A core group of staff members comprises the Secretariat who, under the guidance of an Executive Director, provides administrative services to the Board of Directors, association members and workgroup volunteers, and responds to queries from the public.
Pegeen is the Executive Director for the Ontario Public Health Association. Her role requires supporting and facilitating advocacy efforts in public health and capacity building and knowledge transfer and exchange initiatives within the province and beyond. Prior to OPHA, Pegeen has led the design and delivery of a wide range of programs, policies, partnerships, and research that have supported individual and community health and well-being. As Ontario Regional Director with Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Director at the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, she oversaw various health initiatives ranging from early child development, healthy eating, and tobacco control, healthy communities to injury, alcohol abuse and 2008 OPHS Standards. As Director of Public Policy at YMCA Canada, she developed government relations training and strategies. Just prior to joining OPHA, Pegeen was a Research Director at the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships responsible implementing research strategy to advance knowledge and best practices. Pegeen is also a Board member at Family Services Toronto, serving as chair of its Governance Committee. She holds a BA degree from University of Waterloo in Political Science.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Libanos serves as a senior administrative assistant and joined OPHA in January 2014. Libanos has over 10 year’s hands-on administrative experience in the health care field and that includes coordinating undergraduate medical education program in a hospital setting, conducting research, preparing statistical reports, handling information requests, organizing meetings for directors, committees and boards of directors. She holds a Bachelor degree from York University in International Development and a MEd from University of Toronto.
Manager, Finance and Administration
Veronica is an Associate of Chartered Certified Accountant in the United Kingdom and a Certified General Accountant of Ontario. Veronica is currently the Manager, Finance and Administration of OPHA overseeing the Company’s corporate and financial services. Previously, Veronica has worked in a wide range of Non-For- Profit and blue chip organizations within Canada and abroad and has worked in a variety of capacities including, the development of financial policies, corporate philosophies and internal control systems. She holds a Bachelor degree in Applied Accounting from the prestigious Oxford Brookes University, UK and membership of international professional bodies.
Policy and Program Analyst
Robin Kang serves as the Policy and Program Analyst, and joined the OPHA in November 2013. Robin’s primary responsibilities include analysis of notable and relative public health news, coordination of OPHA’s workgroups and promotion of health through social media and events. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing Science from Queen’s University and is a Registered Nurse.