BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Niagara Falls Community Health Centre is governed by a volunteer board of directors comprised of Niagara Region community members. With the board’s leadership, experience, & expertise, the NFCHC continues to move forward towards achieving its vision of empowering individuals, creating a stronger community through quality health care in the City of Niagara Falls.

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Dean Iorfida

CHAIr

Dean Iorfida was born, raised and continues to live in Niagara Falls.  He was employed at the City of Niagara Falls for more than twenty years, most notably as the City Clerk from 2001 to 2017.  He is currently consulting in government affairs matters.  Dean has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta.

 

Dean’s volunteer experience includes being a member on the Niagara Falls International Marathon board, where he has served as chair for the last three years.  In the summers, along with his step-daughter, he coaches, his son and daughter’s teams, at both the Niagara Falls Soccer Club and Niagara United Soccer Club.  “I am honoured to be on the NFCHC Board with such a wonderful, cross section of individuals. I am hopeful that I will be a valued contributor to the Board.  Most of my professional career has been geared toward making my community a better place and forging partnerships.  Being on the NFCHC Board allows me to continue to affect positive change in Niagara Falls.”

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Franco Piscitelli

vice Chair

Franco has lived in Niagara Falls for nearly 40 years where he and his wife, Renni raised their 4 children.  Franco has worked his entire career in the field of Law Enforcement (retiring as an Immigration Intelligence Officer after 35 years and following with an 8 year career as Municipal Law Enforcement Manager).  Franco has a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration.  He has sat as Director and Chair on several local boards.  Franco hopes to serve the Board by following in the footsteps of his wife, Renni who was the First Chair of the NFCHC. 

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Diane Vanecko

Treasurer

Born and raised in Niagara, Diane Vanecko is a first-time board member.  Diane is inspired by the Niagara Falls Community Health Centre’s achievements, and is eager to bring her health background and experience to take the organization’s vision further and make it a reality through sound strategy development. Diane strives to improve the residents’ quality of life, one person at a time.Diane is the Director of Organizational and Foundational Standards division at Niagara Region Public Health, overseeing communications, health surveillance and evaluation, and continuous quality improvement and education. She has been employed with Niagara Region for 21 years, beginning her career as a Public Health Nurse, and has held a variety of positions in the organization. Diane is currently leading the development of a new Public Health office in Niagara Falls. Diane graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1996 and completed her Masters of Business Administration in 2007. Diane is married to her high school sweetheart Darren, and they have two teenaged children. Diane loves watching her son play hockey and her daughter play basketball. In her spare time, she enjoys running the Niagara escarpment trails and hiking with her family.

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Madelyn Law

SECrETARY

Madelyn Law has an undergraduate degree in sport management (Brock’99), masters in sport psychology (Queen’s University’01) and a PhD in health administration (University of Toronto’11). Madelyn’s research focuses on the creation of high performance systems through the lens of organizational culture, change management and quality improvement. Madelyn is the founder and Director of I-EQUIP which is the Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program where she engages community partners and students in the health sector to improve the quality of health services. Madelyn is also the Faculty Associate for Experiential Education (EE) at Brock where she supports Brock’s vision to advance EE in courses across the campus.

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John Armstrong

Director

John Armstrong is president of Armstrong Strategy Group, a strategic communications and public affairs firm he started in 2011. John began his career as a public liaison officer for former Ontario premier William Davis and completed his bachelor's degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in political science and his Masters of Arts degree in political science.

John has worked in the private sector as manager of a cable advertising channel and has taught current affairs and the media to Niagara College journalism students and lectured in Canadian Studies at Brock University. His commitment to leadership also took him to Ottawa and the office of former Reform Party of Canada leader Preston Manning, as a strategist, speech-writer and communications specialist and has also served on the staff of Labour Minister Jim Flaherty.

 

Since becoming a consultant in 1998, John has delivered strategies to clients in all sectors including large multinational corporations to various levels of government, the broader sector, industry associations and not-for-profits. The depth of and breadth of his regional understanding reaches into healthcare, tourism, agri-food, manufacturing, municipal and electricity sectors.

