meet our team

VICKI WELTY

Chief Executive Officer

Since 1985, Michigan Community VNA CEO, Vicki Welty has put her leadership skills to work helping companies grow.  Joining Michigan Community VNA (MCVNA) in September 2013, she draws on her experience to guide the profitability, management and day-to-day operations of the company’s Home Health Care, Hospice and Wellness divisions. Vicki also oversees the human resources department as well as operational management.

 

During her career, Vicki worked within and provided consulting services to companies in a variety of industries including rural health, education, home health care and accounting. She has contributed to their success through employee effective recruiting, training programs, personnel development, structuring and enhancing benefit and compensation packages, facilitating organizational planning and ensuring compliance with federal guidelines.

 

After graduating from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee with a bachelor’s in education, Vicki earned her master’s in training and development from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti.  She also holds a Senior Professional of Human Resources certification.

 

As a longtime resident of the Detroit Metropolitan area, Vicki is committed to improving the quality of life in her local communities. She has served on the board of directors for the Partnership for the Arts & Humanities, Wayne “100” Club, Downtown Development Authority and Workforce Readiness Task Force.  She also served as president of the local Rotary Club, Vice President of the Wayne/Westland School Board and Chair of the Village Theatre Opening. 

 

Vicki and Keith, her husband of 36 years, have two grown children. They are devoted to and involved in their church, family and community. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, golf, boating and getaways to their Upper Peninsula cottage.

KATHRYN D. BARTZ

Chief Innovation Officer

“We serve others by integrating the three arms of our company, wellness, home health care and hospice.  We foster positive health choices and provide flu vaccinations, offer dynamic therapy choices for post-acute patients and empower patients with palliative/hospice options for those needing comfort near end of life.

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Kathryn serves as Owner and Chief Innovation Officer for Michigan Community.  She oversees the growth of all areas of the company; Wellness, Home Health Care and Hospice. With 30 years of healthcare experience, Kathryn has worked with patients in home health care, hospice, physical medicine and rehab, mental health and chemical dependency.  She continues to serve the community as a healthcare navigator and assists anyone at any time.

Kathryn graduated from Lake Superior State University where she played collegiate basketball.  She earned her Master’s Degree at Wayne State University in Health Care Administration.  She is also adjunct faculty at Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University in the College of Education and Health Services. Kathryn serves on the Board of Directors for Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, The SAGE Board of Directors, The Alzheimer’s Association Advisory Board and the Oakland County Public School Board.

 

Kathryn is married, has two children, adopts senior rescue dogs (Ernie Dean, 10 year old Morkie) and loves practical jokes.

AUDRIS SMITH

Chief Clinical Officer

Audris is a native Michiganite with southern roots. At the young age of eight, she declared nursing as my professional career. She never let go of that dream. To date, Audris has 35 years of nursing experience. Approximately 29 years have been in the home health care arena. Additionally, she has 10 years of adjunct professorial experience.

 

Her professional experiences have ranged from Quality Appraisal Coordinator to Chief Clinical Officer in home health. Her most venturous position was that of Nurse Surveyor for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). This was an excellent opportunity as it allowed her to not only evaluate the performance of health organizations, it opened the gateway to educate organizations on quality standards and the implementations of those standards. Moreover, she learned innovative ways to implement and sustain quality measures through this experience.

Educationally, Audris holds an Associate, Baccalaureate, Master’s , and Ph.D. degree in Nursing.

Audris has been a seamstress since age 13 and still enjoys sewing her own cloths. After approximately 35 years, she reconnected to my hobby of crocheting. She enjoys making baby clothing and someday plans to launch a crocheted baby clothing line of handmade items.

Membership: Sigma Theta Tau International (Honor Society in Nursing)

                        

Published: Smith, A. D., & Treschuk, J. (2018). Disconnects and Silos in Transitional Care: Single-Case Study of Model Implementation in Home Health Care. Home Health Care Management & Practice, 30(3), 130–139. https://doi.org/10.1177/1084822318765737

TINA GRIFFITH

Chief Operating Officer

“Being involved in the positive evolution of Michigan Community Visiting Nurses Association has been part of the fabric of my life”.

Tina has worked in the healthcare industry for over 30 years primarily in the home health and hospice industries. Tina joined Michigan Community VNA in 2013 and prefers working behind the scenes where she can enhance daily operations in the areas of technology and finance. She enjoys knowing that her work impacts the lives of patients on a daily basis.

 

Although her focus has been administrative in nature, she has recently graduated from nursing school, received her registered nurse license, and is continuing to pursue higher education in the nursing profession. She is a member of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society through the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. Tina also holds an Associate’s Degree in Business from Western International University.

 

Tina has been married for 30 years to her husband, Greg, and they have three grown children. Tina and Greg are very involved in their church and spend much of their free time serving in the church and surrounding community.