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Board Members

The Board of Directors welcomes input from members of the public. Individuals who have questions about the board or wish to communicate with the board should contact Christine Murphy, Special Projects Administrator, at 519-464-4467 or by email at cmurphy@bluewaterhealth.ca. Individuals who wish to contact Wayne Pease, Board Chair, directly can do so by email at wpease@bluewaterhealth.ca.  
 
General correspondence for the board may be sent to:
Administration
Bluewater Health
 
Melissa Rondinelli
Senior Executive Assistant Administration Bluewater Health
89 Norman Street
Sarnia, ON N7T 6S3
Email: mrondinelli@bluewaterhealth.ca
Telephone: 519-464- 4400 Ext 5675
Fax: 519-464-4407
 
Bluewater Health Board of Directors Membership
 




Wayne Pease

Chair

Wayne became involved with the Bluewater Health Board of Directors when he was appointed as a non-director committee member on the Resource Utilization and Audit Committee in 2009. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in June 2010 and as Chair in June 2016. He is currently a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee. He also served as Chair of Resource Utilization and Audit Committee and a member of the Quality Committee.
 
Wayne recently retired from his position as a Financial Planner for the Royal Bank of Canada.
 
Wayne holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph and a Business Administration Diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University.
 
Wayne was born in Wingham, Ontario and raised in Yuma, Arizona. Wayne and his wife have four children and live in Sarnia. In his leisure time, he enjoys this vegetable garden and fruit trees, which are his passion. He also enjoys biking on the nature trail and observing the natural beauty found in Lambton County. 

Paul Wiersma

Vice-Chair and Chair of Quality Committee

Paul became involved with the Bluewater Health Board of Directors when he was appointed as a non-director committee member on the Quality Committee in September 2012. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in June 2014 and as Vice-Chair in June 2016.  He is currently Chair of the Quality Committee and a member of the Resource Utilization and Audit Committee.
 
Paul works for the Lambton Kent District School Board and is currently the principal of St. Clair Secondary School. Previously, he has held leadership positions at Lambton Central Collegiate and Vocational Institute and Northern Collegiate Institute and Vocational School. Paul’s academic background includes a M.Ed. (Toronto) in curriculum studies, a B.Ed. (Western) in education, and an Honours B.Sc. (McMaster) in mathematics and physics.
 
He has been a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society for 12 years.
 
Paul and his wife, Beth Ann, a professor at Lambton College, have lived in Sarnia for fifteen years, and have two children.

Marg Dragan
Treasurer and Chair of Resource Utilization and Audit Committee

Marg became involved with the Bluewater Health Board of Directors when she was appointed as a non-director committee member on the Resource Utilization and Audit Committee in June 2013. She was appointed to the Board of Directors in June 2015 and as Treasurer in June 2016. She is currently Chair of the Resource Utilization and Audit Committee.
 
Marg has been a Sarnia resident since 1978. Her early career was in the petrochemical industry locally where she held successively more senior positions in Finance, Information Technology and Human Resources. Marg joined Lambton College in 1996 where she currently serves as Vice-President Finance & Administration.
 
Over the years Marg has volunteered with numerous charitable organizations, serving on the Boards of the United Way, Family Counselling Centre, Big Sisters, Canadian Cancer Society, Huron House Boys’ Home Foundation, and the YMCA of Sarnia/Lambton where she served as President.
 
Marg is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA CA) and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo. She and her husband Ed have two daughters and three grandchildren.  

Brian Knott

Director, Chair of Governance and Nominating Committee
 
Brian was appointed to the Board of Directors of Bluewater Health in June 2014. He is currently Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of the Quality Committee. He also serves as the Bluewater Health Board representative on the Bluewater Health Foundation Board.
 
Brian recently retired as City Solicitor and City Clerk for the City of Sarnia, a position he held since 2003. Brian has also acted in the capacity of Acting City Manager and served as a member and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Municipal Insurance Exchange (OMEX), a municipal insurance reciprocal.
 
Brian has been active in community groups having been President of the Inn of the Good Shepherd for three years prior to moving into the current Past President role. He has also been a member of the Family Counselling Centre Board for a number of years.
 
Brian is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts, and the University of Windsor holding a Juris Doctor Degree.

Prior to moving to Sarnia, Brian held the position of Solicitor/Clerk for the City of Chatham and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent for 18 years. During that time he held community leadership roles as President of the Kiwanis Club and Mental Health Kent.
 
Brian and his wife Beth live in Bright’s Grove where they enjoy the nearby golf course, the nature trail, and beautiful Lake Huron. They have two adult children who live in Toronto.



Louis Guimond
Director


Louis was appointed to the Board of Directors of Bluewater Health in June 2016 and he is currently a member of the Resource Utilization and Audit Committee.
 
