SOG Executive Bios
Feria Bacchus is the Vice President, Sales & Marketing for National Research Corporation Canada. Feria’s prior career accomplishments include senior roles with Sodexo Canada Health Care Division, ARAMARK Healthcare in the United States, Cancer Care Ontario, the Alberta Regional Health Authority, as well as the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Feria has a Master of Health Science, major Health Administration, from the University of Toronto, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Guelph. Recently Feria completed the Leadership for Senior Executives – Executive Management Course, Harvard Business School.
Corinne Berinstein is a senior audit manager with the Ontario Internal Audit, Health Audit Service Team of the Ontario Government. She is responsible for leading the Risk Management Team that works with the MOHLTC to ensure that their risk management processes are effective. She is currently also a Tutor in HAD 5010 and HAD 5020 policy courses at IHPME.
Jodeme holds Masters Degrees in both Social Work and Health Science, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. She has held clinical and strategic leadership positions in health care over the last fifteen years. In 2010, she joined the Toronto Central CCAC team as the Lead for Health System Integration for Complex Populations and Primary Care. She is an innovative leader and adept consensus-builder. The inspiration for this role has been driving the highest possible integration to generate better care for those who need it most. In 2012, her role expanded as the Planning Lead for Health Links, helping to deliver the local primary care integration strategy and inform the provincial work on primary care integration. Jodeme is President, Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), Society of Graduates and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto. She is currently Principal Investigator for research projects focused on integrated care at the Baycrest Centre, the Li Ka Shing Research Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital, and York University. She is Co-Principal Investigator on a BRIDGES-funded project based at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Joanne Greco is Vice President of Infrastructure, Chief Nursing Officer and Privacy Officer at Closing the Gap Healthcare Group. As a passionate health care leader who has repeatedly demonstrated her ability to provide leadership excellence in community healthcare, Joanne has over 20 years of progressive experience in various leadership roles some of which include The Toronto Central CCAC and the former North York CCAC. During her tenure she garnered extensive knowledge and insight in program development and implementation as well as cross-sectorial initiatives resulting in system-wide improvements. Joanne brings a balance of clinical and operational knowledge coupled with strategic leadership to the ever changing healthcare environment. With a passion for community health care, Joanne brings dynamic leadership and experience with a focus on achieving the best possible care and experience for clients.
Joanne holds a Masters of Science in Health Administration (MHSc) from The University of Toronto; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) from The University of Windsor; and, is a Certified Health Executive (CHE) with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives.
Annette Marcuzzi is currently working at the Canadian Institute for Health Information as Project Lead, Health Indicators. She is responsible for communication and dissemination of health indicators that are intended to provide the public, healthcare providers, researchers and health authorities with reliable and comparable data on health, health care, and the determinants of health. She also works with internal and external stakeholders on emerging health indicators. Among Annette’s significant previous positions, she served as the Director of Ambulatory and Marketed Services at St. John’s Rehab, and as Professional Practice Leader at the University Health Network. Involvement in Society of Graduates is a valuable enabler in achieving professional excellence and in networking with other health care administrators.
Valerie A. Rackow is currently an independent health consultant. She is a dynamic, responsive, results-oriented team player with experience in teaching hospitals, university settings, community centres, integrated health systems and fundraising and special event planning, with the following skills: financial management, budgeting, academic administration, strategic planning, policy development, specialized mental health expertise, program review and evaluation, quality management. Valerie holds an appointment in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and is the Chair of the Alumni and Student Relations Committee for the Society of Graduates in HPME.
Meg is the leader for Healthcare in KPMG’s Advisory Services Practice. She has over 20 years experience as a clinician, senior healthcare executive and advisor. Her focus is managing large healthcare transformation and integration projects with multiple stakeholders. As KPMG’s national health lead, she is responsible for growing the practice across the country, strengthening the company’s healthcare team by recruiting experienced healthcare leaders and professionals, and ensuring the quality of services provided to clients. After graduating from the HPME program, and contributing as a tutor, she joined the Society of Graduates as a way to continue her involvement with UofT and the academic life. She has tremendously enjoyed her role as Chair of the Education Day Committee for the past few years, and all of the talented committee members involved over the years.
Leslie is currently Director, Organizational Effectiveness for Spectrum Health Care. In this role, she is responsible for the continuous development of Spectrum Health Care’s performance strategy to drive growth and innovation. Leslie leads and executes initiatives in alignment with Spectrum Health Care’s strategic priorities and works across the organization to facilitate change management and partnership building, and facilitate stakeholder relationships across the health care continuum. A Certified Healthcare Executive and Registered Occupational Therapist, Leslie has extensive expertise managing and consulting with a broad range of community and institutional health services spanning the public and private sectors including, National Research Corporation Canada (NRCC), the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, Med-Emerg Inc., Ontario’s Family Health Teams, the Ontario Medical Association, the Etobicoke and York Community Care Access Centres, Province Healthcare, COTA Health, as well as the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Roxana Sultan was appointed to the position of Vice-President, Clinical Transformation for The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre in August, 2013. She is responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of the new clinical model for the centre.
