Board of Directors

Robert Alexander, Lawyer

Hearth Place was the dream of my wife Carolyn, who died of breast cancer before Hearth Place opened its doors. However her enthusiasm inspired us to continue her efforts and today we have a vibrant and comforting Centre, where we can all learn to live with cancer. Currently, I am honored to be serving my second term as Chairman of the Board, in association with a diverse and experienced Board of Directors, and a very dedicated staff.

Chris Roberts, Chartered Professional Accountant

Chris has been a Chartered Accountant in public practice in Durham Region since 1971. He has been Treasurer since the inception of Hearth Place and enjoys his association with both the Board and all the individuals who make Hearth Place what it is today.

Julie Bruene, Special Events and Promotions

Prior to taking a career hiatus to be home with her children, Julie’s professional background was in marketing — primarily within the publishing community. Over the course of approximately sixteen years she held a variety of positions in the areas of marketing, sales, project management and corporate event planning. “Through volunteering at Hearth Place fundraising events, the importance of the centre and its need in the community became abundantly clear to me and I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the board”.

Trallee Fanara, CFP, Wealth & Investment Advisor, Financial Planner: Fanara Wealth Management Group of RBC Dominion Securities

Trallee has been a supporter of Hearth Place for many years, and joined the board in the fall of 2010. She is a lifelong resident of the Durham Region, and with a twenty plus year career in financial services extends support to the community and Hearth Place members providing expert advice and guidance on the protection, growth and transition of wealth and financial planning issues. She is an advocate for strong social and community values, and is pleased to be affiliated with Hearth Place in providing services to the community.

Dr. Leta Forbes, Chief of Oncology, R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Center

Leta was born at what was then the Oshawa General Hospital and grew up in Whitby. She spent several years away obtaining an education at the University of Guelph and McMaster but returned to Oshawa to join the new Cancer Centre as a medical Oncologist in 2004. In addition to a medical oncology practice in Oshawa, she provides medical leadership for the Durham Regional Cancer Centre and in February of 2016 became the Provincial Lead for Systemic Therapy at Cancer Care Ontario.

 Fran Konorowski, Nurse

Fran moved to the Durham region in 1977, and settled in Whitby in 1980.  A nurse for almost 40 years, she worked in Coronary Care, Emergency, inpatient surgery and pediatrics before beginning her career in Oncology and Palliative Care.  Fran has held a number of positions in Oncology/Palliative Care – both front-line and management – and is currently the Clinical Resource Leader for Oncology at The Scarborough Hospital.

Gary Kindree, Dentist

From the Toronto area originally, Gary came to Oshawa in 1969 and practiced Dentistry here for over 44 years before retiring in 2016. Active in the community over these years, he has been on the boards and president of the Oshawa Rotary Club, Junior Achievement of Canada, Durham Dental Association, and Durham Eastenders British Car Club. “I find the Hearth Place board the most rewarding one that I have been involved with. Hearth Place provides a vital and caring service in an area where it is much needed.”

Noël Coppins, Real Estate Agent

Noel Coppins was born and raised in Oshawa and represents the third generation of her family to proudly call Oshawa home. Noel has been in the local real estate industry since 1989.  .  In 2009, Noel and her husband Dave opened RE/MAX Jazz Inc. in Oshawa. Over the past seven years the company has tripled in growth and has been awarded the RE/MAX broker/owner of the year for Ontario and Atlantic Canada in 2011, and in 2012, the RE/MAX broker/owner of the year for all of Canada.  Noel is a keynote speaker with The Day of Hope and Leadership, founder of WEEMAX Children’s Charities, co-creator of the annual Glitz for Gehrig’s fundraising event for ALS and mother of two boys, Boston and Hunter.