St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre

Board of Directors

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André Durette

Chair

André Durette is a lawyer in Sudbury, employed at Cambrian College since 2001, currently serving as Director, Human Resources. He joined the St. Joseph Health Centre board in 2016.

Daniel Sirois

Vice Chair

Sr. Mildred Connelly

Past Chair & SSJSSM Representative

Sister Mildred Connelly is Vice Chair and a Sister of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie representative on the Board of Directors. Sr. Mildred has held several leadership roles in education, health care and for the Congregation and continues to serve on a variety of Board and committees.

Jo-Anne Palkovitz 2020 HeadshotJo-Anne Palkovits

President & CEO

Jo-Anne Palkovits has been the President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre since 2003. In addition, she has been the CEO of St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre (opened in 2009) and the Administrator of St. Joseph’s Villa (opened in 2003) and Villa St. Gabriel Villa (opened in 2011) since their respective openings. Ms. Palkovits was instrumental in transitioning St. Joseph’s Health Centre from its acute care site on Paris St. to its new Village of Care on South Bay Rd. and in Chelmsford. By working with the Board of Directors a new vision was created to provide non-acute services to the Sudbury community including continuing care, long-term care and rehabilitative care in order to carry on the good works of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie and the healing mission of Jesus.

Ms. Palkovits is a Certified Health Care Executive and a graduate of Laurentian University with a Master of Arts in Human Development and a Bachelor of Science of nursing. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts, Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario.

Ms. Palkovits is a strong supporter of our community and has served multiple years on the Boards of the Sudbury Community Foundation, United Way Fundraising Cabinet, ACCESS AIDs, NEON Lights representative on the Canadian College of Health Leaders Board, Cambrian College Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Science North Board of Directors.

Dr. Marion Briggs

Director

Marion Briggs’ career spans more than 45 years in three Canadian Provinces and two States in the US.  She practiced clinically as a physical therapist and was a physical therapist and the Director of Rehabilitation Services at the University Hospital in Edmonton.  At the U of A, she was a research associate with the John Dosseter Health Ethics Centre in Edmonton where she was part of a research team examining relational ethics as the foundation for clinical bioethics.  She was the CEO of Seeds of Corporate Consciousness, a management consulting firm specializing in organizational dynamics.  She held positions as practice leader, operations leader, operations leader for a long-term care centre and an assisted living facility, and practice consultant in Vancouver, BC.  She has worked in medical education at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, in Norfolk, Virginia, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Laurentian Campus.  She is a Fellow with AMS Health, Toronto. In addition to her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (U of A), she holds a Master of Arts in Leadership (Health) from Royal Roads University in BC, and a Doctoral degree through the Complexity Management Research Institute at the University of Hertfordshire in England.  Her doctoral work was related to understanding health care practices through the perspective of complexity theory.  Marion is married to Janet McElhaney; they have one daughter (son-in-law) and a grandson.  Marion and Janet live in Sudbury, Ontario, where they enjoy living on Long Lake.

Lucie CousineauLucie Cousineau

Director

This past July, Lucie Cousineau retired from Cambrian College where she served as the Chief of Staff and where she also taught part-time. Throughout her career, Lucie was a member of Big Sisters, LEAF (Women’s Legal and Education Action Fund), the Silo Cooperative Founding Board, among others. She currently volunteers at her son’s elementary school and is looking forward to serving on the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board.

Laura Freeman

Director

Laura is a graduate of Laurentian University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).  She is also a graduate of the Advanced Health Leadership Program from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Prior to her retirement in 2018 she held senior executive positions in the public and private sectors, including Women’s College Hospital, Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre. Laura was appointed to the SJHC Board in June 2018.

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Catherine Huneault

Director

Catherine Huneault is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified General Accountant (CGA). She has been employed at Greater Sudbury Utilities since 2002, currently serving as Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. In 2019 she received her certification of Professional Director through Governance Director Inc. Catherine is new to the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors as of 2020

Ray Hunt PhotoRay Hunt

Director

Ray Hunt is Chief Administrative Officer of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, where he is responsible for management of the resources, infrastructure and systems essential to the operations of the School. Prior, Mr. Hunt held leadership positions as CEO of the Espanola Regional Health Centre and in the Ministries of: Health and Long-Term Care, Municipal Affairs and Housing, Northern Development and Mines. Mr. Hunt is also currently a director with Health Force Ontario Marketing and Recruitment Agency.

