Ann Arbor’s North Star Reach Adds Kimberly Garland and Archana Rajendra to Board of Directors

Kimberly Garland, Archana Rajendra // Courtesy of North Star Reach
Kimberly Garland, Archana Rajendra // Courtesy of North Star Reach

North Star Reach, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Ann Arbor, announced the appointment of Kimberly Garland and Archana Rajendra to its board of directors.

The organization provides free programs and camps to children with serious illnesses and their families.

“Kimberly and Archana bring a tremendous depth of experience, strategic leadership, and passion to our organization,” says Dr. Matthew Denenberg, chair of the North Star Reach Board of Directors and chief of pediatrics for Beaumont Children’s Hospital. “We are thrilled they are joining us as we continue to carry out our mission and look to expand the number of children, families, and communities we serve in Michigan and beyond.”

Garland brings nearly a decade of experience as a leader for the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina, the Delta Dental Foundation. In this role she oversaw an endowment totaling $140 million, with a focus on funding programs for at‐risk populations and individuals with disabilities. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

“I have a passion for helping at‐risk and vulnerable populations,” says Garland. “I’m looking forward to helping address the barriers that these children face and finding ways to bring more kids to camp, where they can have a chance to meet others facing similar challenges and feel safe to just be themselves.”

Rajendra is currently vice president and deputy general counsel at Health Alliance Plan (HAP), a Michigan‐based nonprofit health plan. At HAP, she is responsible for providing strategic direction and coordination of all issues related to regulatory affairs, corporate risk, litigation, privacy, public policy, and more. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a J.D. from Indiana University Law School.

“It’s an honor to bring my experience to help enrich these special programs for children and their families as they deal with life‐threatening illnesses,” says Rajendra. “They have so much courage, and they have so much to teach us.”