John is also Chair of the Bi-national War of 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council, and founder of the Lou Cahill Society, John has also been on the Board of the Niagara Community Foundation, is past chair of Niagara College's Public Relation's Program Advisry group, has been on numerous fundraising campaigns and a judge for the Canadian Healthcare Public Relations Awards.

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Caroline Bourque Wiley

DIRECTOR

Caroline is a senior public relations leader with 20 years of experience in the profession, mostly in healthcare communications. Before transitioning to public relations, she spent 13 years as a newspaper journalist, including 10 years at the St. Catharines Standard as a reporter and editor.  

As the Communications Director at Niagara Health, Caroline provides strategic communications leadership across all levels of the hospital organization. She has a special interest in healthcare communication with older adults in the digital age as well as in public engagement that brings the voices of patients/clients to healthcare decision making. 

Caroline holds a Master of Communications Management Degree (McMaster University/Syracuse University) as well as Bachelor’s Degrees in French Language & Literature (Brock University) and Journalism (Ryerson University). She recently achieved her public relations accreditation designation (APR) through the Canadian Public Relations Society.

Caroline also currently serves as Vice President and Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee of the Canadian Public Relations Society Hamilton Chapter. 

“I have worked as a healthcare leader in Niagara for the last 15 years and have a deep understanding of the trends, changes, strengths and areas of improvement in our region. The Niagara Falls Community Health Centre has a strong mandate and does increasingly important work as a community healthcare provider. I am impressed by its mission, vision and values, and I look forward to contributing to the organization’s success – and in doing so contribute to strengthening the community and improving lives - in meaningful ways.”

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Irene Duford

Director

Irene Duford has been a resident of Niagara Falls all of her life, and says she has seen many changes in the community over the years. Irene worked for the Niagara Parks Commission for over 30 years and has worked with a great many people and thoroughly enjoys getting to know and helping others. Irene joined the NFCHC as a client in 2011 and has participated in nearly all the wonderful groups that are offered (some more than once)! Irene likes to help out with different groups here at NFCHC, such as Gentle Fit, Coffee Club, Peer support and many others. Come a visit her in one of our groups today!

"I became a Board Member because the staff at NFCHC literally gave me my life back." she says, "So I really wanted to help in any way that I could to serve others in the community."

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Kylee Hunter

DIRECTOr

Kylee Hunter graduated from Brock University with an Honours BSc in Medical Sciences in 2017. There, she began learning about the Community Health Centre model of care and was also part of the I-EQUIP program. After graduating, Kylee began working at Quest Community Health Centre as a Community Health Worker in the Migrant Agricultural Worker Program. This further enhanced her passion for the interdisciplinary CHC model of care and equipped her with a lens of the social determinants of health. 

Currently, Kylee is completing a Masters of Science in Global Health at McMaster University. She is excited to join the Board of Directors to combine her knowledge and experience from working at a CHC with her passion to contribute in a more systems-level to the mission and vision of Niagara Falls CHC. Born and raised in Niagara, Kylee looks forward to further serving her community.
 

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Ian Masse

Director

Ian Masse moved to the Niagara Region to begin his studies in 2006 at Brock University and has been a resident of the Niagara Region since. He graduated from his Undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2010 and earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2013.  Ian has worked in the Mental Health and Addiction sector of Niagara and taken on roles include Mental Health Crisis Worker and Social Worker at Quest Community Health Centre. Currently Ian is a Program Manager for the Community Support Programs at the Canadian Mental Health Association Niagara Branch.

 

Ian is passionate about client services and enjoyed his front line experience working on a CHC team. In addition, Ian’s passion includes system planning and understanding how to best serve client needs. Ian has seen the interdisciplinary team approach works well for CHC clients. He is excited to join the Niagara Falls CHC Board of Directors to help plan for the members of the Niagara Fall Community Health Centre.

 

MULTI-SECTOR SERVICE ACCOUNTABILITY AGREEMENT (MSAA)

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