A ministry like Samaritas needs sustained support to carry out its mission.

The Samaritas Foundation was established to assure ongoing funding for Samaritas programs through endowment. When a donor’s gift goes into the endowment, the earnings are used but the principal remains intact, continuing to earn interest. Gifts to the endowment are perpetual, and continue to support the Samaritas mission year after year.

Carl E. Thomas, the president/CEO from 1973 to 1999, steered the organization through tremendous growth. As a tribute, the board established the Carl E. Thomas Endowment Fund, which is managed today by the Samaritas Foundation. Earnings from the Carl E. Thomas Endowment Fund support Samaritas programs across the state. Other Samaritas Foundation Endowment funds include: Wilsterman Fund, Gregersen Fund, Nussdorfer Fund, Holle Fund and Meints Funds.

Gifts may be made directly to the fund, or you may choose to name the Samaritas Foundation in your will, trust or as an insurance beneficiary. To learn how you can create a legacy, please call the Samaritas Development Department at (313) 308-8860.

Board of Directors

Board Chairman

Dale Gerard


David Morin


David Lochner


Dan Carter


Andrew Blum
Miller Canfield
Tracey Brame
WMU-Cooley Law School
Rev. Canon Dr. William Danaher
Christ Church Cranbrook
Mary Anne Jones
Priority Health
The Rev. Donald P. Kreiss, Bishop
Southeast Michigan Synod, ELCA
Jason Paulateer
Fifth Third Bank
David Ripple
St. Joseph Mercy Health System – Trinity Health
John E. Vande Guchte
Strategies Wealth Advisors, LLC
Brett VanderKamp
New Holland Brewing

foundation trustees

David Wohleen, Chair
Tracy Teich, Vice-Chair
Bonnie Reyes, Secretary
Mark Odland, Treasurer
Rev. Rosanne Anderson
Ellen Batkie
Sheilda Braddock
Rev. Gerald M. Ferguson
Rev. Erick Johnson
Kent Johnson
John Mayes
David Nachman
Michael Nussdorfer
Sarah Pobocik
Tom Post
Franz Salas
Jean Schluckebier
Pat Thomas
Raafat Zaki
Judy Zehnder-Keller
Sam Beals, ex-officio