Heather Cross- Board Chair
Sandra Hett RN, BaS, BScN, MN – Vice Chair Sandra has worked in a nursing capacity, primarily in the Emergency Department in St. Michaels Hospital and Southlake, moving to leadership roles early in her career. She experienced progressive leadership opportunities at several Toronto hospitals and continued that path at St. Mary’s General Hospital and to her current role as VP Clinical Programs and Chief Nursing Executive at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Her leadership focus and contribution has been valuing patient experience and viewing models of care with the lens of clinical outcomes, patient experience and all members of the inter-professional team practicing to achieve their full scope of practice.
Lynn C. Voelzing RN BScN MBA– Past Chair Lynn has enjoyed a broad-based career contributing to quality patient care. After graduating from Conestoga College’s Nursing program, Lynn spent many years at St. Mary’s General Hospital in Critical Care, as a staff nurse and educator. As Cardiac Care Network Coordinator, Lynn contributed to the development of patient care standards for the cardiac invasive diagnostic and interventional programs. Subsequent positions as Program Manager and then Program Director at Grand River Hospital in Emergency and Critical Care provided Lynn with the opportunity to demonstrate success at team building and staff development. Lynn currently holds the position of Chair, Nursing Programs at Conestoga College where her commitment to excellence in patient care, standards of practice and continuous quality improvement continue to be her priority.
Bill Davidson, Executive Director of Langs Farm Village Association – Board Treasurer Bill has been the Executive Director of Langs Farm Village Association since 1985. He has more than 25 years of experience working in community development and community-based projects. Bill began his work with neighbourhoods to offer programs to youth in the Southwood and Champlain communities as an employee of the former South Waterloo Housing Authority. He worked in partnership with community residents to establish the Preston Heights Community Group and also served on the Advisory Committees to begin the Christopher Champlain Community Centre and the Alison Neighbourhood Association. In his role of Executive Director, Bill has been instrumental in establishing a wide variety of services including the Community Health Centre, North Dumfries Community Health Centre Satellite, Diabetes Education Centre, Youth Drop-In Centre, and the 7th Inning Alternative Education Program for young people. Today, he oversees a multi-disciplinary team that consists of Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers and Community Development Workers including preschool and youth staff.
Dianne Dal Bello RN BScN MScN APN – Board Secretary Dianne is a Nursing Faculty Member with the McMaster Conestoga Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) Program. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario MScN Program, she went onto to complete the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Toronto. She worked as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in Gynecologic Oncology for 14 years before moving into her current academic role where she is teaching in Level One and Two of the BScN Program at Conestoga College. While working at the London Health Sciences Center, Dianne was a member of various committees such as Cancer Care Ontario Disease Site, Gynecologic Oncology Nursing Professional Practice. She continues to support the scholarship of teaching through her academic work and participation on committees including Faculty Development and Faculty Representative for McMaster Student Nursing Association. Dianne was born and raised in Cambridge where she currently resides with her husband and two children.
Giordano Modesto- Director Giordano is a Community Legal Worker at Waterloo Region Community Legal Services, a community legal clinic specializing in ‘poverty law’. He focuses on direct client service, community development, public legal education, and law reform work. He has been instrumental in the implementation of the Legal Health Checkup program at WRCLS, as well as various outreach and legal education activities in Waterloo Region. Prior to this, he was a student at Wilfrid Laurier University, graduating with a B. A. in Criminology in 2015. Outside his work in the community legal clinic system, Giordano lends his talents as a bassist to three Hamilton area bands.
Karen Gehan- Director
Craig Carl- Director
Michelle Godin- Director Born and raised in Kitchener, Michelle graduated from the Registered Nursing Assistant Program and Diploma in Nursing program at Conestoga College in 1992 and 1996, graduating with honours and receiving an Award of Distinction. She then went on to complete a BScN and a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate at McMaster University in 2007. A lifelong learner, she is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Leadership at the University of Guelph. Michelle started her career providing home visits and eventually became a Case Manager for the Community Care Access Centre. She has a wealth of nursing experience, ranging from providing emergency care in remote Northern Nursing Centres to being a clinical instructor in the nursing program at Conestoga College. For the past 13 years, she has provided primary health care at the Boardwalk Medical Clinic in Waterloo. Her repertoire of experience also includes working with the College of Nurses Quality Assurance Program as a Peer Assessor and a contributing writer of questions for the jurisprudence exams. She is currently a preceptor to BScN and Nurse Practitioner students, sharing her knowledge in helping to educate and train the next generation of nurses.Michelle continues to develop and enhance her leadership skills in providing holistic primary care throughout the lifespan. She is passionate about clinical research and improving everyone’s access to quality, universal health care. An avid outdoors lover and sportswoman, she enjoys hockey, golf, baseball and kayaking