Senior Team

Our Senior Team members include:

Kelly Kay, Executive Director

Kelly Kay is an experienced health care professional, bringing more than 25 years of health system experience to her role as Executive Director. Kelly’s past work has included direct practice, health policy, health administration at the national, provincial and local levels and education. Kelly has a proven track record in leading regional collaborative initiatives in the areas of health system planning and design, primary care and geriatrics.

Kelly is accountable for the ongoing development and implementation of a regional model for the delivery of specialized geriatric services to seniors in Central East LHIN.  Kelly holds a Masters of Arts in Leadership (Health Specialization) from Royal Roads University and is an Interdisciplinary Fellow with the Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network, a Networked Centre of Excellence in Canadian research. Kelly has developed curricula and teaches in the areas of interprofessional practice and health systems for health professionals and therapeutic communication for Personal Support Workers. Kelly is currently pursuing PhD studies in collaboration with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the Institute for Life Course and Aging at the University of Toronto and her research areas include health system design in collaboration with seniors and the use and limits of technology in the care of frail older adults. She is an enthusiastic advocate who collaborates with seniors and health professionals to create new possibilities for health system design.

Stacey Hawkins, Director, System Planning, Implementation & Evaluation

Stacey is a gerontologist serving as Director, System Planning, Implementation & Evaluation at Seniors Care Network. She supports various program and project-work with the team, employing her skills in grant-writing, program development/planning, research, and evaluation. Stacey also supports program and team-based development work in the Network, including competency-based, continuing professional development, knowledge transfer, and performance analytics.

Stacey participates on a number of regional and provincial committees, as well as various geriatric-oriented communities of practice. Stacey’s previous professional work was in the community and social services sectors, working with seniors experiencing complex, functional challenges. Stacey is currently acquiring her PhD in the Aging, Health and Well-Being Program at the University of Waterloo. Her primary research interests examine the social dimensions of formal and informal caregiving for persons with young-onset dementia, and the intersections of social and health environments. Stacey is an impassioned advocate for persons with dementia and cognitive challenges.

Rhonda Schwartz, Director, System Planning, Implementation & Quality

 Rhonda Schwartz currently serves as Director, System Planning, Implementation and Quality at Seniors Care Network. She brings to this role  extensive health care experience including direct clinical care, clinical education and various leadership roles.  She holds a Masters’ Degree and has held university academic appointments.

In her current role, Rhonda provides leadership and expertise in the areas of quality, performance management, process management and risk management to the team, as well as to programs, committees and projects in the network.  In previous Director roles, Rhonda was responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of quality, patient safety and risk management at both an academic health science centre focused on geriatric care and an acute community academic hospital.

Rhonda has a successful track record of spearheading strategic and inter-organizational initiatives.  She is an innovative, values-driven and result-oriented leader with a reputation for transforming vision into reality.