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New Executive Director Appointed to Lead Health Foundation in Upper Peninsula: A Look at Megan Murphy’s Experience and Vision


Feb 13, 2024
New Executive Director Chosen by Superior Health Foundation

Megan Murphy has been appointed as the new executive director of the Superior Health Foundation (SHF) by Sara Giles, President of the SHF Board of Directors. Originally from Ironwood, Murphy has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and previously served as the director for community health and capacity building at the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. In this role, she oversaw the development of a $6.5 million grantmaking and nonprofit support program.

Murphy will take over for longtime executive director Jim LaJoie, who is set to retire in May. Giles expressed confidence in Murphy’s abilities, citing her extensive experience and expertise as a perfect fit for the organization. She praised Murphy’s vision and strategy to expand the foundation’s reach throughout the Upper Peninsula, emphasizing her creativity, drive, and familiarity with the U.P.

Murphy joined the Michigan Health Endowment Fund in 2016 as a grants manager before transitioning to a program officer for their Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle program in 2018. Her work involved improving access to healthy foods, food security, and nutrition and wellness education in Michigan. Prior to her time at the Health Fund, she held various roles within the nonprofit sector in Grand Rapids, focusing on health, philanthropy, program development, and community engagement.

Murphy is excited about her new role with SHF and expressed her deep connection to the U.P., highlighting her eagerness to leverage her statewide funding experience to lead the Foundation into a new chapter. She is impressed by SHF’s innovative grant-making approach that exclusively targets the health of U.P. residents. For more information about SHF’s mission, please visit their website

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