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Board of Directors

KBRH Health Foundation Executive and Board of Directors 2022-2023

Lindy Welsby - Chair
Lindy Welsby is the Chair of the KBRH Health Foundation and member of the Human Resources Committee. Though now retired, Lindy once practiced as a Leadership & Executive Coach and operated her own

Leadership Development consultancy. Lindy is proud to have been able to use her leadership skills to help others in their development, and lead a large taskforce on the Advancement of Women. Her accomplishments also include her accreditation to the level of Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation. Prior to operating her own business, Lindy held a variety of regional and head office positions at the TD Bank, including Branch Management and specialized HR roles. Lindy was also a Certified Financial Planner while at the Bank. Lindy, volunteering since age 14, values connection and contribution through her support of individuals and the community as a whole. She recognizes KBRH as one of the most important facilities in the area and the significant role the Foundation plays in contributing to the advancement of healthcare for the community. Lindy, her husband Keith and their two dogs and two cats, enjoy all the Kootenay’s offers in outdoor sport. She’s a competitive triathlete, having completed two Ironman distance races, many ½ Ironman races and represented Canada on two World Championship teams.

Kim Ferraro - Vice Chair
Kim Ferraro is the Vice Chair of the KBRH Health Foundation and Chair of the Ambassador Committee. She holds a master’s degree in nursing and is the Director of Professional Practice with the Nurse

Nurse Practitioners of BC. Being a healthcare leader, she collaborates with other nurses, physicians and clinicians to ensure excellent patient care throughout BC.  Kim is committed to helping others and making a difference in the community. She is inspired by the community’s generosity and motivated by the Foundation’s work to enhance healthcare for staff, patients, families, and other caregivers. For this reason she dedicates her time as a KBRH Health Foundation volunteer. When she is not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time traveling with her husband, Tony.

Debbie Wood - Second Vice Chair
kbrh Board of DirectorsDebbie Wood is the Second Vice Chair of the KBRH Health Foundation. She is also the Chair of the Human Resources Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. Prior to Debbie’s retirement,

she spent over 34 years with her family-run business, which operated grocery stores throughout BC and Alberta. Debbie was responsible for many areas in the business but focused primarily on accounting and human resources. In 1982, Debbie received her Chartered Accountant (CA, now CPA) designation and brings that knowledge to the Foundation Board. Along with her professional skills, Debbie‘s volunteerism is guided by her values of honesty, integrity, respect, and accountability. Born and raised in Trail, Debbie was motivated to give back to her community out of an appreciation for the excellent care and services that our regional hospital provides. Debbie enjoys skiing, hiking, yoga, pilates, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Bernie Legatto - Treasurer
Dr. Bernie Legatto is the Treasurer of the KBRH Health Foundation, of the Finance Committee and has been a member of the Foundation Board for 5 years. Bernie practised as a Prosthodontist prior to his retirement.

His accomplishments include being a fellow of the International College of Dentists, receiving a distinguished service award from the BC Dental Association and his election to the Pierre Fauchard Academy, an international honor dental organization. Bernie believes that one should always give their best and treat others the way you wish to be treated. He is an optimist and trusts that a new day will bring new experiences and hopes to be lived.  Bernie and his wife Lilly volunteer to give back and contribute to the community. He supports the Foundation which in turn supports the regional hospital to recruit qualified and capable specialists with the most up to date equipment available. This in turn benefits the community. Bernie enjoys spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He also loves volunteering, golfing, pottery, gardening, cooking and visiting family and friends.

John Sullivan - Secretary
kbrh Board of DirectorsJohn Sullivan is the Secretary of the KBRH Health Foundation and Chair of the Finance Committee. Prior to his retirement, John invested 30 years’ of his life being a successful Insurance Broker, initially through

Brokerage Ownership and then as CEO of Kootenay Insurance Services Ltd. in Trail, BC. As CEO he led the expansion of the organization from 4 to 8 office locations throughout British Columbia. He earned a Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) designation, which is the insurance industry’s most distinguished credential. John, the former Chair of the KBRH Health Foundation between 2019-2022, is also an avid member and twice President of the Rotary Club of Rossland, BC. John values family and the community and is driven to help others by enhancing his surroundings. In his words: “I leave things better than how I found it.” Growing up with parents in the medical field nurtured his understanding of the importance of good medical services and equipment required to serve its community. This directly inspired John’s volunteer efforts in support of the Foundation. He enjoys an active lifestyle with his wife of 40 years, Susan and together they spend time with their two children and their families. He also enjoys skiing, mountain biking, hockey, hiking and camping with family and friends.

Paul Butler - Director
Paul Butler CEM, a Director of the KBRH Health Foundation, is the Branch Manager of Kootenay Savings Credit Union (KSCU) in Trail, BC where he manages staff in both Fruitvale and Trail locations in aid

of long standing community based relationships between KSCU and its members. His enthusiastic nature and sense of adventure encouraged him to register as an international student and obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Anglo-American University, Prague in the Czech Republic along with additional certifications and professional programs through BCIT and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He values professionalism and hard work. Paul is enthusiastic about finding ways to give back, and making a sustainable impact on the Kootenay Boundary region. Leading by example, he understands the importance of volunteer work and volunteers at multiple organizations. He is dedicated and committed towards building the community and for this reason volunteers his time at the KBRH Health Foundation. When he doesn’t work or volunteer, he enjoys spending time with his husband, Josh and daughter and is an avid traveler.

