The Franciscan Alliance Foundation has appointed 10 directors to its newly created board.
The foundation supports a number of missions, including the Catherine McAuley and St. Clare clinics, which serve the working poor. The clinics logged more than 90,000 patient encounters in the last year, said Tony Englert, executive director of the Franciscan Alliance Foundation.
The foundation also supports St. Monica Home in Dyer and a newly opened parenting center to help girls and young women who are new mothers. And, it supports the Volunteer Advocates for Seniors program, in which volunteers help senior citizens in the community.
"The men and women who joined the board really know the importance of what Franciscan Alliance means to the community," Englert said.
The appointees represent a variety of backgrounds and interests from the northwest corner of the state.
"They all bring an expertise to the table that will really help guide the foundation," Englert said.
The inaugural members are Joe Allegretti, internal consultant, Laser Pharmaceuticals and chairman of Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Region Board of Directors; Paul Applegate, president, Applegate & Co.; Cal Bellamy, partner, Krieg DeVault; Dr. Karen Briggs, medical staff, Franciscan St. Margaret Health; Phil Casey, vice president deputy counsel and division counsel, NGD Legal – Regulatory, NiSource; Tom Corsiglia, president and CEO, Emcor Hyre Electric; Carol Highsmith, senior partner, Centier Bank; Jim Larsen, president, Mechanical Test & Balance; Donna Pace, owner, Pace Realty; and Daryl Pomranke, president and CEO, Citizens Financial Bank.
“The newly created foundation is in its infancy, and we have much work to do to share the message of our mission with the people of Northern Indiana, but I am confident we will be successful in showing our community the amazing work being done by the Sisters and the staff,” said Bellamy, foundation board chairman.