"When you are in environments when those around you may be saying small things that do not reflect your heart – to stay strong in who you are and not get caught in the “gravitational pull of a descending culture.”
Michelle is the founding President and CEO of the Texoma Health Foundation created in 2007. Serving in this role, Mrs. Lemming had the opportunity to assist through the transition of the Foundation, as well as the construction of THF offices and a new Reba’s Ranch House. She is responsible for overseeing a diverse set of assets including multiple properties, notes, royalties, numerous endowments/funds, sale proceeds and fundraising income, in addition to the daily operations of Reba’s Ranch House – a hospital hospitality house serving hospitals across THF’s four-county service area.
Since 2007 THF has grown from an $11M foundation, to a foundation with a corpus of over $61M in assets.
Lemming began her nonprofit career in South Louisiana where she became the youngest Executive Director in the State to lead a vertical network of safety net providers joined together to improve the health of the uninsured. With no programs and four months of sustainability, Lemming secured nonprofit status for the network (ByNet). The organization became nationally recognized for developing a systemized multi-point of entry model for the uninsured, a pharmaceutical assistance program resulting in over $4 million in Rx’s/year, diverse outreach teams reaching over 700 residents/month, a telemedicine/education project in partnership with LSU-Health Sciences Center, a faith-based transportation program and passage of House Bill 1569 to create an insurance model for small businesses. The organization secured over $5.5 million of direct funding through federal and state grants, partnered with local government and 38 community partners providing staff, space and/or resources monthly.
Later in her career Lemming accepted the role as the Executive Director of Building Health Communities, a state-wide 501c3 responsible for the creation and management of programs and initiatives designed to improve the State of Louisiana’s rural healthcare infrastructure through a horizontal network comprised of 43 of the State’s 48 small rural hospitals.
She also had the opportunity to serve as a registered lobbyist under the leadership team of the Louisiana Rural Hospital Association during State legislative sessions, including assisting in developing and passing SCR 119, an unprecedented bill supporting rural hospitals.
Prior to serving in her current role at THF, Lemming had accepted the positon of Executive Director of the Health Services Recovery Council. The Council served as an “on the ground” liaison between healthcare providers across the nine counties most impacted by the storms, the Department of Health, the Governor’s Office and Federal departments. Daily needs, data and budgets collected led to a final report prepared and included in a presentation to Congress resulting in $100 million allocation for healthcare recovery. An additional $750,000 was secured for workforce development.
She has also had the opportunity to serve for thirteen years as a federal grant reviewer for multiple federal agencies and serves on the Texas Behavioral Health Grantors Network and the Finance Committee for the Conference of Southwest Foundations.
She is the wife of Harry Lemming who is in Healthcare Administration as well. They have three wonderful children, Haley, Jordan and Stone.