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Melissa Holmquist

executive director

Melissa Holmquist is the Chief Executive Officer for the Upper Peninsula Health Plan (UPHP), which serves approximately 50,000 Medicaid, Healthy Michigan Plan, Children with Special Health Care Services, and Medicare beneficiaries in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She has been employed by UPHP since 2002 in a variety of positions and departments, including claims services, reimbursement analysis, utilization management, case management, and government programs.

Melissa provides leadership and direction for UPHP, Upper Peninsula Managed Care (UPMC), and Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions (UPHCS), oversees all operations of the plan and works closely with the UPHP and UPMC Management Committees, UPHCS Board of Directors, and Senior Management (company officers and department directors) to ensure quality, efficiency and effective cost-management strategies. 

A native of Crystal Falls, Melissa received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Northern Michigan University. Additionally, she was named one of Crain’s 2020 Notable Women in Health, which recognizes women in the health care field for their career accomplishments and involvement in nonprofits and community organizations. 


Tyler LaPlaunt, MS

Assistant Director

Tyler LaPlaunt “Migizii Migwan” (meaning “Eagle Feather”), is the Assistant Director
of UPHCS. Tyler was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. He was raised and currently resides in Marquette, with his wife, Jessie, and his daughter, Gianna “Minogiizhig Kwe,” which means “Good Day Woman.” Tyler also serves as the duly elected Vice-Chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Tyler
advocates for public health on various committees including the Bemidji Area
Delegate to the National Institutes of Health Tribal Advisory Committee, as a Board Member for the Superior Health Foundation, and HIMSS Michigan
Chapter as a Board Member & Advocacy Committee Member. Additionally, he serves as a Community Advisory Committee Member for the University of Michigan/Michigan Department of Health and Human Services – Recovered COVID19 cases in MI Research Study. He’s a graduate of Northern Michigan University, and before joining UPHCS, worked as the Executive Director of the Great Lakes Area Tribal Health Board and was the Program Director/Senior Epidemiologist at the Great
Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. His hobbies include walks through the woods,
harvesting/gathering, reading, and weightlifting.


andy chosa

grant administrator

Andy Chosa grew up in Baraga, MI and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University Of Michigan School Of Business. He worked as a finance manager for a non-profit Indian Health Services Urban Clinic in Detroit, MI for several years before returning to the UP. He received his MBA from Northern Michigan University, worked as the Foundation Coordinator for Great Lakes Recovery Centers, and as the CEO of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s Economic Development Corporation before joining UPHCS in 2017 as the Grant Administrator. Since then, he’s overseen the successful conclusion of several UPHCS grant funded projects, edited successful proposals for partner organizations for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and written over $1.2M in successful proposals for UPHCS. When not working, he enjoys losing at video games, board games, and adult hockey; reading, hunting; fishing; and walking/dragging/chasing his disobedient dog around his neighborhood with his wife in Negaunee, MI. 


katrina keough

project director

Katrina Keough is the Project Director with Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions where she develops, leads and implements UPHCS grant project activities, provider and program outreach, education and training, and coordination of the Region 1 U.P. Perinatal Collaborative. She also functions as a liaison for statewide collaborative projects aimed at serving rural, vulnerable populations for the Upper Peninsula. 

An experienced Registered Radiologic Technologist, Cardiovascular Interventional Technologist, and previous adjunct faculty for Northern Michigan University, Katrina also previously operated as the Executive Director to the UP Area Health Education Center serving rural health care students and professionals, and connecting communities to health care in health care professional shortage areas. She holds a Bachelor in Clinical Science and a Master in Public Administration from Northern Michigan University.


Kristie Hechtman

Quality Initiative Coordinator

Kristie Hechtman is the Quality Initiative Coordinator for Upper
Peninsula Health Care Solutions. Kristie’s primary role is integrating behavioral health services into rural health care systems for improved patient resources and health outcomes.

Kristie graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a minor in Marketing. Her diverse health care career has included clinical work, behavioral health, pharmacy, community education, as well as medical sales and marketing. Her previous position of seven years was a Psychometrist in the Neuropsychology Department of UP Health System. Kristie found working directly with patients experiencing cognitive change to be humbling and purposeful. Behavioral Health Integration with UPHCS will allow her to
further advocate for behavioral and mental health services and education in the
Upper Peninsula through grant work and quality improvement.

Kristie was born and raised in Marquette, MI and loves spending time with her children, hiking, and most any seasonal activity available in our beautiful region.

M. Beaudry

marlene beaudry

practice facilitator & programs assistant

Marlene Beaudry is a Practice
Facilitator/Programs Assistant with Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions,
where she provides provider outreach, education, and enrollment as part of the
AHRQ Healthy Hearts for Michigan Cardiovascular grant. She coordinates and
facilitates many aspects of bimonthly Laboratory, Radiology and Materials and
Pharmacy committee meetings with the UP-hospital managers. Additionally, she assists
in the coordination and planning for UPHCS board meetings and serves as a liaison to the Assistant Director for UPHCS. 

Marlene previously served for 4 years
as a Quality Improvement Advisor with the GLPTN network in collaboration with
Altarum and Indiana University, as part of the CMS Transforming Clinical Practices
Initiative.  She has served as Point of contacton the High-Tech High Touch initiative, in collaboration with Michigan StateUniversity Division of Public Health, College of Human Medicine. Marlene was also part of the Diabetic Retinopathy Tele retinal initiative in collaboration with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan and Superior Health Foundation co-sponsoring the initiative. Marlene holds a Bachelor of Science from Northern Michigan University and a Master Certificate in Healthcare Data Analytics from John Hopkins, School of Medicine.

Our Board

Paula ChermsideChairAspirus Ironwood Hospital & ClinicsCAO
Hunter NostrantVice-ChairHelen Newberry Joy HospitalCEO
Mitch LeckeltTreasurerUP Health System – BellCEO
Kevin KalchikSecretaryMyMichigan Medical Center-SaultCEO
Rae KaareAspirus Iron River Hospital & ClinicsCAO
Matt KrauseAspirus Region &
Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital
Garfield AtchisonUP Health System – MarquetteCEO
Jim Parker Munising Memorial HospitalCEO
Rae KaareAspirus Ontonagon Hospital
Robert StoweBaraga County Memorial HospitalCEO
Ryan HeinonenUP Health System – PortageCEO
Andy BertapelleSchoolcraft Memorial HospitalCEO
Karen CheesemanMackinac Straits Health System, Inc.CEO
Amanda Shelast Marshfield Medical Center-DickinsonInterim President
Christine HarffAspirus HospitalsPresident of UP Region