Meet the Team

Melissa McCallum, RN, BScN, MN

GHHN Director

Melissa McCallum, Director, Greater Hamilton Health Network, possesses over 14 years of progressive healthcare experience and planning. She completed her undergraduate Bachelor of Science honors Nursing Degree at McMaster University and Master of Nursing degree with an educational focus. Melissa has been involved in health system planning and integration activities across community, hospital, and social sectors. Clinically, Melissa is a BScN trained emergency nurse.

Jeff Wingard

GHHN Senior Manager of Partnerships and Development

Jeff brings over twenty years of experience in local poverty reduction, affordable housing, social and health policy analysis to the GHHN. He consults on quality of life projects for many local organizations, and has had leadership roles with the Threshold School of Building, McMaster’s Office of Community Engagement, and CityLAB (a partnership between McMaster, Mohawk, Redeemer, and the City of Hamilton). He is also the project director for the Hamilton Community Foundation’s bi-annual production of Vital Signs in partnership with the Hamilton Spectator.

In his current role with the Greater Hamilton Health Network as Senior Manager, Partnerships and Development, he provides support to the governance, equity, and partnership initiatives.

Jeff lives in Dundas with his family.

Megan Lynch, BScN, MEd

GHHN Manager of Priority Populations

Received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University and Master of Education from Brock University. She has over 15 years of experience as a Registered Nurse working in Hamilton for Public Health. As a health care practitioner, she has experience in health care system change, health promotion, and communication working in tobacco cessation at the local, LHIN, and provincial levels. She also served as the Lead Public Health Nurse with long-term care and retirement homes, congregate living, shelters and other workplaces for the COVID Outbreak team.

As Manager of Priority Populations of the HHT, Megan will be leading the priority population working groups, planning strategic directions and working with stakeholders to co-design integrated models of care.

Kiran Sidhu

GHHN Operations Lead

Studied Digital Enterprise Management at the University of Toronto. She previously worked as a Global Mobility Advisor at KPMG where she assisted with international and domestic relocations. Kiran also worked as a Destination Manager for All Points Relocation Services. Her experience includes working in marketing, project management, operations and event management in Canada and the UK.

As Operations Lead for the HHT, Kiran will be responsible for administration and project support for the team as well as support in areas of quality improvement, organizational development, and communications. This is a shared position with the Hamilton Family Health Team.

Ceara Holditch

GHHN Program Analyst

Ceara is a Project Analyst at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton who supports the Digital Health Secretariat of the Greater Hamilton Health Network.

Ceara brings a diverse skillset to her projects with a passion for written communication, change management, and strategic development. Her current portfolio includes managing joint projects through the project lifecycle, maintaining the work plan for the Digital Health Secretariat, and supporting the development of proposals for joint GHHN initiatives. Ceara graduated summa cum laude from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Classics. She also graduated on the President’s Honor Roll at Fanshawe College where she received a Graduate Certificate in Project Management. She is currently working towards her PMP certification.

Sarah Precious, CYC, MLCE

GHHN Manager of Engagement and Communication

Sarah Precious has worked in the children’s mental health/social service sector for over 15 years coordinating youth, family and community engagement, as well as Suicide Prevention for Brantford/Brant. She teaches part time at McMaster University and holds a Master of Leadership and Community Engagement. Sarah also has experience in research, facilitating various trainings, managing social media, public speaking and project management.

As the Manager of Communications and Engagement for the HHT, Sarah will be the lead in implementing and overseeing the communications and engagement strategies for the HHT that crosses providers, physicians, patients and those with lived/living experience.

Mia Laronde

GHHN Manager of Health Equity and Strategic Initiatives

In her role as Manager of Health Equity and Strategic Initiatives, Mia will be responsible for the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the GHHN Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism, and Anti-Oppression Framework to support the GHHN’s goal of integrated care that is rooted in anti-racism and equitable approaches to population health. 

Mia brings with her a passion for anti-oppression work in addition to using her experience and intersecting identities to guide the GHHN towards equitable outcomes for the diverse populations served.  Informing Mia’s work in health equity are degrees in political science and sociology, her frontline experience organizing supports and events for the 2SLGBTQ+ and unhoused communities in Hamilton with a focus on self-governance and mutual aid, and lived experience navigating health services as a marginalized person.


Veronica Said

GHHN Integration Lead

Veronica serves as the Integration Lead for the Greater Hamilton Health Network. 

Veronica has extensive experience in strategic and operational planning and specializes in health care transformation and integration, having worked directly with numerous Ontario Health Teams at all stages of development, facilitated the creation of integration frameworks for future planning, and supported many organizations pursuing closer partnerships and mergers.  

Veronica brings almost 5 years of strategy, policy and management consulting experience in healthcare, supporting organizations across the continuum of care develop successful and impactful strategies to achieve better outcomes for the populations they serve. Veronica’s work includes working directly with executives and Boards of various organizations providing strategic advisory services and facilitating complex conversations with organizations of all sizes and spanning across sectors, including hospital and acute care, community care, home care, long-term care, mental health and addictions, and primary care. 

Veronica holds an M.A. in political studies, and a B.A. (Honours) majoring in political studies with a minor in global development studies from Queen’s University. Veronica has also completed the research analyst postgraduate certificate at Humber College.  

Anna Burns

GHHN Coordinator of Engagement and Communication

As the Engagement and Communications Coordinator, Anna will be supporting the development of communications plans and strategies. She completed her Bachelors Degree in Media Studies with a focus in Public Relations at the University of Guelph-Humber. Anna joins us with marketing experience in non-profit organizations and is passionate about community outreach.

 

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Marijke Jurriaans

GHHN Project Manager

Marijke loves living in her Gantt Charts! Beyond her passion for organization and balancing scopes, budgets, and schedules, she also focuses on ensuring all projects utilize an EDI and Environmentally Sustainable lens.

Marijke’s portfolio includes Primary Care, Environmental Sustainability, and Mental Health and Addictions. Marijke holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Science (Global Health) from McMaster University and obtained her Project Management Certificate from the University of Toronto.

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Heather Shaw

GHHN Navigation and Digital Access Lead

Heather Shaw is a seasoned Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science from McMaster University and a Graduate of Charles Sturt University, Master of Nursing with a focus on leadership. She has a diverse clinical background, as she has worked in many clinical settings, both in acute care and community, to support a strong working knowledge of the Ontario Healthcare System. As a health care practitioner, she has experience in education, leadership, change management and risk management, health promotion, healthcare system change, quality management, strategic planning, and engaging patients as partners in healthcare. Heather is passionate about education and teaches part-time at Conestoga College. Heather has been involved in health system planning and integration activities, most recently with eHealth Centre of Excellence, as the Engagement and Adoption Lead, Acute Care, Central Ontario, eReferral.

In her current role with the Greater Hamilton Health Network as the Navigation and Digital Access Lead, she will be leading both provincial and regional digital work.

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