Board of Directors

Stevenson Memorial Hospital

Board of Directors 2017/2018

Stevenson Memorial Hospital is a fully accredited facility located in the community of Alliston, Ontario, within the Town of New Tecumseth. The Hospital offers a wide scope of medical and surgical services to a catchment area including Adjala-Tosorontio, Canadian Forces Base Borden, Essa, Innisfil and New Tecumseth. 

The Board governs the affairs of the hospital and provides strategic leadership and oversight of operations subject to the Public Hospitals Act, hospital by-laws and other requirements.  


Michael Martin, Board Chair
Michael Martin and his family have been residents of Tottenham for more than 15 years. Michael’s extensive experience as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) working in the role of senior financial officer in both publicly traded and privately held construction companies and a financial services company makes him well suited to serve as Board Chair while the Hospital continues planning for redevelopment. Michael holds both a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from University of Toronto. Michael and his wife Catherine operate a charitable therapeutic horseback riding program for people with disabilities from their home in Tottenham.

Colleen Butler, Board Vice-Chair
Colleen lives in Tottenham with her family and is a partner at the law firm Feehely Gastaldi in Alliston. Colleen practiced civil litigation at a Bay Street firm for several years before practicing law in New Tecumseth. She is a member of the Advocates Society and the Ontario Bar Association.  Colleen is involved in community organizations and serves as a director for Community Living Association for South Simcoe.

David Knight, Board Treasurer
David is a Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCA). He was a Partner and Vice-Chair of the international accounting firm KPMG for many years and subsequently served with the Ontario Securities Commission as a Commissioner, Adjudicator and Board member for six years. At present, he is mostly retired from compensated professional work, but he does some consulting from time to time.

David’s past volunteer work has included service as: Vice-chair of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (a predecessor to Toronto Rehab); Chair of the Regional Geriatric Program of Metropolitan Toronto; National Chair of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada; member of the Advisory Committee to the Auditor General of Ontario; member of the Ontario Financial Review Commission; and member or chair of committees and task forces of the CPA institutes.

Darlene Blendick, Director
Recently retired, Darlene worked for 43 years in the prevention of occupational health and safety injuries, latterly as Vice President, Corporate Services.  In this role she was responsible for finance, human resources, communications and information technology.   Married for 31 years, Darlene has resided in Adjala-Tosorontio with her husband Bill since 2001

Norm Depta, Director
Norm resides in Alliston with his family and for 15 years has owned and operated a small insurance and financial services firm.  He started with a global pharmaceutical company and was part of a management development program where he rotated throughout the organization before being responsible for the Operation’s Personnel/Organizational Development.  Norms next role was with a large professional services firm as a consultant for Change Management and Organizational Development.  Norm spent nearly 10 years as a local volunteer firefighter where he also served on the board of directors for the association.  He has an Hons. Degree in Psychology, with a focus on Industrial Organizational Psychology, and his Post Grad education in Human Resource Management.

Paul Edmonds, Director
During his 30 year career in the beverage business, working in Canada, USA and Japan, Paul worked for Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola and Cadbury Schweppes. Areas of responsibility spanned, engineering, logistics, marketing and general management. After leading a Canadian division of Cadbury Schweppes for over a decade as V.P. and Officer, it was time to retire. Previously, Paul holds an Engineering Degree (BASc) and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), both received at University of Toronto.

Moving to the Alliston area, 10 years ago with his wife Linda, he created a Marketing Consultancy business focusing on product development and innovation in the food industry, for North American clients. 

On the Board of Directors of his condominium corporation for eight years, he has held various positions as V.P. and Treasurer.  He was invited to join Stevenson Memorial Hospital as an Advisory Member on the Finance Committee in 2009. Then, Paul joined the Hospital Board of Directors in 2010.

Wendy Fairley, Director  
Wendy has resided in New Tecumseth since 1973.  Her professional life was spent in education; first as a special education teacher and finally as Principal. As well Wendy has extensive experience in that sector with a focus on Educational Leadership. Currently Wendy teaches for Lakehead University (Orillia campus) in the Faculty of Education.

She continues to serve on several boards locally and provincially. She was the founding chair for New Path Youth and Family Services and the Foundation. During her work with these agencies, she gained had many opportunities to examine ways to ensure and support strong governance models.

Wendy has served the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Board by sitting on the Communications, Quality and Human Resources committees.  In 2013 she had the pleasure of co-chairing the 2013 SMH Gala raising funds for our valuable local hospital.  As a community member, Wendy is committed to SMH and believes in the ability of the hospital staff to provide excellent health care in a safe caring environment. She has experience this client focused care in her own personal life many times since moving to this area.

