Board of Directors

2020-2021 Board of Directors

Julian Bautista, Director,  was appointed to the board as a community member in September 2020. Julian is a Registered Dietitian with a masters in public health in nutrition & dietetics from the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He has experience in a number of health care settings, including hospital primary care, community health centres, and is currently practicing in long-term care and private consulting. A newer resident of the Davenport-Perth community since early 2019, he continues to seek to advocate for health equity and social justice within the community and Toronto at large through collaboration.


Suzannah Bennett, Presidentwas elected to the Board of Directors in June 2016 as a Community member. Suzannah has worked in research and knowledge translation related to community health for over ten years. She has worked previously at the Association of Ontario Midwives and is currently a Lead for the quality standards program at Health Quality Ontario.


Dayna Bernard, Director, is a clinical Social Worker specializing in harm reduction, mental health, and substance use. Dayna has worked in both hospital and community organizations in a career spanning more than 20 years. Dayna holds degrees in both psychology and social work and is a passionate advocate for equity in healthcare and social justice. Dayna joined the board as a community member in June 2019 and has lived in the Davenport-Perth neighbourhood since 2009.


Paulysha De Gannes, Director At Largewas elected to the board as an associated member in June 2019.  As of 2019, Paulysha works at Prostate Cancer Canada as a Senior Coordinator, Policy and Engagement. She leads policy, advocacy, health education, and clinician engagement projects and single-handedly increased the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts.  Paulysha has held a variety of health and policy roles at prominent organizations including Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario Ministry of Labour, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Durham Region Health Department, University of Ottawa Health Services, and the Canadian Red Cross. Paulysha completed her Master’s in Public Health (Health Promotion) at the University of Toronto and graduated with distinction with a Bachelor’s of Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa.


Grant Gonzales, Vice-Presidentjoined the DPNCHC Board of Directors in March 2019 as a Community Member and previously served on the Board from 2008 to 2012, including one term as Vice President. Grant is a government and stakeholder relations professional, with over 5 years of experience. He is a Stakeholder Relations & Research Coordinator at Metrolinx and previously worked as a government relations consultant at Counsel Public Affairs. Grant holds a Master of Political Management from Carleton University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Toronto.


Santhosh Kumar, Director, Santhosh is a Chartered Professional Accountant and specializes in the financial services sector. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and with a Master of Management & Professional Accounting from the University of Toronto. Currently, he serves as the Treasurer of a condominium corporation and volunteers with the Out of the Cold program.


Hilary Mackenzie, Treasurer, was elected to the Board in June 2018 as a Community Member. Hilary has worked as a French and Spanish interpreter in the community sector, a financial administrator for non-profit organizations and a teacher of English as a second language. She has lived in this area and been a patient at the health centre for twenty-eight years.


Cathy O’Neill, Secretarywas elected to the Board in June 2018 as an Associate Member. Cathy has over twenty years of experience in the healthcare sector, with a focus on quality, safety, equity, and engagement. She received her Bachelors of Nursing from Ryerson University in Toronto, and her Master’s in Public Policy from Queen’s University. Currently, she is the Senior Director for Patient Experience and Community Engagement at the newly formed health network of Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. In this role, Cathy is committed to system and local level improvements across the healthcare continuum to ensure the best experience through equitable access to care for all patients, families and local communities.


Jessica Rovito, Director,  Jessica has worked as a public librarian in the west end of Toronto for over ten years. Now a Planning Specialist with the Toronto Public Library, Jessica is most passionate about bringing the organization’s stated focus on equity to life. As a former independent Forum Theatre community artist, an employee of OPIRG Kingston, and a founding member of the University of Toronto’s Librarians Without Borders Student Chapter, Jessica is excited to bring her passion for community development to DPNCHC.


Jonathan Sachs, Director,  Jonathan was elected to the Board in September 2020 as a Community Member. Jon is an experienced health leader, spending his career helping to solve different types of health system problems across Ontario. Currently, Jon is the Director of Government Affairs at PointClickCare; a health record software company focused on long-term care. Previously he worked at the Ministry of Health as a Senior Advisor for Health Innovation. He has previously served on the board of another Community Health Centre in Toronto for three years.


Martin Ship, Past Presidentwas appointed to the Board of Directors in September 2014 as a Community Member and elected in June 2015. Martin is recently retired from the Financial Services Commission of Ontario where he was the Director, Corporate Policy and Public Affairs. He has experience in communications, stakeholder relations, and government affairs.  Martin also serves as a director for other Not for Profits and has an interest in governance and public policy.


Sepali Vithanage, Directorwas elected to the board of directors in June 2019 as an associate member. She is a professional accountant and member of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) – Canada. Currently, she is working for a  privately owned Solar power development company. She works with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP)  to assist people with their income tax preparation.