Shari Cunningham, Chair
Shari Cunningham has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) for 24 years and served as President in 2007 to 2008. From 2008 to 2011 she chaired the club’s major fundraising event “Art in the Park”, leading a significant re-vitalization of this iconic start to summer which has been a local tradition for 35 years. Shari has been the Chairperson of the Rotary Club of Windsor Foundation Fund for 5 years and has been a member of the Foundation Fund for over 14 years. Shari has also been involved in various committees of her Club. She is honoured to have been a member of the Canadian Rotary Collaboration for International Development since 2008 and became a Director in 2011 as well as the Chair of the Public Engagement Committee. Shari was appointed Assistant Governor in 2011.
Shari is excited to have supported the work of Rotary International and its Polio Eradication efforts first-hand by joining other Rotarians and like-minded individuals in “Polio Vision 2010” – a trip to India in February 2010 where she had the opportunity to participate in a polio NID and to observe and assist with other Rotary and Rotary Foundation projects, including an eyeglass clinic.
Shari, who has her BA in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work, has had a fulfilling career with extensive experience in the design and management of community-based services for children and adults. As area manager for the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services of the Windsor Area Office, she managed a multi-disciplinary team of 168 management, professional, and support staff, along with an annual budget in excess of $145 million. Her excellent leadership, negotiation and project management skills provided her the ability to translate government policy initiatives into specific implementation plans by consulting effectively with community partners.
Since her retirement in 2000, Shari has dedicated her time and expertise to a number of organizations in addition to Rotary. She has served on the Board of Directors of Riverside United Church, chaired the Parent Council at the primary school attended by her children and is currently a long-standing member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. Shari is also a member of the Ministry of the Attorney General, Windsor Advisory Committee for Family Law Mediation & Justice Services since 2011.
After being appointed to the Board of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital as a Board member in 2005 she has carried significant portfolios and now is Chair of the Board. She has been an active Board member through a period of major change.
Shari is married to Dave Langstone. Dave is a retired engineer who worked for Chrysler USA in the development of new vehicles for 39 years. Dave has an extensive interest in automotive history. Together they have two children, Edward and Rebecca. All the Cunningham/Langstone family are Paul Harris Fellows.
Mike Horrobin, Vice Chair
Since 1991, Horrobin, Vice President Finance and CFO, has been a member of the Executive Team of Tepperman’s, a furniture, bedding, appliance and electronics chain with stores in Windsor, Chatham, Sarnia, London and soon Kitchener ( Spring 2016 ).
Horrobin earned his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1988 while working at the downtown Toronto office of Deloitte.
Joining the Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare Board of Directors in 2012, he also is Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board. He is a Director of the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation, an organization he has served on for many years in the roles of Treasurer and Vice-President.
He is the former President of the University of Windsor Alumni Association and also served on the University Board of Governors where he chaired several committees and served as Chair from 2009-2011.
Mike is married to Margaret and outside of a short period of time in Toronto, have been long-time residents of Windsor.
Carol Derbyshire, Past Chair
It is hard to speak of Carol Derbyshire and not have The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County come to mind. She has been involved with The Hospice movement and Windsor’s Hospice since its inception in 1979. Officially beginning her career at Hospice as the Coordinator of Volunteers and Resource Development from 1980 to 1985, she quickly climbed the organization ladder to Executive Director a position she has held since 1985.
In her leadership, The Hospice of Windsor-Essex is the largest community based hospice palliative care facility in Canada and has grown to include 47 wellness programs in areas such as lifestyle support, social work, community nursing and spiritual care. In 2007, it saw the expansion of the Hospice Residential Home (HRH), a 24/7 operated facility by nurses, personal support workers and a virtual army of volunteers. The HRH is a home for those patients in the final stage of life where they are cared for by many health care professionals and compassionate volunteers. In the spring of 2016, the Hospice will open a 10 bed satellite residential hospice in Leamington.
In addition, Carol has been involved with policy formulation, program planning and implementation, staff supervision and evaluation, interaction with the Board of Directors, other community/health care sectors, and federal and provincial government.
