Congratulations to the 2015 Mercy Health recipients of the “50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan” awards given by the Grand Rapids Business Journal on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.
Michelle Rabideau, CFRE, President, Saint Mary’s Foundation
For 21 years, Michelle has worked in the nonprofit world, primarily in health care, and has expertise in fundraising, strategic planning, donor stewardship, board leadership, development, and community relations. Under her leadership at Saint Mary’s Foundation, Michelle and her team have raised more than $75 million to support the mission of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. Michelle has received the designation of a Certified Fund Raising Executive, the highest form of recognition in the fundraising profession.
In addition to her philanthropic work for Mercy Health, Michelle believes in giving back to the community and recently served for two years as President of the East Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education.
Michelle is an active member of several professional fundraising organizations, and in November 2013, she received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional from the West Michigan chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In October 2015, Gov. Snyder appointed Michelle to serve on the Michigan Community Service Council, which is designed to promote voluntarism and community service to address our state’s most pressing issues.
As a regional director for Mercy Health, Shana leads a team of “amazingly, talented professionals” who are located in Grand Rapids and Muskegon. By partnering with both human resource and health care leaders, she translates business needs into talent acquisition strategies—always working to hire the best talent in order to deliver the best health care.
Shana was one of the Mercy Health leaders who planned a Building Bridges event in 2015 for local C-level executives from colleges, universities, workforce organizations, and nonprofits to address local workforce shortages. The vision of the event was to create paths to employment for people who are less skilled and underrepresented.
For this effort, Mercy Health was named Partner of the Year in 2015 by Michigan Works!, and Shana received one of two Workforce Excellence Awards. Shana’s contributions to coordinating local workforce development efforts will have tangible results for unemployed people in West Michigan for years to come.
Amna Seibold, Director, Department of Pathology and Mayor of East Grand Rapids
Amna Seibold holds a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Michigan and has been working at Mercy Health for 36 years, 21 of which have been as the director of pathology. Her significant professional responsibilities, however, have not prevented Amna from serving as a role model for other working women who want to incorporate public service into their lives.
Like her father before her, Amna has a strong sense of community and volunteerism. After serving as both a city commissioner and a planning commissioner in East Grand Rapids, Amna ran for and became the Mayor of East Grand Rapids, which is an unpaid, volunteer job. She was re-elected in November 2015 for a second four-year term.