Home Site Map HPHA Intranet Contact Us Privacy Policy
You are Here : Home    About HPHA    Alliance Board of Directors    HPHA Board Members
<June 2018>
Blood Donor Clinic - Stratford
1:00 pm to 7:00 pm / Rotary Complex
Blood Donor Clinic - Goderich
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm / Knights of Columbus Hall
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
Message from the President & CEO
Alliance Board of Directors
Board Meeting Schedule
Board Meeting Highlights & Minutes
Governance Resources
HPHA Board Members
HPHA Annual General Meeting
Values, Mission & Vision
Commitments to Our Communities
Our Leadership
Advisory Committees
Contact Us
Transparency & Accountability
Performance Reports
Personal Health Information - Privacy & Access
HPHA Board Members

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated volunteers that, in addition to attending monthly Board of Directors meetings, participate as members of our committees, focussing on specific areas of the hospital's activities.  

Per the HPHA By-laws, the Board for the Alliance and each of the corporations consists of Eleven (11) elected Directors & six (6) non-voting ex-officio Directors. 

Board 2017/2018

HPHA Board Of Directors - 2017/2018


Back Row: Kim Ross Jones, John Wolfe, Bill Scott, Jack Alblas, Stephen Hearn, Andrew Wlliams, Dr. Shawn Edwards, Olga Palmer, Sue Davey
Front Row: Ron Lavoie, Mary Atkinson, Lynn Girard, Kerri Ann O'Rourke, Rena Spevack
Absent: Anne Campbell, Dr. Laurel Moore, Dr. Chuck Gatfield, Dr. Daniel Ooi, Dr. Heather Percival


Board of Directors


Elected Directors


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

John has been involved in the Stratford Community for over 20 years, serving on mny 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.


Ron Lavoie, Vice Chair
- 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.

Alblas 1

Jack Alblas, Treasurer
- Appointed: 2017
- Director from the City of Stratford

Jack is an Information Technology / Management Professional with over 35 years IT and business experience in the financial and manufacturing industries. He has proven experience in management of large strategic initiatives and working in complex environments. Jack worked 10 years with IBM Canada's Business Consulting Services and Strategic Outsourcing groups, including: directing and managing mergers and acquisition; managing a team of IBM professionals in the design, development and implementation of new technology solutions for Financial Institutions and Canadian Insurance companies. From 2008 - 2013 Jack worked at Scotiabank as Director, IT&S, directing and managing several technology departments. Upon retiring from Scotiabank, Jack established his IT Consulting Company, providing leadership for IT professionals in the design, development and implementation of technology solutions / services for a large Canadian Insurance company.

Jack has a strong commitment to our community signified by his many years of volunteer support in organizations such as: Board member of the United Way Perth Huron for 4 years, including Chair of the Board for two years; Board member of Family Services Perth Huron for 5 years; and, member of Stratford General Hospital Local Advisory Committee for 5 years, including Chair for the last two years.


Mary Atkinson, Past 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.


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.


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.


Kerri Ann O'Rourke
- Appointed: 2017
- Director from the catchment area served by Seaforth Community Hospital

Kerri Ann was born and raised in the Ottawa Valley. Together with her husband they operate a trucking company north of Dublin, shipping agricultural commodities and large equipment throughout Southwestern Ontario.

Kerri Ann had a 20+ year career in municipal administration, working as the Municipal Clerk for the Township of Perth East and County of Perth. She continues to do short contracts and projects for local municipalities.

She is a proud volunteer for the Seaforth Junior Broomball League, supporting and encouraging a resurgence of interest in a local heritage sport. Kerri Ann became a member of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee in the spring of 2015.

Kerri Ann has been a member of the Seaforth Local Advisory Committee since 2009 and is currently the Chair. She has found being a member of the HPHA Board Governance & Stakeholder Relations and Quality Committees a rewarding and educational experience.


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.

Ross Jones-website

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.


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.


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.


Ex-Officio Directors

Dr. Laurel Moore, Alliance Chief of Staff

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

Dr. Shawn Edwards, President of Medical Staff – Stratford Site

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

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

Andrew Williams, President & Chief Executive Officer

Anne Campbell, Chief Nursing Executive