Thyroid Cancer Canada
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Board of Directors

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About Us – Board of Directors

Thyroid Cancer Canada – Board of Directors

Board Officers

President:
Nathalie Lambert-Ianni (Toronto, ON)

Vice President:
Alison Cass (St John’s, NL)

Treasurer:
Kimberlee Haines (London, ON)

Secretary:
Marie-Josée Roy (Quebec, QC)

Board Members

Chiara De Fazio (Toronto, ON)
Sylvie Deshaies (Quebec City, Quebec)
Sarah Eadie (Toronto, ON)

Sarah Kennedy
Heather Oliver-Hamilton (Toronto, ON)
Jennifer McLeod (Regina, SK)

Christine Todd (Fort St. John, BC)
Melissa Salvatore (Ottawa, ON)
Theresa-Marie Underhill (Halifax, NS)


Executive Director

Kenneth Suh

ksuh@thyroidcancercanada.org


 

 

Board Officers

President:
Nathalie Lambert-Ianni (Toronto, ON)

Nathalie was diagnosed with thyroid cancer 15 years ago. She discovered Thyroid Cancer Canada's website while preparing for testing & in search of more information about her cancer. The information provided on the site was of great help and she has been fundraising for TCC ever since. Nathalie is a healthy survivor due to the quality of care and follow up she received. The cause grew in importance for her when another member of her family was diagnosed. This prompted her to become more involved with this organization and to extend her reach to other patients and families affected by thyroid cancer. Nathalie is a National Technology & Middleware Sales Manager at Oracle and is part of the WXN women’s network. She is a marathon runner and enjoys yoga.

Vice President:
Alison Cass (St John’s, NL)

Alison has more than ten years of project management experience at a national level. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Planning/Design and currently consults in the fields of marketing, press and public relations, editing and design. A volunteer with various organizations since she was a teenager, Alison has chaired the Medical Advisory Panel Liaison Committee since 2013 and looks forward to deeper involvement with Thyroid Cancer Canada. Alison is a patient-member who underwent a total thyroidectomy in 2012 and has found Thyroid Cancer Canada to be an invaluable resource during her own medical challenges. She has a particular interest in patient education and advocacy developed while researching treatment options and patient experience.

Treasurer:
Kimberlee Haines (London, ON)

Kimberlee Haines has over fifteen years of experience in the Healthcare industry. She has held positions nationally in business development for risk management, advertising, specialty pharmacy, medical device, pharmaceutical, and healthcare technology, with a focus on how groups can work together to develop better patient outcomes. Kimberlee has served on the Board of Directors for London Health Science Centre since 2013 and previously to that held a position on the Board of Governance for St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital and as a Regional Director for the South Western Ontario Chapter of The Canadian College of Health Leaders. Kimberlee brings her passion for patient-centered care and strategic integration to her volunteer life. This mission was further highlighted by her own patient experience when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and her subsequent journey towards health and advocacy. Kimberlee graduated from The University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College and currently resides in Ontario.

Secretary:
Marie-Josée Roy (Quebec, QC)

Marie-Josée Roy is an occupational therapist working in rehabilitation and chronic pain. She received her MBA in Occupational Health and Safety from Laval University in 2007. She provides evaluation and development of workers' capacity to work after injury, to support childcare workers, nurses, etc. to return to work. She also works with employers to ensure a return to safe and sustainable work environment. Marie-Josée has been volunteering as the Chair of the French Committee for Thyroid Cancer Canada, and helped to create a communications strategy to reach French-speaking patients.

Board Members

Theresa-Marie Underhill (Halifax, NS)

Theresa-Marie was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 1999 when her child was just 16 months old. Her daughter is now 17 years old and Theresa-Marie is a healthy, thriving survivor who has benefited from excellent treatment, long-term follow-up and patient management. Theresa-Marie's career has been in health administration, holding senior executive positions in policy and program management at the federal and provincial governments as well as in clinical and public health management. She was the principle organizational architect who created Cancer Care Nova Scotia, the provincial cancer agency. She led the agency for 15 years and in that role Theresa-Marie championed, amongst other health system innovations, multi-disciplinary care for thyroid cancer patients and, more broadly, the development and implementation of diagnostic and care delivery standards for cancer patients as well as a comprehensive education for health professionals and patients. Theresa-Marie is a committed volunteer at the community and national levels, particularly in the areas of health policy, child welfare and sport. Theresa-Marie brings the knowledge of health systems, advocacy and a strong belief in the value of the patient’s lived experience to the table to effect change in order to improve outcomes. Theresa-Marie is currently consulting in the areas of systems and project management, clinical systems operations and change management.

Chiara De Fazio (Toronto, ON)

Chiara has worked in the field of Human Resources for nine years, and is a member of the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA), Toronto Chapter. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from York University with a double major in Labour Studies and Sociology and is committed to ongoing professional development. In addition to HR, she has pursued studies in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Adult Training and Development and, most recently, Co-Active Coaching. As a Human Resources Professional, Chiara understands that workplace accommodation can be a challenging and daunting experience. In order to better assist thyroid cancer patients and their employers with the process, Chiara has designed informational tools that help open the lines of communication and provide some guidance to both patients and employers. Furthermore, as the daughter of a thyroid cancer patient, she offers her perspective on how family members can better understand the needs of their loved ones, and the strategies that may help all parties involved cope with this disease. Chiara is committed to promoting Thyroid Cancer Canada’s information and support services to patients, survivors, and their families, and raising awareness about thyroid cancer within the community.

