ShareCare Board Bios
PAMELA BRADSHAW received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Michigan. After practicing nursing for several years she moved to Scotland to train as a nurse-midwife at the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion in Edinburgh. She earned licenses in the US and Britain to practice midwifery. She moved with her husband to the Bronx, NY, where she worked as a midwife. When nurse-midwifery licensure became available in Michigan (1986) they moved to Leelanau County and she started her private practice at the Traverse City Osteopathic Hospital. After 18 years she closed the practice in Traverse City and took a permanent locum position as a CNM/Labor and Delivery Hospitalist in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, commuting for 9 years. The change was timely because at the start of her locum job, her parents, in their early 80s, needed more help. Pam was their health advocate, attending all their doctor appointments, hospital admissions, and helped them at home to stay independent until their deaths at 95 and 99.
Pam’s hope is that she can use her nursing experience and what she learned supporting her parents as they aged to help ShareCare’s efforts to support seniors.
SUSAN COBB (Treasurer) is a CPA who retired from Mierendorf and Co. in Comstock Park, MI in 2015. She has extensive experience assisting non-profit organizations in the Grand Rapids area, including the Dyer-Ives Foundation, Embellish Handbell Ensemble, and the Finance Committee and Trustees of First United Methodist Church. Sue is also the President of the Council on Finance and Administration for the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Sue and her husband Bob moved to Traverse City in May of 2015 and have enjoyed getting involved in the life of the area. Their older son Jeff and his family live just outside the city, and visits from the grandchildren are always welcome. Their younger son David lives in East Lansing. Sue enjoys music and is a member of the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and Canticum Novum, as well as the Chancel Choir at Central UMC. Knitting, reading, and walking occupy whatever time remains.
DONALD FRERICHS (President) is a Michigan native who was born in Detroit, graduated from University of Michigan (BS Chemistry ’65) and Wayne State School of Medicine (MD ’69). He served in the US Army (’70-’73) and returned to Detroit for an Internal Medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital. He remained on the staff for 40 years involved in adult medicine, executive medicine, administration, and various hospital committees.
Don retired in 2012, moving full time to Northport in 2014 when his wife Kathy retired from a clinical psychology practice. They have had a home in Northport since 2004 which is also enjoyed by their family (2 sons and 4 grandchildren). He enjoys biking, sailing, hiking around the globe with a group of buddies, reading, and working around the house (especially helping Kathy, a Master Gardener, with the garden work.)
JULIET HAFFORD moved to Northport full time in June of 2017. She grew up in Bay City and lived for over eighteen years in Royal Oak with her wife, Barbara. Juliet worked in Human Resources and administration for thirty years, the last twelve years of her career in the Beaumont Health system. She has extensive experience in policy development, recruitment and retention of employees, training, and project work. She has served on several non-profit boards in the Detroit area. Juliet has a JD from University of Detroit and an MPA from Wayne State University.
Juliet and Barbara enjoy sharing their home with Barbara’s two daughters and three grandchildren. After living here part time since 2002, they enjoy exploring the area and getting involved in the community as full timers. They are both die-hard Tiger fans and love to travel.
JULIE HARTL-KILCHERMAN is an experienced registered nurse and certified family nurse practitioner. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Western Michigan University in 1999 and a Master of Science in Nursing from Grand Valley State University in 2010. She holds a certificate in professional patient advocacy and is the owner of NPalliative, a locally operated business that provides high quality Chronic & Palliative Care nurse practitioners, counselors, podiatrists, and dietitians to patients at homes and assisted-living facilities in the Northern Michigan Area.
She has a background in emergency and trauma, medical and post-surgical care, hospice and palliative care, and specializes in treating complex chronic conditions within the community. She is a member of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine, and the Center to Advance Palliative Care.
Julie was raised in Traverse City and is the mother of two children: Jessa, and Evan.