Sheila Kaarlela, Director
Sheila has lived in the Township of Adjala-Tosorontio for the past nine years.  She is semi-retired after spending over 28 years in the pharmaceutical industry with executive positions in sales and marketing.  Along with her husband she is a partner in a consulting business with a focus on pharmaceuticals and healthcare.  Sheila became a member of the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation in 2012 and served on the Communications Committee.   As well, she Co-chaired the 2012 Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation Gala.  For the past four years she has been a member of the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Communication Committee and Quality Committee, report directly to the Board of Directors.  Sheila spends her free time golfing, horseback riding, gardening, and curling. Dedicating time to causes such as the redevelopment of Stevenson Memorial Hospital is very rewarding.

Marie-Pierre Lussier, Director
Marie is a bilingual Project Management Professional (PMP) with 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry, specialised in technically complex medical equipment implementation and capital projects. Marie holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Management (B.Eng. Mgt.) degree from McMaster University. She has been a resident of New Tecumseth, with her husband Mike, for 5 years and is looking forward to many more. In her spare time, Marie enjoys renovating her century home, hiking and riding her motorcycle.

John Murray, Director
John is a resident of Rosemont where he and his family are engaged in the extensive rejuvenation of a century farm.  A lawyer by profession, John is Registrar, Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, and has served as a director and officer of not-for-profit and charitable organizations for nearly twenty years.   

Jan Tweedy, Director
Janet Tweedy has been a resident of New Tecumseth with her husband since 1974. She had a 31 year career in education which included being a secondary school administrator for a local board of education, a curriculum coordinator, and a research consultant for a large city board. She served as chairperson of several professional organizations at the board, provincial and national levels. She travelled Ontario extensively as a trainer for the Ontario Ministry of Education in addition to doing extensive public speaking engagements at professional development workshops and conventions for numerous school boards and organizations. Her management experience ranges from school based to board based and province wide for a variety of positions and projects. She has been on a board of directors for three organizations to date and has served SMH as a Board Director since 2013.

The President and CEO; Vice-President & Chief Nursing Executive; Chief of Staff, President of the Medical Staff; Vice President of Medical Staff; President of the Auxiliary and Board Chair of the Foundation are ex-officio members of the Board.

Jody Joseph Levac, President & CEO
Jody has been the President & CEO of Stevenson Memorial Hospital since January 2014 and works in partnership with the physicians, hospital staff, and volunteers to oversee the strategic, operational planning and leadership of Stevenson Memorial Hospital. 

Jody previously worked at Southlake Regional Health Centre starting in 1999, where he held leadership positions within the Mental Health Program. In addition to earning his undergraduate (1989 – Laurentian University) and Masters Degree (1991 – University of Toronto) in Social Work, he recently earned his Doctorate in Health Administration (DHA) from the University of Phoenix. Jody was also awarded the Leadership Award of Excellence at Southlake in 2010.

In addition to his extensive leadership and clinical skills within the healthcare sector, he was raised in northern Ontario and understands the unique healthcare needs of small, rural communities.

Carrie Jeffreys, Vice-President/Chief Nursing Executive
Carrie brings more than ten years of experience in Strategic Leadership and Nursing with her. She has Bachelor degree in Nursing (BScN) from the University of Toronto where she received a Nursing Leadership Award, and a Bachelor degree in Health Sciences (BHSc) from Western University.  She began working at Stevenson Memorial on July 4th 2016.

Carrie holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Western Australia, where she won an Annie Wilkinson Prize for the International MBA Student of the Year and was the graduating valedictorian for the MBA class of 2008.

Carrie is a Registered Nurse (RN) certified by the College of Nurses Ontario, and she has also received her Certified Health Executive (CHE) certificate from the Canadian College of Health Leaders and has a Graduate Certificate in Perinatal/Obstetrics from Durham Technical Community College.

She has strong experience in working in hospitals and healthcare, and is experienced in providing leadership during large-scale organizational redevelopment and change. Carrie work at the South West Local Health Integration Network (SWLHIN) was in System Design and Integration, where she was the Lead for the Hospital Sector and for Clinical Service Planning and acted as the liaison with regional stakeholders in the development and implementation of provincial initiatives. During her tenure, she was responsible for design and implementation of system change initiatives, service redesign methodologies and, using her Lean Black Belt expertise, developing business process improvements in the hospital sector.

Carrie also previously worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Health in Western Australia, where she advised the Minister of Health on strategic policy issues relating to population health and population policy and on various programs and practices. Her early career was as a Registered Nurse in Obstetrics at Markham Stouffville.