Sylvie Deshaies (Quebec City, Quebec)

Sylvie is a thyroid cancer survivor since 2006. She was passionate about sharing her experiences with other survivors and joined Thyroid Cancer Canada's board to contribute to spreading awareness of the organization to other thyroid cancer patients and their families across Quebec. Sylvie is looking forward to offering support to patients who are newly-diagnosed and building a strong community of thyroid cancer survivors. By day, Sylvie utilizes her 20 years of group savings and retirement experience at a leading Canadian insurance company.

Sarah Eadie (Toronto, ON)

Sarah is a recent thyroid cancer survivor who, just four months before her wedding, received news that she had follicular papillary carcinoma. As a thyroid cancer survivor herself, this is a cause near and dear to her heart. She knows intimately what patients go through, and is compelled to help pay it forward, sharing both her journey and skill set as a business leader. She is an experienced marketing leader who builds strategies that drive brand identity, and grow new corporate partnerships. Sarah has a strong background in creating marketing teams from the ground up, executing strategic marketing plans, as well as launching campaigns across Canada and the Americas. Currently, she is Director of Marketing & Communications at CBRE. Sarah’s experience spans the professional services and real estate field, having managed global, national and local brands, working at global real estate firms such as Colliers International, Royal LePage Canada and Oxford Properties. Throughout her career, she has worked across Marketing & Communications in a variety of different capacities from: strategic planning, business development, public relations, events, advertising, internal communications, social media and branding. Sarah is an entrepreneurial leader at heart, and building, creating and innovating are what she does best. Sarah supports causes such as the Canadian Women’s Foundation and Red Door Family Shelter, and has run Corporate Responsibility programs at Chair level while at Colliers International. She has managed charitable programs supporting Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Meagan’s Walk, along with other local community events.

Heather Hamilton (Toronto, ON)

Heather learned she had follicular papillary carcinoma after a routine physical in March 2016. Within two months of her surprising diagnosis, she underwent a total thyroidectomy followed by the news that she was “cancer-free”. Now a thyroid cancer survivor, Heather wants to give back to the community that helped educate her and her family about her own diagnosis. Using Heather’s extensive professional experience from her over 10 years as the Director of Marketing for a major footwear retailer, her strengths lie in marketing, advertising, and digital strategy. Having also spent many years as a national online editor and content creator on her own blog, Telling My Story, she is hoping to use her communication expertise to build Thyroid Cancer Canada’s online resources for thyroid cancer patients. By day, Heather is the Family Resource Program Coordinator for Children’s Treatment Network, a non-profit organization delivering rehabilitation services for kids with multiple special needs but Heather is most well-known on social media and in her community for her passion for fundraising with SickKids Foundation and Mackenzie Health Hospital in honour of her son Zack, who passed away in 2011. She is excited to join the other talented and passionate leaders on the Thyroid Cancer Canada Board of Directors.

Jennifer McLeod (Regina, SK)

Jennifer McLeod is lifelong learner whose work encompasses 17 years of experience in Human Resource Management, corporate training, strategic planning and corporate social responsibility initiatives. Her personal interest in Thyroid Cancer Canada comes from her own experience as a thyroid cancer “Thryvor.” Diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer in 2008, only days prior to her eldest child’s first birthday, Jennifer, with the support of her husband and family, struggled through the medical system with little professional support or guidance. Shortly after her initial treatment of surgery and RAI ablation, she discovered the resources and people at Thyroid Cancer Canada. The organization filled a gap that existed in her health care team. More importantly, it was a group of people who had been there and could empathize with what she was feeling. Jennifer has been volunteering as part of the editing team for the Thyroid Cancer Canada newsletter and acting as regional representative for the organization. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1997 and her Professional Human Resources designation (CHRP) in 2004. To enhance her career in corporate learning and development Jennifer pursued her certificate in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University. When not working, Jennifer can be found spending time with her family camping, gardening, reading or watching a good movie.

Melissa Salvatore (Ottawa, ON)

As a leader in a large not-for-profit, and currently a Human Resources Director, Melissa has built a reputation of being a strategic business partner and “people” champion. She is a trusted advisor to executives, managers and employees and is able to build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders. With a Bachelor in Commerce (University of Ottawa), a Master’s in Industrial Relations (Queen’s University) and as a Certified Human Resources Leader (HRPA), Melissa has developed a solid foundation in business, human resources and employment law. Melissa is personally connected to the work of Thyroid Cancer Canada as she was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer in 2013 and received multiple rounds of treatment due to metastasis to her lungs. She has become an advocate for the importance of thyroid health and shared her experience as a survivor through her story “When the Good Cancer Misbehaves” published by Thyroid Cancer Canada in 2014. Melissa is also in the process of volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society as a peer support volunteer.

Christine Todd (Fort St. John, BC)

Christine has 22 years of experience in the field of education. She completed her BSc. degree at Guelph University in Ontario and her B.Ed. at Mount Alison University in New Brunswick. Her Masters degree was completed at the University of Northern British Columbia. Raised in Ontario she first started her teaching career in Newfoundland. For the past twenty years she has worked and resided in British Columbia. Christine is currently a Vice Principal at a busy elementary school. She also serves on several voluntary boards in her community in the role of President for one board and Vice President for the other. She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2004 and has been a patient advocate ever since. She has always been interested in Science and the Medical Field. She became involved with Thyroid Cancer Canada because she wanted to turn her diagnosis into something positive and to offer what she could to help others. Christine has been involved with TCC as a media representative for Northern BC and Alberta, as well as one of the newsletter editors.