Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors

Anthony Paniccia, Chair of the Board

Anthony Paniccia Accountant, KPMG

Appointed: 2012

Committees: Treasurer of Board, Chair of Finance/Audit & Resources Committee, Member of Governance/Nominating, and Advocacy Committee

Other Volunteer Work: Treasurer Windsor Essex Country Sports Hall of Fame

Favourite Saying: "Imagination is more important the knowledge." Albert Einstein.

Patricia France, Vice-Chair

Patricia France President, St. Clair College

Appointed: 2014

Education: Master of Education Candidate, Bachelor of Education, Business Information Systems

Committees: Member of Finance/Audit & Resources, and H.R. Sub-Committee 

Other Volunteer Work: Member of the Board and the Executive of the Windsor-Essex Smart Community, Chair of the Technology Leadership Committee under the Smart Community initiative, and is the Vice President representative of the Coordinating Committee of Vice Presidents Academic of the Ontario colleges.

Family: Married to Don and has one son, Steven.

Ian McLeod, Treasurer

Ian McLeod Retired Chief Executive Officer, HEPCOE Credit Union and Executive in Charge Meridian Credit Union

Appointed: 2021

Education: CPA CA and CPA (Illinois)

Committees: Finance Audit & Resources

Other Volunteer Work: Treasurer & Board Member VON Canada, Director Manitoba Children's Hospital Foundation, Toronto Children's Hospital Santa Claus Parade

Family: Married to Sandra

Favourite Saying: We learn from failure, not from success. Bram Stoker

Penny Allen, Board Member

Penny Allen Retired Superintendent of Business for the Greater Essex County District School Board.

Appointed: 2018

Education: Honours Bachelor of Commerce (University of Windsor), CPA, CA (Chartered Accountant)

Committees: Finance/Audit & Resources Committee

Other Volunteer Work: University of Windsor Board of Governors - University of Windsor Board of Governors - Chair, Municipal Retirees Organization Ontario (OMERS retirees) - Treasurer, A Book of My Own Literacy Campaign - Treasurer, Ontario School Board Insurance Exchange - Chair

Family: Married to Brian with two children and one grandchild

Cynthia Bissonnette, Board Member

Cynthia Bissonnette Retired from St. Clair College as Director of Strategic Planning Health Sciences and Nursing

Appointed: 2018

Education: Diploma Nursing from St, Clair College (1975), Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Windsor (1994), Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Windsor (2004).

Healthcare: Cynthia began her career as a hospital nurse. In 1985, she joined the faculty at St. Clair College in the Practical, Diploma, and Collaborative Nursing programs. As her career continued she held the positions of Chairperson for the School of Nursing followed by Director of Strategic Planning for Health Sciences and Nursing, where she was directly involved in the clinical design, technology, and simulation labs for the Centre for Applied Health Sciences.

Committees: Quality of Care Committee, and Patient & Caregiver Council. 

Family: Married to Rick, with two children and six grandchildren.

Laura Copat, Board Member

Laura CopatChair, School of Nursing, St. Clair College

Appointed: 2021

Education: Diploma in Nursing from St. Clair College, Bachelor's of Nursing from the University of Victoria, Master's of Nursing from the University of Victoria, Master of Healthcare Administration from Capella University, Master of Business Administration from Capella, and a certificate in Business Administration from McMaster University.

Healthcare: Laura started her nursing career over 25 years ago. For the last several years have been in a senior leadership role over multiple hospital campuses. Ensuring the highest quality of care is being provided and that the hospital remains compliant with all rules, regulations, and bylaws.

Committees: Quality of Care Committee

Mary Dawson, Board Member

Mary Dawson Retired from Mount Sinai Hospital Toronto

Appointed: 2021

Education: Registered Respiratory Therapist Michener Institute of Health Sciences Toronto, RRT (A) the University of Miami.

Healthcare: Mary spent a number of years as Director of Respiratory Therapy at Women's College Hospital Toronto which at the time had one of Canada's larger high-risk obstetrical and Neonatal Programmes. Upon retirement, Mary was (Acting) Director at Mount Sinai Hospital Toronto. Her work included program development and implementation, policy development, education, and research.

Committees: Quality of Care and Audit Committees

Other Volunteer work: Dorothy Lei Hospice Etobicoke, Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Family: Upon retirement, Mary and her husband Malcolm moved back to her hometown of Windsor, a move they are pleased to have made.

Dr. Laurie Freeman, Board Member

Dr. Laurie Freeman Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Nursing-University of Windsor

Appointed: 2016

Education: Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Windsor (1987), Masters of Science in Nursing-Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (1999) from Wayne State University, and her Doctorate in Nursing - Biobehavioral Health (2012) from the University of Michigan.

Healthcare Experience: Dr. Freeman has worked in health care for over 29 years in many different roles in Canada and the United States. She is the Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program Graduate Coordinator and the Coordinator for the Oncology Palliative Care Diploma Program. Her areas of research interest include Oncology (Breast Cancer), Survivorship, Palliative Care, Cognitive Impairment and the Student Experience within Post-Secondary Education.

