BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- President & Chair: Dr. Thomas Richard (Physician and Director, Peterborough FHT – Peterborough)
- Vice President: Dr. Allan Grill (Lead Physician, Markham FHT – Markham)
- Treasurer: Ms. Clarys Tirel (Executive Director, Mount Sinai Academic FHT – Toronto)
- Secretary: Ms. Sara Dalo (Manager of Quality, Experience and Patient Safety, Windsor FHT – Windsor)
- Past President: Ms. Beth Cowper-Fung (Clinic Director / Lead Nurse Practitioner, Georgina NPLC – Sutton)
Mrs. Marg Alfieri (Clinical Dietitian, Centre for Family Medicine FHT – Kitchener)
Dr. Rob Annis (Physician, North Perth FHT – Listowel)
- Dr. Veronica Asgary-Eden (Clinical Psychologist, Family First FHT – Ottawa)
- Ms. Kaela Hilderley (Registered Respiratory Therapist, Elliot Lake FHT – Elliot Lake)
- Mr. J.C. Kirk (Executive Director, Southlake Academic FHT – Newmarket)
- Ms. Karen Lusignan (Executive Director, Atikokan FHT – Atikokan)
- Mr. John McKinley (Board Chair, South East Toronto FHT – Toronto)
- Dr. Kevin Samson (Physician, East Wellington FHT – Rockwood)
- Dr. Adam Steacie (Lead Physician, Upper Canada FHT - Brockville)
President and chair
Dr. Thomas Richard | Physician and Director, Peterborough FHT - Peterborough
Tom Richard is a community family physician practicing in Peterborough since 2003. He has been heavily involved in the Peterborough Family Health Team since its inception. PFHT is comprised of 5 FHO’s that serve over 105,000 people. It is made up of over 80 physicians and over 80 Allied Health Providers. Since 2006 he has served as a Board Director for PFHT and for the last 5 years served as Chair. Tom also enjoys his role as an Assistant Professor with the Department of Family Medicine at Queen’s University since 2010 and enjoys teaching Residents and Medical Students. Tom graduated from Western University’s Family Medicine Program in 1989 before practicing rural medicine in Gananoque, Ontario from 1989 until 2003. In 2015, he received the Chartered Director designation from The Director’s College at DeGroote Business School. He has a keen interest in governance and strategic planning.
Dr. Allan Grill | Lead Physician, Markham FHT - Markham
Allan Grill is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and is the Lead Physician at the Markham Family Health Team. He has a staff appointment at Markham Stouffville Hospital, and also teaches medical students and family medicine residents at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in the Division of Long-Term Care. Allan completed a Master Certificate in Physician Leadership from the Schulich School of Business in 2012, and serves in several other primary care leadership roles. As the Provincial Primary Care Lead for the Ontario Renal Network, he focuses on innovative ways to improve Early Detection and Prevention of Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease in the primary care setting. He is also the current Chair of the Committee to Evaluate Drugs (CED), an expert advisory committee to the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care on drug policy issues, and a member of the Central LHIN Primary Care Council.
Ms. Clarys Tirel | Executive Director, Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team - Toronto
Clarys Tirel has worked in the healthcare system since the mid-1980s. She started as a psychiatric social worker (MSW), but moved to administrative positions in the early 1990s. Clarys was the Executive Director of a branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association for 10 years in Duncan, British Columbia. As part of her work in mental health, she worked closely with patients to develop patient advisory committees. She was also involved in the regionalization processes at the time and participated in regional and provincial committees. Clarys has been involved in Primary Care since the initial reforms that were spearheaded by the Romanow report in 2002. In British Columbia, she worked on several Primary Care Transition Projects funded by the Federal government and developed a strong understanding of primary care. She has strong ties with the IHPME at the University of Toronto, where she completed a Masters in Health Administration in 2005. Clarys had the opportunity to work on a quality improvement project in primary care after she completed her MHSc. Her experience with Family Health Teams started as the Executive Director of the North York Family Health Team from 2008 to 2011. Clarys is currently the Executive Director of the Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team. She was also the Governance and Leadership Lead for AFHTO in 2013 - 14.
Ms. Sara Dalo | Manager Of Quality,Experience And Patient Safety, Windsor FHT - Windsor
Sara Dalo is the Manager of Quality, Experience and Patient Safety at the Windsor Family Health Team. She previously supported nine Family Health Teams across the Erie St Clair region in her role as a Quality Improvement Decision Support Specialist (QIDSS). Her work experience also includes working as a Decision Support Analyst at Windsor Regional Hospital, providing expertise, data analysis, evaluation and quality improvement for stakeholders both internal and external to the organization. Sara has served on multiple local, regional and provincial committees. She was part of AFHTO’s D2D Indicator Working Group, EMR Data Management Committee and is actively involved in the marketing side of the Algorithm Project (AP) Team. Sara often collaborates with Public Health Ontario, Health Quality Ontario, Windsor- Essex County Health Unit, Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network as these working relationships lead to effective coordination of policies, programs, and service delivery, and, ultimately, better outcomes. Sara Graduated from McMaster with a MSc in eHealth and is currently pursuing a PhD in Performance Measurement and Evaluation through Wayne State University. She has also completed several professional development courses including CIHI Health System Performance Workshop and Human-Centered Design course for social innovation.
