Executive Director of the U.P.Hospice Foundation
Dave has been the Executive Director of the UPHF since April of 2013 in a volunteer capacity as well as working off and on for UP Home Health & Hospice since 1990, currently consulting in business development and outreach. Prior to overseeing the UPHF, Dave oversaw the Bell Foundation for a number of years, including the final stages of a $7.2 million campaign to build the new Bell Hospital in 2008. Dave received training by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy at their Madison Institute, which focused on efficient, effective health related foundation management. Other volunteer work includes being the founder of UP Children’s Therapy, which focuses on health and safety for kids, and the Suicide Survivors Fund, which supports families left behind after suicide. Dave’s paying work includes being a partner and General Manager of Superior Rehabilitation and Professional Services and the Active Physical Therapy clinic in Ishpeming. Dave lives in Marquette with wife Joy and bulldogs Henry and Lola.
Event Coordinator of Dancing with our Stars
Lindsay Hemmila has been the Event Coordinator for Dancing with our Stars Marquette County Style, motivating and getting the community pumped up, since the event’s inception. She is a 1999 graduate of Negaunee High School and a 2006 graduate of Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Speech Communication. Lindsay began her career with U.P. Home Health & Hospice in September 2012. Prior to working with UPHHH, Lindsay was the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Lake Superior Community Partnership where she worked for five years. Lindsay now is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living and Memory Support.
Lindsay is a past Board Member of the Greater Ishpeming Negaunee Chamber of Commerce, 40 Below-Marquette County’s Young Professionals and Steering Committee for the Evergreen Award of Marquette County. Lindsay has an extreme love for fundraising and it shows as she expresses such passion for the event…it’s contagious!
Director of Community Services
Kori Bjorne has been the Director of Community Services at U.P. Home Health & Hospice since 2019. She is a 1997 graduate of Westwood High School, and she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2001 and her Master of Arts Degree in English in 2003, both from Northern Michigan University. Kori has spent her career working in various nonprofits including Finlandia University, Bell Hospital, the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter.
Kori currently serves on the board of the West End Health Foundation as secretary, the TruNorth Federal Credit Union Board of Directors, and the Literacy Legacy Fund Advisory Board. Kori is also the chair of the Evergreen Award of Marquette County and is a member of the Zonta Club of the Marquette Area. She is excited to work with the great team behind Dancing with our Stars-Marquette County Style!