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:


Krista Kamstra-Cooper RN, BScN, MN, CRN(c)

Krista is a professor in the Ryerson University/Centennial College/ George Brown College Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and serves as a coordinator of year one students at Centennial College.  New to the RNFOO board this year, Krista is also on RNFOO Gala Planning Committee.  Krista has worked in pediatric and rehabilitation nursing and has obtained her Rehabilitation Nursing Certification.  She has her BScN degree from Ryerson University and MN (Leadership in Health Policy and Education).  Krista was also President of the Lambda Pi-at-Large Sigma Theta Tau Chapter from 2014-2016.

On a personal note, Krista enjoys painting, reading and spending time with her family and friends.   



Zoran became President of the RNFOO Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting held on October 17, 2017.  He has been a member of the Board since 2015. 
Prior to joining the Hospital for Sick Children in 2002, Zoran held several leadership positions in the aerospace industry and received numerous awards for achieving breakthrough organizational performance improvements. He is currently responsible for the development and implementation of strategic and tactical action plans to achieve and sustain the benchmark quality, safety and risk management programs in multiple clinical areas. Zoran received a Master of Health Science degree from the University of Toronto and Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Safety Engineering from the University of Tuzla. His professional qualifications also include Certified Project Management Professional, Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified Lean Agent, Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, and QMS Lead Auditor.


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. A former RNFOO scholarship winner, Sue is very pleased to be involved in helping the Foundation as it continues to support nurses and nursing students in their scholarly achievements.



Marianne Cochrane, RN, MHSc(N)

Marianne has been a member of the faculty at Durham College since 2003, teaching full-time in the Collaborative BScN Program with University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa. Currently she serves as the Year Four Coordinator in the program.  Previously, she has held positions of Clinical/Resource Nurse, Program Leader, and Clinical Leader. In addition to serving on the RNFOO Board of Directors and the Infection Control Awards Review Committee since 2010, she is Interest Group Representative for 2012 – 2016 on the Board of Directors of RNAO.  Marianne’s specific interests are in Maternity and Ethics.  She is committed to mentoring students as they develop themselves as critical thinkers and caring nurses.

Michelle Connell, RN, BScN, MEd

Named President of the Board in October, 2015, Michelle has been involved with RNFOO since 2007, when she joined the Gala Committee.  In 2012 she was appointed Chair of the Gala committee.  She has also served on the Awards Review Panel since 2009. Michelle joined the Board of Directors in 2013.

Michelle is a Nursing Professor at Centennial College, with a background in Pediatric Cardiology.  She currently serves as the Year 1 Coordinator in the Ryerson, Centennial, George Brown Collaborative Nursing Degree Program.  Her research interests have included journal writing and reflective practice, career planning and development, creative approaches to nursing curriculum teaching strategies and evaluation, and student success strategies.


Ellis HeadshotWendy Ellis, Academic Chair, School of Nursing at George Brown College

Wendy Ellis is an Academic Chair 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 large scale change management and continuous quality improvement initiatives across sectors with expertise in interprofessional education and practice.  Wendy’s research interests include interprofessional collaborative practice models, simulation- based clinical education models, and student success.

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. Her research interests include: the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions to improve disease management, health promotion and patient health outcomes and translate evidence to enhance clinical practice and quality of care delivery. Sarah is excited to join the RNFOO Board and be able to support nurses and nursing students to further their education and research; advancing the practice and science of nursing.

Dr. Paula Mastrilli, RN, MScN, PhD

Dr. Paula Mastrilli, RN, MScN, PhD, is the Chair of the Collaborative BScN, RPN-Bridge to BScN and Post Graduate programs in Critical Care, Perioperative and Perinatal Programs in the Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing at George Brown College, part of the partnership with Centennial College and Ryerson University.
Dr. Mastrilli has extensive experience in developing, coordinating and delivering innovative programs to nurses and allied health care providers. She received a PhD in Nursing from McMaster University December 2013. Dr. Mastrilli was a co-recipient of the first G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Innovation Fund Grant to develop a virtual simulation-serious gaming program to promote nurses knowledge of paediatric post-operative assessment in 2013.  Dr. Mastrilli and her colleagues are recipients of several recognition awards for their work in creating virtual gaming simulations. The team is engaged in studying the effectiveness of virtual simulation in nursing education. Results of these studies are published in peer-reviewed journals.   

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. Janet has worked in other healthcare settings namely, Community Health, Acute/Chronic Care, Long Term Care and Project Management. Janet obtained her Nursing diploma from Centennial College, her BScN from Ryerson University and her Master's in Nursing from the University of Toronto. As an educator, Janet values cultural diversity, which enriches the classroom environment and the nursing profession. Janet is passionate about finding strategies that motivate and facilitate students' learning and understanding of the nursing profession.

Janet has been involved with RNFOO since 2013 on the Gala Planning Committee and has also served on the Awards Review Committee since 2017. In 2018, Janet joined to the RNFOO Board of Directors and was appointed Chair of the Gala Planning Committee.

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.  May is an executive member of the RNAO Toronto East Chapter, Board of Director of the Community Health Nurses Initiative Interest Group, and member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing.  Her vision is to empower nurses in reaching their potential, cultivating excellence in nursing knowledge and practice, and shaping healthy public policy.  

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. Based in eastern Ontario, Bernie has worked at St. Francis Memorial Hospital for more than 30 years, and has experience in all facets of a small, busy rural hospital and with community nursing.

Annette Weeres RN BScN MN (ex-officio)

Annette is Director of Professional Practice at the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario. Annette has over 35 years of nursing experience. A graduate from a diploma RN program in British Columbia, she completed her BScN at Ryerson University and MN at the University of Toronto. Annette’s health care experiences range from acute care to northern outpost nursing with roles in clinical practice, leadership and education. She is strong supporter of professional development, an advocate for nurses’ access to continuing education and incorporating evidence into practice, all important focuses of her role at RPNAO. 

Eric YuEric Yu, MBA, CPA, CA

Eric Yu is a CPA, CA who heads the revenue finance group at Freedom Mobile.  After graduating from the University of Toronto, and York University, Eric articled at a Big Four accounting firm where he specialized in banking and insurance sector clients.  Eric was elected to the board as Treasurer at the 2019 AGM.  Outside of work and volunteer work, Eric is a passionate foodie who enjoys partaking in culinary adventures around the world.