Board of Governors
Ross Memorial Hospital held its Annual General Meeting on September 11th. During this meeting, the election of the Hospital’s Board of Governors took place.
The Board of Governors is responsible for the overall governance of the Hospital and is comprised of volunteers from the community. Its members set the Hospital’s strategic priorities and ensure they’re met; they assess the quality of the care provided, and ensure financial resources are managed appropriately. In addition to monthly Board meetings, members serve on various committees of the Board.
The 2019/20 Board consists of the following individuals:
Val Harris, Chair, is a retired financial consultant who joined the Board in 2009. She has sat on the Boards of the Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative and Village Housing. She has been the President of the Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce and Chair of Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes.
Wanda Percival, Vice Chair, joined the Board in 2014. Wanda is a retired Principal in the local school board and was also an Education Officer in the Ministry of Education. Wanda sits on several volunteer boards and committees including City of Kawartha Lakes Police Services Board, VCCS Employment Services, Cambridge Street United Church and is a member of the Women’s Probus Club of Lindsay.
Dave Kimmerly, Treasurer, joined the Board in 2017 and brings experience from a long career in law enforcement. Dave is a member of the Board of Kawartha-Haliburton Crime Stoppers. His previous board experiences include Cornerstone Community Association, Lakeridge Health Corporation and the Oshawa Vikings Rugby Football Club.
Patricia Clarke joined the Board in 2018 following three years as a community representative on the Quality and Governance Planning Committee. A retired educator, Patricia has extensive volunteer experience, including the RMH Auxiliary. She has been active on various boards including RMH Foundation, Palliative Care, and the Kinsmen Club of Canada. In 2000, Patricia was named Citizen of the Year by the Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce.
Jim Griepsma is one of the newest members of the Board, joining in 2019. A retired police staff sergeant, Jim was a community representative on both the Quality and Governance and Planning Committee and the Resources Committee. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and past member of the Board of the Canadian Mental Health Association City of Kawartha Lakes.
Larry Hope joined the Board in 2016 and brings experience as the Director of Education for the Trillium Lakelands District School Board. Larry is also a member of the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors, and served on the campaign cabinet of the CKL United Way in 2013/14. Before moving to the City of Kawartha Lakes, he was a Board member on the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation and the Sioux Lookout Public Library.
Bonnie Kennedy joined the Board in 2014. Bonnie is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment, a national organization supporting more effective ways of assessing and recognizing workplace skills and competencies. Bonnie’s past board experience includes RMH, Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Heart & Stroke Foundation and Lindsay Montessori Pre-school.
Bob Nielson joined the Board in 2015. Bob has extensive financial experience and is currently the Vice President of Finance at Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group. His past directorships include Cephas Christian Reformed Church, Fisher Gauge Ltd., Rhema Christian School, the Austin Foundation, and Junior Achievement.
Christine Norris joined the Board in 2017 after retiring as Manager of Revenue and Taxation with the City of Kawartha Lakes. Christine is currently on the Board of the Children’s Services Council and the Kawartha Lakes United Way. She is also past president of the Ontario Municipal Tax and Revenue Association and the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario.
Nancy Rooney joined the Board in 2012. She is an Administrator at Extendicare Kawartha Lakes & Lakeland Village and has extensive experience in the long-term care sector. Nancy is a member of the Four Counties Palliative Care Steering Committee, the Ontario Long-Term Care Association and our local Health Links. Nancy also volunteers her services as a Youth Group Leader and Children’s Liturgy Teacher at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Nancy is currently a student at McMaster University completing her Business Administration Degree.
Meri Saunders joined the Board in 2016 after serving as a community representative member on the Resources Committee. Meri has more than 35 years of experience in government and non-profit financial management and community development, including 16 years as the Director of Finance and Administration at the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres. Meri is also a member of the Ontario Joint Funding Reform Forum, the Ontario Non Profit Network and the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association.
Karissa Ward is a local lawyer who rejoined the Board in 2019 after serving a full term on the Board between 2006 and 2015. Her roles included Board Chair in 2014/15. Karissa has been a Board member of the City of Kawartha Lakes Physician Recruitment Committee, and a member of the City of Kawartha Lakes Estate Planning Council. Karissa was named Business Leader of the Year by the Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce and Extraordinary Woman of the Year (Business) by Women’s Resources in 2015.
In addition to the twelve elected members listed above, the Board also includes a number of individuals who are appointed by virtue of their roles, including Auxiliary Representative Ward Levine, City of Kawartha Lakes Councillor Ron Ashmore, Interim RMH President & CEO Veronica Nelson and Chief Nursing Executive Anne Overhoff.
The Board has representation from our dedicated medical staff: Dr. Bharat Chawla, Chief of Staff, Dr. Jamie McNabb, President of Medical Staff, and Dr. Andy Knox, Vice President of Medical Staff.
This talented and dedicated group will help to ensure that the Hospital is positioned to meet the health care needs of the communities within the Hospital's catchment area. We thank them for their commitment to quality health care.