RNFOO Board of Directors

The Registered Nurses' Foundation of Ontario is governed by a Board of Directors that is made up of at least 10, and not more than 20 volunteers.  At least half of the Directors must be Registered Nurses and members of the College of Nurses.  The Foundation, and the nursing community at large, benefit from the contributions made by the board members as they provide oversight and leadership for all activities of the Foundation, including committee work, stewardship of donations, disbursement of funds, and determination of policies.

Here are the current Board Members:


Marg BlastorahMargaret Blastorah, PhD   

Margaret joined the Board of RNFOO in 2020, and is a member of Fund Development, Marketing, and Communications Committeeand the Finance Committee.  At the Annual General Meeting in October 2021, Margaret was named President of the Board.


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Sue Bookey-Bassett, RN, BScN, MED, PhD

Sue is an experienced Nurse Educator and Researcher with experience in various nursing roles in direct practice, education, and research. Sue has recently joined Ryerson University's Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing as Assistant Professor and currently teaches in the undergraduate, graduate and post-diploma programs.

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Marianne Cochrane, RN, MHSc(N)

Marianne was a member of the faculty at Durham College 2003 to 2019, where she taught in the Collaborative BScN Program with University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa. Her specific nursing interests are in Maternity and Ethics.  She held positions of Year Four Coordinator, Clinical/Resource Nurse, Program Leader, and Clinical Leader.

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Erin Courtney 2022Erin Courtney, EdD, RN

Erin is a full-time nursing professor at Lambton College in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. She has over 20 years’ experience in public health, and her interests and research is related to vaccines and science communication. 

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Ellis HeadshotWendy Ellis, RN, PhD

Wendy Ellis is an Academic Director in the School of Nursing at George Brown College. She has held leadership roles spanning clinical practice, research, business development, and academia.  Wendy has extensive background with strategic infrastructure development of clinical programs within acute care hospitals across Canada, and has led

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Leslie Graham cpdLeslie Graham, RN, MN, PhD(c), CNCC, CHSE, CCSNE

Leslie Graham is coordinator of the RPN to BScN Bridging Program, and professor, nursing/adjunct professor at Ontario Tech University –Durham College (OT-DC) Collaborative Nursing Program. Currently a doctoral student at the University of Western Ontario, where her research interests 

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Leslie Graham cpdLynne Hughes Marsh, NP, MScN

Lynne Hughes Marsh is a Nurse Practitioner and holds an appointment with the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University as a member of the full-time teaching faculty in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

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Sarah Ibrahim pic. Sarah Ibrahim, RN, MN, PhD, CHSE

Sarah was first introduced to RNFOO as a previous award winner in her undergraduate and graduate studies and participated, for several years, as a Gala Committee Member. Sarah has several years of experience in research and education in various institutions and healthcare sectors.

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20141018 155628Janet Montague, RN, BScN, MN

Janet Montague is a Nursing Professor at Centennial College and currently serves as Coordinator for Year 3, Community Health Nursing Practice, in the Ryerson, Centennial, George Brown Collaborative Nursing Degree Program. Janet also works as a Peer Assessor with the College of Nurses of Ontario in the Quality Assurance department.

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Janet RobertsJanet Roberts, RN, BScN, MHS

Janet Roberts is a Registered Nurse with over 40 years of experience in healthcare with a strong focus on clinical practice, strategic leadership and operational management. Janet’s clinical expertise coupled with her management and leadership experience has given her extensive knowledge in the area of professional practice, clinical education, informatics, patient safety, and workplace health and safety. Janet is a former 

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Rhonda Seidman Carlson, RN, MN

Rhonda SC watbalcpRhonda Seidman Carlson has been a nurse for 49 years. Her career has spanned two provinces; has worked in  acute care, long term care, intensive care, community care and mental health support. She is a CEGEP nursing grad from Quebec,  has a BA Community Nursing from Concordia university and a Masters of Nursing from the University of Toronto.  

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May Tao, RN, MN

May is a Health Promotion Specialist and Project Coordinator for the RNAO Best Practice Spotlight Organization Initiative at Toronto Public Health.  Her interest is in evidence-informed practice, knowledge translation, and guidelines implementation. She has been participated in the RNAO Advanced Clinical Practice Fellowship building on leadership knowledge and skills.  

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loganLogan Tullett

Logan received his first degree in Kinesiology from York University and is a graduate of the Ryerson, Centennial, George Brown Collaborative Nursing Program. He is currently working as a Public Health Nurse with the Timiskaming Health Unit and is overseeing healthy initiatives at 8 schools across Kirkland Lake and Englehart.

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Bernadette (Bernie) Robinson, RN (ex-officio)

Bernie Robinson, RN, joined the RNFOO Board in 2018, representing the Ontario Nurses' Association.  In her first term with the ONA board, Bernie has the lead for ONA's education portfolio, promoting and supporting education initiatives for ONA members.

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