Board of Directors

Board Chair

David Lochner

Board Vice-Chair

Brett VanderKamp


Jason Paulateer


John VandeGuchte


Andrew Blum
Bodman PLC
Tracey Brame
WMU-Cooley Law School
Dan Carter
Dan Carter Advisors
The Rev. Gerald Ferguson
All Saints Lutheran Church ELCA
Dale Gerard
General Motors
Jeanine Hatcher
Mary Anne Jones
Priority Health
The Rev. Donald P. Kreiss, Bishop
Southeast Michigan Synod, ELCA
Sarah Pobocik
Chase Bank
Latricia Trice
LTrice Consulting

foundation trustees

David Wohleen, Chair
Ellen Batkie, Secretary
Bonnie Reyes, Treasurer
Paul Balas
Kevin Blaser
Sheilda Braddock
Wafa Dinaro
Carolyn Dwyer
Rev. Dr. Charles B. Hardwick
Kristin Legato
John Mayes
David Nachman
Michael Nussdorfer
Carolyn Russell
Jean Schluckebier
Pat Thomas


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 Sandra Sommer, Senior Director of Major Gifts at (313) 308-8862 or email