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:



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.



Charlene Cartujano, CPA, CA

Charlene is a Chartered Professional Accountant and her audit and accounting background includes a focus on governance, risk and control-related matters. She began her involvement with RNFOO in 2013 as a member of the Finance Committee, and was appointed Treasurer in 2016.  In her previous roles in public accounting, she had specialized in financial statement audits of not-for-profit organizations and registered charities.



Leinic Chung-Lee, RN, BScN, MN

First introduced to the foundation as a winner of the graduate Prenatal & Parenthood Education Services Award in 2007 and their Research Award in 2008, Leinic joined the RNFOO Board in 2010, chairing the Infection Control & Prevention Awards Committee. She has experience in the hospital, community, and academic settings. Currently employed at Toronto Public Health as a Quality Improvement Specialist, Leinic is also a Collaborator-Recruitment Coordinator for the New Mothers in a New Country Study in the Mothering Transitions Research Program  at the University of Toronto.


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.


Michael Eliadis, MPM (cert), MEd (c), PMP  

Michael is the Simulation Centre Manager at George Brown College School of Health Sciences, where he oversees the operational component of the lab; working in conjunction with faculty to optimally deliver simulation based education.  He previously worked for six years at SIM-one – The Ontario Simulation Network - growing and building the network.  He has previously worked at SickKids on the clinical wards, also as the Patient Representative and finished his career there in the Department of Strategic Projects. Michael holds a BA from Bishop’s University and two Masters Certificates in Project Management from the Villanova University.  Michael is currently enrolled in the Masters of Education program at Central Michigan University with an expected completion date of January 2020.  Michael brings a wealth of knowledge to the Board in the administrative, simulation and network building component of healthcare education. 

Peggy Hughes, BScN, MN, RN

Peggy has a broad range of  experience in acute care, education and community nursing.  Peggy has enjoyed working as part time faculty at Georgian College in the Collaborative BScN and PN programs in addition to acute care experience in Critical Care and surgical programs.  Her experience in Professional Practice roles includes educator, student placement coordination and model of care/skill mix redesign.  She currently works in Professional Practice at Southlake Regional Health Centre.  She is passionate about teaching and collaborative practice which is  essential to high quality patient-family centred care and a healthy work setting.  New to the RNFOO board in 2017, Peggy has also been a member of the Awards and Scholarships committee since 2016.


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.   


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.

Dawn Pratt, RN, MN

Dawn has worked in a number of settings and is currently employed in Public Health at the Regional Municipality of Yorkas a manager in the Child and Family Health Division. She is passionate about community nursing, recognizing the importance of working toward the goal of providing optimal health and wellbeing for new mothers, children and families.

Dawn has been part of RNFOO since 2004, initially participating on the Awards Review Committee.   In 2009, she joined the Board of Directors, and chaired the committee that administered the Royal Bank of Canada’s grant for Internationally Educated Nurses, a specialized fund that supported nurses new to Canada who were upgrading their academic qualifications  for registration in Ontario.  By the time that funding had run out, IENs were eligible for a number of Awards in  RNFOO’s portfolio.  Currently Dawn continues to serve on the board, involved with the Gala and Awards Review Committees, and looks forward to being a part of the RNFOO in future years. 

Matthew StastnyMatt Stastny, MBA

Matt is an Investment Banking Associate and a 2015 MBA graduate of the Ivey Business School at Western. With his a strong background in financial analysis, a colleague (and former RNFOO treasurer) encouraged Matt to join the RNFOO Finance Committee in 2017. In 2018 Matt stepped up to become a Board member.

With a number of friends and family members serving the health care community, Matt is pleased to be contributing to the work of RNFOO.

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.