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Board of Directors

St. Francis Memorial Hospital, being a community hospital, is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board consists of 8 to 10 Directors elected annually by the members for 2 year terms. The Chief Executive Officer, the Chief of Staff, the President of the Medical Staff, the Chair of the Foundation and the President of the Hospital Auxiliary are Ex-Officio Directors.

The St. Francis Memorial Hospital is currently seeking candidates to fill upcoming vacancies on its Board of Directors.  Applications are being accepted for openings at the end of the current term as well as vacancies that can arise on the Hospital Board during the year. 

Directors are elected to the Board for a two year period during which they are responsible for the governance of the Hospital, being alert to the healthcare needs of the region, working to provide sufficient resources to ensure the Hospital is able to fulfill its mandate, and ensuring that resources are used efficiently and effectively.  The Board’s decisions, in conjunction with Medical and Administrative decision-makers, have substantial impact on the Hospital’s viability and the region’s healthcare services. 

If you are an interested individual who has an interest in local health care, is committed to providing strategic policy direction and leadership for the continued development of the hospital and are prepared to commit personal time and effort of approximately 10 hours per month, we invite you to join this dynamic and progressive Board. 

To enquire, please contact Greg McLeod, COO for further information.  Thank you for your interest and support of St. Francis Memorial Hospital. 

Chair: Joanne King

Joanne King
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Joanne brings more than 30 years of not-for profit and charitable organization management in social and health service organizations.  In addition to attending Queens University, she also completed the Ryerson Program in Not-for-profit and Voluntary Sector Management. Her volunteer work has included participation on various Boards and committees.  She currently serves on the Board of the Madawaska Hospice Palliative Care Program.

Currently the Executive Director of the Barry's Bay and Area Senior Citizens Home Support Services, Joanne co-chairs the Madawaska Communities Circle of Health (a local health integration effort) and serves as the co-chair of the South Renfrew Health Link.

Other volunteer work is primarily in the area of sharing a love of music.  She and her music group volunteer at local charity and community events.

Kevin Quade

Kevin Quade

Kevin is a 35-year employee of Hewlett-Packard Canada Co. working in the Information technology field. He currently manages a services business for Hewlett Packard based in Ottawa as well as participating on teams and initiatives to support global business growth and delivery of services.  Kevin brings to the team his Project management, Business management and development, Change management and Information Technology Security skillset.  His knowledge and ability to work with diverse groups of people in global business communities is a learned skill that can be applied in any organization and will help foster a growth mindset culture.

Kevin is a graduate of Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology in an Electronics Engineering program.   He splits his time between his home town Quadeville and Arnprior.

Kevin has given countless hours over several years coaching minor hockey and soccer teams.  

Greg Zdzienicki

Greg Zdzienicki

Greg Zdzienicki is Chief Compliance Officer (Canada) and Vice-President, Research for an international investment management firm. Greg has worked in the investment management industry since 1997. 

Prior to his current role, he worked at HSBC Investments (Canada) Ltd. as a Senior Research Analyst. Greg also worked for Manulife Financial as a Manager, where he was responsible for Investment Management research and selection, as well as ongoing due diligence for Canadian, U.S. and EAFE equity and fixed income mandates. He began his career in the investment industry with the Bank of Montreal. Greg received his Bachelor of Arts degree from York University.

Gwen Dombroski

Gwen Dombroski

Gwen has completed a diploma in Municipal Management, as well as certificates in Municipal Law, Planning and Emergency Management.  She is currently employed at the Township of Madawaska Valley as a Deputy Clerk and Emergency Management Coordinator (alt).  During her Municipal career she has been involved in Strategic and Community Planning as well as Emergency Planning.

In addition to her employment, Gwen has volunteered on various sports and recreation committees as well as planned and organized community events.

Gwen is a lifetime resident of the Madawaska Valley where she has raised four children, Brandon, Nolan, Bailey and Robyn. 

Sylvia Schippke

Sylvie Schippke

Sylvia began her career as a front-line social worker and progressed to senior leadership roles over the past 30 years in a variety of settings covering both private and public sectors.  Her career has been diverse and includes healthcare, education, banking, and manufacturing.   Sylvia has led complex integration projects and change management initiatives.  An experienced executive with significant skills in building organizational capacity, Sylvia focuses on finding solutions to complex issues through creative problem-solving and meaningful collaboration.  She remains a committed advocate for health care and education.

Sylvia has served as the Head of the Human Resources function within Bombardier Aerospace, Toronto Division.     She was the Vice-President Academic and CE0 of The Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences.  Currently, as a consultant Executive Director for a private mental health residence, she works to ensure programs are developed to meet the needs of this underserved population.   Sylvia has served on previous volunteer Boards in a variety of positions.

Denise Coulas

Denise Coulas

Denise moved to Barry’s Bay in 1967 and graduated from U of T Medical School in 1985.  She started working at SFMH in July 1987 and opened her own solo Family Medicine practice in Barry’s Bay in 1989 and closed this practice in June 2017. Over the course of her career, she provided full service Family Medicine including caring for hospital in patients, nursing home patients, palliative patients, obstetrics (including deliveries), ER shifts, 2nd on call shifts and local dialysis support. She was Chief of Staff at SMFH from 2002 to 2008 and also Chaired the Utilization Committee from 1997 to 2017. For the last 3 years she has been working part time at Rainbow Valley CHC, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan FHT as well as providing locum services for several MVFHT Physicians.

Denise’s interests include hiking, snow boarding, cross country skiing, gardening, road biking, hosting family celebrations, cooking up hot sauce and selling it at the Combermere Farmer’s Market (Dr. D’s Backyard Pepper Factory), learning to play violin, bird watching and going on rafting adventures with friends.

Since 2017, she has been a volunteer with Camp Ooch as a Camp Counsellor. She has been married to her husband, Ernie Coulas since 1986 and they have two children, Joe and Helena.

She is looking forward to her new role as a member of SFMH board and having the opportunity to continue to participate in health care in our community.

Wendy Vlasic

Wendy Vlasic

Wendy is a Registered Nurse with a diverse background of acute care experience including hospitals in both northern and southern Ontario. Over the course of her career, she has worked in direct patient care, staff education and in a selection of leadership roles. Wendy’s educational background includes a Masters degree in Nursing from The University of Western Ontario and post graduate certification as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from the University of Toronto. She has published several papers, including original clinical research, and has presented at national and international conferences. Building on many years of volunteer activities, Wendy is currently a member of the Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC) at St. Francis, as well as the PFAC member on the St. Francis Care Team. Wendy has been coming to the Madawaska Valley visiting family and enjoying summer vacations since 1979.  Wendy and her husband Tom purchased their own Valley property several years ago and are enjoying their retirement home.

Julie Clarke

Julie ClarkeJulie is a retired nurse and brings over 3 decades of acute care hospital experience to the SFMH Board. She has extensive leadership skills and operational experience acquired through her many roles in the Ontario hospital system.  ...

Sheilagh Dunn

Sheilagh DunnAs a relatively new resident of Barry’s Bay, Sheilagh Dunn brings a diverse work background including experience at all three levels of government, private sector consulting on economic development and business start-ups, and most recently, a...