Board of Directors

Jean Beckett (Director)

Jean BeckettJean Beckett has lived with chronic illnesses and disability her whole life. She has supported others for 30 years as a personal support worker. Jean began volunteering as an advocate in the late 1980s, and is often consulted by parliamentarians and researchers for her expertise.  She has served on many Boards of Directors, committees and task forces, such as the National Network for Mental Health, Lake Country Community Legal Clinic and the Disabled Women’s Network of Canada.

Doreen Bellaire (Director)

Doreen BellaireDoreen Bellaire holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nipissing University and has completed diplomas focusing on speech and language, native classroom assistant, addiction care and social services.  Her professional work experience includes working with the Nipissing First Nations where she was the native child welfare supervisor and a speech and language assistant with Nipissing First Nations and Near North District School Board.

Mélanie Ciccone (Director)

Mélanie CicconeMélanie Ciccone is presently the Coordinator of Social Services for the Conseil Scolaire public du Nord East. Prior to this she was an Outreach Officer for the NE LHIN. She also worked as the Community Treatment Order Coordinator and as a Social Worker in the Out-Patient Mental Health Department at the Timmins and District Hospital. She has taught various courses in the social services program at College Boréal. Mélanie served as Board member and Director for South Cochrane Addiction Services. She holds her Master of Social Worker (MSW) from Université d’Ottawa and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from McMaster University.

Catherine Ella (Director)

Catherine EllaCatherine Ella is a professional engineer with over 35 years of experience in the management of complex public real estate and infrastructure assets. Prior to her appointment to the NBRHC Board in 2018, she was the Executive Director, Official Residences Branch for the National Capital Commission where she was responsible for Canada’s six Official Residences. Prior to this role, she was the VP Real Property Advisory Services for Tiree Facility Solutions where she specialized in policy development, project leadership, asset management and procurement advice. Catherine’s experience has included Canadian embassy renovations, P3 initiatives, headquarter relocations, heritage asset rehabilitation projects, contaminated site remediation programs, hi-tech facility management and nuclear operations. Previously, Catherine was the Facility Manager for Nortel Networks laboratory portfolio, an Account Executive for Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Project Manager at Babcock & Wilcox, and Project Engineer for Ontario Hydro. She has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s, MBA from Wilfrid Laurier and is a licensed Professional Engineer & Project Management Professional.

Dr. Donald Fung (Ex-Officio Director, VP Quality & Chief of Staff)

Dr. Donald FungDr. Donald Fung is the VP Quality & Chief of Staff and Vice President, Medical Affairs since 2013. He is a full-time staff Anesthesiologist who trained in Toronto and came to North Bay as a Locum in 1987. He holds a Masters of Science (Health Administration) from the University of Toronto. Dr. Fung has held multiple administrative positions as Medical Director Surgical Care Center, Medical Director Clinical Utilization and Critical Care Director.

Philip Geden (Director)

Phil GedenPhil Geden has been a Board member with the NBRHC since its inception in 2011, serving as the inaugural Board Chairperson from 2011 to 2014.  He also sat as a member of the Board of North Bay General Hospital (NBGH) before the amalgamation, from 2004 until 2011; and held the position of Chair on the Governance Committee from 2014 – 2018.  He is a former teacher of chemistry and physics who ended his career in education as a secondary school Principal.

Jamie Graham (Chair, Resource, Finance & Audit Committee)

Jamie GrahamJamie started his career working in public accounting and practised audit assurance, taxation, general consulting and worked as an IT specialist. He was a senior administrator at Nipissing University for over 24 years. Jamie’s role as Registrar and Assistant Vice President, Institutional Planning and Quality Assurance commenced May 2013. Prior to this role, he was appointed Registrar and Institutional Analyst in October 2011. Jamie served as Director of Institutional Planning prior to this appointment. Jamie Graham brought to his position, an in depth understanding of the university budget and institutional revenues. He also played an important part in the selection, adoption and staff training related to Ellucian, the foundation of our academic information systems. Jamie has served as Nipissing’s representative on a number of provincial bodies associated with the Council of Ontario Universities (‘COU’) including, Council of Finance Officers – Ontario Universities, serving two years as chair, and Council of University Planning and Analysis.

In his spare time, Jamie enjoys spending time with family, is an avid curler and a recreational soccer player.

Paul Heinrich, CHE, LLM, C.Dir., CPA, CMA,  MEd, BBA (Ex-Officio Director,President & CEO)

Paul HeinrichPaul Heinrich is currently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer for the North Bay Regional Health Centre. Prior to this, he was President and CEO at Georgian Bay General Hospital in Midland and Penetanguishene and formerly Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine while also serving as Advisor to the Chief Clinical Officer of the Calgary Health Region. He has also held management positions at the Inuvik Regional Health and Social Services Board, the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Huntsville Hospital and, Muskoka-East Parry Sound Community Care Access Centre. He has served as a board director for the Canadian College of Health Leaders Board, MedBuy and several shared service organizations.

Paul holds his Master of Education (MEd) from Nipissing University, as well as, a Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation though the Canadian College of Health Leaders, a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from OsGoode Hall Law School of York University, a Chartered Director designation (C.Dir.) from McMaster University, a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant designation (CPA, CMA), and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) (honours) from Nipissing University.

Gary Jodouin (Chair)

Gary JodouinGary is currently the chair of the NBRHC Board and a Board Representative for the NBRHC Foundation. Gary Jodouin retired in 2008 as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), after a 35 year career with KPMG, Chartered Accountants.  Prior to sitting on the NBRHC Board, Gary served on the Boards of the North Bay Civic Hospital and the North Bay General Hospital.  His other volunteer experiences include serving on the Board of Directors of Mackay Homes and North Bay Nordic Ski Club as well as assisting in organizing special events for various not-for-profit organizations.

