Senior Team

Senior Team




Senior Team


Ken Deane
President & CEO (Interim)
kdeane [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca
519.352.6401 x 6000

As Interim Chief Executive Officer, Ken brings to the organization significant experience in healthcare leadership including roles in the Erie St Clair Region. He has held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Hotel Dieu Grace in Windsor and St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto. Most recently Ken served as Interim Chief Executive Officer at Leamington District Memorial Hospital. Ken has a large breadth of leadership experience having previously served as an Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and as a Hospital Supervisor under the Public Hospitals Act.

Jerome Quenneville
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
jquenneville [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca
519.352.6401 x 6035

As Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Jerome brings to the organization many years of senior administrative leadership experience. He has most recently held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Wellington Health Care Alliance for nine years, as well as previously serving as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance for sixteen years. 

Jerome is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CA) along with a Bachelor of Business/Commerce degree from the University of Windsor and received his Masters of Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management from Regis University.

In his role, his goals include championing health care needs of the community, while achieving corporate goals as defined at the board level. Jerome also believes in empowering people by helping to define success and providing the tools to attain that success.

Willi Kirenko
Vice President/Chief Nursing Executive
wkirenko [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca
519.352.6401 x 6028

As Vice President/Chief Nursing Executive, Willi Kirenko is responsible for Emergency Services, Intensive & Progressive Care, Medicine, Rehabilitation, Complex Continuing Care, Surgery, Women & Children’s Health, Mission, Quality, Interprofessional Practice and Infection Prevention & Control. Willi has been with CKHA for over 30 years. In her previous role of Director of Quality and Interprofessional Practice, Willi interpreted research evidence, developed, provided and evaluated complex policies and practices to support the CKHA Professional Practice Team and interprofessional staff in promoting excellence and high quality healthcare. Willi received an Adult Education Diploma from St. Francis Xavier University in 2000, a BScN degree from the University of Windsor in 2001 and a Master of Nursing degree from the University of Toronto in 2006. She is also one of a very few Nurse Practitioners in Ontario with specialty certificates in both Primary Health Care and Adult Care.

Willi’s career in Nursing Leadership and academic pursuits reflect an intense interest in the areas of improved quality outcomes and evidence-based care. Willi is committed to establishing a nursing model of care that reflects the CKHA philosophy of patient and family centred care, evidence-based practices and the effective and efficient use of nursing resources.

In her role, Willi will continue to drive continuous quality improvement, excellence and teamwork with internal and external partners.

Debbie Ancocik
Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
dancocik [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca
519.352.6401 x 6053

As Vice President, Debbie is responsible for the employee services and labour relations, occupational health & safety, and, system integration and partnerships. Born and raised in Chatham, Debbie is from a large family and is a life-long resident of Chatham-Kent. She has worked at the Alliance and its predecessor hospitals for her entire career spanning over 40 years and holds a Certified Human Resource Professional designation and a Certified Human Resource Leader designation with the Human Resources Professional Association and has been a member of the HRPA since its inception. She has supported many phases of amalgamation and reorganization, and has successfully implemented multiple restructuring initiatives and operating plan changes with minimal impact to employees, while ensuring operational efficiency across the organization. Debbie has been a member of countless negotiation committees both locally and provincially with the Ontario Hospital Association central negotiations. As Chief Negotiator for the Alliance for 4 bargaining units, she has been successful in reaching voluntary settlements in numerous rounds of bargaining.

Responsible for the successful implementation of a Human Resources Information System, including Personnel Module, Attendance Management, Self Service Modules for employees and managers, e-Recruit and Staff Scheduling Modules, Debbie together with her team revitalized the Human Resources Department. In recent years, she also oversaw the successful introduction and implementation of a Centralized Staffing Resource Office for nursing units.

Dr. Pervez Faruqi
Chief Of Staff
pfaruqi [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca

As Chief of Staff, Dr. Faruqi’s top priorities are to improve the quality of medical care and patient experience at CKHA. He brings to the role significant leadership and professional experience and a strong desire to support quality of care, improved patient experiences and work with administration to strengthen the organization.

Dr. Faruqi has been a consultant Paediatrician at CKHA since 2010 and has held the role of Chief of Paediatrics since 2013. Prior to that he practiced medicine in Nova Scotia for five years at the Guysborough, Antigonish and Strait Health Authority (GASHA), where he chaired the Quality Review Committee. Before moving to Canada, Dr. Faruqi practiced medicine in the United States for seven years where in addition to several recognitions for teaching he won America’s Top Pediatrician, 2004-2005.

Since 2010, Dr. Faruqi has also been an Adjunct Professor of Paediatrics at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to learning and education, including having been a lead preceptor and supervisor for both medical and nursing students.  


Paula Reaume-Zimmer
Vice President, Mental Health & Addiction Services, Bluewater Health, the Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton Kent Branch, and Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
preaumezimmer [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca
519.436.6100 x 2278

As Vice-President, Paula is accountable for overall program planning, resource allocation and monitoring of quality, risk, utilization and clinical improvements for mental health services for the Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton communities. She ensures that each organization’s key performance indictors are met and aligned with the regional mental health strategic plan. 
Paula is known and respected locally and provincially for her leadership, expertise and passion for collaborative and cross-sectoral approaches to integrated mental health and addictions service delivery and system outcomes. She is Chatham-Kent’s site lead for national research project ACCESS Open Minds, a lecturer for the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Psychiatry at Western University, and an alumnus of the University of Toronto Rotman, Advanced Health Leadership Program. In 2015 she recieved the Jane Chamberlin Award from the Association of General Hospital Psychiatric Association. Paula has earned her Doctorate in Health Administration with the majority of her doctorate studies focused on healthcare leadership, and collaborative approaches to mental health systems transformation.

Fannie Vavoulis
Director, Communicatons
fvavoulis [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca
519.352.6401 x 6143

In her role as Director, Communications, Fannie is responsible for planning, implementing and facilitating internal and external communications and community relations strategies that support CKHA’s Mission, Vision, Values and strategic priorities.  Fannie previously spent six years in the Medical Affairs Department at CKHA where she held the role of Medical Recruiter and Education Coordinator.

Fannie holds a BA in Political Science from Western University and a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Fanshawe College. She is truly passionate about living and working in Chatham-Kent and is actively involved in many community organizations and initiatives.  She is one of the founding members of TEDx Talks Chatham-Kent, a Chatham-Kent Public Library Board Member, past President of the Rotary Club of Chatham and past Chair of Culture Factory.

Zoja Holman
Director, Corporate Transformation
zholman [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca
519.352.6401 x 6065

Zoja Holman is currently the Director of Corporate Transformation at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA). In this new role, Zoja supports the CEO and Supervisor as they lead the organization through a period of significant change in areas of governance, culture, performance management and community relations. Zoja previously held the position of Director of Communications and Organizational Development at CKHA, a role which included Strategic Planning and Volunteer Services. Prior to joining the hospital, she worked for several healthcare organizations across the region.

Zoja holds a Bachelor of Arts from Acadia University, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from Humber College and a Masters in Public Administration from Western University.

Karen Benson
Senior Executive Assistant & Governance Coordinator
kbenson [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca
519.352.6401 x 6001

As Senior Executive Assistant to the President and CEO and Governance Coordinator for the Alliance Board of Directors, Karen brings over 20 years experience to the role having held similar positions at hospitals in London and Toronto. Her administrative leadership is instrumental in achieving the Mission, Vision and Values of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance in support of best governance practice for the Alliance Board of Directors, Board Committees, and Executive Leadership Council.

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