Ted Cohen is an accomplished leader with a diverse background and proven record of accomplishment in the not-for-profit, health care and municipal sectors through periods of complex change. Prior to joining The Bess and Moe Greenberg Family Hillel Lodge, Ted was the administrator of the Peter D. Clark Long Term Care Home. At Peter D. Clark Home, Ted oversaw the transformation of many of its programs and services resulting in improved results for its 216 residents.
Prior to working at Peter D. Clark Home, Ted worked for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in a variety of leadership roles. Ted's professional background also includes work as a management consultant and leading fundraising campaigns for organizations in the education and hospital sectors.
Ted has also maintained a lifelong commitment to volunteerism and has assumed leadership roles in local, provincial, national, and international boards and governing committees. Currently Ted is on the Board of Advantage Ontario and is the vice-chair of the International Facilities Management Association's Credentials Commission.
As Director of Care, since 1994, Morag has been responsible for overseeing the Lodge's largest department with close to 100 full-time staff under her direction. She is the infection control lead for the facility and is currently enrolled in the Ontario Public Health Infection Control Certification.
Under her guidance, she has helped facilitate significant changes to policies that address the increased demands that arise from the complexity of care with more challenges expected on the horizon.
Morag has worked in long-term care nursing for well over 30 years in numerous capacities both in For-Profit and Not-for-Profit settings and began her training at the Liverpool United School of Nursing, followed by education in Long-Term Care Senior Management, Palliative Care and RAI/MDS.
Jim Farrow has been a member of the Hillel Lodge Board of Directors since 2016 and President of the Board since August 2020. Jim is a licensed Architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. In 2015, after 28 years, he stepped away from active full-time practice as a senior architect and firm principal and owner. He continues with his volunteer activities as an active member of various OAA and other architectural committees as well as at the community level as a board member at Hillel Lodge. He also does part time architectural and project management consulting through Farrow Levine Inc.
Sue is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of deep clinical and administrative Long-Term Care experience, including time with Peter D Clark, Villa Marconi and Perley Rideau Veterans. She has also been involved with both Algonquin College and the Adult High School in health care education.
Bringing a wealth of Long-Term Care leadership expertise, Sue provides leadership, supervision, mentoring, assistance, and direction for the Nursing team as well as implements programs to support excellence in the delivery of care in her role at Hillel Lodge.
Dr. Janet Dollin has been a member of the Hillel Lodge Board of Directors since 2018. Originally from Montreal, Dr. Dollin has been a community family physician in Ottawa since 1996 and teaches as an Associate Professor in the University of Ottawa Department of Family Medicine. She is a daughter, a mother, a wife, and a grandmother above all else! Working on the Board of Directors of Hillel Lodge gives her an opportunity to shape needed changes in long term care and give back to her community.
Daniel joined the Hillel Lodge Board of Directors in 2020. Daniel is from Long Island, New York and has been living in the National Capital Region since 2015. Daniel is a communications and policy professional who works with clients on issues related to diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation. In addition, Daniel is a Fellow at the Public Policy Forum and a Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.
As the Manager of Recreation and Volunteers, Marilyn has been working at the Lodge since 2000. Marilyn is responsible for the planning, implementing, scheduling, and supervising of a range of therapeutic programs to meet the physical, intellectual, psycho-social, and cultural needs of the residents. She is also in charge of arranging outings and recruiting talent.
Her other duties include the recruiting of volunteers to assist with the development of new opportunities and enhance the programs offered. She ensures that volunteers are screened, oriented, and trained and works with the other departments to determine volunteer placement. Under her direction, the Lodge has numerous therapeutic recreation programs per day, including ones on evenings and weekends. Marilyn previously worked for over 12 years at what is now the Jewish Eldercare Centre in Montreal and has a Special Care Counselling designation from Vanier College.
Shari Cooper is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from York University, coupled with a diploma in Human Resources from Sheridan College, and more than 20 years of human resources management experience across multiple industries ranging from small not-for-profit and owner/operator to large multinational organizations.
In her role as Human Resources Manager, Shari is accountable for development, delivery and oversight of HR programs and services for The Bess and Moe Greenberg Family Hillel Lodge and the Jewish Federation of Ottawa. She provides expert advice in all areas of HR to support these two organizations and ensures their respective strategic missions and business objectives are met through best practice in line with current legislation.
As Director of Food Services, Patricia has been working at the Lodge since 1997. She oversees the dietary needs for all residents and is responsible for providing almost 500 daily Kosher meals and snacks for the residents, community, and visitors. Included in her duties is the management of the Lodge's Café as well as the catering of special events and functions. Patty works closely with the Lodge's consulting dietitian to ensure that the meals are both pleasing and appropriate for the geriatric palate. She ensures that the menu and all three kitchens meet the stringent rules of Kashrut. She is a Certified Member of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management and has a Chef de Cuisine Certification.
Jonathan Mitchell joined the Hillel Lodge Board of Directors in August 2020. Since 2018, he has held the role of Vice-President, Research and Policy, at HealthCareCAN. In this role, Jonathan leads research, advocacy and policy development for member academic health sciences centres, hospitals, and healthcare organizations across Canada. Jonathan also serves on numerous national healthcare advisory committees and has volunteered for local causes in Ottawa and Montreal.