RUSS KNOPP is the Co-owner Comfort Keepers of Northwest Michigan. Comfort Keepers provides dependable, high quality in-home care services that help seniors and other adults maintain an independent lifestyle. The caregivers-Comfort Keepers, as they are called-serve clients and their families with compassion and professionalism. Comfort Keepers of Northwest Michigan is a state and national award-winner that has grown from a start-up company to an industry leader during 12 years of operation.
PATRICIA MCGEE is professor emerita from the University of Wisconsin Extension. She is a co-founder and consultant with a soft skills and job development program where she assists with grant writing, budget development and program evaluation.A wife, mother and grandmother she taught K through the college level while raising a family. She worked at several universities as full-time and adjunct faculty. Patricia has also worked for and with several non-profit organizations primarily on rural health and special population issues.Currently, she teaches classes which empower people to make healthy choices and improve their quality of life and access to health information.
Russ holds a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis on Marketing from the University of Toledo. He has expertise in nonprofit management and served on numerous nonprofit boards and associations, including: Michigan Quality Community Care Council, Home Care Association of America - Michigan Chapter, Small Business Association of Michigan, Alzheimer's Association, Greater Michigan Chapter, Traverse Connect, Bay Area Senior Advocates, and Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation.
KAREN MULVAHILL retired from Comerica Incorporated, where she was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Karen has a Bachelor's from Grand Valley State University. She has expertise in market research and marketing for all lines of business and multi-state markets. Karen has a wealth of community service experience, and has been a board member and officer for numerous nonprofit organizations, including: Leelanau Conservancy, Leelanau Township Planning Commission, ArtServe Michigan, Lighthouse PATH, Detroit Downtown, Inc., New Center Council, Women's Economic Club, ACLU Michigan, Inside/Out Literary Arts Project, and Comerica Foundation.
LISA PEACOCK (Secretary) serves as the Health Officer for both the Health Department of Northwest Michigan and the Benzie-Leelanau Health Department. Before taking up the mantle of Health Officer, she worked as a nurse practitioner and family and community health supervisor at the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. A Sault Ste. Marie native, Lisa now lives in Traverse City. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing from Grand Valley State University and is now a Master of Public Health candidate at Michigan State University. She is excited about new opportunities for regional collaboration and innovation in local public health.
KENT SHIRLEY grew up in Champaign, IL and attended Hillsdale College in Michigan. He worked in the automotive business in Champaign for 40 years. After retiring, and with a love for Northern Michigan he and Emmy, his rescue dog from the Turks and Caicos, moved to Leelanau County.
Helping people and animals are Kent’s passions. He is a LifeLine Pilot who has flown his Piper Saratoga on missions that provide free air transportation to people who are financially distressed with medical and humanitarian needs. He sat on the Champaign County Humane Society Board, coached youth hockey for many years after college and supports land conservation.
Kent has two children and one grandchild.
DIANA STOVER is an ordained minister who has a Bachelor's and Masters in Religious Education from Anderson University, and Masters of Divinity from Anderson School of Theology. She has served in Churches in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan for over 40 years. She spent the last 12 years of her career working as a chaplain and manager for a hospital-based hospice organization in the greater Detroit metro area.
In addition to her work as a minister, Diana served as Board Member to the Grand Rapids Area Center, National Board of Christian Education of the Church of God, Community Needs of the United Way, Teen Pregnancy Task Force in Grand Rapids, Resettlement of Romanian and Vietnamese Refugees, and was a Foster care parent of two Albanian refugee teens and one American infant.
TIM WADE (Vice President) and and his wife Karen retired from the University of Michigan, after living and working in Ann Arbor for 38 years. Tim worked in health care administration and academic management in various positions at the University and Health System including, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Oncology, Chemistry, and Neurology departments.
Both continue ties to the University and enjoy retirement in this beautiful peninsula. Tim is getting back to his love of photography (what better place to do that) and recently joined the Traverse Area Camera Club. He has had works in the Leland Art Center's annual benefit show.
Tim and Karen have two children. Their daughter and her husband work for the Grand Rapids Schools. Their son works for the Mcknight Foundation in Minneapolis.