Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities is governed by a distinguished community-based Board who reflect the communities we serve. Meet our current Board of Directors:
President and Chair
Jane has worked in the Ontario Public Service for the past 20 years. She is currently working as a Program Supervisor in the Developmental Services sector for the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. Jane is committed to advocacy in the field of criminal justice and spent most of her career as a Probation and Parole Officer. Jane has a B.A. in Criminology from the University of Toronto as well as a diploma in Court and Tribunal Agent (paralegal) studies from Seneca College. Jane has lived in Scarborough for more than a decade with her partner and pets. Jane also volunteers with a local dog rescue organization as a foster and social media coordinator.
Alicia is a licensed Occupational Therapist with more than 11 years of experience in the health care sector. Her experience includes health care management, rehabilitation, complex continuing care and palliative care as she works with a diverse group of clients and community partners across various geographic regions. She is the founder of AMD Consulting and Occupational Therapy Services.
Alicia currently works as the Manager of Medical Affairs and Governance Effectiveness at West Park Healthcare Centre. She is a Certified Health Executive and a dynamic leader with expertise in policy development, project management, stakeholder engagement, planning and process improvement. Alicia is passionate about healthcare as she strives to improve the experience of clients and patients in support of better health outcomes, particularly for those in marginalized groups.
Alicia has a Master of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and a Master of Health Administration from the University of Toronto and she is PMP certified. Currently, Alicia is pursuing a doctorate degree from the University of Western Ontario. Alicia is committed to community involvement and professional development; she is a mentor for the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.
Member at Large
Mark is a registered nurse having worked in healthcare for thirty-five years until retiring in 2019. He held various senior and middle leadership roles in acute, academic and community healthcare settings, including his most recent role as executive vice president of clinical programs at the Scarborough Health Network, as well as senior roles at St. Joseph’s Health Centre (Toronto), Trillium Gift of Life Network and the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario. Mark holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing and is a lifelong member and Certified Healthcare Executive in the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Jeffrey is currently an Associate at RBC Capital Partners where he provides mezzanine financing to mid-market companies. Prior to this role, he worked at Ernst and Young in Transaction Advisory Services. He has also volunteered as a Pro Bono Consultant in Valencia, Spain with Endeavor Global as part of Ernst & Young’s corporate responsibility initiative. Jeffrey has a Master of Accounting and Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Waterloo.
Atiqa is a health system professional with a passion for social change and health equity, patient-centered models of care, and advocating for diverse representation in research. This passion helped her to co-found the Research Family Advisory Council at the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto). Currently, she serves as a manager at Movember where she leads prostate cancer survivorship research programs in North America as well as community-based, mental health, and wellbeing initiatives for young men. She has over 13 years of experience in successfully leading strategic, organizational, and operational initiatives, projects, and teams and using evidence-based practice to implement large-scale local and national programs across different communities and cause areas.
Atiqa completed her Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Clinical Practice from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance, a BA in Mathematics from York University, and a post-graduate certificate in Epidemiology.
Sudha has worked for over 15 years as Head of Operations with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), a sovereign wealth fund with investments across sectors, geographies, and asset classes. He received the “Industry Legend” award in November 2016 from Global Custodian magazine for his outstanding service in the financial services industry globally.
He is co-founder and Managing Partner of Soterium Inc., a consulting firm, and currently advises pension funds, family investment offices, sovereign wealth funds, and other asset owners on securities lending, custody, and investment operations. Mr. Datta is an associate of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA), a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, U.K, and a fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments, U.K. He is a distinguished toastmaster (DTM) and a long-standing member of Toastmasters International. Mr. Sudha Datta currently holds board and committee positions in various non-profit organizations.
Karthika Yogaratnam is an OHT System Planner for North Western Toronto OHT. Previously she worked in health systems research through SE Health, which sparked her passion for health system reform and innovation to meet the needs of equity-deserving populations. She also led the implementation of COVID-19 vaccine clinics in a rural Northern Ontario community. She has held various leadership roles in academic and community healthcare settings, including her most recent role as a quality improvement committee member for CHATS – Community & Home Assistance to Seniors. Karthika holds a Master of Public Health, specialization in Population Health Sciences, from Simon Fraser University.
Having been raised in Scarborough for most of her life, Karthika looks forward to the opportunity to give back to the community where she grew up.
Art Jerome Lopez
A.J. is a transformational healthcare leader who’s passionate about optimizing the health of our communities. He believes in continuous quality improvement, equity, collaboration and innovation. A.J. is a forward thinking, strategic planner who constantly strives for excellence. He has demonstrated success in a number of leadership roles in various academic health sciences centres. A.J. also has a clinical background as a critical care nurse and a Combined Master of Nursing and Master of Health Science. He is an Adjunct Lecturer with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Cheryl is a Scarborough-based lawyer whose practice is focused on advising startup companies and small businesses in the areas of intellectual property, privacy, and commercial law. Cheryl has a LL.M. from George Washington University and a LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. Cheryl also currently volunteers for Pro Bono Ontario’s Free Legal Advice Hotline, providing free summary legal advice and assistance to low-income individuals across the province.
Lauren Della Mora
Lauren has worked in the health system for 10 years, holding leadership roles in research, policy development and system planning. Her work has always been guided by a commitment to bringing together evidence and stakeholder perspectives to create meaningful quality improvement and better population health. In her current role at Ontario Health, she leads a multidisciplinary team that is transforming cancer care to be more person-centred—prioritizing helping patients with their symptoms and improving experiences of both patients and healthcare providers.
Lauren earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health degrees at the University of Toronto, specializing in epidemiology. She has remained an active member of the alumni community for the past decade as a student mentor and board member for the Public Health Alumni Association. Her keen interest in understanding what people need to live healthy, productive lives has also led Lauren to volunteer with several Toronto hospitals, her faith community and local recreation programs. As a new Scarborough resident, Lauren is enjoying getting to know her vibrant community and exploring the waterfront with her husband and toddler.
Leshawn Benedict is a Community Manager for a Global Health Community of Practice focusing on addressing implementation gaps and current issues facing Neglected Tropical Disease programs. He is the Founder of Public Health Insight, a public health organization committed to leading and innovating modern solutions to support evidence-informed public health communication, education, and knowledge translation. Public Health Insight reaches audiences in over 145 countries across over 3500 cities.
Leshawn received his Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, majoring in Biochemistry and Biology, and completed his Master of Public Health and Master of Science (Global Health Management) degrees at Western University and McMaster University. Leshawn is a dual certified Project Management and Digital Marketing Professional and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.
Tristan has worked diligently within the City of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Division (EDC) for 13 years. He is passionate building strong communities by supporting vulnerable populations. He has played a key role on initiatives within Toronto History Museums including implementing a youth engagement strategy. Currently he is the in EDC’s Intra-divisional Working Group for the Advancement of Equity & Inclusion. Tristan is passionate about storytelling. He graduated from Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, and has written for various publications including The Globe and Mail. He has a heart for the youth and looks for creative and innovative ways to amplify the voices of marginalized communities.