St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Board of Directors

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André Durette


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.

Sr. Mildred Connelly

Vice Chair

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.

Paul Marleau

Past Chair

Paul Marleau joined the Board of Directors in June 2015. He has held senior positions in Sudbury’s most prominent companies including Northern Cable Services Ltd.  Mr. Marleau was also the Chair of the Greater Sudbury Utilities Board of Directors.

Dr. Marion Briggs


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


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.

Suzanne Dubien


Prior to retirement in 2019, Suzanne was in the role of Senior Manager of Human Resources with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board for 12 years.  She was previously Manager of Human Resources with the Espanola General Hospital (now known as the Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre), which provides acute care, long-term care, and assisted living services.  She was appointed to the SJHC board in June 2017.

Laura Freeman


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.

Ray Hunt PhotoRay Hunt


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.

Aaron St. Pierre


Sr. Shirley Anderson

Sister of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie Representative

Sister Shirley Anderson been the Sister of St. Joseph’s of Sault Ste. Marie representative on the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors since 2017. She was the former General Superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s of Sault Ste. Marie and also served on their leadership. Sr. Shirley previously served on the SJHC Board of Directors from 1995-1998 and on the Sudbury General Hospital Board from 1984-1994.

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.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Management Team

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Jo-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 and is currently a member of the Cambrian College Board of Directors and 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.

Roger LeveilleRoger Leveille

Site Administrator

Roger has been with the organization since 2009 and was part of the original team that opened St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre. Prior to being assigned to the role of Site Administrator, Roger oversaw the Environmental Services departments for St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and St. Joseph’s Villa in the position of Environmental Services Manager. This follows a 20 year career in project management in the manufacturing sector.

Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator, VSGVRay Ingriselli

Site Administrator

Ray has been working in Long Term Care since 1996. He has been with the organization since late 2010 and was part of the original team that opened Villa St. Gabriel Villa on March 28, 2011. Originally overseeing Environmental Services as the Environmental Services Manager, Ray has been Site Administrator since May 2014.