Members of the Board

Ron Farrell - Board Chair

(Term: April 2017 to April 2020)

As the former Chair of the North East CCAC Board, Farrell brings with him extensive governance and health care experience, particularly in the home and community sector. He recently also served on the Council of Ontario College of Pharmacists and on the Board of the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres. Farrell has been involved in community health care for more than 20 years, holding a wide range of senior positions with federal, provincial and territorial governments as well as the private sector. Change management in large organizations occupied more than half his career. He retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Order of Nurses of Canada and started a Chapter of CARP for Zoomers centered in North Bay and serving 4,000 members from Bracebridge to Kapuskasing. With the Canadian Red Cross he was Director General, Atlantic Zone, National Director of Strategic and Operational Planning and Chief Information Officer. Prior to that he held the position of President and CEO of the Worker's Compensation Health and Safety Board and senior positions with the Territorial government.

Kim T. Morris

(Term: July 2017 to July 2020)

Born and raised in the Sudbury area, Kim Morris graduated from Laurentian University with a BA in Political Science and also holds a Masters in Communications Management from McMaster University. Kim is presently the Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Collège Boréal. Prior to that, Kim was the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the North-East Community Care Access Centre, and Manager of Communications and Administrative services at the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario. Kim is presently Chair of the Heads of Health Sciences of Ontario, and Member of the Comité du Plan de ressources humaines en santé en français en Ontario. Kim also served as Vice-Chair and more recently Chair of the North East CCAC, and is Past- President of the Réseau de Santé du Moyen-Nord de l’Ontario.

Mark Palumbo

(Term: April 2017 to April 2020)

Mark Palumbo brings a background in community pharmacy as pharmacist and owner of the Dowling Pharmacy for more than four decades, as well as, extensive governance experience having served on numerous health care, arts, and economic development boards including: City of Lakes Family Health Team, Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records (FACTOR), Chair of Music Film and Motion (MFM), and President of the Sudbury Regional Development Corporation.

Betty Stone

(Term: April 2017 to April 2020)

A university graduate, and retired teacher, Betty has as a volunteer more than four decades of involvement with multiple organizations at the governance level. These involvements specifically pertained to the enhancement of quality of life for all citizens, but most particularly those citizens with challenges. Her experience with these multiple Boards of Governance at the municipal, regional, provincial, and national levels, has confirmed to her the value of the development of generic, intentional, inclusionary collaborative partnerships. She firmly believes that the uniqueness of the North requires the solutions for the North are to be found in the North. 


Dawn Madahbee Leach

(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.