2016 – 2017 Board of Directors


Catherine Heal, Chairperson, is aCertified Management Accountant.  Catherine lives in downtown Kitchener and has a lot of board and committee experience with a broad range of community agencies. Catherine has co-founded and operated two consulting firms and is currently working with Grand River Hospital. Catherine is the chair of the Governance Committee for the Board of Directors.

Jennifer Bechtel, Vice Chairperson, works in the mental health field with the Canadian Mental Health Association and has recently received a Masters Degree in Health Administration.  Jennifer is the manager of coordinated intake, access and transitions in her organization.  Jennifer is the chair of the Quality Committee for the Board of Directors and is a member of the Governance Committee.

Bruce Brubacher, Treasurer, is a Chartered Professional Accountantwith more than 25 years of management experience in hospitals. Bruce’s volunteer experience includes connections with the Food Bank, working with newcomers and was a board member and Treasurer with the North Hamilton Community Health Centre.  Bruce is the chair of the Finance Committee for the Board of Directors.

Lorie Fioze, Secretary, 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 and Social Justice Committee and is on the Governance Committee for the Board of Directors.

Adam Jones joins our board with a diversity of experiences: in health care related business, education and in working with individuals who suffer from mental health issues. He is excited to join the board as a volunteer to help support KDCHC and the people it serves. Adam works as a marketing manager with Baxter Canada and has a broad range of work experience to support business and strategic thinking, including marketing and communication.  Adam is a member of the Quality Improvement Committee.

Jason Spencer is part of the vibrant Kitchener downtown area through his work at The Working Centre and 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.

Lynne Haalboom is a Speech Language Pathologist and has worked in hospitals, home care services, KidsAbility and now the Waterloo Region District School Board.  In these roles, Lynne has interacted with clients of all ages – from a variety of different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and their families.  Lynne has a lot of community volunteer experience and understands the journey that family member’s take through the health care system. Lynne will apply her experience on KDCHC to help all people to access primary health care, and achieve better health and well-being.  Lynne is a member of the Health Equity and Social Justice Committee.

Ayhan Kasar is a full time licensed professional realtor with Royal Lepage Wolle Realty.  Ayhan has worked in many leadership roles in other past experiences and brings energy, creativity, dedication to his work.  As a patient, he benefits from KDCHC programs provided to the community.  I am excited to connecting in the powerful work KDCHC does.  This will give him an opportunity to further explore his formal leadership skills. Ayhan is on the Communication & Fundraising Committee.

Terri Wilkinson has experience in nursing and law.  Terri’s past experience as a case manager with the Ontario Lawyer’s Assistance Program, she has provided crisis and intervention support for people with addictions and mental health issues.  Terri has also volunteered with Out of the Cold and Self-Help Alliance.  Terri is a member of the Health Equity and Social Justice Committee for the Board of Directors.

Siddharth Joshi has worked in the field of public health and medicine for more than 10 years.  He has excellent knowledge related to epidemiology, health promotion, disease prevention, early intervention and chronic disease management.  Siddharth is a newcomer to Canada and lives in downtown Kitchener.  Siddharth is a member of the Communications and Fundraising Committee for the Board of Directors.