Genevieve Isshak, Board Member

Genevieve Isshak Clinical Director of Residential and Outreach Services, Hiatus

Appointed: 2018

Education: B.S.W., M.S.W., University of Windsor, Registered Social Worker 

Committee Membership: Quality of Care

Other Volunteer Work: Former Board Member, Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society and Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation, Former Board Member, ASSIST (Assisting Individuals Secure Tomorrow), London, ON, Former Board Member, EDAL (Eating Disorder Association of London)

Family: Married to Steve

Favourite Saying: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

Paul Lachance, Board Member

Paul Lachance Retired Principal, Conseil scolaire catholique Providence

Appointed: 2018

Education: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education (Université d’Ottawa)

Committees: Quality of Care and Services en français/French Language Services

Other Volunteer Work: President of the Board - Entité de planification des services de santé en français Érié-St. Clair/Sud-Ouest, Board Member and member of the Comité de vérification et de déontologie - Caisse populaire Sud-Ouest Ontario inc. and President of the Finance committee - Paroisse Saint-Jérôme, Windsor

Family: Married to Jacqueline Bélanger with one son.

Michael Lavoie, Board Member

Michael Lavoie Retired from Libro Credit Union. Formerly Executive VP & CFO

Appointed: 2018

Education: CPA, CGA

Committees: Member of Finance/Audit and Resources

Other Volunteer Work: Board President, Essex County Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic. Former Board member Essex Community Services.

Family: Married to Jackie with two daughters

Favourite Saying: "If you think you can, you can. If you think you can't, you're right." Mark Twain

David S Malian, Board Member

David S Malian Community Practice Advisor, Ontario College of Pharmacists

Appointed: 2022

Education: BSc, Psychology-McMaster University, B.Sc.Phm, Wayne State University

Healthcare: David has had a varied career in pharmacy practice. He is a former Director of Pharmacy at Windsor Western I.O.D.E Hospital and a previous owner of three pharmacies in Essex County. David was employed for Green Shield Canada as the Director of Pharmacy Services, Pfizer Canada as their Director of Professional Relations, and as a consultant for the Canadian Council for the Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs. He is a Past President of the Ontario Pharmacists Association and the Ontario College of Pharmacists. David has maintained his license to practice as a frontline community pharmacist in Essex County for over 40 years.

Other Volunteer Work: Hospice of Windsor and Essex County, former Chair and Board Member Hiatus House

Family: Married to Monica with 3 children and 1 grandchild.

Favourite Saying: No Venture, No Gain

Linda Staudt, Board Member

Linda Staudt Retired Director of Education for the London District Catholic School Board

Appointed: 2022

Education: Bachelor of Human Kinetics (1981); Bachelor of Education (1985); Master of Education (1995) from the University of Windsor

Committees: Quality of Care

Other Volunteer Work: Diocese of London, Diocesan Synod Committee, Co-Chair. United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County, Opportunity United Board Member. Holy Family Retreat House, Advisory Board Member. Habitat for Humanity - Windsor and Essex County, Family Services Committee Member. Windsor-Essex County Sports Hall of Fame, Board Member.

Favourite Saying: "And will you succeed? Yes, indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!" Dr. Seuss

David Musyj (ex-officio, non-voting)

David Musyj President & CEO, Windsor Regional Hospital

Appointed: 2007

Education: LL.B, University of Windsor; J.D., University of Detroit

Profession: Served as the Vice President of Corporate and Medical Affairs before taking on the role of President and CEO of WRH 

Family: Married to Elizabeth with one son, Maxim

Favourite Saying: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever." Gandhi

Karen Riddell (ex-officio, non-voting)

Karen Riddell Chief Operating Officer, Chief Nursing Executive, Vice President Critical Care & Cardiology

Education: RN, BScN, MBA.

Profession: She joined WRH in 1999 and has been the CNE and COO since December 2020. Karen provides support, guidance, and direction for the Directors and Managers of these departments as they develop, implement, and sustain improvements in processes and care delivery to ensure positive patient outcomes. Karen leads the Hospital Acquired Infection and Hand Hygiene Corporate indicator and is dedicated to continuous system and process improvements throughout her portfolio and the entire organization.

Dr. Wassim Saad (ex-officio, non-voting)

Dr. Wassim Saad Vice President of Medical Affairs & Chief of Staff, Windsor Regional Hospital

Appointed: 2019

Education: B.Sc (Hon), University of Windsor, 1997. M.D., University of Ottawa, 2001. Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (FRCPC), Internal Medicine 2005.

Family: Married to Geneviève with 3 sons.

Favourite Saying: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

Dr. Larry Jacobs (ex-officio, non-voting)

Dr. Larry Jacobs Vice-President, Professional Staff

Associate Dean, Windsor Program - Schulich

Appointed: 2018