In addition to being synonymous with The Hospice, Carol has led many other community initiatives and been on numerous boards, committees and associations aiming to better Windsor-Essex.
She served as past-chair of the Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Board of Directors. Some of her other Board of Director involvements includes The University of Windsor, Canadian Mental Health Association, and The Hospice Palliative Care of Ontario. Carol currently serves as chair of the New Canadian Centre of Excellence.
While Carol’s expertise in the healthcare needs of Windsor-Essex residents is obvious, one of her many other key strengths lies in connecting talented and good people to make a difference in Windsor-Essex.
Dr. Ken Blanchette
Dr. Ken Blanchette is currently Chairman of the School of Health Sciences at St. Clair College – the largest health care educational institution in the province of Ontario.
In this role, he oversees a budget of $5.2 million and is responsible for 30 full-time staff and 90 part-time staff.
When he joined the college in 2010, Ken became the school lead for a $32 million Centre for Applied Health Sciences building completion and purchasing of state-of-the-art simulation and lab equipment. In 2011, he became responsible for creating and providing opportunities for our local professionals and health care organizations to have the space, resources and continuing education and competency training. Since 2011, he has established collaboration with local hospitals, respiratory therapists and physicians and has implemented three ne w academic programs (cardiovascular technologist; Diagnostic Medical Sonography; and Respiratory Therapy, to address the local and national needs for health care professionals.
Prior to joining St. Clair College, Ken spent 12 years as a health care professional and business man providing chiropractic adjustments and patient care including neurological EMG, MRI referrals, spinal decompression and spinal x-ray diagnostics.
Ken has a Doctor of Chiropractic, Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, advanced training in Phytochemical, Botanical medicine and their impact on chiropractic procedures from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard Illinois and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Windsor. He has extensive teaching experience at numerous institutions including Everest College in Windsor, Michigan Board of Education and the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois.
Ken is actively involved in the Windsor and Essex County communities. He is currently serving as a Board Member for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit; Chair for the Heads of Health for Ontario; Co-Chair for the Southwestern Academic Health Network (SWAHN) and a CMA accreditor. He has also served as Head Coach for the Amherstburg Minor Hockey Association PeeWee Travel Team, a trainer for the Amherstburg Minor Hockey Association; an interpreter between French oncology patients and attending physician; Salvation Army volunteer, health screener and a volunteer at the Chicago marathon.
In October 2015 Tim retired after a career spanning nearly 36 1/2 years. During this career, which began in May 1979, Tim served in senior leadership roles in the business, labour and government communities.
From May 2004 until October 2015 Tim was Vice President, Human Resources for Green Shield Canada located in Windsor, Ontario. In this role Tim had overall responsibility for Green Shield Canada's human resources and training & development functions and was member of the company's Executive Management Committee.
Prior to joining Green Shield Canada Tim worked as Vice President, Human Resources with Nygard International; Director, Human Resources with Inmet Mining, Parmalat Canada and Ault Foods; Assistant to the Canadian Director, United Food and Commercial Workers Union; Assistant Director, Client Consultations, Federal Department of Labour; and, Assistant to the President, Canadian Federation of Labour.
Tim is a graduate of Carleton University - M.A. (Public Administration) 1979; B.A. (History and Law) Honours 1977.
From 2006 to 2010 Tim served as a Director and subsequently as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Teen Health Centre. From 2010 to 2012 Tim served as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre. From 2013-15 Tim was a member of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Windsor and Essex County.
Currently Tim is a member of the Board of Directors for Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare and the United Way of Windsor and Essex County. During 2015-16 Tim is serving as Chair of the Campaign Cabinet of the United Way.
Tim and Diane live in Essex, and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
John is a founding partner of Clarks LLP, Barristers & Solicitors, with practice concentrations in business and not for profit corporate commercial law, estate planning and administration.
