Senior Leadership Team

Dr. Rhonda Crocker Ellacott - Transitional Regional Lead (Northern Ontario)

Dr. Rhonda Crocker Ellacott is the Transitional Regional Lead in Northern Ontario, and CEO of the North West and North East LHINs. As a seasoned health care executive with over 25 years’ experience in the health care field, Dr. Crocker Ellacott obtained a Baccalaureate in Nursing, Masters Clinical Nurse Specialist Degree in Nursing, and Doctorate in Human Services Administration (Health Care Administration). Most recently, she served as the Executive Vice President, Patient Services and Chief Nursing Executive of Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and Chief Executive Officer, Nipigon District Memorial Hospital.

Kate Fyfe - VP, Performance, Business Solutions and Human Resources

Kate Fyfe
A Chartered Accountant by profession, Kate brings over 25 years of financial and health system leadership experience to the NE LHIN. Most recently, Kate was Transition Lead on Patients First, and successfully oversaw the transition of the NE CCAC to the NE LHIN with a seamless impact on home and community care service delivery to Northeastern Ontario patients. Kate’s leadership initiatives have included system transformation at both a regional and provincial level with a focus on improved system performance, accountability, financial sustainability and patient experience.

Kerby Audet - VP, Home and Community Care

Kerby Audet is a Registered Nurse with over 25 years’ experience in home and community care leadership, with both the LHIN and its predecessor CCAC, and previously with service provider organizations. As VP, Kerby is responsible for planning and directing the delivery of home and community care services throughout the North East region. Kerby is a passionate advocate for continuous quality improvement, and is a certified improvement advisor. She works closely with partners towards building a strong, sustainable health care system, with a focus to improving the patient/family health care journey.

Dr. Paul Preston - VP, Clinical

Dr. Paul Preston
Dr. Preston has practiced in Northeastern Ontario for more than 30 years in a variety of roles – hospital ED doctor, Chief of Primary Care at North Bay Regional Health Centre, family physician at the Blue Sky Family Health Team, and medical director in long-term care working with the frail elderly. After serving three years as the North East LHIN’s Primary Care Lead on a part-time basis, we are pleased to welcome him on board as the province’s first full-time Clinical Lead for the renewed LHIN.

Cynthia Stables - Senior Director, Community Engagement, Communications and Patient Experience, French Language Health Services, and Indigenous Health

Cynthia Stables
Cynthia brings 30 years of strategic communications and stakeholder engagement experience to the NE LHIN. She leads the development and implementation of initiatives that improve the patient experience across Northeastern Ontario, including the development of a Patient Family Advisory Committee. Cynthia also leads French Language Health Services and Indigenous Health with the goal better meeting the culturally diverse needs of the region’s population. She also oversees corporate strategic initiatives, including the development of a three year strategic plan (Integrated Health Services Plan) and, Annual Business Plan. She also oversees all communications work, including partnership development, strategic planning, media relations, patient information, product development, internal and external communications as well as community outreach.

Terry Tilleczek - VP, Strategy and System Planning

Terry Tilleczek
Terry Tilleczek has been involved in health system planning in Northeastern Ontario for 25 years, joining the NE LHIN in 2006. Terry leads the LHIN’s work in establishing and strengthening system planning within and across sub-regions to to improve Northerner’s access to health care services. In this first year of Patients First implementation, Terry is focusing on more closely aligning primary care, home and community care, and mental health and addictions services in Northeastern Ontario communities.