BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Niagara Falls Community Health Centre is governed by a volunteer board of directors comprised of Niagara Region community members. The board helps to create the strategic direction of the CHC and ensures that the team continues to realize the long term vision of the CHC.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
VICE CHAIR - Franco Piscitelli
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.
TEASURER - Diane Vanecko
SECRETARY - Madelyn Law
DIRECTOR - John Armstrong
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.
DIRECTOR - Caroline Bourque Wiley
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.”
DIRECTOR - Diane Corkum
Diane is the recently retired Executive Director after 30 years with Project SHARE, a multi-service agency that provides basic needs to residents living on a low income, and a partner agency to the Niagara Falls Community Health Centre, (NFCHC). In her role she served on the Food Banks Canada Communications Committee, the Feed Ontario Standards of Care Committee, the Basic Income Guarantee and Housing and Homelessness working groups with the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network. She recently worked with the city to open the first Out of the Cold Homeless Shelter in many years. She still volunteers for Project SHARE and serves as Secretary for the Board of Directors for Community Care West Niagara. Diane attended Niagara College and Brock University and is certified to teach yoga and meditation classes. In this capacity she has worked with clients of both the NFCHC and Project SHARE. A resident of Niagara Falls for 50 years, she attended Niagara College and Brock University. Diane is a mother and grandmother who cares for the quality of life for residents of Niagara Falls for many years. “It is very important that the most marginalized among us have access to quality health care. I am pleased to support the mission, vision and values of the Niagara Falls Community Health Centre.”
DIRECTOR - Kylee Hunter
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.
DIRECTOR - Ian Masse
CHAIR - Dean Iorfida
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.”
DIRECTOR - Alicia Kilgour
Alicia Subnaik Kilgour is the CEO/Chief Librarian at the Niagara Falls Public Library. Alicia has worked in libraries for over 20 years and is an advocate for equitable access for all. Alicia believes in building strong and dynamic partnerships and working with community partners in a coordinated approach to meet the needs of the community.
Alicia has her Masters in Library & Information Science, Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours, Library Technician Diploma and a Business Administration Diploma. Alicia is very passionate about public libraries, and education. She currently sits on the Federation of Public Libraries of Ontario (FOPL) Board, Ontario Library Association – Indigenous Task Group, and the Ontario Public Library Guidelines Monitoring and Accreditation Council.
Alicia has worked with community partners to implement Harm Reduction, and Mental Health and Wellness education and training for staff and members of the community. Working together we can build better stronger communities. Alicia is very excited and humbled to serve her community by joining the NFCHC Board of Directors.