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. 


Directors shall be a resident or employed or carried on business in the hospitals catchment area for a continuous period of six months immediately prior to being appointed.


To enquire, please contact Jasna Boyd, Chair of the Governance Committee for further information.  Thank you for your interest and support of St. Francis Memorial Hospital. 


SFMH Board Of Directors


Joanne King - Chair

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.


 John Campbell - Vice Chair

John has an extensive background in Strategic Planning, Change Leadership, Information Technology, Telecom, Outsourcing Partnerships, Consulting Experience Business, Information Technology and Telecommunications executive with hands-on experience. 


John brings a strong record of success in combining extensive expertise in Information Technology, Provisioning and Operations of networks with profound knowledge of core business processes to bring business benefits. He has a proven ability to bring benefits of IT, business process and change innovation to solve business issues while managing staff change, client impacts, costs and risks.  He built and led diverse teams of development, delivery, deployment and support of custom applications and introduction of off-the-shelf applications and integration of systems. 


During a dynamic management career specializing in strong leadership, problme-solving, planning, team building and project managment skills, John was able to recruit, develop, motivate and retain diverse staff structuring them in teams that delivered client results and savings for P&L and multi-hundred million dollar budgets.




Jasna Boyd - Past Chair 


Jasna Boyd joined the SFMH Board in 2009 and was Chair from June 2010 to June 2018. She retired in 2008 from a 30-year career in commercial real estate management with major international and domestic organizations in the private and public sectors. She held senior management positions with Lloyds Bank, Hongkong Bank, Scotiabank and the Ontario Government. Her broad experience includes strategic planning, project management, mergers/acquisitions, governance and risk management.


Ms. Boyd has a long history of community work which includes serving as a board member of St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto and regional representative with the Ontario Hospital Association. Having been a Madawaska Valley resident on a part-time basis for many years prior to retirement, she remains very active in various volunteer activities supporting the health sector and the arts community.


Jasna Boyd - Chair

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.


Greg Zdzienicki


Dr Richard Shaw


 Richard has lived in Barry’s Bay, working as Chairman of the History Department at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College, since 2013. He joined the SFMH Board of Directors in 2017.


Previously, Richard was a diplomat for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he specialized in Middle East issues and served in Jordan. He obtained his doctorate from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. He has had a variety of academic articles published and his book about Bede’s Ecclesiastical History is coming out with Routledge. Richard completed his first two degrees at Oxford University where he met his wife Dr Christine Shaw, an archaeologist by training, who now homeschools their five children.






Lori Gutoskie


Lori Gutoskie is a lawyer, working in Renfrew County as a legal agent for the Office of theChildren's Lawyer.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, she worked for over ten years as the Executive Director of the Barry's Bay Home Support Program.  During that time, she served on a number of boards and committee's including the founding board of the Community Care Access Centre and the Long-Term Care Committee of the Distric Health Counsel. 


Lori resides in Combermere with her husband, Steve and they have two daughters, Hannah and Emma.   


 Jill Vermaire

Jill joined the SFMH Board in 2019. She has 30 years’ experience working as a front line worker in Health Care. Jill career spanned Switchboard/Admissions, Emergency, Cardio-Respiratory and finished her career in Oncology as Clerical Team Lead all at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Center in Barrie, Ont. 


In June of 2017, Jill retired and along with her husband, moved to their cottage on Aylen Lake.


Jill is also a member of the Valley Manor Long Term Care Board of Directors.



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.  

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. 

Ex-Officio Directors


Lorraine Finn - Auxiliary President

Lorraine has been involved with the Hospital Auxiliary for the past thirty years. Following her retirement as an Elementary School Principal, she has maintained her Presidency as well as the convenorship of the hospital gift shop, HELLP lottery tickets and their Annual Article Bingo.


As Auxiliary President, she also fulfills her roles as an ex-officio member of the SFMH hospital board, St. Francis Valley Heathcare Foundation and Hospice Palliative Care Committee. She is also a dedicated volunteer (since its inception) as receptionist in the SFMH Mammography unit.


Lorraine has also been H.A.A.O. Chairman of Region 9, a member of the Ontario Trillium Foundation Review Team, Bay Day Treasurer, recording secretary for the Northern Credit Union, committee member for the Madawaska Valley Township Economic Development and communications director for the Retired Teachers of Ontario as well as president of the Renfrew County Catholic Principal’s Association. 

Dr. Jason Malinowski - Chief of Staff

Pursuing his love for rural family medicine, Dr. Malinowski graduated from Queen's University with his MD and completed his residency there in Family and Palliative Medicine.


He found that Barry's Bay and the St. Francis Memorial Hospital were a perfect match for his career and family aspirations, and began practicing here in 2002. Dr. Malinowski cherishes his time with his wife Andrea, and his boys Joseph and William.


His professional interests include Quality Improvement in medical care, Healthcare Leadership, Medical Education, Social Media in Healthcare, and Hospice Palliative Care. Dr. Malinowski holds academic appointments with Queen's University and the University of Ottawa, and was named "Community Teacher of the Year" by the Ontario College of Family Physicians in 2012.

Dr. Bruce Harris


Karen Tierney- St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation


Julia Boudreau

Chief Executive Officer

SFMH Management


Gregory McLeod– Chief Operating Officer

Tim Sonnenburg - VP of Finance

Mary-Ellen Harris - Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Patinet Care Services

Joanne Pecarskie – Executive Assistant


2020/2021 Board Meeting Dates

  • October 27, 2020
  • January 26, 2021
  • March 30, 2021
  • June 15, 2021
  • AGM, June 22, 2021

Board Committees

Governance Committee – Jasna Boyd, Chair
Finance and Audit Committee - Greg Zdzienicki, Chair
Continuous Quality Improvement – Richard Shaw, Chair

Application to become a Director

Trustee Declaration

SFMH Bylaws

Board Policies

Public Hospitals Act

Canada Corporations Act