Spectrum Health System
Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 179 ambulatory and service sites; more than 3,400 physicians and advanced practice providers, including about 1,400 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan with about 732,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 24,600 employees. The organization provided $283 million in community benefit during its 2015 fiscal year. Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems—and in the top five among the largest health systems—by Truven Health Analytics™ for 2016. This is the fifth time the organization has received this recognition.
Elizabeth Burnson Community Relations Consultant
Elizabeth Burnson joined Spectrum Health in April 2013 and serves as a Consultant in Community Relations. Elizabeth’s role at Spectrum Health is to build strategic partnerships and relationships with the communities that Spectrum Health serves.
Prior to joining Spectrum Health, Elizabeth served as Director of Donor Relations at MSU College of Human Medicine where she managed their corporate and donor relations and provided overall expertise in engagement efforts in opening the medical school. Other pertinent work experience includes employment at the American Cancer Society managing their Signature event board and assisting with the opening of the Hope Lodge/Peter M. Wege Guest House, a home-away-from-home for adult cancer patients and their caregivers who must travel to Grand Rapids for treatment.
Elizabeth received her B.S. from Grand Valley State University and is a native of West Michigan’s Lakeshore. She is passionate about healthy living and enjoys working out. She also serves as the President of the West Michigan Spartans and a board member on the Thornapple River Association.
Elizabeth loves spending time with husband, Bob, and their daughters: six-year old Ziana, and four-year old Livia.
Kristine Palosaari Foundation Lead Specialist
Kris is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, graduating from Kendall College of Art & Design and attaining her Master’s degree in Organizational Communication from Western Michigan University.
With over 16 years in fundraising, she has been the director of development at The Salvation Army, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and now working for Spectrum Health and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundations.
She has a Certificate of Fundraising Management from University of Indianapolis School of Philanthropy and will have her CFRE by year end. She is a member of AFP West Michigan and Resurrection Life Church in Grandville, Michigan.
With teaching group fitness classes at the Spartan Stores YMCA, her husband, two almost three married daughters, and three grandchildren, she stays busy but finds time for long distance running races.
Nathan Churchill Senior Facilities Project Manager
Currently, I am the Senior Facilities Project Manager at Spectrum Health. Prior to that I worked for McGraw Construction Inc., a Commercial General Contractor, located here in Grand Rapids as a Project Executive and formerly at Churchill McGee, LLC, – Commercial General Contractor in Lexington, KY, Louisville, KY & Cincinnati, OH and was a Founding Partner.
I obtained a BS in Construction Technology in 1996 from Eastern Kentucky University and in 2011, became a Distinguished Alumnus for College of Business & Technology.
My interests include horse racing and my hobbies are remodeling, fishing and kayaking.
I have been involved with the Boy Scouts of America, Habitat for Humanity, Cathedral Domain Camps & Conference Board, Special Olympics Polar Plunge and Big Brother & Big Sisters
I am married to Cassy Churchill and have two children. A 25-year-old adopted son, Cody, who I met through Big Brothers & Big Sisters when he was 9, and a 2 year-old daughter, Skai.