Kara Hannigan - Director
Kara Hannigan is a Director for the KBRH Health Foundation, and a member of the Human Resource and Ambassador Committees. Kara is employed as a Human Resources Business

Partner through Interior Health. Relationships are important to her and her work where she focusses on creative strategies to recruit, stabilize and retain critical health care staff. She is proud of building partnerships that allow her to be collaborative and seek new opportunities to support and sustain health services. Eager to be part of positive change, Kara understands the importance of being involved in community through her work as a professional and as dedicated volunteer. She feels volunteering is powerful in that it allows her to become even more connected to this beautiful community and support the future of healthcare in our region. A self proclaimed “avid cross-fitter and a wanna-be runner”, when Kara is not working, you can find her spending time outdoors with her husband, Karl, and three children, Keltie, Kalen, and Kase, enjoying the four season lifestyle the Kootenays have to offer. From camping in the summer to skiing in the winter, she is passionate about exploring alongside her children, watching them grow and learn.

Ruth Kohut - Director
kbrh Board of DirectorsRuth Kohut is a KBRH Health Foundation Board Director and the Director of Clinical Operations at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH). Patient and family-centred care is her passion and drives her

work. Before joining KBRH’s Administration, Ruth spent over 15 years leading a highly specialized clinical genetic service in Calgary, Alberta Ruth was also the Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee at the Alberta Children’s Hospital for several years. It is through her volunteerism and professional career that she has learned to abide by the principles of respect, integrity, autonomy and trust. These values continue to inform her daily work and personal life. What keeps Ruth dedicated to working and volunteering in healthcare is the privilege to support individuals and their families with compassion. Ruth believes that the KBRH Health Foundation enables the hospital to excel by providing the necessary equipment to ensure patient care. The Foundation also maintains a close relationship with the community that allows us to grow our regional healthcare for all.Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Ruth worked and raised a family of two beautiful daughters. She recently moved to Trail to explore rural health and community living. The Kootenays are her outdoor play park and her favorite toys are bikes, kayaks, and skis. She also loves a good swim and her graphite pencil and paper.

Melissa Mailey - Director
kbrh Board of DirectorsMelissa Mailey is a Director for the KBRH Health Foundation and Ambassador Committee member. Melissa works as a Nurse Practitioner for Interior Health at Riverside Family Medicine. She

considers it a great honour to be able to provide high quality, patient-centered care for her community. Melissa strives to promote overall well-being and equitable health to everyone that she works with and cares for. Melissa has joined the KBRH Health Foundation Board as she feels her values align with the goals and purpose of the Foundation. She hopes that her volunteerism will provide another opportunity to promote quality health care for our region and the people who live here.  Melissa likes to stay as busy outside of the office as she does at work. She loves being with family, friends, and enjoying the outdoors. Melissa has recently returned to the Kootenays and is happy to be back to this region with all it has to offer.

Terry Martin - Director
Terry Martin is a Director of the KBRH Health Foundation and a member of the Ambassador and Finance Committees. Now retired, Terry, served many years as the Regional Fire Chief (RFC) and Fire Dispatch

Manager of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue (KBRFR). The accomplishment he is most proud of as RFC, includes the consistent provision of high-quality professional standard fire and rescue protection for the citizens of his community. He was also proud to lead the successful fundraising campaign for the KBRFR Fire Rescue boat. Terry understands the importance of strong community healthcare and the service it delivers. He values community service and is dedicated to the greater good of his community. This inspires him to serve as a volunteer to the Foundation and in doing so he continues to give back to the community that supported him throughout his career. Together with his wife of 40 years, they enjoy spending time with their sons and grandsons. He also enjoys running, skiing, hunting and camping. 

Rebecca Smyth - Director
kbrh Board of DirectorsRebecca Smyth is a Director of the KBRH Health Foundation and member of the Ambassador Committee. Rebecca has been practising as a lawyer for 18 years and a prosecutor for the British

Columbia Prosecution Service – Crown Counsel for the last 3.5 years. Her accomplishments include her dedication in keeping our community safe through her commitment as a successful prosecutor. Her values are embedded in continuous improvement, and she strives to achieve this in everyday life. Rebecca has witnessed the community benefits gained through the efforts of volunteers, including those of her family members. She understands the importance of volunteerism and its impact on society. For this reason she is committed to the Foundation and its work towards the betterment of regional healthcare. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in her house and garden which she shares with her husband and teenage children. They enjoy traveling, exploring recreational opportunities, hiking and skiing.

Douglas Sperry - Director
kbrh Board of DirectorsDoug Sperry is a Director of the KBRH Health Foundation, a member of the Ambassador Committee and the Foundation’s Privacy Officer. Doug is a Lawyer and Mediator at McEwan Co. Law Corp. and feels

accomplished when he is able to assist people through difficult and stressful times in their lives. He values compassion, fairness and equality. Doug understands the universal benefit of healthcare for all members of the community and for this reason volunteers his time at the Foundation. During his free time, Doug enjoys spending time with his family, particularly skiing and other outdoor activities.

Dr Carolyn Stark - Director
Dr. Carolyn Stark is a Director of the KBRH Health Foundation and a member of the Human Resources Committee. Carolyn has been practicing Psychiatry at the KBRH hospital since 2016, and prior to that in

Ontario where she originates from. She is currently the head of the Department of Psychiatry at KBRH, the interim President of the Medical Staff, and an executive member of the Kootenay Boundary Physician Association. She also takes great pride in her Clinical Faculty appointment at UBC, and coordinates the Psychiatric component for both residents and medical students while at KBRH. In addition to these clinical and academic interests, she is very proud to be more engaged in volunteerism and to play a small part in improving the provision of healthcare within the Kootenay Boundary. Carolyn is very active with her family including her husband and two daughters, and in her community, enjoying travel, yoga, and skiing. She is honoured to be a member of the KBRH Health Foundation board.