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Janette Panhuis

Janette has extensive experience in the healthcare field having started her work career as a registered nurse with Toronto General Hospital and moving through successive health and research management positions to Chief Operating Officer at PHRI, an academic research institute affiliated with McMaster University which she retired from in June 2022. Janette’s previous board activity includes other not-for-profit research network and volunteer activity focused mainly in the school community with Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) including chair of the regional PIC. Living in Georgetown, she places high value in contributing to community, is passionate about healthcare, and is eager to be part of providing quality end-of-life care.

Michele Beals

Michele has extensive experience within the Ontario Health System having held progressively financial and strategic executive roles within three large Ontario Hospitals. She has a Chartered Accountant designation and Masters of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business and will be helping support financial and operational governance at Bethell. Michele currently holds the position of CFO, Vice President of Finance at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and resides in Brampton with her family.

Ross Beverley

Ross recently retired after developing a successful business and is enjoying consulting and volunteer opportunities. Ross volunteered in various roles at Bethell since 2019 and determined he would like to volunteer on the Board. 2021 is his first term on the Board and he brings a wealth of business management experience to the Board along with a thorough understanding of the day-to-day operation at Bethell Hospice. Ross has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University and a BA in Economics from the University of Western.

Barb Di Marco CHRP, CHRL
Director, Secretary

Barb has spent most of her career working in Management positions with Community Living, and non-profit organizations that provide services to people with disabilities.

As an HR Professional over the last 15 years, she brings a wide variety of experience in all aspects of Human Resources. In her latest position before retiring, she worked as an HR Regional Manager with a focus on Labour Relations and is certified in Conducting Workplace Investigations. She looks forward to complementing the Board at Bethell Hospice with this combination of skills and insight. Barb has lived in Erin for the last 13 years and enjoys the quiet serenity of country living.

Darlene Farrow

Darlene Farrow

In 2022 Darlene retired from a 32-year career in telecommunications. Throughout her career she held various senior management positions supporting teams of engineering, strategy, project management, sales support, and customer service operations professionals. Darlene holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo. She is a second-generation Caledon resident. With her husband of 33 years, they raised their 2 adult sons and continue to reside in Caledon East with their teenage daughter. Darlene has seen the impact that Bethell Hospice has made for so many and is happy to have an opportunity to contribute by serving on the Board.

Shellina Haji

Shellina immigrated to Canada from East Africa and completed her high school/post-secondary education in Toronto. She is a graduate from University of Toronto in Computer Science and Mathematics and has been consulting for over 20 years in public and private sectors specializing in eCommerce, ERP and Cloud technologies. Volunteer work has been part of her DNA for over 30 years and has given her time and knowledge to various projects within her community. Shellina enjoys reading, movies, hiking, gardening, yoga and swimming. She is a resident of Brampton for the past 22 years and lives with her husband and two sons.

Muneerah Kanji

Muneerah is a seasoned senior financial executive with over 20 years of experience in both private and public companies spanning many industries; she is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University. Volunteerism and giving back to the community have always been an integral part of Muneerah’s life since her youth and she continues this involvement today in various capacities with her daughter’s school & activities as well as within her community. She lives in Brampton with her husband and has an adult son and a school-aged daughter.

Adam Lis

Adam Lis

Adam was admitted to the bar in 2011 and is currently working at a pharmaceutical firm in Mississauga providing legal support in regards to agreements; regulatory matters; privacy issues; human resources and litigation management. Adam joined the Board in 2021 as a director. Adam is an avid racket sport enthusiast who also enjoys basketball analytics, board games and resides in Etobicoke.

Adal Simeone

Adal Simeone is a Senior Human Resources Executive having dedicated her career to leading global strategic HR business transformations, M&A and implementing innovative talent, technology and DEI programs for the public & private sectors. With expertise steering C-Suite and board leaders, she is recognized for broad experience across all facets of HR disciplines and deep expertise in organizational effectiveness and leadership development.

Adal has held several executive roles consulting corporate leaders in defining corporate culture, strategic planning, policy development and crisis management. In her most recent role as Executive Human Capital Leader, she was an integral part of the Executive Leadership Team and HR & Governance Board committee. She played a vital role in defining the company’s strategies for people leadership, culture, talent attraction, compensation, succession, technology, and people analytics and scaling organizational development.

Earlier in her career, Adal held roles at the VP and Director levels traveling abroad across 3 continents, implementing best in class business & HR practices. Overseeing HR operational centers of excellence, engagement programs, disability/ accommodations, risk and compliance for organizations including Government, Professional services, Financial Services, Technology, Automotive, Telecom & energy. She led M&A change strategies and implementations of HRIS and people analytics, changes to total rewards, performance, and succession planning strategies as well as employment investigations and mediations.

Adal is a graduate of University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management. She is a Certified Human Resources Leader with the Human Resources Professional Association for the past 18 years as well as Certified workplace investigator and ProSci change management leader.

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