Ms. Beth Cowper-Fung | Clinic Director / Lead Nurse Practitioner, Georgina NPLC - Sutton
Beth Cowper-Fung is a founder and Clinic Director / Lead Nurse Practitioner for the Georgina Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic in Sutton Ontario since 2011. She is a Past President of the Nurse Practitioners Association of Ontario (NPAO) where she has served for the past 6 years. As well as her 3-year commitment in the Tri-Leadership positions, she served as Treasurer. In her roles with NPAO as well as her Clinic Director role she has participated in multiple provincial level working groups and leads the NPLC-NPAO Leadership Network for 25 clinics across Ontario. Beth is also a member of the Health Professions Advisory Committee for the Central LHIN and is on the Steering Committee for the South Simcoe Northern York Region Health Link. Beth graduated from the Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing – Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program through Ryerson University in 2008. She also holds a Master of Nursing from the University of Toronto. Beth’s previous work experience includes: Unit Manager at North York General Hospital, Clinical Nurse Educator in the Medicine Department at North York General Hospital and Emergency Department RN at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Currently she practices as an NP-PHC at the Georgina NPLC in addition to her leadership responsibilities.
Ms. Marg Alfieri | Clinical Dietition, Center for Family Medicine FHT - Kitchener
Marg Alfieri is a Clinical Dietitian who has worked in a wide variety of health care settings, from tertiary care, research, private practice and finally to her delight in primary care - family health teams. She is an Associate Professior at McMaster's School of Medicine. In 2005 Marg founded the FHT RD network. She has been instrumental in the creation of AFHTO's Community of Practice for nursing, admins and IHPs. Her current research grant involves the incidence of both macrocytic and microcytic anemia in a primary care OB clinic. She has published a dozen peer reviewed research papers. In 2011, the Family Medicine Residents awarded her the IHP Preceptor of the year. In 2014, Marg was named "Fellow of Dietitians of Canada" for her contributions to primary care nutrition.
Dr. Rob Annis | Physician, North Perth FHT - Listowel
Rob Annis has been a family physician in Listowel Ontario for the last 23 years, and maintains an active practice that includes emergency room shifts, obstetrics, and surgical assists. While working in various Primary Care models, including a Community Health Centre, private practice, and, in the last 12 years, with the North Perth Family Health Team, Rob has held numerous leadership positions. He was Medical Director of the Fordwich Village Nursing Home from 1994 to 2005, Chief of Staff of the Listowel Memorial Hospital from 2005-2010, the Lead Physician in the development of the North Perth Family Health Team from 2005 to 2006, Chair of the North Perth Family Health Team Board 2006-2010, Co-Chair of the South West LHIN Health System Leadership Council from 2010 to 2013 as well as a member of numerous SW LHIN committees including their Strategic Advisory Group and Chronic Disease Steering Committee. Rob was also the Regional Primary Care Lead for the SW Regional Cancer Program from 2008 to 2012, the Primary Care Lead for the SW LHIN 2012- 2014, and the Co-Chair of the SW Primary Care Network, a network which he created while working as the Cancer Lead. He has worked with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and AFHTO as a Peer Facilitator in the Effective Governance for Quality and Patient Safety Program. Rob received an Award of Excellence from the Canadian College of Family Physicians in 2011, and a Community Care Access Award in 2001.
Dr. Veronica Asgary-Eden | Clinical Psychologist And Mental Health Lead, Family First FHT - Ottawa
Veronica Asgary-Eden earned her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Ottawa and completed her pre-doctoral residency at London Health Sciences Centre, focusing on health and rehabilitation psychology. She has conducted research on the delivery of evidence-based services in agencies across Ontario and she has published numerous peer-reviewed articles. She has presented at international conferences on evidence-based practice and service delivery as well as on the relationship between psychological factors and physical health. Veronica has experience as the mental health team coordinator at Family First FHT. She spearheaded the development of the mental health program from inception to implementation. As a bilingual clinician, she enthusiastically promotes the integration of mental health services and increased access to psychological care for patients in primary care. In addition, she has played a founding role in creating a network of psychologists practicing in primary care settings in the Ottawa region along with actively participating in a regional network of mental health clinicians working in FHTs. As part of an AFHTO led initiative to support professional networks, Veronica is the coordinator for the psychology community of practice.