Michael Lowe (Vice-Chair)

Michael LoweMichael was one of the original Directors of the NBRHC when it amalgamated in 2011, and has served on the Quality Care, Governance, Resource, Finance & Audit committees. Michael is a Board Representative for the NBRHC Foundation. Michael is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer of ATRI, a national association of treasurers of religious institutes as well as treasurer for the North Bay Spartans.  When Michael is not volunteering, he works as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with The Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie.

Sheila Parrish (Chair of Governance Committee)

Sheila ParrishSheila Parrish is a retired Registered Nurse and State Certified Midwife. She worked in the North Bay Civic Hospital and St. Joseph General Hospital assuming many different roles, such as Nurse Manager, Clinical Instructor, Perinatal Bereavement Counsellor and Chief Nursing Officer.  In addition to her work, Sheila has sat on numerous provincial and community committees including the Joint Executive Committee, which was responsible for the building of the NBRHC.

Lauri Petz (Director, Vice-Chair)

Lauri PetzLauri Petz has 31 years of experience in banking, and prior to retirement, she oversaw the RBC banking experience in 12 branches from Gravenhurst to Kirkland Lake. She is an alumnus of University Regina and received her MBA Financial Services in 2007 from Dalhousie University. Before volunteering as a board member with the NBRHC, Lauri was involved with numerous non-profit organizations.

Dr. Valerie Primeau (Vice-President, Professional Staff)

Dr. Valerie Primeau

Ronald Rafuse (Director)

Ron RafuseRonald Rafuse is retired from Vale operations after having held various senior management positions both in Ontario and Corporate. He has had positions on a number of Boards. Ron was on the Hospital amalgamation team in 2011 and was part of the inaugural Board of the NBRHC. He served for twenty-four years as a volunteer fireman as a District Chief. He is an Officer in the Order of St. John.

Tiziana Silveri, R.N., B.Sc.N. (Ex-Officio Director, Vice-President, Clinical and CNE)

Tiz SilveriTiziana (Tiz) Silveri is the Vice President, Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive. She graduated from Ryerson University and has over thirty years of nursing experience working in a variety of acute and long-term care programs before moving into management.

Tiz is active in the community serving as Chairperson and Vice Chairperson with Nipissing University Board of Governors for eight years and currently serving on the North Bay Police Service Board for a second term. She also sits on the City’s Economic Development Board. Regionally, she is the co-chair with the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) of the Local Partnership Committee and has also served as Co-Chair for the NELHIN Wait Time Advisory Panel for five years. In past, she has served as the executive hospital representative on the planning and development of local children’s treatment centre and presently the child/adolescent mental health program.

Jennifer Valenti (Chair of Quality Committee)

Jennifer Valenti

Jennifer retired in August 2018 as the Executive Director at Community Living North Bay where she began her career in 1977 while a student at Nipissing University. Jennifer competed her degree in 1977 and continued with her education over the years obtaining numerous certificates.  The most recent was as a ‘consultant’ in 2009 with the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL).

As Executive Director, her responsibilities in Labour Relations, and Human Resources and Quality Assurance were key to managing a successful organization.  Experience in dealing with government funders, unions, families, staff, community partners and people supported ensured a well-rounded decision making process. Providing quality supports was the guiding principle in all decisions.

Jennifer has also volunteered on other community boards, including Nipissing Legal Clinic as Chair the YMCA, and the North Bay Social Planning Council.  She is a past president of the North Bay/Nipissing Rotary club and a member for the past 20 years, serving on the Executive for many terms.

Jennifer is currently getting ready to launch a You Tube channel soon to me regarding ‘living your best life in retirement’. This includes health, fitness and leisure as well as a variety of topics that pertain to seniors.

Russell Wood (Director)

Russell WoodGiven that his family was twice stationed with 22 Wing, Russell mostly grew up in North Bay. He has always considered it home. He now lives in Callander with his beautiful and successful wife, Lisa, along with their bright and happy daughter Elizabeth and, occasionally, older daughter Elisha who is pursuing post secondary studies (as well as their 130 lb Newfoundland dog, Mabelle!).

Russell obtained an undergraduate degree from Lakehead University and then went on to graduate from Osgoode Hall Law School with an LL.B in 2004. He returned to North Bay to complete his articling term then spent 10 years working in criminal law in Timmins prior to returning to the area in 2015 to continue his legal work in a management position.

Russell teaches part time in the criminal justice program at Nipissing University and enjoys marathon running, having completed the New York, Philadelphia, and Boston marathons (Hoping to add Chicago to the list soon).

Dr. Carol Zimbalatti (President, Professional Staff)

Dr. Carol Zimbalatti Dr. Carol Zimbalatti has been a physician in North Bay for over 12 years. Currently, most of her clinical time is spent in the operating room providing on-call and elective surgical assisting services. In addition to clinical duties at NBRHC, she serves on several committees and working groups, presently including the Opioid Reduction After Surgery working group.

She is a family physician by training (University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario), but recently gave up family medicine to devote more time to her interest in community medicine and public health. She is completing her Master of Public Health degree through the University of Waterloo and spends time at the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit in a mentorship program as well as providing clinical support and consultation to several of their programs. Carol also works at the Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine Clinic at the Community Counselling Centre and is an investigating coroner.

Outside of the medical field, she was the founding Chairperson of the North Bay String Retreat (2010-2012) and volunteers as a coach with the North Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra. In her spare time, Carol enjoys playing viola, gardening, marathon canoe racing, and cross-country skiing.

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The mailing address for all members of the Board is:

Office of the President and CEO
50 College Drive
P.O. Box 2500
North Bay, Ontario
P1B 5A4

Kim Kivimaki
Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Tel: 705-474-8600 ext. 2501

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