This innovative foundation is seeking a Chief Executive Officer to continue

its goal of creating the healthiest region in the Midwest.

March 30, 2021; Chelsea, Michigan – Today, 5 Healthy Towns Foundation (5HF) announced a national search for its next Chief Executive Officer to succeed retiring CEO, Amy Heydlauff. 

“If you believe in the idea of prevention this is a perfect position.” said Ruth VanBogelen, Chair of the search committee.

5HF is a community-wellness foundation that serves the Michigan school districts of Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester, and Stockbridge with a mission to cultivate personal and community wellness. They envision a region where residents eat better, move more, connect with others in healthy ways, and avoid unhealthy substances.

5HF currently oversees three wellness centers, supports five wellness coalitions with 90+ members, and collaborates closely with One Big Thing partners. One Big Thing is an effort to strengthen connection, engagement, optimism, and resilience in the region. The foundation has $42,000,000 in charitable and non-charitable assets and an annual funding expectation of approximately $1,000,000.

5HF is seeking a leader with energy, imagination, and operational experience. The new CEO will oversee the implementation of the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors, the ongoing operation of 5HF’s wellness centers and foundation, and the continued development of relationships with partners and the community.

“Because the organization is relatively young, just 12 years old, the future is full of opportunity for the right person,” said VanBogelen”We’re looking for a visionary with a track record of bringing together partners to create innovative initiatives that drive lasting community change.”

Pat Conlin, 2021 Board Chair added “We want someone who is excited about doing this work. Someone who isn’t afraid to think creatively.”

The Board of Directors will oversee the process of choosing Amy’s successor and has partnered with Michigan-based firm, HR Collaborative, to conduct a national search for 5HF’s next chief executive.

“Amy announced her decision to retire to the Board of Directors some time ago, giving us plenty of time to prepare the organization for her departure,” said Nicole O’Brien, 5HF Board Representative for St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. “With assistance from HR Collaborative, our dedicated search committee is interviewing community members and organizations for input into this important decision.”

The seven-member selection committee is composed of board members, 5HF staff, and community representatives. Candidates interested in learning more about the position can view the full job description and apply at

5HF is an equal opportunity employer that prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type in regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

To learn more about 5HF’s work, programs, and initiatives, visit here


About 5 Healthy Towns Foundation:
5 Healthy Towns Foundation (5HF) is a private foundation governed by a volunteer board of directors that serves the Michigan school districts of Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester, and Stockbridge. The mission of 5HF is to cultivate improvements in personal and community wellness by encouraging people in its five healthy towns to eat better, move more, avoid unhealthy substances, and connect with others in healthy ways. For more information on 5HF, visit