Dr. Barry Nathanson – Chief of Staff
1982 Dr. Nathanson earned a BA (English Lit.) from Yeshiva University in New York City and he graduated in 1990 from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine where he also completed his internal medicine training. In 1995, he began practising internal medicine and critical care medicine at York County Hospital in Newmarket which, in 2000, became Southlake Regional Health Centre. Early on, Dr. Nathanson served as medical director of the inpatient Palliative Care Unit; he later founded the Southlake Heart Function Program. He was president of the Southlake Medical Staff Association for 4 years. He then helped develop Southlake’s Clinical Resource Utilization Management Program.  Since 2008 he has been Southlake’s Physician Leader, Acute Medicine Programs. In 2010 Dr. Nathanson completed a Master of Science degree in Health Care Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has served on 2 provincial task forces, the ER/ALC Advisory Committee and the ALC Action Team

This past July Dr. Nathanson completed a 2-year term as co-chair of Southlake’s Quality, Utilization and Resource Management committee and he has just been named Chief of Staff at Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston, Ontario. Dr. Nathanson’s additional professional interests are in: Medical Bioethics and Health Law; Health Policy and Health Economics including the impact of different payor systems on clinical systems design and on clinical decision making; the role of Physician Leadership and Engagement in driving system change toward improved clinical safety, efficiency and effectiveness; and physician health and wellness. His many personal interests include travelling, especially riding his 2014 Indian Chief Classic, together with his wife, Genny, all over Ontario, Canada, the US, and beyond!

Dr. Shazia Ambreen – President of Medical Staff
Dr. Ambreen has joined Stevenson Memorial in 2012 as Anesthetist and provided occasional shifts at our Emergency department. Dr Ambreen also works for in-patient department as Hospitalist.  Dr. Ambreen has completed her Family Practice Residency from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY and received her Anesthesia training from University of Toronto.  Dr. Ambreen has become Chief of Family Medicine in 2014 and also elected as President of PSA (Professional Staff Association) in 2015.   Dr. Ambreen works closely with hospital staff and management in evaluating, planning, managing and leading the family physicians in the Medical Inpatient Department. Dr. Ambreen is an active member of several Hospital committees. Dr. Ambreen also actively involved in Physician Recruitment for our In-Patient Department. In recognizing for her leadership and commitment to Stevenson and the community, Dr. Ambreen received Dr. MacIntyre Award for Excellence and Dedication in the community in 2015. She was also placed on Stevenson Hall of Fame.

She resides in the community with her husband Al, who works as Quality Improvement Decision Support Specialist and supports four academic and teaching urban Family Health Teams.  They have three children. 

Dr. Ihab Khalil – Vice President of Medical Staff
Dr.  Khalil joint the Alliston Family Health Team and Stevenson Memorial Hospital in 2011.  He takes special interest in practicing a wide range of rural family medicine including office, in-patient hospital care, emergency department work, and walk-in practice. Dr. Khalil enjoys the supportive, friendly and relaxed atmosphere of a rural lifestyle while at the same time have access to the cultural resources of large urban areas.

Previously, he worked as a family physician in rural Manitoba for four and a half years and a Hospitalist, and provided service in an Emergency room, at two nursing homes, a developmental home, as well as a women’s correctional facility and a walk-in clinic.  Prior to working in Manitoba, Dr. Khalil was a physician in Egypt and worked in a rural health unit for 12 years.

Dr. Khalil and his wife, Mona, have 3 children. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and travelling.

Diane Munro - President of the Auxiliary
Diane Munro along with her husband Gary reside in Adjala-Tosorontio Township and have two children and two wonderful grandchildren.  During the past 42 years, Diane has based her career in the not for profit field, making the financial sector her priority.  She has volunteered her time with many organizations throughout our community such as Class and Focus.  Diane joined the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in 2011 and currently holds the position of President.  Over the years, she has learned that when we commit to helping others we in turn are helping ourselves.

Margaret Barber – Board Chair of the Foundation
Margaret is a life-time resident of the Alliston area with a thorough understanding of what Stevenson Memorial Hospital means to this community. She became a member of the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation in 2003 and has served on many committees including Fundraising, By-Laws, Nominating, Executive, and Communications. Margaret has also represented the Foundation on the Hospital Communications Committee and the Stevenson Redevelopment Committee.

Margaret retired in 2012 from Baxter Corporation, a pharmaceutical company in Alliston, after working in the production area and quality departments for almost 39 years. During her time at Baxter she was involved in a number of quality and production improvement projects and was a member of many quality committees.

In 2009 Margaret became a member of the Campaign Cabinet for the “It’s Crystal Clear” Digital Mammography Campaign and in October 2012 Marg took on the responsibility as Chair of the Campaign Cabinet for the “It takes you…” Capital Campaign. Most recently in 2013 she held the position of Co-Chair for the 2015 Stevenson Memorial Hospital Gala.

In Margaret’s spare time she enjoys golfing and curling and in 2015 she accepted a volunteer position for the 2015 Pan Am Games. Margaret is very proud to be a Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation Board Director and is here to ensure the future success of the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation and Stevenson Memorial Hospital.