About Friends Gift Shops

Friends is a board-governed, volunteer-staffed, non-profit community organization that administers and manages four Michigan Medicine Gift Shops. Since 1959, Friends has been a partner of the U-M Health System, helping to promote the health, welfare and education of our community.

Gifts, magazines, cosmetics, candy, toys, games, books, cards, clothing, flowers and more can be purchased at the gift shops. The revenue generated from these shops provides funds for patient education programs, patient and family programs and more.

Make a Gift

Donations are also welcome. To make a gift online click on the button below.

Navy blue rectangle with Give Online to Friends in white text with Friends in maize


Contact Us

Friends Gift Shops

Friends Advisory Board

Waitzy Brown, Michigan Medicine Friends Advisory Board Administrative Assistant
Email: waitzyb@med.umich.edu
Office hours: Monday - Thursday from 7 a.m. to noon


Officers and Board Members

2023 Directors and Officers

  • President: Angela Wright
  • President Elect: Hitan Kamdar
  • President Emeritus: Julie Piazza
  • Secretary: Margy Fox
  • Treasurer: Debra Burrum
  • Social Services: Katie Schneider
  • Communications: Karen Stern
  • Co Programs: Julie Piazza & Waitzy Brown (temp)
  • Members at Large:  Deborah Blackmon, Jenny Carpenter, Christina Hayes, Leslie Kamil, Virginia Nelson, Lillian Path, Michelle Sanford, Stephanie Sarna and Shae Zilke

Non-Voting Members

  • Alfreda Rooks, MPA, Community Programs & Services Director, Administrative Advisor
  • Waitzy Brown, Michigan Medicine Friends Advisory Board Administrative Assistant
  • Robert Newman, MIchigan Medicine Friends Gift Shops Manager
  • Amanda Beliveau, Michigan Medicine Friends Gift Shops Merchandise Manager