Ms. Kaela Hilderley | Registered Respiratory Therapist, Elliot Lake FHT - Elliot Lake
Kaela Hilderley is the Registered Respiratory Therapist and Certified Educator with the Elliot Lake Family Health Team. Since accepting the position in 2012, she has been expanding the role of the Respiratory Therapist within the FHT. Kaela has acquired numerous certifications since 2012 and is currently working towards a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education as she is passionate about health education. She brings to the AFHTO board the diversification of being an IHP from Northern Ontario. The experience Kaela is quickly gaining in leadership, project management and innovation are shaping the personal and professional qualities she sees as being very applicable, in addition to the diversity her membership on the board brings. Each of these qualities reflects the mission of AFHTO, to facilitate the “expansion of high quality, comprehensive, well-integrated interprofessional primary care for the benefit of all Ontarians”.
Ms. Karen Lusignan | Executive Director, Atikokan FHT - Atikokan
Karen Lusignan has been at the Atikokan Family Health Team since Aug 2016. She is very passionate about rural primary health care and the unique needs that are faced. She sits on the Atikokan General Hospital board of Directors and the Rainy River District Sub Region Planning Table. Prior to joining the Family Health Team Karen was the Community and Personal Support Services Manager at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care and had 17 staff on 9 First Nations Communities which she frequented often. Karen graduated in 2006 from Lakehead University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Karen was born and raised in Atikokan and loves hunting, fishing and spending time with her family.
Mr. John McKinley | Board Chair, South East Toronto FHT - Toronto
John is a seasoned health care executive who combined a 30+ year career in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario with a two-year assignment at a large multi-site hospital east of Toronto. While with the Ministry of Heath John held a wide range of jobs leading up to his executive experience as an Assistant Deputy Minister in several portfolios. While with Lakeridge Health, John was an Executive Vice President responsible for corporate functions including finance, information technology and management, human resources, planning, facilities management, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, and the pharmacy. Currently John is an independent management and governance consultant specializing in healthcare. As part of his giving back, he serves as Chair of South East Toronto Family Health Team, Chair of Touchstone Institute and Chair of the AFHTO Board Chair Leadership Council.
Dr. Kevin Samson | Physician, East Wellington FHT - Rockwood
Dr. Samson is a full time family doctor and IT lead at the East Wellington Family Health Team. He has been in practice in Ontario for over 30 years. He also has a degree Electrical Engineering specializing in computer programming and biomedical engineering and has been actively involved in the development and application of medical software throughout his career.
Dr. Samson maintains active leadership and advisory roles at many levels. With AFHTO, he has been a member of the AFHTO Quality Steering Committee since inception and is the current chair of the committee. He is also the chair of the AFHTO TELUS PSS Community of Practice and was the chair of the AFHTO EMR Data Management Committee for 4 years. With OntarioMD, Dr. Samson is a member of the eConsult Clinical Advisory Group, the EMR Quality Dashboard Clinical Advisory Group, and the Health Report Manager User Group. As an active Peer Leader with OntarioMD he has conducted EMR optimization sessions with many practices and has learned about the varied workflows and challenges of practices across the province. In his role as Clinical Advisor for the eHealth Centre of Excellence in Waterloo, Dr. Samson is involved in the development of innovative EMR tools that are being deployed across the province. He is an active member of the Waterloo Wellington Primary Care eHealth Committee, the eHealth Ontario cSWO Clinical Advisory Committee, and the WWLHIN eHealth ClinicalConnect Regional User Group. Dr. Samson is also a member of the Diabetes Action Canada Data Advisory Group and Co-Chair of the Diabetes Action Canada Research Governing Committee. He also works closely with TELUS Health and has been involved in the development of EMR optimization tools as well as enhanced data extraction and reporting tools for their PS Suite EMR.
Dr. Samson brings to the Board years of front line clinical experience, a strong IT background, and an understanding of how best to bring about patient centered innovative change at both a local and system level.
Dr. Adam Steacie | Lead MD, Upper Canada FHT - Brockville
Dr. Adam Steacie is a Family Physician at the Upper Canada Family Health Team in eastern Ontario. He also practices inpatient and community Palliative Medicine with the Brockville General Hospital Palliative Care Program. His professional passions include Palliative Care, End of Life Care and Vascular Prevention. Adam has experience in the Ontario Health System as a former Chief of Staff of the Brockville General Hospital and has a keen interest in health policy. He is currently the OMA Co-Chair of the joint OMA-OHA Hospital Issues committee, and has experience on the boards of the Ontario Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Association. Adam is very excited in the potential for Ontario Health Teams, to allow for the transformation in healthcare delivery that Ontario and the rest of Canada has been seeking for decades. Adam believes that AFHTO is uniquely positioned to assist primary care in driving the transformation in Ontario.