Stevenson Memorial Hospital

Board of Directors 2020/2021

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.  

John Murray, Board Chair
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 President & CEO of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, and has served as a director and officer of not-for-profit and charitable organizations for over twenty years. 

Norm Depta, Board Vice-Chair
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.  Norm’s 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 is in Human Resource Management.


Jeff Stubbs, Treasurer
Jeff is a newcomer to the area, having moved with his family into the area two years ago to be closer to a successful business they started up in Alliston.  Jeff is currently employed as a Chief Operating Officer at a resort development company.  He has over 25 years experience as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CA) and held senior financial roles in a variety of organizations and industries during that time.  Jeff is an ICD.D as a graduate of the Rotmans school of business's director program and is currently the Board Chair for a large credit union in Ontario. 

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


David Knight, Director
David describes himself as a small town boy at heart, having been born and raised in Meaford.  He 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 two Ontario Financial Review Commissions; an officer of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto; and a member or chair of committees and task forces of the CPA institutes.


Shelly Cunningham, Director
Ms. Shelly Cunningham has been a long-time resident of the Alliston & Everett area. She is a recently retired engineer having worked in the Electrical Utility sector for many years. Her last position was Senior Vice President, Engineering Services at PowerStream Inc.  Ms. Cunningham has on served on boards and several committees. She is currently on the board of the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority, an organization which is responsible for building the new Gordie Howe Bridge between Windsor and Detroit. She was former Chair of the Ontario One Call Board having served on that board from 2012-2018. She also served on committees for Ontario Energy Board, the Independent Electrical System Operator, Electrical Distributors Association and the Electrical Safety Authority. Ms. Cunningham holds a B.Eng. degree from McMaster University and an M.B.A. from York University. 


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 the Faculty of Education at Nipissing University.

Wendy brings extensive experience on Not For Profit Boards.  She was the founding chair for New Path Youth and Family Services, Simcoe County, and served as a director on the Board of Directors of CMHO.

Wendy has served the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Board over the last four years by sitting on several committees, most recently with a focus on community engagement and communications.  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 close to home. Stevenson has served the Fairley/Twine family for many years, and Wendy is confident that will continue for the growing population in South Simcoe.

Alison Howard, Director
Alison and her family have resided in the Adjala-Tosorontio area for the last 24 years. Alison is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and a Masters in Health Management. Looking to become more involved in the community, she joined the Quality Committee as an advisory member in 2018. Having knowledge and experience as a front line nurse, leader and manager in different positions across the continuum of care, Alison looks forward to being able to give back to the Hospital and community.   

Nishika Jardine, Director
Nishika Jardine served in the Canadian Armed Forces, Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers for 36+ years, retiring at the rank of Colonel in May 2019.  A graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, she holds both a Bachelor of Science (Math & Physics, 1986) and a Master of Defence Studies (2007).  Most recently, in 2018 she obtained the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College (a collaboration between McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada). She and her family have lived on CFB Borden since 2008 and expect to move to Alliston in summer 2019.  Her other volunteer activities include: Junior Program Coordinator for the Alliston Curling Club, Governor on the Air Cadet League Ontario Provincial Committee Board of Governors, Director on the National Council of the Order of St. George. She has enjoyed working as an Advisory Member of the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Board Governance and Nominating Committee since September 2018 and is looking forward to continuing to serve the Hospital.  

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, reporting directly to the Board of Directors.  She became a member of the hospital Board of Directors in 2017. 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 to her.

Kevin Mullins, Director
Kevin Mullins is the Manager of Administration at Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) based in Alliston, ON. Kevin began his career at Honda in 1995 in the Material Service Department. He has held numerous roles at HCM; in production, planning and in his most recent assignment leading the Administration team.

In his 20+ years with Honda, Kevin has spearheaded a number of critical projects and supported others, including the development of the Global Production Control System and the launch of the Engine Plant in 2008. Before moving to Administration, Kevin was the Manager of Plant 2 Assembly, where the CR-V is built.

Kevin is passionate about giving back to the community. Raised in Colgan, ON, Kevin attended Trent University in Peterborough. He holds an undergrad degree in Biology and Environmental Science.

Kevin is married with one son and lives just north of Tottenham, ON.

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; 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 and CEO of Stevenson Memorial Hospital since January 2014. Jody is recognized for his energetic and transformational leadership style, overseeing the strategic and operational planning of the hospital.