Windsor born, John is a graduate of Walkerville Collegiate, the University of Toronto (Trinity College) and the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor. He is a sessional instructor at the Faculty of Law in estate planning and administration, and since 2006 he has been a member of the Solicitors’ Advisory Committee of the Law Society of Upper Canada, tasked with confirming lawyers’ competency standards and setting and reviewing the Bar Admission Licensing Examinations. He has chaired or spoken at several continuing professional development programmes for the Law Society, the Ontario Bar Association and Osgoode Professional Development. He was a member of the executive of the Essex Law Association for six years and served as President in 1999.
John has served in a leadership capacity on the local boards of Victorian Order of Nurses, Windsor Housing Authority and Canadian Mental Health Association, and on the Leamington and Area Family Health Team. Provincially, he was a member of the board of Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division, chairing its Branch-Division Accountability Task Force while Vice-Chair of the board; and he served as Chair of the board of the Ontario Council of Housing Authority Chairs. He is a former Chair of the Finance and Taxation Committee of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, more recently its board Treasurer, and currently Chair-Elect.
John is married to Sheila Gordon. They are blessed with two sons and two grandsons: Christopher, who lives in Windsor with wife Danica and their sons Calum and Keigan; and Daniel, who lives in Ottawa looking forward to his marriage to fiancée Helena.
Dr. Peter Dumo
Dr. Peter Dumo has been a practicing pharmacist for more than 20 years. A graduate of Dalhousie University's College of Pharmacy, he completed a residency in Hospital Pharmacy at the Ottawa General Hospital. He then completed a Doctorate of Clinical Pharmacy at Wayne State University.
Peter has lectured at Wayne State University, local, regional, and national meetings and has published and presented research in various areas of specialty. He has participated in various board and committee appointments with the Ontario Pharmacists Association, Essex County Pharmacists Association, and American College of Clinical Pharmacy over the last 20 yrs.
As a pharmacist who practiced in hospital, outpatient clinics, and community practice, he has a broad clinical background. He has extensive experience working closely with patients, nurses and physicians and significant experience in pharmacy management, as the designated manager of Novacare Pharmacy.
Peter has practiced for 8 years in an endocrinology clinic, 5 years in a cardiology clinic and 4 years in an infectious disease clinic. This has expanded his experience providing anticoagulation care (Coumadin or warfarin) and managing a pharmacist-run anticoagulation practice.
Chief Al Frederick
Al Frederick grew up in the City of Windsor with dreams of becoming an educator. Armed with a B.A. from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor, his career as an educator began not with the School Board, but with the Windsor Police Service. It was a perfect fit.
On July 1, 1984 he was hired as a Cadet and over the last 29 years has risen through the ranks until his appointment as Chief of Police on October 11, 2012.
Chief Frederick is motivated by sincerity and was recently described by a seasoned Detective as "One of the most decent, honest people I know."
As the driving force behind chaning relationships and opening doors, Chief Frederck leads a large organization of amazing people committed, as he is, to serving the community and making Windsor a better place to live. His innate talent to engage associates at every level has benefited the organization immeasurably by instilling loyalty across the organization.
Chair of the OACP Law Enforcement Torch Run Committee for Special Olympics, Chief Frederick has been a champion of Special Olympics for many years and is honoured to serve alongside his colleagues in Law Enforcement across the Province for this worthy cause.
Committed to ongoing education, he earned his MBA from the University of Windsor in 2009. His focus is on providing opportunities and the professional development of employees to achieve operational excellence.
In September of 2015, Chief Frederick was honoured to become a Member of the Order of Merit of Police Services, receiving the award from the Governor General of Canada at a ceremony in Ottawa.
A devoted family man, he and his wife Simone have proudly raised two sons, Albert Jr. and Kurt.
Lucie Lombardo brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and understanding of the different roles of a governance structure having served on a number of boards and committees at the corporation level and in the community. Lucie is now enjoying retirement after working many years, most recently as the Administrator at Huron Lodge, a Long Term Care home in Windsor.
Lucie has an undergraduate degree from the University of Windsor and a graduate degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. In addition, Lucie is a Certified Health Executive, a Certified Long Term Care Coordinator and has recently completed the Catholic Leadership Formation Program through Catholic Health International.