Louis is retired from a career in the Public Service of Canada as Director of Studies at the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney, Nova Scotia. As head of the institution’s Academic Council, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the Canadian Coast Guard’s training standards, as well as their adherence. He was the Commanding Officer of all training personnel and officer candidates.
 
During his career, Louis sailed all three Canadian oceans on numerous Coast Guard vessels and held a number of marine management and national security positions in Ontario, the Maritimes and Ottawa. He was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal along with other commendations.
 
Louis has a Marine Engineering Diploma from the Canadian Coast Guard College, a Post Graduate Diploma in Marine Management, an Honours Bachelor in Commerce from Laurentian University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
 
Louis and his family have been residing in Sarnia since 2000. They strongly believe in community service and in respecting the uniqueness and dignity of each person.
 
 
Anthony Iafrate
Director

Anthony became involved with the Bluewater Health Board of Directors when he was appointed as a non-director committee member on the Quality Committee in June 2013. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in June 2015 and he is currently a member of the Quality Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee.
 
Anthony is a Sociology Professor and Coordinator of the Liberal Studies & Human Services Foundation programs at Lambton College. He has been instrumental in increasing Lambton College’s social science research portfolio and fills the positions of Researcher, Social Science Research Liaison and Chair of the Research Ethics Board.
 
A strong advocate for community-based research, Anthony constantly strives to give back to the community through his teaching and research efforts. In his research efforts, he has worked with organizations such as YMCA, Rebound, and the County of Lambton. Anthony is also the Vice-President of the Dante Club.
 
Anthony is a Doctoral Candidate in Sociology at Wayne State University where he previously earned a Master’s degree in Sociology. He also holds a Graduate Degree in Survey Methodology from the Institute of Social Research at University of Michigan, and an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.
 
Anthony was born and raised in Sarnia, and is happily married to his wife Melissa.

Lorri Kerrigan
Director 

Lorri was appointed to the Board of Directors of Bluewater Health in February 2008 and served as Chair from June 2014 to June 2016. She is currently a member of the Resource Utilization and Audit Committee, and the Governance and Nominating Committee and has served as its Chair. She also served as a member on the Quality Committee and the Bluewater Health Governance Renewal Task Team.
 
Lorri was born and raised in Amherstburg. She has lived in the Sarnia area for the past 20 years. Lorri and her husband have three children.
 
She has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from York University.
 
Her community volunteer work includes Human Resources Professionals, Sarnia & District; Ontario Municipal Social Service Association, Zone One; Community Homeless Initiatives Network; Lambton Breakfast Partners Network; and Lambton County Going Green Committee.
 
Lorri has held a number of positions in the social services sector. Lorri worked as an Insurance Officer and Client Service Representative for Human Resources Development Canada for 11 years and was an Employment Support Caseworker for the County of Lambton. Lorri is currently a Social Planner in the Social and Health Services Division, County of Lambton.
 
 
Dr. Guy Kohlmeier
Director

Guy was appointed to the Board of Directors of Bluewater Health in June 2015 and he is currently a member of the Quality Committee.
 
He has a keen interest in maintaining the quality of healthcare provided to the residents of Sarnia-Lambton through Bluewater Health. 
 
Guy has been a lifelong resident of Sarnia and has been practising dentistry here for over 30 years. His interests include golf, travel and maintaining an active lifestyle.
 
Guy's past volunteer experience includes: Past President of the Lambton County Dental Society, founding Board Member of the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, and past Board Member of Canon Davis Memorial Church. He is also Chairman of the "For the Cure" golf day which over the past 23 years has raised close to one million dollars with proceeds benefiting Bluewater Health and London Regional Cancer Centre.
 
Guy obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Guelph and his D.D.S. from the University of Toronto in 1985.

Guy and his wife Julie have four grown children, two daughters and two sons, who keep life interesting for them.
 
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Jenny Greensmith

Director

Jenny was appointed to the Board of Directors of Bluewater Health in June 2016 and she is currently a member of the Quality Committee.
 
Jenny's career in healthcare began when she and her family moved to Sarnia-Lambton in 1988 and she was a speech-language pathologist with the Lambton County hospitals. Since 1999 she has worked in leadership roles at Pathways Health Centre for Children and has been the Executive Director since 2004.
 
Jenny grew up in England and met her husband Chris while studying in Scotland. They have four children who all live and work in the Greater Toronto area and are also proud grandparents.
 
Jenny holds master’s degrees in Classics with Ancient History (St. Andrews, Scotland), Anthropology specializing in Linguistics (University of Manitoba) and Communication Disorders (Minot State University, North Dakota). In 2014 she completed the Rotman Institute on Executive Leadership and Management for Ontario Public Sector Department Directors and Agency Heads.
 