He previously worked at Southlake Regional Health Center holding numerous leadership positions in Mental Health, and winning the award of Leadership Excellence in 2010. Jody has worked across both private and public sectors, starting his career in Northern Ontario hospitals. He was a recipient of the Northern Bursary after completing his Undergraduate degree from Laurentian University, and then attending the University of Toronto for a Master’s degree. In 2013 he completed a Doctoral Degree in Health Administration. Jody is a member of the College of Social Work, and holds the designation Certified Healthcare Executive (CHE) from the Canadian College of Health Care Leaders.  

He has lead Stevenson Memorial Hospital through the redevelopment stages, and under his tenure, the hospital has achieved Accreditation with Exemplary standing. 


Carrie Jeffreys, VP Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Executive
Ms. Jeffreys brings more than 15 years of experience in strategic change leadership and nursing to Stevenson. She holds an Honours Bachelor degree in Nursing (BScN) from the University of Toronto where she received the Nursing Leadership Award for her graduating class, and an Honours Bachelor degree in Health Sciences (BHSc) from Western University. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Western Australia, where she was awarded the Annie Wilkinson Prize for the International MBA Student of the Year and was the graduating Valedictorian for the MBA class of 2008.

Ms. Jeffreys started her career as a Registered Nurse (RN) with a specialization in Perinatal/Obstetrics and is certified by the College of Nurses Ontario. She received her Certified Health Executive (CHE) certificate from the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) and is currently a member of the CCHL Executive for the Southwestern Ontario Chapter. Ms. Jeffreys has a strong history of demonstrating leadership in healthcare and working with hospitals and the healthcare sector on an international scale including roles such as Perinatal Obstetrics Nurse, Public Health Nurse and Senior Management Consultant at Ernst&Young (EY) in the Health and Human Services division in Australia.

In her role as Lead, Hospital Sector at the South West Local Health Integration Network (SW LHIN) she specialized in system design and integration on a large regional scale. This included 19 hospital corporations and spearheading multi-site clinical services planning across the South West. She was responsible for design and implementation of system change initiatives, service redesign methodologies and, using her Lean Black Belt expertise to develop business and operational process improvements in the hospital sector.

In July, 2016, Ms. Jeffreys became the VP Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive at Stevenson Memorial Hospital. She oversees the clinical operations across the organization including Obstetrics, Emergency, Medical/Surgical and Perioperative Programs, Dialysis, Ambulatory Clinic Services, Cardiac Rehab, Pharmacy, Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory, Quality, Risk & Patient Experience, Human Resources, Infection Control and Occupational Health. 


Dr. Barry Nathanson – Chief of Staff
In 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 practicing 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 four 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 two provincial task forces, the ER/ALC Advisory Committee and the ALC Action Team. 

In July, 2017 Dr. Nathanson completed a two-year term as co-chair of Southlake’s Quality, Utilization and Resource Management committee and he  was 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. Oswaldo Ramirez - President of the Professional Staff Association


President of Auxiliary – Gary Munro
Gary Munro along with his wife Diane have been residents of Adjala-Tosorontio Township for the past 32 years and have two children and two wonderful grandchildren.  His career started in manufacturing with Continental Can Co where he spent 33 years followed by a career change to the Ministry of Labour for the last 15 years.  He has volunteered his time with several organizations throughout the community such as The Alliston Figure Skating Club and Focus. In the winter, he is a volunteer official with Alpine Ontario helping to ensure the young competitors of today have opportunities going forward.  Gary joined the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in 2012 participating in many of the organization’s fundraising activities. As of June 2018, he assumed the role of President. 

Margaret Barber – Board Chair of the Foundation
Margaret is a life-long resident of New Tecumseth and became a member of the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation in 2003 as a way to give back to the community. Margaret worked for 38 years at Baxter Corporation in Alliston in the Quality Management Department with a role that involved Product Release, Documentation Control, Quality Audits and Process Validation.

She has participated in many Foundation fundraising activities including the Digital Mammography Campaign Cabinet, Chair of the It takes you…. Campaign Cabinet and was Co-Chair of the 2015 Stevenson Memorial Hospital Gala. She was elected to the Foundation Board in 2011, has served on many committees including By-Laws, Finance, Governance, and Audit. Margaret has been Chairperson of the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors since 2015.