the cost of individual Medicare supplemental, or “Medigap” coverage to help senior citizens in financial need.

 “I am confident Cindy and Sue will continue to be vital in supporting the efforts to improve the quality of health care for Michigan’s most vulnerable residents while reducing costs,” Snyder said.

Estrada is the vice president of the United Autoworkers Union and is the first Latina to serve in this position. Previously, she was director of the National Organizing Department for the UAW and has worked as an organizer for both the UAW and the AFL-CIO. She is a board member of Mi Familia Vota, the co-chair of the Economic Alliance for Michigan, and a board member of Progress Michigan. Estrada earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and is an alumna of the Chicano Boricua Studies Program at Wayne State University. She continues to serve as the representative for the Senate Democratic Leader.

Jandernoa taught 4th, 5th, and 6th graders for 30 years at East Grand Rapids Public Schools before retiring in 2004. She is a member of the Children’s Leadership Council of Michigan, the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, and is a local board president for Ele’s Place. Jandernoa also served on the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Michigan and the YMCA Advisory Board. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in education from Michigan State University. She continues to serve as the representative for the Speaker of the House.

Members will serve four-year terms expiring Oct. 1, 2019. The reappointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.