Jenny is a member of the Rotary Club of Sarnia. She is currently vice chair of the Board of the Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services (OACRS).

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Katherine Mantha

Director

Katherine became involved with the Bluewater Health Board of Directors when she was appointed as a non-director committee member on the Quality Committee in June 2015. She was appointed to the Board of Directors in June 2016 and she is currently a member of the Quality Committee.

After completing her Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Doctorate in Molecular Biology at Western University in London, Katherine returned to her hometown of Sarnia. Presently, she is an Adjunct Biology Professor at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, and has previously taught Health Sciences at Baker College in Clinton Township.
 
Katherine has a variety of interests including community service,  travel, martial arts, and spending time with her husband, Ryan, their twin boys, and dog, Zeus.  

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Scott Palko
Director
Scott was appointed to the Board of Directors of Bluewater Health in June 2011. He is currently a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee and has also served as a member of the Quality Committee. He also currently serves as the Bluewater Health Board representative on the CEEH Foundation Board.
 
Scott was born and raised in Sarnia.
 
Scott is a 2003 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a dual degree in Business and Theology. He is the Owner and President of CCI Studios – a Marketing firm that has a strong presence in Sarnia, Toronto and Indiana. Scott co-founded Sarnia Connects, a local networking group that links 18-35 year old career-driven professionals and Get The Ball Rolling, a yearly testicular cancer awareness event.
 
Scott's current volunteer service includes serving as Vice Chair of the Sarnia Police Services and Chair of Sarnia Gives. Previously, Scott has been involved with local organizations such as the Imperial Theatre, Sarnia Connects, The WorkPlace Group, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Get The Balling Rolling and Summer Never Ends concerts.

Fred Vanderheide
Director

Fred was appointed to the Board of Directors of Bluewater Health in June 2015. He is currently a member of the Resource Utilization and Audit Committee.
 
Fred was born and raised in Dresden and later Chatham. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the Steeves & Rozema Group. Prior to moving back to the Sarnia area in 2008, Fred held a number of finance and accounting positions in the Kitchener-Waterloo (KW) area after a number of years as a high school mathematics teacher in Sarnia and KW.
 
Fred has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity Christian College, Illinois and a Diploma in Accounting from Wilfrid Laurier University.
 
He has enjoyed being on the Boards of a number of churches, private schools and the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.
 
Fred and his wife Joleen have three adult children and reside in Bright’s Grove.


Ex-Officio Directors


Michael Lapaine

Mike Lapaine
President and Chief Executive Officer
 
Mike is a Certified Professional Accountant and holds a Masters of Business Administration and a degree in English literature. He has also completed the Rotman Advanced Health Leadership Program from the University of Toronto.

Since joining Bluewater Health in 2008 as Vice-President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Mike's responsibilities have included directing and overseeing various clinical and support services.

Mike has a proven track record from his years of service at Bluewater Health in addition to healthcare leadership elsewhere in Ontario. He is committed, compassionate, known and trusted locally and beyond the Erie St. Clair region, and has strong communication and relationship building skills. He is acutely aware of the organization, its people and the challenges and opportunities ahead to move Bluewater Health forward in an ever-changing healthcare system.

He serves on the Board of Governors at Lambton College.

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Dr. Michel Haddad
Chief of Professional Staff
 
Originally from London, Ontario, Dr. Haddad completed his medical school and surgical training at the University of Ottawa, with extra fellowship training in both heart failure surgery at the University of Maryland and Critical Care Medicine at Western University. Additionally he holds a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology from the University of Ottawa.

He joined the professional staff at Bluewater Health in 2010 as the Medical Director of Critical Care before becoming the Medical Director of Medicine Programs, then Chief of Professional Staff in 2016.

Prior to joining Bluewater Health, he was practicing as a Cardiac Surgeon and Director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Haddad also serves as the academic lead for Western University in Sarnia-Lambton. Dr. Haddad has a long track record in research including multiple peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters in the fields of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Transplantation and Critical Care Medicine.

During his six year career at Bluewater Health, he has held several medical directorship positions and is well-respected for leading quality care initiatives, collaboration and innovation.

Shannon Landry
Chief Nursing Executive

As Chief Nursing Executive, Shannon contributes to the overall strategic direction and operational oversight of the nursing and clinical practice for the delivery of excellent patient and family-centred care.

She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her increasingly complex roles at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN, and William Osler Health System in Brampton. She joins Bluewater Health from Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston, where she was Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President Paramedical and Clinical Patient Services.

Shannon has been the executive lead for many community partnerships and integrated models focused on equitable access to care, including Health Links. She has a Masters in Nursing with a focus on nursing administration, and a passion for exceptional patient and family-centred care, patient and staff engagement, cultural sensitivity, and highest quality outcomes. Shannon brings volunteer governance experience from two boards of directors on which she served.