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Board Members

The Board of Horizon Health Network is comprised of 8 elected members and 7 members who are appointed by the Minister of Health. For a list of regulations and definitions governing the general operations of the Board, please consult our by-laws

W. David Ferguson

Chair - David Ferguson retired in 2010 after a 39-year career with the New Brunswick Public Service. He served the last sixteen years of his career as the Deputy Minister of a number of different government departments; Advanced Education and Labour (1994-98), Solicitor General (1998 to 2000), Natural Resources and Energy (2000 to 2003), Natural Resources (2003 to 2007), and Clerk of the Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet (2007 to 2010).

Linda Aitken

Linda Aitken of Upper Kingsclear worked as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department of the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton for 40 years, retiring in 2009. She graduated from the Victoria Public Hospital School of Nursing and obtained her Bachelor of Nursing from the University of New Brunswick. For 15 years, Linda was an Emergency Medical Services Consultant for the Province of New Brunswick. As an active member of the community, Linda has volunteered with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Victim Services Unit and is currently involved in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Run for the Cure Campaign.

Mike Coster

Mike Coster of Miramichi received his Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College and his Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education from the University of New Brunswick. He spent 35 years in the New Brunswick school system eventually retiring as the longest serving superintendent of schools in any school district in Canada. He chaired the national committee of superintendents and has served as president of 2 Teachers’ Associations, the New Brunswick Principals’ Association, and the New Brunswick Superintendents’ Association. In the community, Mike has been president of the Newcastle Rotary Club, the Newcastle Recreation Association and the Miramichi Curling Club. He was an elected member of the Region 7 Hospital Authority’s Board of Directors and has recently been elected to the North East Anglophone School Council.

Jo-Ann Fellows

Jo-Ann Fellows of Fredericton became interested in health care almost 20 years ago when she was involved in the provincial government’s health services review. In 2004 she was elected to the River Valley Health Authority Board and currently writes columns on health care, public policy and seniors' issues for The Daily Gleaner and The Telegraph Journal. During her career, Jo-Ann worked for the University of New Brunswick and the Federal and Provincial governments, mainly in the area of economic policy. Her community involvement includes President of the Third Age Centre at St. Thomas University, an elected member of the U.N.B. Alumni Council, and a member of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation Board. Jo-Ann has 3 graduate degrees, including 1 in Public Administration from Carleton University.

Linda G. Forestell

Linda G. Forestell of Saint John was employed for over 30 years in all aspects of communication including television, radio, corporate reputation management, event management, media relations, employee communications, financial and investor communications, advertising and brand management. Linda served on the Board of the Region 2 Health Corporation from 1992-1997 and served as Chair of the Board’s Patient Services Committee. She has also held the position of Chairman of the Saint John Board of Trade and served with the Muriel McQueen Ferguson Foundation’s Centre for Family Violence Research, Advantage/Avantage Saint John, CIBC Run for the Cure, the Auditor-General’s Annual Report Review Committee, the Loch Lomond Villa Foundation’s Capital Campaign Cabinet, and the Brunswick Square Merchants’ Association. Linda is a graduate of Mount Allison University and the Canadian Institute for Organization Management at the University of Western Ontario.

Dr. Erik Klein

Dr. Erik Klein of Hampton is the CEO of the Dr. Erik F.C. Klein Professional Corporation, and managing clinician of The Town Chiropractor, a network of chiropractic and integrative clinics throughout southwest New Brunswick. A graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (DC ’04) and McGill University (B.Sc.’99), Dr. Klein has dedicated his professional career to providing expert health and wellness care to under served communities. In a volunteer capacity, Dr. Klein has been a member or leader of medical teams for major regional, national and international competitions for both recreational and competitive athletes. He is also a consultant to professional and amateur sports teams in the greater Saint John area and helped coordinate the creation of medical service guidelines for a major national professional sports league. At the corporate/organizational level, Dr. Klein has been a Board member and president of the Rotary Club of Hampton, Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce, Hampton Town Square fundraising committee, Student Canadian Chiropractic Association, McGill Anatomy and Cell Biology Student Society, and on numerous committees for the New Brunswick Chiropractic Association. Dr. Klein resides in Hampton with his wife Merab.

Michael McCoombs

Treasurer - Michael McCoombs of Miramichi has worked extensively in the financial industry since 1972, holding several managerial positions with Royal Bank of Canada, Atlantic Canada. In 2001 he became Branch Manager for Beaubear Credit Union in Miramichi. Michael has served as Chair of Finance for the Miramichi City Council as well as served a term with Economic Development.

John McGarry

Secretary - John McGarry joined Horizon Health Network as President and Chief Executive Officer in February 2013. Mr. McGarry brings a wealth of knowledge with more than 30 years of experience in health care. He was appointed Co-President of New Brunswick’s Office of Health System Renewal in April 2012. With the provincial move to regional health authorities in 2002, Mr. McGarry was appointed CEO of River Valley Health in New Brunswick. In 1995, he assumed the responsibilities of President and CEO of Region 3 Hospital Corporation (Fredericton, New Brunswick); previous to that, he was the Corporation’s Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. McGarry also has worked as a private health-care consultant, undertaking major operational review assignments in Ontario and Nova Scotia. After obtaining his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University, Mr. McGarry began his career in public accounting where he obtained his CA designation in 1976. He worked at NB Tel before moving into the health-care system where he held various positions in Saint John, Kitchener-Waterloo and Fredericton.