Prior to her arrival at Hincks-Dellcrest, Roxana served as the Director of Strategic Planning and Implementation at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in the University Health Network, and completed a concurrent term as the Acting Director of Regional Cancer Program Planning for the Toronto Central South region under the auspices of Cancer Care Ontario (CCO). Roxana has also worked with federal and provincial funding agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Cancer Care Ontario, and served as the
Brain and Behaviour Program Manager with The Hospital for Sick Children.
Roxana has a Master of Health Sciences (Health Administration) from the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, as well as a Master of Science from the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics, at the University of Toronto. Roxana also has extensive volunteer and community work experience which includes current volunteer work with the Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division), the Executive Committee of the University of Toronto’s Society of Graduates in Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, and the Women’s Economic Development Big Sister Program.
David Thomas is a Vice President at TELUS Health, with national responsibilities for the development and implementation of large complex health deals and platforms for enterprise customers. His team has been instrumental in the success of TELUS Health on many of their current large complex deals, taking these opportunities from concept through sales, implementation, to operations. Over the last few years he has been almost entirely focused on securing and expanding the footprint of health activity in Ontario and British Columbia in the areas of drug information systems, chronic disease management, and telehealth. His team’s most recent success is the large Connecting GTA initiative, which will be in production by mid 2014.
David has been with TELUS, via several acquisitions, since 2004, working for several years internationally in Asia Pacific, and then subsequently on large projects in Ottawa, Toronto, Newfoundland and BC. He has twenty five years of experience in the Health Care industry spanning both the public and the private sectors, and across the diversity of acute care, ambulatory care and homecare services. David has extensive experience as a healthcare consultant and as an executive in operations, business development, and in managing large, complex, political projects.
He has to his academic credit a Master of Health Sciences in Health Administration from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science from McGill University. He has also completed a Certification Course from Harvard Law School in an Executive Program in Negotiation, and rounded out his business background with a number of post graduate economics courses. David remains an active volunteer in the health (Kids Health Link Foundation), education (Trinity College School) and the sports sector (Ontario Floorball).
Sue VanderBent is the past president of the Society of Graduates and is a proud alumni of the IHPME program. Sue is the Chief Executive Officer of the Home Care Ontario (OHCA), holds a faculty appointment in the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, and has guest lectured at the University of Toronto. A health care advocate, Ms. VanderBent represents the OHCA on numerous provincial Committees and makes presentations to groups on the role and value of the home care sector as it supports health system transformation. A recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2005), the U of T Arbour Award (2013) and the Livergant Scholarship, Sue is committed to the creation of collaborative relationships. She is past Chair of the Ontario Health Providers Alliance which represents major health related associations in the province.
Evelyn Williams is Head of the Division of Long Term Care in the Veterans wing at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where she also has a clinical practice. As assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, she is actively involved in training future family physicians in Care of the Elderly. As a physician leader she is President-elect (November 2014) of the Ontario Long Term Care Physicians, and the lead for long term care peer assessors for the College of Physicians and Surgeons. For OLTCP she has, with her colleague Dr. A. Moser, created and taught the new Medical Directors Curriculum for long term care, an innovative training program designed to engage physician leaders in improvement of medical care in that setting. She is Co-Principal Investigator on a joint Baycrest/Sunnybrook-funded project to evaluate this new curriculum.
Anne Wojtak is the Senior Director, Performance Management and Accountability for the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre. Anne’s portfolio includes corporate performance, procurement and contract management, strategic planning, risk management, privacy, ethics, research, policy development, and communications. After starting out her career in the rehab and complex continuing care hospital sector, Anne has held progressively more senior leadership positions in the home and community care sector over the last 20 years. She is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Toronto in the Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation Program where she is a guest lecturer on Strategic Planning and a tutor for Canada’s Health System and Health Policy course. Anne is also a Past President of the Society of Graduates in HPME.
Talya Wolff is a Special Projects Manager at Toronto Rehab, University Health Network. Currently, she is managing projects for the Geriatric, Cardiac, Musculoskeletal and Outpatient Services Programs. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist by training, focusing her clinical work on pediatric populations in the rehabilitation and community settings. She continues her clinical work in private practice and is also a clinical researcher with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the University of Toronto.
Talya is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, Master’s of Health Administration (MHSc) program. She serves as Director and Chair of the Quality Committee for Transcare Community Support Services and is an active member of the iHPME Society of Graduates Committee. Talya also holds a designation as a Certified Health Executive (CHE) with the Canadian College of Health Leaders and is certified with a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute.