Who We Are

Covenant Foundation, Inc. exists to "develop friends and resources for Covenant Medical Center."

As the charitable fund-raising arm of the hospital, the Foundation seeks to bring together the gifts and resources of the community to help meet the health care needs of those who are served in all areas of the hospital. Covenant Foundation is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code, so that all gifts received are fully tax deductible. The Foundation’s administrative expenses are donated by the medical center, so that 100 percent of every public gift and donation can be used for its intended purpose.

Our History

Covenant Foundation, Inc. was created in 1988 through the merger of the Schoitz and St. Francis Hospital Foundations. Since its creation, the Foundation has served thousands of patients and families through the purchase of technical and specialized equipment, the construction and improvement of physical facilities, and community education programs that promote health and illness prevention.

Community Volunteers

A 22 member Board of Trustees governs the work of Covenant Foundation, Inc. These community representatives serve without compensation, meeting nine times during the course of the year. Current officers and Trustees are:



Don Temeyer

    Vice Chair                         Secretary

    Dawn Pilipchuk-Kruth        Shirley Dunlap, RN


Sue Chizek

  Past Chair

  Tammy Bedard


Dave Bowling               Kim Fettkether                Brian Sayer                     Stephen Thorpe
Michael Broshar           Stacy Folkers                 Brian Sims, DO                Nancy Weber
Jim Coloff                     William Kasten, MD        Amber Schuchmann
Uyntha Duncan            Dan Keagle                    Tara Thomas
Jack Dusenbery           Becky Mudd                   Tony Thompson

Cassandra Foens, MD
Dave Peters

Our Staff:

Heather Bremer-Miller

Heather Bremer-Miller

Executive Director

Heather joined Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare as Executive Director of the Covenant Foundation and Sartori Health Care Foundation in June, 2006. Prior to joining Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Heather served as the Director of Development in the Colleges of Natural Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences at UNI, as Foundation Officer for Hawkeye Community College and as Development Director for the American Cancer Society.

You may contact Heather directly by phone or e-mail at (319) 272-7678 and Heather.BremerMiller@mercyhealth.com.

Joe Surma

Coordinator Annual and Planned Giving

Joe joined Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in 2004. He has worked in the Foundation, Public Relations/Marketing and Covenant Clinic and now takes on the role as the Coordinator of Annual and Planned Gifts for the Covenant Foundation and Sartori Health Care Foundation. Prior to joining Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Joe served as the Director of Public Relations at the American Red Cross Hawkeye Chapter as well as a KWWL-TV Anchor/Reporter.

You may contact Joe directly by phone or e-mail at (319) 272-7677 and Joe.Surma@mercyhealth.com.

Christy Stolz

Christy Stolz

Coordinator of Special Events Fundraising

Christy joined the Sartori Health Care Foundation as the Coordinator of Special Events Fundraising.  Christy came to Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare as the Administrative Assistant of the Covenant Foundation in July, 2006.

You may contact Christy directly by phone or e-mail at (319) 268-3161and Christy.Stolz@mercyhealth.com.

Sheila Hagarty

Sheila Kaplan

Administrative Assistant

Sheila joined Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare as Administrative Assistant of the Covenant Foundation in February 2010. Prior to joining Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Sheila served as a Branch Manager for Iowa Community Credit Union.

You may contact Sheila directly by phone or e-mail (319) 272-7676 and Sheila.Kaplan@mercyhealth.com.

Darci Ritter

Darci Ritter

Grant Proposal Specialist

Darci joined Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare as Grant Proposal Specialist of the Covenant & Sartori Health Care Foundations in August 2011.

You may contact Darci directly by calling (319) 272-7675 or e-mail to Darci.Ritter@mercyhealth.com.