She has in-depth knowledge of the long term care sector and the care required by the residents in the community, including the requirements for 24-hour 7-day a week care, and the reporting structures, regulations, procedures and accountability protocols.
Michelle Lomazzo has worked as an injured worker’s advocate for the past 25 years. In 2002, Ms. Lomazzo opened her own legal services practice specializing in the areas of Worker’s Compensation Appeals and Canada Disability Pension Appeals. Ms. Lomazzo is an adjudicator with the Law Society Discipline Tribunal and is also a past member of the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal, where she conducted hearings and adjudicated disputes between landlord and tenants. Ms. Lomazzo is licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada and currently sits on the WSIB Executive of the Ontario Bar Association.
Ms. Lomazzo graduated from the University of Windsor. She is a member of the Board of Directors with Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital and resides in Windsor and has served the community in many volunteer capacities over the past 25 years. Her involvements with various organizations include participating as a member of Boards of Directors as well as participating in a number of community fundraising activities and projects.
Brian Payne is a business and community leader with over 20 years of experience in domestic and global supply chains, trade and government relations, change management and manufacturing primarily in the food sector.
After graduating from the University of Windsor, Brian began his career in the international trade arena, cate ring to automotive and heavy manufacturing companies like General Motors, John Deere, and NaviStar. In 1996, he left for Dallas, TX where he worked for PepsiCo Global Restaurants, responsible for project management across the Pizza Hut brand. In 1999, Brian was promoted to Director, Distribution responsible for the entire YUM! / PepsiCo restaurant distribution system of 75 DC’s and 23,000 points of distribution. In 2002, he moved to Denver, CO to head up supply chain for a national food company in Golden, CO. In 2005, Brian moved back to Toronto, ON where he lead the supply chain and regulatory compliance functions for Pizza Pizza Ltd. In 2012, Brian co-founded One Source Food Systems, Inc., a Toronto based sauce manufacturer and in 2014, Brian joined Thomas Canning (Maidstone) Limited as their Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Brian is active in his community of Windsor-Essex where he serves on the Board of Directors of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, The Lakeview Montessori School, and has served as an external consultant for the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation, specializing in supply chain and trade issues.
For over twenty years, Reza Shahbazi has worked to improve the outcomes of immigrants and refugees in Canada with a focus on two interrelated areas: experienced program and service delivery at the community level and policy development at the provincial and national level.
Reza is a founding member and Executive Director of New Canadians’ Centre of Excellence Inc. (NCCE Inc.) which annually serves over 7,000 newcomers to Windsor and Essex County. It provides services that are critical to the settlement and integration of newcomers including: language training, employment services, settlement and inclusion services, youth programs, childcare, and community development in multiple sites in Windsor and Leamington. Reza has also spearheaded partnerships for service delivery with community stakeholders, resulting in programs being offered in over seventy schools and various library branches.
He is a member of the Conference Board of Canada – Leaders Roundtable on Immigration (LRI), member of the Executive Committee of the Pathways to Prosperity and a member of the National Settlement Council (NSC) and past Chair of Windsor-Essex Local Immigration Partnership (LIPs). He has also served as a member, Regional Director, Vice-President and President of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI). In October of 2015, Reza was appointed by the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) to its French Language Services Provincial Leadership Council. This council advises the OHA on issues affecting health care organizations providing care to Ontario’s Francophone community.
At the request of various stakeholders and governments, Reza has shared his knowledge in numerous public speaking engagements, both in Canada and abroad in countries such as Mexico and Japan where he was the keynote speaker as an international expert on immigration at the Symposium on Issues Surrounding Foreign Residents in Japan: International Experiences in Migrant Integration, and most recently, in the Philippines and Australia.
Reza is also a recipient of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award (2013) for his outstanding contribution to the enhancement of the life of immigrants and refugees in Canada.
