Board of Directors

The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Collectively, they bring diverse professional, business and academic expertise in ensuring accountability to you – our donors – through excellent governance practices. They are committed to ensuring all gifts to the Foundation are used as intended by our donors.

Chris Kooy

Chair

For 37 years, Chris held various positions and portfolios at Bowmanville Hospital, including Vice-President of Clinical Programs at Lakeridge Health up until her retirement. As a lifelong resident of Bowmanville, Chris has volunteered for many groups to raise funds for community projects. She currently sits as Chair of the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. Chris has been a Board Member of Grandview Children’s Centre for 9 years, previously chaired the Governance Committee and sat on the Priorities and Performance and Finance Committees. Chris has been a Member of the Durham Christian Homes Board for 6 years where she chaired the Resident Care and Governance Committees. She is also a Member of the Glenhill Strathaven Task Force that will secure land for a new Clarington nursing home. Chris is married with two sons and seven grandchildren.

Kirk Kemp

Vice-Chair

The Kemp family has lived in Clarington for the past 100 years. Beginning as farmers with a mixed farming operation, Doug Kemp, Kirk’s father, transformed the home farm into ‎a strictly apple farm. Kirk now serves as President of Algoma Orchards Limited, where he has been growing apples for the past 40 years. The Kemp family has a long history of community involvement. Kirk has been a past President of Bowmanville Lions Club, past Director of Ontario Apple Growers Association and helped raised money for Durham College and the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex. He has served on the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation Board of Directors for five years in addition to the Durham Region Hospice Campaign Cabinet to raise money for their new facility.

Peter Hobb

Treasurer

Peter is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Certified Management Consultant.  He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Business Management from Ryerson University. Peter has worked at a National Firm of Chartered Professional Accountants in Toronto and conducted accounting research with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. In 2018, he retired from his full time role as partner of Baker Tilly Durham but remains involved with Baker Tilly Durham Consulting Inc., providing valued expertise to its clients on a part-time basis. For the past 2 years, Peter has been a member of the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation Board, sitting as Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee.

Frank Cerisano

Secretary

Frank Cerisano is a passionate and dedicated philanthropic professional with over 25 years of experience. Frank’s experience in fundraising, business management consultancy and business development for not for profit and for profit organizations make him an absolute asset to the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation.  Frank has managed a number of development offices and Foundations for Hospitals, health related charities, social service agencies and education. He has transformed teams, and has led large and small scale operations that have together raised over $2 billion for equipment, research, scholarship and capital projects.  He is a current Board member of the Wellspring Chinguacousy Foundation and The Aprigliano Italian Club in Toronto.  He a former member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Golden Horse Shoe; former committee member of Advancement for Colleges Ontario; past Governing Council member of the Brampton Board of Trade; past member of the Economic Development Committee for the City of Brampton; and a past member of the Toronto Heritage Committee.

Fiona Hodkinson

Dr. Fiona Hodkinson is a long-time resident of Clarington, operating a dental practice out of Newcastle for 20 years. She and her husband have lived in Hampton for 26 years where they raised their children. Fiona was an active volunteer in her children’s schools and minor soccer leagues. For the last four years, Fiona has sat on the Board of Directors. She is excited to be involved with the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation and the redevelopment and expansion of Bowmanville Hospital.

Kristen Bucci

Kristen Bucci is a Lawyer from Northwestern Ontario, specializing in divorce, family law, preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorney. She graduated from Osgood Law School in 1991. Since 1993, she has practiced law in Thunder Bay and Durham Region. Kristen served as President of the Thunder Bay Law Association in 2006 and President of Creighton Youth Services from 2007 to 2009. Kristen received an award from the Thunder Bay Law Association in 2006 for distinguished service to the legal profession and the Ontario Justice Education Network Chief Justices’ Award for contribution to public legal action in 2007.

For 7 years, she served as an Executive Member of the County and District Law Presidents’ Association (now FOLA) and was a member of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Research and Ethics Board. She was a Contract Lecturer at the Bora Laskin School of Law, Lakehead University, teaching Family Law to third-year law students. She is currently the editor of the Divorce Act Manual.

Steve Hennessey

Steve is a ninth generation Ontario resident whose family grew up in the Kawartha Lakes Municipality. In 1993, he moved to Western Canada to attend the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton for Geomatics Engineering technology and the British Columbia Institute of Technology for a Bachelor of Technology Geomatics program. After working in the Oil and Gas sector in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Texas, and California, Steve returned to Ontario in 2006 and obtained his real estate license in 2007. Steve has lived and worked in and around Clarington since 2009. Steve has been a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2017.

Bob Malone

Bob held Senior Executive positions at a major Canadian railway in its real estate business, including the Presidency of its Chicago-based subsidiary. Prior to retirement, he worked as the Principal Real Estate Consultant to a Michigan-based railroad, a wholly-owned subsidiary of another Canadian railway. 

Bob is engaged with the following Clarington or Durham-based entities, principally not-for-profit: President, Newcastle Village and District Historical Society; President, Newcastle/Bond Head Ratepayers Association; Board Member, Architectural Conservancy of Ontario – Clarington Branch; Member for Newcastle, Clarington Heritage Committee; Member, Clarington Task Force on Affordable Housing for Seniors; Member for Clarington, Durham Regional Land Division Committee; Board Member, Bowmanville Hospital Foundation.

Bob lives in a 162 year old house in Newcastle with his wife, Rosemary, and enjoys local history, antiques and fishing.

Brenda Miller

Brenda Miller, CFP, CIM, is an Associate Portfolio Manager and Wealth and Investment Advisor at RBC Dominion Securities with over 25 years of experience in the finance industry. Brenda has spent many years volunteering for various causes and programs including: youth sports programs, Racing Against Drugs and Junior Achievement. She has been a guest speaker at educational seminars for youth and seniors that promote financial health and awareness. Born in Durham Region, Brenda lives with her husband and two children in Clarington. She believes in giving locally and enjoys her time supporting the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation and our local Hospital.

Jim Storey

Since joining the company in 1989, Jim Storey has held various positions at St Marys Cement. He has worked as Operations Manager at the St Marys Cement Bowmanville plant since 2014. For the past 29 years, Jim has supported many charitable organizations in the community. He has chaired and participated as a member of fundraising committees with a National Service organization. As a member for the past 34 years, he has held Executive positions as Secretary, Registrar, 1 st Vice-President, Director and President. Jim has also been a Program Advisory Committee Member for Durham College. He has served as a Board Member of the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation since 2015 and sat on the Foundation’s Campaign Task Force. Jim resides in Peterborough with his wife, Darlene and daughter, Jada. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, fishing and woodworking.

Tom McHugh

Tom McHugh has been leading quality and innovation in health care for more than 20 years. He is a registered Occupational Therapist with leadership experience throughout Ontario. Tom is the Executive Vice-President, Patient Services and Regional Vice-President of Cancer Services at Lakeridge Health — where he leads the Durham Regional Cancer Centre, helped to develop the hospital’s new Strategic Plan and future capital building program and create the first certified biobank at a community hospital in Canada.