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Huras, Paul

Paul Huras
Chief Executive Officer

Paul Huras is the founding CEO of the South East Local Health Integration Network in Belleville where he provides the leadership for the LHIN's responsibilities of local health system planning, community engagement, and allocating the funds and monitoring the performance of the one billion dollar South East Health System. Since the beginning of the LHINs, in 2005, Paul has taken on expanding roles locally and provincially, including Co-Chairing the provincial Physician LHIN Tri-Partite Committee (PLTC).

He has over 25 years of health system leadership experience, including 14 years as CEO of the Thames Valley District Health Council and previously 5 years as Vice President of Planning and Information Services at Peel Memorial Hospital, where he also served as Acting Executive Vice President.

Paul is a Fellow with the School of Policy Studies, Queen's University and holds an adjunct appointment with Queen’s in the Department of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences. He formerly held the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Western Ontario where he also taught courses in health management and strategic management.

Paul is a past Board Member of the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and a past Vice Chair of the provincial Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (ACAATO). He is also past Chair of both The Michener Institute in Toronto and Fanshawe College in London.

Paul holds a MBA and a MSc (Epidemiology), as well as the CHE designation with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives and a FACHE designation with the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

Kennedy, Sherry

Sherry Kennedy, CA, MBA, HBComm
Chief Operating Officer

Sherry Kennedy has been with the South East LHIN since January, 2006 as one of the inaugural employees.  Being in on the ground level of LHINs has provided her with the opportunity to inform and influence the development of the LHIN model in Ontario.  Sherry has participated in the design of the accountability agreements for all health service providers at the provincial level and has led the development of health care provider planning submission processes and tools.  She has also been a keen contributor to the development and evolution of new funding models and the revision of government policies and procedures to enable LHINs to better deliver on their integrated health system design mandate.

Sherry is a Chartered Accountant with twenty years experience in health care. She has extensive hospital experience in both northern and southern Ontario including community, tertiary care and multi-site hospitals. Sherry has also worked as an independent healthcare consultant. Her projects ranged from analysis of hospital business integration opportunities, development of a tool to support business case analysis of alternatives to hospitalization of alternate level of care patients and negotiation of hospital accountability agreements. Sherry has participated in numerous provincial committees and initiatives with the Joint Policy and Planning Council, the Ontario Hospital Association and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for Ontario. Prior to beginning her career in health care, Sherry practiced with KPMG Chartered Accountants. In addition to her CA designation, Sherry holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

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Paula Heinemann
Director, Corporate Services/Controller
Paula joined the South East LHIN in 2005.  Paula is responsible for all corporate service functions in support of LHIN management, staff & Board of Directors. This portfolio of internal services includes:

  • Corporate Financial Management and Planning;
  • Facilities & Accommodations;
  • Procurement;
  • Human Resource Services;
  • Information Technology / Information Management; and
  • Materiel Management

Paula brings with her over 27 years of business expertise in the private, municipal and federal government sectors. Prior to joining the LHIN, she provided business consulting services to Human Resource Development Canada; Privy Council Office, Treasury Board Secretariat, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Department of Finance, Consulting and Audit Canada, and Agriculture Canada.

Martineau, Cynthia Cynthia Martineau
Director, Local Health System Development

Cynthia is a registered nurse and has 25 years of experience in health care throughout Canada.  She has spent 21 of those years in the Canadian Forces in various nursing and administrative roles spanning from acute care, community health, aeromedical evacuation standards and policy including the National Practice Leader for Aeromedical Evacuation and as a medical operations officer for the Air Force on behalf of the Canadian Forces Medical Group.  She was the senior administrative and managerial authority responsible for the overall management of a multi-site primary healthcare centre and had the additional responsibility of overseeing the strategic aeromedical evacuation support for the current NATO-led mission in Afghanistan.  She has participated in medical policy and planning input for Air Force and NATO exercises and participated as medical directing staff for two NATO exercises.  Her operational experience includes serving as a Critical Care Nurse with 1 Canadian Field Hospital in Saudi Arabia during the first Persian Gulf Conflict in 1990.  Additionally, she deployed as an aeromedical evacuation member of the support element in Rwanda operations in 1994.  She has extensive experience flying aeromedical evacuations both within Canada, the United States and overseas. 

For the past three years, Cynthia has been working at the South East Local Health Integration Network with focused effort on Primary Health Care, Mental Health and Addictions as well as French Language Services.  She has a Master’s in Health Care Management and is currently enrolled in the Rotman course for Advanced Health Care Leadership Program.  She is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives since 2005.  

Hofmeister, Larry


Larry Hofmeister, BA, BAdmin (Distinction), CMA       
Director Health Service Provider (HSP) Funding and Allocations

Originally from Saskatchewan, Larry has over twenty years experience in budgeting, economic and financial analysis of projects and new product offerings in the telecommunications and agricultural finance sectors.  Larry led teams of Financial Analysts who identified, developed and recommended opportunities and strategies for the Corporations to achieve strategic and financial objectives. 

Between 2001 and 2005, as a Senior Analyst with Management Board Secretariat of the Ontario government, Larry assessed Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care submissions for completeness and consistency with established or developing government policy.  In this role Larry developed analyses and briefing material for presentation to the Deputy Minister, Ministers and Management Board of Cabinet.