John B. McKay

John McKay of Miramichi was educated at Harkins Academy and is a graduate of both New Brunswick Teacher's College and University of New Brunswick. A member of the New Brunswick Legislature for 20 years, he held several positions including Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Chairman of Government Caucus, Legislature Finance Critic, Chairman of Crown Corporation Committee and Member of Cabinet Committee on Budget Formulation. He spent 4 years as the Mayor of the City of Miramichi, was a member of City Council for 4 years as well as Chairman of Community Development and Tourism. Prior to that, he spent 11 years on Newcastle Council, serving as Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Chairman of Finance and Chairman of Water and Sewage Utility. Throughout his career, he has been recognized for his community service and has received the Queen Elizabeth Medal for Community Service, the Confederation Medal for Community Service, the Queen's Jubilee Medal for Community Service, the Miramichi Medal of Merit for Volunteer Service and the Paul Harris Rotary Medal for Community Service. He is married to Sandra Murphy of Chatham with one daughter Ashley.

Kathleen McMullen

Vice-Chair - Kathleen McMullen of Sackville worked as an educator with the Tantramar School Board, NB District 2 and at Mount Allison University between 1970 and 1997, after earning Bachelor degrees in both Science and Education from Mount Allison University. She has been active in professional activities as well as school and parent advisory committees, was a Board member with the former South-East Regional Health Authority and is a Past Chair of the Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation Board. Kathleen has attended several seminars and conferences on health care management, governance and health care philanthropy.

Jane Mitton-MacLean

Jane Mitton-MacLean of Moncton has held several senior positions with the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, currently as Senior Counsel, Government Relations for the four Atlantic Provinces. Jane has been accredited with the Certification of the Canadian Institute of Advertising Professionals and has completed 5 years of business studies at the University of Moncton. A true ambassador for giving back to the community, Jane has played an active role across Atlantic Canada over the years. She has served on the Board of Directors for The United Way, chaired numerous fundraising events and has been actively involved with various Boards relating to the Atlantic Canada business community.

Luigi Rocca

Luigi Rocca of Moncton is a Vice-President and Portfolio Manager with RBC Dominion Securities. He received his Science and Law degrees from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. While studying law, he and two partners developed an event planning business called Eastern Group Promotions, specializing in retail trade shows, business seminars and music concerts throughout Atlantic Canada. Luigi started his investment career with RBC Dominion Securities in 1994 as an investment advisor in Moncton, eventually becoming Branch Manager. In 2001, he was appointed Vice-President and has also been appointed a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. Luigi has held the Associate Portfolio Manager and Portfolio Manager designations since 2007. Luigi has been an active member on the Boards of The Northrop Frye Festival, Moncton Boys and Girls Club and the Autism Society of Canada. Luigi has served as the President of the Autism Society of NB, as a cabinet member of the UNB Forging our Futures Campaign, co-chairperson of the Portage Atlantic Moncton Campaign and is currently a Trustee of Portage Atlantic. Most recently, Luigi became a founding director of the Spencer Home Foundation. Luigi lives in Moncton with his wife Charlotte and their four children Noah, Hannah, Olivia and Isabella

Roxanne Grace Sappier

Roxanne Sappier is a Wolastoq woman from Tobique First Nation. She studied Office Management at the Atlantic Business College and obtained her Certificate of Health Administration from the University of New Brunswick and her Certificate of Social Work from St. Thomas University (STU). Roxanne also completed the Mikmaw-Maliseet Bachelor of Social Work program at STU. She is a Certified First Nation Health Manager through the First Nation Health Managers Association. Roxanne has a long standing work history with the Tobique First Nation in various management positions. She has been the Director of Health for Tobique First Nation since 1999, participating on committees and special project teams to address Tobique’s health priorities. As Director of Neqotkuk Health Services, she achieved national Accreditation of the health facilities in Neqotkuk.

Mary Schryer

Mary Louise Schryer of Quispamsis was a member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 2006-2010 representing Quispamsis. During her career as MLA, she held several positions including Minister of Seniors, Minister of Housing, Minister of Social Development, Minister of the Status of Women, and most recently, Minister of Health in 2009-2010. Mary was self-employed in the financial industry for more than 12 years. She spent over 7 years as a member of the Quispamsis town council and 3 years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation. Mary is also a former member of the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre; former Director for the Economic Development Commission; former president and founding Director of the Kennebecasis Valley Chamber of Commerce; former member of the committee on Land for Public Purposes; chair of the 2006 Kidney Foundation fundraising drive; former Director of the Rothesay Regional Police Commission; and a Board member of the Dalhousie Medical Research Cabinet. Mary and her husband Scott have lived in Quispamsis for more than 30 years. They have 2 children.

Kay Simonds

Kay Simonds of Woodstock is the Chief Executive Officer of Carleton Manor Inc. She also spent 4 years as Chief Executive Officer of River View Manor in Bath, New Brunswick. For 28 years Kay worked in several nursing positions including Public Health, Mental Health and the Extra Mural Program. She is a graduate of the Public Health program at Dalhousie University and has studied Long Term Care with the Canadian School of Management. Kay is a regional representative on the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes Provincial Board. She is also actively involved with the Woodstock Rotary Club.

André Veniot

André Veniot is a Project Officer/Policy, Planning and Performance Assurance with a federal government department based in Moncton. A graduate of Saint Thomas University, he is an award-winning former journalist with experience in print, radio and television, primarily with CBC and the Telegraph-Journal. André is a member of the Town of Shediac’s Urban Planning Committee and has been active in several associations, including being President of Laubach Literacy New Brunswick, and a Board member of the South-East Regional Health Care Corporation.
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