Our Team Members
Rhonda Schwartz currently serves as Executive Director of Seniors Care Network. She brings to this role extensive health care experience including direct clinical care, clinical education and various leadership roles. She holds a Masters’ Degree and has held university academic appointments.
In her current role, Rhonda provides leadership and expertise in the areas of quality, performance management, process management and risk management to the team, as well as to programs, committees and projects in the network. In previous Director roles, Rhonda was responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of quality, patient safety and risk management at both an academic health science centre focused on geriatric care and an acute community academic hospital.
Rhonda has a successful track record of spearheading strategic and inter-organizational initiatives. She is an innovative, values-driven and result-oriented leader with a reputation for transforming vision into reality.
Director, Research & Evaluation
Stacey is a Gerontologist and Evaluator who leads an applied health research and evaluation portfolio. She supports various program and project-work with the team, employing her skills in grant-writing, program development/planning, research, and evaluation. She serves as the administrative lead for the Geriatric Emergency Management (GEM) Nurse Program in the Central East, and is the Manager of the MINT Memory Clinic at the Community Health Centres of Northumberland. Stacey also supports program and team-based development work in the Network, including competency-based, continuing professional development, knowledge transfer, and performance analytics.
Stacey participates on a number of national, provincial, and regional committees, as well as various geriatric-oriented communities of practice. Stacey’s previous professional work was in the community and social services sectors, working with seniors experiencing complex, functional challenges. Stacey is an Adjunct Professor at Ontario Tech University (formerly UOIT), and is currently acquiring her PhD in the Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University. Stacey is an Interdisciplinary Frailty Fellow with the Canadian Frailty (CFN) Network. Her primary research interests examine how clinicians facilitate clinical decision-making and goal-setting with persons with dementia. Stacey is an impassioned advocate for persons with dementia and seniors.
Dr. Sabeen Ehsan
Director of Quality
Sabeen is an internationally trained Medical Doctor. In addition to her clinical training, she has nearly five years of experience in Health Quality and Patient Safety at one of the largest tertiary care hospitals in Kuwait. Using her advanced critical analysis and applied health research skills, Sabeen successfully co-devised strategies and action plans that have supported Senior Leadership in attaining organizational goals and objectives. After her arrival in Canada, she completed a placement at Health Quality Ontario, and provided consulting services to the Alzheimer Society.
Sabeen recently completed an Executive Master’s in Health Informatics (EMHI) at the University of Toronto, and is interested in the use of information and communications technology (e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, and etc.) for improving health service planning, delivery, and management. It was through this program that Sabeen first commenced her work with Seniors Care Network, assisting in the completion of the 2018/19 GAIN Evaluation, in collaboration with Stacey Hawkins, Brandi Flowers, and Rachel Pollock.
As a valued member of the Team, Sabeen supports Seniors Care Network’s policy, planning, evaluation, and research activities. Sabeen is the current Manager of the GAIN Team at the Community Health Centres of Northumberland.
Cheryl is an experienced executive assistant, and a valued member of the Seniors Care Network’s collaborative Results Oriented Work Environment (ROWE). Cheryl provides general support to the team on all identified annual work plan activities, as well as ongoing operational activities. Cheryl contributes her planning and coordinating acumen to the team’s work, and plays a major role in connecting with stakeholders and partners with her excellent welcoming interpersonal skills and professionalism.
MHI Placement Student
Terry Li is an evaluation analyst supporting the evaluation of the Geriatric Emergency Management (GEM) Program. He is currently a Master of Health Informatics (MHI) candidate at the University of Toronto. His experience in long-term care programs support and clinical research sparked his passion for data-driven practices. He is keenly interested in the use of data to inform health system innovations.
MHI Placement Student
Kadriye Candas graduated from the Health Sciences Program at Wilfrid Laurier University, obtaining a Bachelor of Sciences degree. In her undergrad, she volunteered in the Interdisciplinary and Indigenous Pathways to Wellness Research Group, where she worked on applied health research projects that aimed to share knowledge through collaborative and partnered approaches. Kadriye is pursuing her Master of Health Informatics degree at the University of Toronto and is interested in service design, knowledge translation, and systems analysis. She is excited to intern for Seniors Care Network as an Evaluation Analyst/Lead and work alongside an interprofessional team that aims to improve health outcomes for older populations living with complex health conditions.