In mid-2005, Larry accepted the position of Business Planning Coordinator for the Public Health Division, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to coordinate development and submission of the Divisional Budget.  This position was responsible for developing and presenting analyses to Divisional Managers and directly supporting the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario in budget discussions with the Deputy and the Minister’s office.  Larry also coordinated responses to Ministry of Finance questions regarding the annual budget submission.

Larry joined the South East LHIN in February 2007 as the Team Lead Finance / HSPs and was promoted to the position of Director HSP Funding and Allocation effective January 1, 2010.

Goetz, Steve

Steve Goetz, MBA

Director, Performance Optimization

Steve comes to the LHIN from Bell Canada, where he held senior management positions in Finance, Activity Based Costing and Benchmarking.  Most recently, he directed, developed and successfully implemented findings from several cross industry, multi-company, “best-practice” benchmarking studies in the areas of e-commerce, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and supply chain.  While in Ottawa, Steve obtained a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).  Since 1990, Steve has taught a variety of courses within the Faculty of Business at Algonquin College in Ottawa and more recently at Loyalist College, where he is an Adjunct Professor within the Human Services Management degree program. 



 Spinks, Michael

Michael Spinks MSc., CStat

Michael Spinks is the Director, Knowledge Management with the South East LHIN.  He is a skilled data analyst as well as a Chartered Statistician with the Royal Statistical Society, UK.  Michael’s over fifteen years of experience spans a number of sectors including public health, demography, tourism and industrial relations.  His areas of specialty include population health, survey methodology and statistical system development, all of which he has applied in his work with the LHIN and many regional organizations including the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre, Health Information Partnership of Eastern Ontario and Cancer Care Ontario.  He has led the development of many regional statistical reporting systems, in particular PrevCan at Cancer Care Ontario and the RRFSS Query System for Ontario Public Health Units.  He was also responsible for the South East LHIN Regional Capacity Assessment and Projection study which serves as the basis for evaluating major health system initiatives in the region.  Michael also serves as a statistical consultant on numerous research projects and a trainer on statistical analysis and applications. 


Andrei Tchouvelev, MBA
Senior Director, Enabling Technologies

Andrei Tchouvelev joined the South East LHIN Enabling Technologies team as the Senior Director, Enabling Technologies in March of 2013.  He comes to the South East LHIN from the private sector, where he held senior engagement and management positions in areas such as enterprise and solutions architecture, business and sales engineering, and client engagement and service delivery.  

Over the past decade, he has worked with such clients as EDS Canada, IBM, HP and CGI to Ministry of Transportation, Justice Technology Services, Sunnybrook Hospital, Women’s College Hospital, BELL Canada, Cirque du Soleil and Bombardier.  His skill set ranges from solutions architecture, business process and technology optimization, tactical integration to sustainability and strategic planning.


Jacqueline Prospero
Executive Assistant – Office of the CEO

Jacqui is an advanced practice administrative professional with experience in several industries including those focused on environmental services, hospitality, information technology and healthcare systems. Her competencies include high level software/hardware operation, the administrative, and interpersonal skills that are requisite of advanced practice administrative professionals, advanced expertise in effective & efficient office management, written and oral  communication, recognition and practice of professional values and behaviours, information management and problem solving.  Her keen sense of an executive’s needs and focus on customer service, mixed with an ability to adapt to ever changing environment, make her an invaluable resource. 

Jacqui has chosen the administrative profession as a career and has demonstrated this by completing an  BA (honours) at York University, an Administrative Assistant Associate Degree in Applied Sciences (honours) at Madison Area Technical College, and Special Events Management Certification from Humber College.  She  has achieved the Certified Administrative Professional with specialization in Organization Management (CAP-OM) designation from the International Association of Administrative Professionals. 

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Pat Reynolds
Board Coordinator

Board Coordinator to the Board Chair and South East LHIN Board of Directors. Certified Administrative Professional with the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), 1st Vice-President of the Meyers Creek Chapter. Former Executive Assistant to the President/CEO and Board of Directors of Annapolis Valley District Health Authority in Kentville, N.S..   

A graduate of the Canadian Hospital Association Departmental Management Program.  Prior Administrative Assistant to the Director of Regional Clinical Programs as well as the Regional Medical Advisor for the Western Region Health Board in Kentville, N.S.. 

A former member of the Board of Directors of Kingston/Greenwood Community Health Board.  Past member of the Board of Directors of SOS Children’s Village in Margaretsville, N.S.  Executive Assistant to the President/CEO of Trenton Memorial Hospital, Trenton, ON for 10 years.





Julie Rickard
Senior Administrative Assistant Office of the Chief Operating Officer

Julie has been with the South East LHIN since December, 2006 providing administrative support to the offices of the Senior Directors and subsequently to the office of the Chief Operating Officer.  Julie’s role within the South East LHIN requires superior organizational skills, communication skills, time management skills and flexibility to manage the deliverables, assignments and endeavours of the South East LHIN team.  Julie also acts as a liaison between the Chief Operating Officer and the Directors and teams reporting to that office.

Julie has over 25 years experience providing executive and administrative support to various government departments including the Department of National Defence (in Canada and in Germany), Municipal Government and Municipal Policing.  Julie possesses a Diploma in Administrative Studies from O’Sullivan College in Montreal, a Diploma in Municipal Administration from St. Lawrence College in Kingston and a Diploma in Public Administration from Western University in London. Julie is also bilingual.