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Board Membership

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance Board of Directors consists of eleven (11) Elected Directors and six (6) Non-Voting, Ex-officio Directors.

Further information about membership, the process for nominations for election and board composition is outlined in the HPHA Administrative By-Laws.

2016-2017 Board of Directors

HPHA Board Of Directors - 2016/2017

Back Row: John Wolfe, Bill Scott, Kim Ross Jones, Bob Gulliford, Dr. Graham Heaton, Ron Lavoie, Steve Hearn, Dr. Laurel Moore, Olga Palmer
Front Row: Andrew Williams, Dick Burgess, Lynn Girard, Mary Atkinson, Rena Spevack, Donnalene Tuer-Hodes, Sue Davey
Absent: Dr. Chuck Gatfield, Dr. Daniel Ooi, Dr. Heather Percival


Board of Directors

2016/2017

Elected Directors

Atkinson

Mary Atkinson, Board Chair
- Appointed: 2009
- Regional representative
Mary is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 35 years of experience. Her background in health includes the delivery of patient care, the management of home care delivery services, and now leading a primary care organization. She has also worked as a marketing and business specialist focused on the high technology sector, assisting clients in developing and implementing effective go-to-market strategies.

Throughout her extensive career, Mary has developed a keen understanding of the issues and challenges facing the healthcare sector, as well as the opportunities to enact effective change. With a Bachelors of Science in Physiology and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, and a Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation she brings solid academic credentials to complement her experience.

Mary is the current Chair of the HPHA Board of Directors and has been actively involved with the board for the past seven years.

Board Committees: Governance & Stakeholder Relations, Resources & Audit

Wolfe

John Wolfe, Vice Chair
- Appointed: 2011
- Director from the City of Stratford

John has been involved in the Stratford Community for over 20 years, serving on many not-for-profit boards and volunteering for many organizations.

President of a regional Real Estate Brokerage John has a strong background in finance and corporate structure as well as Human Resources.

John is a strong advocate for a Health Care System which not only provides excellent care but also shows a commitment to a strong community.

Board Committees: Local Advisory Committee (Stratford Site), Governance & Stakeholder Relations, Resources & Audit

Gulliford

Bob Gulliford, Treasurer
- Appointed: 2005
- Director from the City of Stratford

Born, raised and educated in St. John’s, Newfoundland where he began his first and only career; banking. Forty-two years later, after rewarding assignments that included Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver the Middle East, Asia and London, England Bob retired to Stratford where for the past 22 years he has been able to continue his interest in volunteering.

Since 2000, Bob served as a past executive and continuous volunteer with the Stratford Friends of the Festival. Past health related affiliations included the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross Society.

For the past 12 years, Bob has occupied executive roles with the Stratford General Hospital Foundation and previously served on the board of the Stratford General Hospital, which became one of the founding members of Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance.

Board Committees: Chair - Resources & Audit Committee

Burgess

Dick Burgess, Past Chair
- Appointed: 2005
- Director from the catchment area served by Seaforth Community Hospital

Dick Burgess retired 18 years ago, after teaching for over 33 years at Seaforth District High School. He continues to own and manage his family farm in Tilbury, which he inherited in 1984. In retirement, he has served on the board of Huron Hospice, the Canadian Mental Health Association for Huron and Perth, and as Councillor for Seaforth Ward, Huron East.

Dick is on the board of the Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation and Trustee of the Seaforth Community Hospital Trust.

Board Committees: Local Advisory Committee (Seaforth Site), Chair – Governance & Stakeholder Relations Committee

Girard

Lynn Girard
- Appointed: 2009
- Director from the catchment area served by Clinton Public Hospital

Lynn Girard retired to Bayfield after 36 years in health care in Windsor, Ontario. She was a Registered Nurse spending, 25 years in management positions with responsibilities for budgeting, staffing, program management, labour relations on several units, inpatient surgery, CCC and Palliative Care. She was also the lead in implementing hospital wide computerized workload system.

Lynn is a volunteer through One Care as a Certified Urban Pole Walking Instructor in charge of a group in Bayfield and a member on the Bluewater Heritage Committee.

Board Committees: Local Advisory Committee (Clinton Site), Quality Committee


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Steve Hearn
- Appointed: 2016
- Director from the catchment area served by St. Marys Memorial Hospital

Steve is a veteran of sales and senior sales management who has worked in Canadian Multi-Nationals during his career. His experience includes Information Technology and Business Process. He worked closely with a number of hospitals in Southwestern Ontario providing systematic process improvements enabling him to glean insights into health care.

Steve was a Foundation Board member of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Guelph and has been working with the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation over the past year.

