The Arizona Community Foundation Board of Directors recently elected Michele Halyard, MD, FASTRO to the board. She was elected during the board’s January meeting. Michele Halyard is a senior leader with experience in navigating organizational complexities and delivering strategic outcomes. Dr. Halyard brings over 30 years in healthcare practice, medical education, research, and healthcare strategy.
“Dr. Halyard’s extensive background in leading medical institutions and her insights into community health care needs will be of tremendous value to the Arizona Community Foundation,” said Leezie Kim, chair of the ACF Board of Directors. “She will be a great addition to our board and will provide expertise in health innovations, one of our philanthropic agenda areas.”
Dr. Halyard was a member of the Mayo Clinic staff from 1989 until her retirement in June 2023. She currently holds the rank of Professor of Radiation Oncology and is a recognized expert in the treatment of breast cancer. Dr. Halyard served as the Suzanne Hanson Poole Vice Dean of the national Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and dean of the Arizona campus, which she helped to launch. In her role as Vice Dean, Dr. Halyard was responsible for operational integration of the three medical school campuses in Minnesota, Arizona, and Florida. She successfully led the first-ever three-site accreditation of the medical school by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.
Dr. Halyard was a member of the Mayo Clinic Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, the Mayo Clinic Medical School Education Committee, the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Sciences Education Committee, and the Education Finance Committee with an annual budget of $200 million. In addition to her roles within the Mayo Clinic, she has served on the Flinn Foundation Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee and was the co-founder and President of the Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer in 2010 and the Coalition of Blacks Against Cancer in 2021. She currently serves as the Western Area of The Links, Incorporated Health and Human Services Chair, responsible for health-related programming at 61 chapters in the western United States.
Among several honors, Dr. Halyard has received the YWCA Tribute to Women Award, Scientist/Researcher Category; the Outstanding Leadership in Medicine Award from Maricopa County NAACP; and the Community Celebrating Diversity Champion Award from the City of Scottsdale. She has been named one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona by the AZBusiness and AZRE magazines, one of the Great 48 in Phoenix by Phoenix Magazine, and was inducted into the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame and featured in the state library archives in October 2020.
Dr. Halyard philanthropically supports multiple educational endeavors including providing scholarships for minority youth matriculating into undergraduate or graduate studies with named scholarships.
Dr. Halyard earned her BS and MD degrees from Howard University, where she also completed her residency in radiation oncology. She completed her fellowship at Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education in Rochester, Minnesota.