With over 15 years experience in national policy and research roles, Jonathan previously worked for the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH), Accreditation Canada, and the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
A newcomer to the Lodge, Adina has been working in the for-profit world for the past 9 years, her most recent role as the COO of a profitable family-owned business. Prior to that Adina worked in public accounting where she obtained her CPA, CA designation. Throughout it all though, Adina kept a foot in the not-for-profit environment through her board work, including many years on the boards of both the Hillel Lodge Long-Term Care Foundation and of the Lodge itself. Adina is hoping to bring her accounting and technical experience to her role as the Director of Finance, Administration and IT and help in continuing the success of the Lodge.
Peter Stelcner joined the Hillel Lodge Board of Directors as well as the Audit and Finance Committee effective September 2019.
Attained CPA, CA designation December 1978. Worked in public accounting in Montreal between 1975 and 1987. Moved from Montreal to Ottawa in 1987 and acquired an equity interest in The Starship Group of Companies carrying on business in the courier and logistics platform. Serving as CFO of Starship from 1987 to present.
Brent is a self-motivated and energetic Environmental Services Manager with more than 20 years of experience within the Health care industry. He is skilled at developing, implementing, and monitoring maintenance prevention programs, as well as home policies and procedures that encourage optimal performance.
Brent demonstrates strong communication, organizational and analytical skills and is knowledgeable in all facets of facility maintenance. He is dependable with proven leadership and skilled at building rapport.
Brent welcomes new challenges to maximize his skills and capabilities to enhance the overall efficiency of the home.
As a Registered Social Worker, Shannon holds a Master of Social Work specializing in Gerontology and Palliative Care and brings over 10 years of relevant experience in different settings including acute care, hospital, long term care and community care. Both as a leader and an educator, Shannon is passionate about providing holistic care to support individuals, families, and communities struggling with mental health and social challenges.
Joanna has worked for Hillel Lodge since 2019 as a Registered Practical Nurse and now has transitioned to the role of Infection Prevention and Control Lead in April 2022. Prior to joining the team at Hillel, Joanna worked as a staff nurse in LTC, acute care and Hospice, and as an Assistant Director of Care in a 192-bed Long Term Care Home. In the Assistant Director of Care role, she was responsible for: managing the Home’s Infection Prevention & Control program which entailed the tracking, trending and analysis of all infections in the Home, the design and delivery of all infection control education and quality initiatives, outbreak management and reporting, and ensuring the Home’s compliance with current legislation. In addition to this experience Joanna has completed training in IPAC Essentials certification, IPAC Core Competencies certification, PIECES certification, RAI-MDS and RUGS III certification, Comprehensive Advanced Palliative Care Education (CAPCE), CONNECT the dots customer service training and Living the Dementia Journey. When Joanna is not working at the Hillel, she enjoys spending time with her family and pursing new learning opportunities.
Dr. Daniel Levine is a graduate of McGill University Medical School. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. Dr. Levine has since done primary care and worked in several Long-Term Care homes in Ottawa. He presently is on staff at St Patrick's Home and the Glebe Center
Dr. Levine has been working at Hillel Lodge since 1987 and has been Medical Director for 29 years.
Dr. Lynn Rusimovic is a Family Physician. She completed her Family Medicine residency in Montreal at McGill University in 2005 and went on to complete a Fellowship in the Care of the Elderly program at the University of Ottawa in 2007. Dr. Rusimovic has been in practice since 2007 and practiced family medicine in a clinic for several years. Her interest is in geriatrics and she works in several long-term care homes in Ottawa. She has worked as an attending physician at the Perley Rideau Veteran’s since 2007 in long-term care and since 2014 in convalescent care. She also works at the Glebe Center and joined Hillel Lodge in 2019.
Dr. Michael Malek completed his medical school training in 1995 at University of Ottawa. After 10 years of working in a private family medicine office with his father, he is now associated with the Ottawa Hospital Family Health Team. This environment is also a training site for the Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Malek has been an attending physician at Hillel Lodge since 1997 and continues to enjoy working with such a dedicated and compassionate staff.
Dr. Gayatri Uppal completed her post-graduate training in internal medicine in India. She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1997. After completing her entrance exams and clinical clerkship at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, she joined the University of Ottawa Family Medicine Residency, which was completed in 2004. Dr. Uppal completed a one-year fellowship in the Care of the Elderly program at the University of Ottawa in 2005. She joined the Perley Rideau Veterans Health Centre and St. Patrick’s home of Ottawa in 2006. She worked as the attending MD in convalescent and Veterans units at the Perley Rideau until 2019. She joined St. Vincent complex continuing care in 2009. Dr. Uppal presently continues her position as attending MD at St. Patrick's long-term care and at St. Vincent Hospital. She joined Hillel Lodge in 2015 and continues as attending physician. Dr. Uppal has an academic appointment with the University of Ottawa where she is involved in clinical teaching of medical students and residents.