About Us


Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) announced its new Board of Directors in February 2018. This was the final step in the move to a new hospital corporation governing both the Chatham and Wallaceburg hospital sites with a single Board of Directors.

CKHA’s Board consists of 12 Directors who reflect the diversity of Chatham-Kent and the community served by the hospital. The selection of the new Board of Directors was the culmination of a robust and professional search process. Using an executive search firm, potential candidates were sought from across the region. A Nominations and Selection Committee guided the process. This committee was comprised of three inaugural Board members, Greg Aarssen, Dan Miskokomon and Sharon Pfaff, along with Lori Marshall, Dr. Pervez Faruqi, Dr. Allison Morand and Ron Thomson from the Rural Health Advisory Committee.

The Board of Directors is responsible for the Governance of CKHA and will lead and support the hospital corporation in pursuit of its Mission, “One Team – Two Sites: Serving Chatham and Rural Kent.”  


Our Team

Board of Directors

Greg Aarssen
Greg, born and raised in Wallaceburg, is an entrepreneur, investor, and farmer. Greg enjoyed over 30 years in the oil and gas industry. He worked corporately with AltaGas Ltd., a TSX 100 corporation, serving in various executive capacities, including Vice President Corporate Affairs and Co-President, Gas. Greg holds a Bachelor Science (Honours) from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA and Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Windsor. Greg retired from the energy industry in 2012. He continues to provide consulting and management advice to the energy sector.

Kathryn Biondi
Kathryn is a resident of rural Chatham-Kent. She is past Chair of the Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre, past Board member of Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres and Chatham-Kent Community Strategic Planning Committee. Presently, she sits on the Essex-Kent-Lambton Grant Review Team for the Ontario Trillium Foundation and is a Board member for the Chatham-Kent Police Services Board. Kathryn has extensive work experience in senior roles in the Ontario Public Service and University of Guelph.

Robert Dye
Robert is a resident of Ridgetown. Prior to his retirement he served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and Chair of the Chatham-Kent Strategic Priority Advisory Committee. He is past Board member and Treasurer for the Board of the Directors of the Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre. Robert was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree (LLD) from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1999 for his contribution to management education in Ontario Universities.

Brian Glover
Brian was born and raised in Wallaceburg. He graduated from the University of Waterloo and is currently employed with the National Bank Financial as an Investment Advisor. Previous to this Brian was the CEO for the Chatham-Kent Family YMCA. He has served as board member for several organizations including YMCAs of Southwestern Ontario where he currently chairs the Audit Committee. He has been a Board member for Entegrus Powerlines, Chatham-Kent Family YMCA and Chatham-Kent Safety Village.

Deborah Hook
Deborah is the Executive Director for Community Living Wallaceburg. A graduate from Université Laval with a Bachelor of Law degree, she also holds a certificate in Corporate Governance. Deb is fully bilingual in English and French and is a member of the Québec Bar. She has more than a decade of experience in health care and community leadership in Southwestern Ontario and Ottawa. She is currently a Director with the YMCAs of Southwestern Ontario and is Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.

Rita Mezei
Rita has over 20 years of progressive career experience working in a diversity of roles including operations, policy, project management and administration in healthcare and public safety. She lives in Chatham with her family and is the Executive Director for the Canadian Centre for Healthcare Facilities since 2013. She has a Master of Science in Planning degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Political Science from McMaster University.

Dan Miskokomon
Dan is currently serving his second term as Chief for Bkejwanong Territory/Walpole Island First Nation (WIFN). Previously he held the roles of First Nation Manager for WIFN & Delaware Nation - Moravian of the Thames, Co-Manager for Munsee-Delaware Nation and Economic Development Programs Planner for WIFN. He is also the former Owner and CEO of DRSKOKE: Technical, Financial and Management Consultant Services. Dan holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University (received Outstanding Native American Alumni Award) and received Mechanical Drafting Technician from St. Clair College, Windsor (recipient of the Alumni of Distinction Award).

Geetu Pathak
Geetu is an area business owner and executive. She serves as CEO of Milo-FAIS and is Vice Chair of Ekagrata Inc. She has considerable experience in turn around management, business building and strategy consulting. Geetu has extensive governance experience and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Toronto International Film Festival, where she Chairs the Audit Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Ryerson University. Recently, Geetu completed her term as a member of the Board of TV Ontario where she was Chair of the Audit Committee. Geetu has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahemadabad and a B.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Sharon Pfaff
Sharon, a resident of Erieau, has held senior roles at Cancer Care Ontario with direct accountability for the Information Programs of Prevention & Screening, Cancer, Chronic Disease Management which included Cardiac Care Network, Ontario Renal Network and Access to Care. Sharon was the Chief Executive Officer for Consolidated Health Information Services (CHIS). Since retiring in 2012, Sharon has fulfilled the community board member role for the Chatham-Kent Board of Health. Sharon was the Chair of the Lester B. Pearson Board of Directors and former Director for the Chatham-Kent Children’s Services’ Board.

April Rietdyk
April is a long time resident of the region and is currently the General Manager, Community Human Services/CEO for Chatham-Kent Public Health. She has her PhD in Public Health, a Masters of Health Studies, Leadership and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is a member of Advantage Ontario, Ontario Municipal Social Services Association, Canadian Public Health Association, and the Ontario Public Health Association.

