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Board of Directors


Stonegate Community Association

Board of Directors 2017-2018

Purvi Desai

Purvi grew up in Oakville but has spent the last eight years living in Etobicoke with her husband and two young daughters. Purvi is a motivated self-starter with extensive project management and strategic planning skills.  As an MBA graduate, Purvi focused her studies on Health Services Management and has worked on a variety of strategic and eHealth projects with hospitals, regional health authorities and government, where she has gained first-hand knowledge and understanding of the complexities and challenges facing the healthcare industry today.  Purvi has been with St. Joseph’s Health Centre for three years in the role of Deputy Chief Information Officer. 

She has previous volunteer board experience working with St. John Ambulance. Purvi is excited to be working with the Stonegate CHC Board.


Andy Gallagher

Andy was born in Etobicoke and grew up in the Sunnylea neighbourhood where he currently lives with his wife and three children. After graduating from the University of Waterloo, Andy joined KPMG and became a partner in that firm’s financial services practice. He then spent 11 years with Bank of Montreal and is now currently doing part-time consulting. 

Andy spent many years working as a volunteer board member for a multi-service community organization in west Toronto and he enjoys working with the Stonegate CHC.


Alessandro Manduca-Barone

Alessandro was born in Toronto and has resided in Etobicoke for the last 20 years. He has worked as a policy analyst for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario as well as a fitness and health consultant for those with varying health issues and has noted firsthand many of the social determinants that can impact a person’s health. Alessandro has also worked as a course director for York University, teaching on issues related to health care ethics.

Alessandro has an academic background in both economics and health policy/ethics, including a Ph.D. in the field of bioethics, specializing in policy relating to clinical research with terminally ill subjects. He is a published author and looks forward to an exciting upcoming year with the Stonegate Community Health Centre. He is passionate about health care and eager to continue working with the Stonegate board of directors in contributing to his community.


Lynda McColl

Lynda was born and raised in Toronto and then lived in Mississauga before moving to Etobicoke in 2009.  Throughout her career, Lynda has held senior leadership roles across the health care system in acute care, long term care, the Ministry of Health, rehabilitation and complex continuing care.  She is an RN by profession, holds an MBA, and is a surveyor with Accreditation Canada and Accreditation Canada International.  She has been a key consultant to the TC LHIN and Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.  Lynda recently retired after 7 years as Executive Director at Toronto Rehab’s Bickle Centre (part of UHN).   She volunteers in an elementary school literacy program, the Red Cross Meals on Wheels program in Etobicoke and is looking forward to continuing as a member of Stonegate Community Association Board of Directors.


Kathryn Miller

Kathryn is a retired Registered Nurse who has lived in South Etobicoke for over 40 years.  She has experience in all areas of nursing and for a few years worked as an RN and Clinical Coordinator at Stonegate CHC.  She is familiar with the community and was a part of the original group lobbying for a CHC in the area.  Of late she has done some volunteering at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. For fun she does Pilates, Bunka, a Japanese form of embroidery and cares for her dog and two cats.


Matthew Panczyk

Matthew was born, raised and continues to reside in southwest Toronto. He spent the first 16 years of his life growing up in the Stonegate community, utilizing the various services offered by the Stonegate Community Health Centre from time to time.

The son of two Polish immigrants, Matthew experienced firsthand what sorts of challenges new comers may encounter while integrating into Canadian society. He looks forward to combining such perspective with skills and knowledge obtained via his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Global Health, as well as his MBA. Matthew is enjoying the opportunity to give back to the community that was able to offer his family so much during their early years in Canada.


Louis Pike

Lou Pike was born and raised in The Bronx.  He received his B.A. from Hunter College (City University of New York), an M.A. in Philosophy (Calgary) and M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto. Before joining the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University Lou was an organization consultant and, prior to that, a senior manager in several organizations.


Jonathan Sachs

Jonathan was born in Etobicoke and grew up in the Kingsway area. Over his career, he has had a variety of health system planning roles, including work with Health Quality Ontario and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. For the last few years, he has worked as a management consultant, focused on the development, implementation and evaluation of health system programs and initiatives. He has worked with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, as well as LHINs, municipalities, and community agencies all across Ontario, consulting on how to strengthen and improve the delivery of health and community services. He is very excited to be serving on the Board of Stonegate CHC


Kate Thomas

Kate was born and raised in the Sunnylea neighbourhood of Etobicoke. She received her B.A.(Hons.) in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University in 2014.  She recently completed her Master of Public Health at the University of Toronto, specializing in social and behavioural health sciences. Kate has worked with multiple nonprofits focusing on health education and youth mental health. Kate is excited to continue working with the Stonegate CHC Board.


Alicia Tyson

Alicia is a Health Promotion Specialist. She has 12 years of experience working in Chronic Disease Prevention for the Muskoka Parry Sound and Simcoe Muskoka District Health Units working on municipal and provincial tobacco, healthy eating and physical activity policy development. Most recently, she worked at ParticipACTION managing the Sports Day in Canada program to strengthen communities and get Canadians moving. Alicia is currently working as an independent consultant supporting organizations in the health and physical activity sectors. Alicia is very happy to be part of the Stonegate Board of Directors.


Hugh Williams

Hugh has been a resident of Etobicoke for over 40 years.  He is Executive Director of the Kiwanis Club of Toronto and the Toronto Kiwanis Foundation – which in 2017 is celebrating 100 years of serving children in the city.  Hugh also provides business development, marketing, and communications consulting services through Dynamic Planet.  Previously he held senior roles in the IT sector with a focus on the health and human services community, and has worked in several positions with the Provincial Government.  He volunteers with many organizations, including Rotary Etobicoke; Kingsway-Humber Kiwanis; the Rexdale CHC; and, the Toronto Ribfest and enjoys helping them raise funds, create and implement multi-faceted marketing and communications campaigns, develop new community programs, and run events. 


Mary Wood

Mary has lived in Etobicoke for over 30 years and grew up in the Stonegate community.  After graduating from the University of Toronto, Mary has held positions in business as Controller, Commercial Real Estate Salesperson, Property Manager and her current position is Vice President of Leasing with a private real estate developer.  

Mary’s previous volunteer activities include fund raising for several charities, Toronto Crew Mentorship Program Committee Chair and a parent committee member at Etobicoke Collegiate and Etobicoke School of the Arts.