Pat Soulliere is the Director of Sales at Centoco Plastics Ltd. The nearly 40 year old company based in Windsor, Ontario supplies toilet seats made of plastic and wood to wholesale, retail, OEM and catalogue markets in North America and is currently the only manufacturer of toilet seats in Canada. Pat and his sales team led the company to the prestigious Supplier of the Year award in the fall of 2015. This award recognized Soulliere and his team on a national level through a rigorous evaluation process based on extensive criteria.
Prior to his role with Centoco Plastics Ltd., Soulliere was President of Winrac Development Inc. and Windsor Raceway Ltd, private company’s responsibility for owning and operating horse race tracks in Woodstock, Dresden and formally, Windsor, Ontario.
Soulliere a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA,CGA), graduated from Business Administration at St.Clair College in 1978 and has held various professional and community-based leadership roles. His thirty plus years of professional business experience includes areas of internal audit, fiscal management, budgeting, regulatory and government agency compliance and human resource management.
Pat dedicates his time outside of the professional realm to volunteer activities including being the current Chair of the Alzheimer Society of Windsor/Essex. Pat has been a community member of the HDGH Finance Committee for 6 years.
He is happily married to his wife Donna and has three grown children; Amie, Jason and Ryan.
Donna Wellington, RN, MBA, BSN
As Vice President of Henry Ford Hospital Operations, Donna is responsible for coordinating, integrating, and implementing all aspects of the continuum of care. She leads the Admission Transfer Management Office, Case Management, Housekeeping, Spiritual Care, Denials/Appeals and Utilization Review and has been serving as the Interim Senior Administrative leader for Henry Ford Health System’s Behavioral Health Services for nearly two years.
Donna has served in a diverse range of positions throughout the Henry Ford Health System since 1996, in both inpatient and outpatient services. Early in her career, Donna served as the Nurse Administrator for Neuroscience and Maternal/Child inpatient units and the Minimally Invasive Surgical Unit at Henry Ford Hospital.
Donna holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Windsor.
Donna is an active member of the Management Advisory Board for the Centre for Executive and Professional Education Management and an Advisory Council Member for the World Health Integrated Network , University of Windsor-School of Business.
Donna resides in Belle River, Ontario and is the proud mother of two children.
Frank Bagatto was born in North Eastern Italy and moved to Windsor with his family in 1950. He attended Assumption High, received a Bachelor Degree from the School of Commerce and Finance at the University of Detroit and his Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa.
Frank has a long list of accomplishments. As President and CEO of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare from 1990-2003, his experience within the evolving and demanding healthcare sector has made him a continuing asset to the current HDGH Board of Directors. Frank’s leadership to such events, such as completing the successful merger of Hôtel-Dieu and Salvations Army Grace Hospitals provides him with the foundational experience to bring historical insight into organization decisions and frameworks.
Frank’s list of leadership involvement in Ontario’s Healthcare sector spans over 45 successful years. Among holding high-ranking positions in Windsor-Essex such as the founding CEO of the Essex County District Health Council in 1976, the precursor organization of the LHIN, it also includes positions in Southwestern Ontario such as Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Sarnia (1979-1990) and Assistant Executive Director at York Central Hospital in Richmond Hill Ontario (1968-1974).
In 2003 he was interim CEO of the Hôtel-Dieu Shaver Hospital in St. Catharines where he facilitated the merger of the Hôtel-Dieu and Shaver Hospitals. He also served as a director of the Ontario Hospital Association, the Trillium Gift of Life, and Chair of the Board of the Catholic Health Association of Ontario. He also provided leadership at the national level, serving as surveyor for the Canadian Council of Health Services accreditation for over 15 years and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Health Association of Canada.
Retiring in 2002, Frank certainly did not stop with his involvement in healthcare serving as board member and Vice-President of Planning with Catholic Health International, an organization that owns and sponsors over 25 health care facilities including HDGH.
His post-retirement board of director involvements also included such integral community organizations such as Community Care Access Centre and The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County.
Frank is also a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor and the Fogolar Furlan Club. In 1999, the Caboto Club awarded him with the Italian of the Year.
Married to Gail since 1967, a graduate of the Hôtel-Dieu School of Nursing, they have two children and three grandchildren.