Betty Schepens
Betty lives in Wallaceburg and is a Registered Nurse. Betty worked at the CKHA Wallaceburg Site for several years before joining the Public Health Unit with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, where she is currently a Program Manager. Her Board experience includes time as the Municipal representative to the Essex-Kent-Lambton District Health Council, including roles as Vice-Chair and Chairperson Elect. Betty also led development and implementation of the Chatham-Kent Community Health Centre as a founding board member.

Alan G. Wildeman
Alan was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan and has spent more than 30 years in Southwestern Ontario. He recently retired from his post as President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Windsor. He also served as Vice-President of Research, University of Guelph, and enjoyed many years in academia with roles in teaching and research including a NATO Fellowship allowing him to work in Strasbourg, France. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Guelph. Alan has extensive experience serving on provincial and national advisory committees and continually works to create stronger ties between communities and businesses.

Ex-officio Members

Lori Marshall

Lori Marshall
President & CEO
lmarshall [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca 
519.352.6401 x 6006

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Lori brings to the organization over 15 years of progressive leadership experience in Ontario’s acute and community care sectors, and a reputation as a patient-centred strategist with a track record of addressing complex issues through a shared vision and knowledge of the community and region. This is Lori’s third appointment as CEO, the first being in 2005 for Nipigon District Memorial Hospital and in 2014 for the Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre. She has served as Vice President at two hospitals including Oshawa General Hospital and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, where she held the positions of VP Patient Care before being promoted to Executive Vice President, Strategy, Performance and Aboriginal Health.

Lori is a Registered Pharmacist with the Ontario College of Pharmacists and a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. She holds a Health Leadership Certificate from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa. Lori has a rich history of community service and has been active on many boards and committees at the provincial and local levels.

Lisa Northcott

Lisa Northcott
Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive & Chief Professional Practice
lnorthcott [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca
519.352.6401 x 5118

As Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive & Chief Professional Practice, Lisa is responsible for Emergency Services, Intensive & Progressive Care, Medicine, Rehabilitation, Complex Continuing Care, Surgery, Women & Children’s, Mission, Quality, Inter-professional Practice and Infection Prevention & Control. Lisa brings to this position a solid knowledge of CKHA having worked here for 29 years, a successful track record of working in partnership and teamwork with physicians and other professional staff and, above all, a deep and profound commitment to staff and the provision of multi-disciplinary quality care.

Lisa is a Registered Nurse with a Master's degree in Nursing and has held numerous positions in the organization including staff nurse, professional practice leader, nursing unit manager, and most recently Director of Quality, Effectiveness and Inter-professional Practice. Lisa is passionate about building a workplace culture that promotes engagement and a true partnership between staff and physicians that fosters a shared ownership for the organization’s success. 

Dr Pervez Faruqi

Dr. Pervez Faruqi - Chief of Medical Staff

As Chief of Staff, Dr. Faruqi’s top priorities are to improve the quality of medical care and patient experience at CKHA. He brings to the role significant leadership and professional experience and a strong desire to support quality of care, improved patient experiences and works with the administration to strengthen the organization.

Dr. Faruqi has been a consultant Paediatrician at CKHA since 2010 and has held the role of Chief of Paediatrics since 2013. Prior to that he practiced medicine in Nova Scotia for five years at the Guysborough, Antigonish and Strait Health Authority (GASHA), where he chaired the Quality Review Committee. Before moving to Canada, Dr. Faruqi practiced medicine in the United States for seven years where in addition to several recognitions for teaching he won America’s Top Pediatrician, 2004-2005.

Since 2010, Dr. Faruqi has also been an Adjunct Professor of Paediatrics at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to learning and education, including having been a lead preceptor and supervisor for both medical and nursing students. 

Dr Bac

Dr. Jason Back - President, Medical Staff Association

As the President of the Medical Staff Organization (MSO), Dr. Back represents the best interests of the medical professional staff to the hospital administration. He also works to maintain a positive professional environment for physicians and to enhance their professional quality of life, in turn improving the quality of care provided to patients. 

Dr. Back has been a Pathologist at CKHA since 2015 and in the role of MSO President since Fall 2018. He has been a physician lead in Clinical Chemistry, Bone Marrow, Hematology and Autopsy services in the Department of Pathology.  Dr. Back is also an adjunct professor at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. 

He completed a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, before attending SABA University School of Medicine in Saba, Netherlands-Antilles, where he obtained a Master of Science in Hyperbaric Medicine and Doctor of Medicine in 2010. He completed his Pathology Residency followed by a Hematopathology Fellowship at State University of New York, Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York.  

Contact & Locations

Committees and Board Meetings

Board Documents

Board Manual
CKHA Bylaws

Board Meeting Meeting Dates 


January 24, 2019
March 28, 2019
May 30, 2019
June 27, 2019 - Annual General Meeting

**Please note Open Board Meeting Minutes will be posted after they are approved at the next meeting.<> <>

Board Meeting Minutes

October 2018 - Compliance Charter Reporting
September 2018  - Compliance Charter Reporting
May 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
September 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
November 2016
October 2016

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