Members of the Board



Rick Cooper
Interim Chair of the Board of Directors

(Term: October 2016 to October 2019)

Rick Cooper brings to the Board extensive Health Care Administration experience. Rick has worked in small and large community hospitals across the Province as a Vice President at the Senior Management level for over 37 years. In addition, he has worked in the Province of British Columbia at a Community Health Council and gained experience in government as a Senior Director for the MOHLTC Northern Regional Office in Sudbury.

He has also served on several Boards including a Group Purchasing Organization, Regional Food Commissary, Regional Laundry Services, Futures Committee and an Integrated Health Care IT service. He is a Certified General Accountant and a graduate of the Health Care Administration Program.


Santina Marasco

(Term: August 2015 to August 2018)

Santina Marasco has had a long and varied career focused primarily on helping patients and families through times of crisis and grief. Santina, former Vice President of Mission, Ethics, Spiritual and Religious Care at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Sudbury for 12 years, also worked as a Staff Chaplain at the former Sudbury General Hospital for eight years. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in Sudbury in 1970 and went on to manage a chain of businesses in the 1980s. A grief recovery specialist, she has volunteered her time since 1999 as the coordinator of the Bereavement Foundation of Sudbury. Other volunteer work has been with VCARS (Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Services) and the Sudbury Hospice, as well as serving on many Boards including: Inner City Home of Sudbury, Sudbury Regional Palliative Care Association, Shamrock Non-Profit Housing, and the Sudbury Regional Pastoral Council.

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Dawn Madahbee

(Term: September 2014 to September 2017)

Dawn Madahbee, a member of the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation on Manitoulin Island, brings to the North East LHIN Board a wealth of business and economic development experience, as well as insight into the needs of First Nations people living in the region.  Since 1988, she has served as the General Manager of the Waubetek Business Development Corporation and, prior to that, worked on policy development for First Nations and the federal government.  She also operated her family-owned retail business for a number of years.  She has considerable governance experience as a Vice-Chair of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board, Board Member of Peace Hills Trust, and Board Member of the Northern Policy Institute.  Dawn also served previously on her First Nation council and on provincial boards and committees related to economic development.


Denis Bérubé

(Term: November 2014 to November 2017)

Denis Bérubé, a Francophone, brings an extensive economic development knowledge of the Cochrane District, as well as a long history of leading organizations in a governance role to the North East LHIN Board. He lives in the community of Moonbeam, located near Kapuskasing where he works as the Executive Director of the North Claybelt Community Futures Development Corporation -- a position he has held since 2000. Prior to that, Bérubé worked for the North Cochrane District Family Services as a camp director and social worker.

Bérubé’s extensive governance experience pulls in many organizations including his present positions as Chair of NEOnet (North Eastern Ontario Communication Network), Chair of the Kapuskasing Lumberjack Heritage Festival, and Past-Chair of the Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporation.  He also served for six years on the Board of Governors for Northern College which ended this past September with his position as First Vice-Chair.  In addition, Bérubé has served on the Sensenbrenner Hospital Board and chaired the Caisse Populaire de Kapuskasing Board.  


Toni Nanne-Little

(Term: February 2015 to February 2018)

Toni Nanne-Little, a Sault Ste. Marie resident, is a long-time educator who spent the bulk of her career with the Huron-Superior Catholic School Board as a teacher, principal and then Superintendent. In addition to having taught Grades 1 to 11, Nanne-Little also lectured for two years as an adjunct professor at Lake Superior State University’s School of Education. After more than 30 years, she retired in 2013 from the Huron-Superior Board going on to take a contract position with the Ministry of Education as an officer responsible for implementing student success initiatives in Boards throughout the region. Nanne-Little’s extensive governance experience and community involvement pulls in many organizations including serving on the Children’s Aid Society of Algoma Board, the Sault Ste. Marie General Hospital Board, as well as the Provincial Advisory Committee for Alternative Dispute Resolution. 


John Febbraro

(Term: December 2015 to December 2018)

John Febbraro brings a remarkable skill set to the North East LHIN Board that includes economic development, strategic planning, quality management, financial management, as well as an ability to develop and sustain partnerships.

He is currently the Director of Business Development for the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC), a position which he has held for 15 years. Prior to joining the SSMEDC, John was President of a small business consulting group in Sault Ste. Marie that was heavily involved in business consulting and developing quality management systems. He has also held positions in Ottawa with the Canadian Space Agency and EH Industries in a program management capacity. John’s governance experience and community involvement spans many organizations, including serving on the Algoma Residential Community Hospice (ARCH) Board, a member of the Transportation Infrastructure Committee, and President of the Algoma Canadian Cancer Society.