Board Committees: Local Advisory Committee (St. Marys), Governance & Stakeholder Relations Committee

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Ron Lavoie
- Appointed: 2016
- Director from the catchment area served by Seaforth Community Hospital

Ron has provided volunteer support for Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance - Seaforth Community Hospital Site since September 2000. Working together with hospital executives, healthcare professionals and many volunteer colleagues has provided Ron with a tremendous opportunity to learn from their valued expertise and help him support Seaforth's local rural community hospital.

After more than 35 years, Ron retired from his career with Manulife Financial - Corporate Real Estate Division, spending the last 15 years as Leasing Manager responsible for Canadian Division Real Estate lease negotiations and management of projects across Canada. Ron has also played a key role, making a valuable contribution in several merger/acquisition initiatives.

Ron is currently the Chair of the Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation and Trustee/Operations and Property Management of Seaforth Community Hospital Trust.

Board Committees: Local Advisory Committee (Seaforth Site)


Palmer

Olga Palmer
- Appointed: 2011
- Director from the catchment area served by Clinton Public Hospital

Olga has provided many years of volunteer support in a variety of organizations, of late mainly to HPHA and other healthcare organizations. Her experience in the healthcare field includes introductory support during the first implementation of personal computers at the Ottawa Civic Hospital as the Senior Information Centre Analyst and with University Hospital and Capital Health in Edmonton, Alberta as a Senior Systems and Business Analyst. She implemented the strategic plans required to unify the information systems of four major city hospitals, providing software installation and training for new systems and information reporting. She was a member of the project team initiating a Case Costing Model for all hospitals, and was a member of the Medical Quality Improvement team. As the Manager of Information Services, she was a dedicated employee of the Grey Bruce Huron Perth District Health Council from 1998-2005. Olga was a member of the team developing and installing Clinical Management Systems for all National Defence (DND) medical and dental clinics in Canada. In the local area she was involved in the preparation and installation of the Clinical Management System at the Seaforth based Huron Community Family Health Team, and continued their support until her retirement.

Olga has a strong presence in many local healthcare related activities, including the acclaimed HealthKick program where she maintains a presence in the website. As a volunteer, she shares her abilities and time when and wherever they are needed.

Board Committees: Local Advisory Committee (Clinton Site), Quality Committee


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Kim Ross Jones
- Appointed: 2016
- Director from the catchment area served by St. Marys Memorial Hospital

Kim has over 10 years’ experience in the healthcare field, primarily in the area of public health. In her previous position as a Senior Public Health Promoter at the Huron County Health Unit, she has had extensive experience in community development, strategic planning and priority setting, stakeholder engagement, program evaluation and workplace health. She has also collaborated with numerous community partners to identify community health needs and to design and implement appropriate health promotion strategies for target audiences. Kim's experience in public health and her Masters of Health Science Degree in Health Promotion provide her with an in-depth understanding of the healthcare system, our community's healthcare needs, as well as local healthcare partners.

Kim has a strong commitment to her community's well-being. She is a long-time resident of the St. Marys area, where she now is proudly raising her family.

Board Committees: Local Advisory Committee (St. Marys Site), Quality Committee

Scott

Bill Scott
- Appointed: 2007
- Regional representative 

Bill graduated as an aeronautical engineer from University of Toronto Institute of Aerophysics in 1961. Following graduation, he worked at the NRC Flight Research Section in Ottawa (1961-1965). Bill returned to the family farm in 1965 (laying hens, chick hatchery, growing started pullets).

Bill has served on boards of the Ontario Hatcheries Association, Ontario Egg Board and the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency. He was a partner in a small manufacturing plant that produces ventilation systems.

In addition to the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance Board of Directors, Bill is a member of the Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation, the Seaforth Hospital Trust and the Seaforth Lions Club. He is a member of Canadian Power and Sail Squadron and Fanshawe Yacht Club.

Board Committees: Chair - Quality Committee

Spevack

Rena Spevack
- Appointed: 2008
- Director from the City of Stratford

Rena is a veterinarian who retired following 32 years with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. She was elected to the HPHA Board of Directors in 2008 and currently sits on the Board’s Quality Committee and the Stratford Local Advisory Committee. Rena is an active volunteer with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Youth Opportunity Fund, the YMCA, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the Terry Fox Run and the Rotary Club of Stratford. Rena enjoys jogging, hiking, walking, cycling and dragon boating.

Board Committees: Local Advisory Committee (Stratford Site), Quality


Ex-Officio Directors

Moore

Dr. Laurel Moore, Alliance Chief of Staff


Dr. Chuck Gatfield, Site Chief/President of Medical Staff – St. Marys Site


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Dr. Graham Heaton, President of Medical Staff – Stratford Site



Ooi

Dr. Daniel Ooi, Site Chief/President of Medical Staff – Clinton Site


Dr. Heather Percival, Site Chief/President of Medical Staff – Seaforth Site


Williams

Andrew Williams, President & Chief Executive Officer



Tuer-Hodes

Donnalene Tuer-Hodes, Chief Nursing Executive