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Stephanie Lefebvre

Director

Prior to joining the Canadian Mental Health Association – Sudbury/Manitoulin in 2014, Stephanie had been working in the field of Public Health for over 10 years. With a focus on health equity and the social determinants of health, she has contributed to programs and policy at the local, provincial and national levels. She is passionate about creating opportunities for all members of our community to be well and live life to the fullest. Whilst at CMHA-S/M, Stephanie has served in the roles of Manager, Community Mobilization, Manager, Quality & Strategic Engagement, and is now the agency’s Director of Programs and Planning. Stephanie holds a Masters in Social Work in Community Development and Social Planning from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Aaron St. Pierre

Director

Sr. Frances Carter

Sister of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie Representative

Sr. Sarah QuackenbushSr. Sarah Quackenbush

Catholic Health Sponsor of Ontario Representative

Sister Sarah Quackenbush is a graduate from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and a Masters in Health Administration and has worked as a physiotherapist, health administrator and as an educator with the Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario. She has served on several healthcare boards and professional organizations in Ontario.

Tony Niro

Bishop Representative

Tony Niro is honoured to be the new representative for the Most Reverend Marcel Damphousse –the new Bishop of this Diocese. Tony and his family have been active members of Our Lady of Hope Church since early 1990’s holding several board, committee and liturgical positions over the years.  Tony currently works for Yallowega Bélanger Salach Architecture and has over 25 years of experience in the construction and renovation of health care facilities.  Tony has also volunteered to sit on the Property committee for SJHC.

Dr. Christine Clendenning

Chief of Staff

Dr. Christine Clendenning has been the St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre’s Chief of Staff since July 2018.

Dr. Pierre Bonin

President of the Medical Staff

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre

Management Team

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Jo-Anne Palkovitz 2020 HeadshotJo-Anne Palkovits

President and CEO

Jo-Anne Palkovits has been the President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre since 2003. In addition, she has been the CEO of St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre (opened in 2009) and the Administrator of St. Joseph’s Villa (opened in 2003) and Villa St. Gabriel Villa (opened in 2011) since their respective openings. Ms. Palkovits was instrumental in transitioning St. Joseph’s Health Centre from its acute care site on Paris St. to its new Village of Care on South Bay Rd. and in Chelmsford. By working with the Board of Directors a new vision was created to provide non-acute services to the Sudbury community including continuing care, long-term care and rehabilitative care in order to carry on the good works of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie and the healing mission of Jesus.

Ms. Palkovits is a strong supporter of our community and has served multiple years on the Boards of the Sudbury Community Foundation, United Way Fundraising Cabinet, ACCESS AIDs, NEON Lights representative on the Canadian College of Health Leaders Board, Cambrian College Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Science North Board of Directors.

Ms. Palkovits is a Certified Health Care Executive and a graduate of Laurentian University with a Master of Arts in Human Development and a Bachelor of Science of nursing. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts, Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario.

Barb Desjardins PhotoBarb Desjardins

VP Corporate Services

Barb Desjardins is the Vice President of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. She is a Chartered Professional  Accountant (CPA, CGA). She joined St. Joseph’s Health Centre in August of 2005, following a fifteen year career in public accounting. Her portfolio covers the areas of finance, human resources, information technology, corporate education, quality/risk and privacy/policy.

Kari GervaisKari Gervais

VP Clinical Services / Chief Nursing Officer

Kari Gervais is the Vice-President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Sudbury, and the Site Administrator for St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, Sudbury. Kari has more than 20 years of experience in strategic and operational leadership in long-term care, continuing care, and rehabilitative care.

Kari spent the first 10 years of her career in management in the Long-Term Care setting until 2007 when she joined St. Joseph’s Health Centre.  As the Clinical Manager for St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, she assisted in the development and opening of the first stand-alone continuing care and rehabilitative care hospital in North East Ontario.  Since becoming Vice-President of Clinical Services and CNE in 2009, Kari has been dedicated to working with the local and provincial health system to improve the quality of health care, particularly for frail older adults.

Kari holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Management, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and is a Certified Health Executive.

Dr. Christine Clendenning

Chief of Staff

Dr. Christine Clendenning has been the St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre’s Chief of Staff since July 2018.

Kim Spicer

Clinical Manager

Kim Spicer is a Clinical Manager at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, Sudbury. Kim gained valuable clinical, operational, and management experience in the 19 years of her career.  Her positions in Acute care, Community Care and Long-Term Care established her as an emerging leader in the local health care system.

Since assuming her role in 2018, Kim has been instrumental in supporting the provision of superior clinical care and geriatric rehabilitation through sharing her knowledge and clinical skills with staff as well as coaching, guiding and mentoring the team.

As a team we are and will continue to focus on creating and advancing an excellent rehabilitative care program for our patients.

Heather Westaway

Clinical Manager

Heather is a Clinical Manager at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre. She is a Registered Kinesiologist with 15 years of clinical experience in Rehabilitation, Chronic Disease Management, and Hospice Palliative Care.  Her work with patients awaiting heart and lung transplantation has given her a unique perspective on caring for older adults and their families.  Heather completed her Masters in Medical Education in 2017 and her passion is supporting inter-professional health care providers to deliver high-quality, patient and family-centered care.