Board

We are seeking Board Members and Committee Members for upcoming vacancies

KDCHC Board Recruitment

 

2018 – 2019 Board of Directors

Introducing the Board of Directors

 

The Board of Directors is elected to provide overall governance and leadership on behalf of KDCHC. They are a diverse group of volunteers who provide leadership, set direction and provide accountability to the community. The Board is responsible for:

  • Establishing and implementing the organization’s mission and vision;
  • Developing and implementing a strategic plan to meet its mission;
  • Ensuring that services and programs are relevant;
  • Ensuring that KDCHC meets its legal and financial responsibilities;
  • Engaging KDCHC with the community;
  • The board was a key part in receiving a 4-year accreditation in 2017 and received a Board excellence award from Manulife in 2015.Below is a brief introduction to our Board members. They have a lot of experience in different areas and all have a keen interest in seeing that KDCHC plays an important role in the community and provides good quality services.Jennifer Bechtel, Chairperson, is the Quality Lead with the Canadian Mental Health Association. Jennifer has a master’s degree in health administration. Jennifer brings a lot of mental health experience to the Board. Jennifer has a broad depth of knowledge related to health care services and applies these strategically to provide great added value to the Board. Jennifer also is the chair of the Quality Committee and the Governance Committee.Jason Spencer, Vice Chairperson, is part of the vibrant Kitchener downtown area and works with Community Justice Initiatives. By walking with people on their journeys, Jason has seen firsthand the implications of the social determinants of health on the people he has supported and the importance of having accessible services for all. Jason is an active volunteer in his community and brings this spirit of volunteerism and past Board experience to KDCHC. Jason is a member of the Governance Committee.Adam Jones, Treasurer, has a diversity of experiences: in health care related business, education and in working with individuals who experience mental health challenges. Adam is a marketing manager and most recently worked with Baxter Canada. He has a broad range of work experience to support business and strategic thinking, including marketing and communication. Adam is on the Finance Committee and a past member of the Quality Improvement Committee.

 

Jennifer Bechtel, Chairperson, is the Quality Lead with the Canadian Mental Health Association. Jennifer has a master’s degree in health administration. Jennifer brings a lot of mental health experience to the Board. Jennifer has a broad depth of knowledge related to health care services and applies these strategically to provide great added value to the Board. Jennifer also is the chair of the Quality Committee and the Governance Committee.

 

Jason Spencer, Vice Chairperson, is part of the vibrant Kitchener downtown area and works with Community Justice Initiatives. By walking with people on their journeys, Jason has seen firsthand the implications of the social determinants of health on the people he has supported and the importance of having accessible services for all. Jason is an active volunteer in his community and brings this spirit of volunteerism and past Board experience to KDCHC. Jason is a member of the Governance Committee.

 

Adam Jones, Treasurer, has a diversity of experiences: in health care related business, education and in working with individuals who experience mental health challenges. Adam is a marketing manager and most recently worked with Baxter Canada. He has a broad range of work experience to support business and strategic thinking, including marketing and communication. Adam is on the Finance Committee and a past member of the Quality Improvement Committee.

 

Beth Rajnovich, Secretary, Beth works for Community Services, City of Waterloo and leads planning and policy initiatives aimed at improving local quality of life.  She has previously worked for the Nova Scotia Department of Health in home care and long term care services. Beth was involved in research on the social determinants of health, family care giving and women’s health.  Beth has board experience being a founding member of Thyroid Cancer Canada.

 

Lorie Fioze is a manager of strategic planning initiatives with the Region of Waterloo and works in the Chief Administrators Office. She has worked in many positions related to social planning and health promotion and an interest in healthy public policy and ensuring access and equity. Lorie is the past chair of the Health Equity Committee, served on the Governance Committee and is currently chair of the Fundraising Committee. Lorie played a lead role in our development of the strategic plan ensuring great engagement of board, staff, clients and volunteers.

 

Lynne Haalboom is a Speech Language Pathologist and has worked in hospitals, home care services, KidsAbility and now the Waterloo Region District School Board. Lynne has interacted with clients of all ages and culture and their families. Lynne has a lot of volunteer experience and understands the journey that family member’s take through the health care system. Lynne applies her experience to board discussions to support all people to achieve better health and well-being. Lynne is a member of the Health Equity and Social Justice Committee.

 

Terri Wilkinson has experience in nursing and law. Terri’s has been a case manager with the Ontario Lawyer’s Assistance Program and has provided crisis and intervention support for people with addictions and mental health issues. Terri also volunteers with a number of KDCHC programs across the Centre. Terri has also volunteered with Out of the Cold and Self-Help Alliance. Terri is a member of the Health Equity, Quality Improvement and Governance Committees.

 

Julia Alemayehu comes to KDCHC with a diverse background, having worked for one of Canada’s largest insurance companies, taught English in Korea and Russia and, most recently, working in the agricultural sector with a government agency.  Julia is working on her Chartered Professional Accountant designation and will support the finance committee. Because of the example set by her family, Julia has strong ties with the community through volunteer work with a range of agencies. Julia believes that a strong community is an involved community.

 

Maria Vrentzos is a human resources administrator with St. Mary’s Hospital, has a Bachelor’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier in sociology and a post graduate diploma in human resources. Maria is passionate about all aspects of human resources. Maria is very community focused and has completed a program with Leadership Waterloo and participated on the KDCHC Board of Directors as a young professional on board. Maria then volunteered to be a community member on the KDCHC fundraising committee before this opportunity came up to become a member of the board of directors.