Spectrum Health Names New Foundation President
April 21, 2021
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Apr. 21, 2021 – Spectrum Health is pleased to announce Kelly Dyer as incoming president of the Spectrum Health and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundations, effective in late May. The announcement comes after a national search for a successor to current Foundation president, Vicki Weaver, who is retiring at the end of April after 28 years with Spectrum Health.
“Kelly is an enthusiastic and forward-thinking leader with a national reputation for effective philanthropy and a passion for cultivating high performing teams,” said Tina Freese Decker, President & CEO of Spectrum Health. “Philanthropy plays an integral part in realizing Spectrum Health’s mission and vision and Kelly’s leadership will further the success of the foundation as we provide innovative, high quality clinical care close to home for the communities we serve.”
Dyer’s 17-year fundraising career includes experience with major gift fundraising, strategic planning and change management. Her passion for advancing philanthropy through successful innovation and partnerships has resulted in highly engaged and productive teams responsible for tens of millions of dollars raised annually and thousands of volunteer commitments.
“The Spectrum Health and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundations are highly respected institutions doing incredibly important work to advance hope and healing across West Michigan and beyond,” said Dyer. “I am honored to have been selected for this role and am ready and eager to partner in the conversations and collaborations that will assist Spectrum Health in fulfilling its mission to improve health, inspire hope and save lives.”
Dyer comes to Spectrum Health from the University of Michigan’s Office of University Development, where she currently serves as Senior Executive Director of Leadership and Major Gifts. In this role, Dyer has established and nurtured relationships with lead donors throughout the Midwest, including in Southeast Michigan, Washtenaw County and Grand Rapids. Dyer is a graduate of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University, where she was a four-year women’s basketball letter winner, and a native of Michigan.
“Kelly is the right leader to continue to lead philanthropy for Spectrum Health and to build on Vicki Weaver’s lasting legacy,” said Marge Potter, board chair, Spectrum Health Foundation. “We are excited for the future of the foundation.”
Freese Decker partnered with global executive search firm WittKieffer to conduct a national search for the president of Spectrum Health and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundations. WittKieffer is ranked among the Forbes top recruiting firms and Hunt Scanlon’s list of the Top 10 executive recruiters in the United States.
Freese Decker also praised Vicki Weaver for her leadership and guidance over the last three decades. She has been a champion of Spectrum Health’s growth and development, broadening Spectrum Health’s scope, capabilities and donor relationships. We wish her well in her retirement.
About Spectrum Health
Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 30,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan. People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.
About Spectrum Health Foundation
Since Spectrum Health’s formation in September 1997, more than $500 million has been given by individuals, businesses, foundations and community organizations. The efforts of the Foundation’s boards and team have supported the growth of Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile, clinical and family support programs, research, innovation and education. The Foundation team has been instrumental in the capital campaigns for Spectrum Health’s Renucci Hospitality House, Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center, Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, as well as the creation and advancement of countless programs that impact patients, their families and communities across West Michigan.