Board of Directors
Leanne Foster, PhD, Head of School, Trafalgar Castle School
Originally from Toronto, Leanne and her family moved to Whitby in August of 2015 when she assumed the position of Head of School at Trafalgar Castle School. She got to know the wonderful staff and program at Hearth Place while undergoing treatment for breast cancer at Lakeridge Health. Leanne’s firsthand knowledge of the journey from illness to recovery is what drives her commitment to supporting the important work being done by Hearth Place.
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, CPA
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.
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.
Fran Konorowski, RN
Fran moved to the Durham region in 1977, and settled in Whitby in 1980. A nurse for over 40 years, she worked in Coronary Care, Emergency, Inpatient Surgery and Pediatrics before beginning her career in Oncology and Palliative Care. Prior to her retirement in 2017, Fran held a number of positions in Oncology/Palliative Care – both front-line and management – at Markham Stouffville Hospital, Lakeridge Health/Durham Region Cancer Centre and The Scarborough Hospital.
Gary Kindree, DDS
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, RE/MAX Jazz. Inc.
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.
Nancy Harper, Human Resources Manager, GWL Realty Advisors
Nancy is a Human Resources Manager with GWL Realty Advisors, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Canada Life Assurance Company. A twenty year resident of Whitby, Nancy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and was a grateful client of Hearth Place from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. The amazing people and programs, as well as friendships made at the centre, were major factors in her positive outcome. Nancy is proud to have the opportunity to contribute to Hearth Place as a member of the Board of Directors.
Debbie Devitt, RN, BScN, CON(C), CHPCN(C), Patient Experience Lead, R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Center
Dr. Rachana Chhabra, DDS, Conlin Dentistry
Rachana has been practicing Dentistry in Ontario since 2000. With a wide range of global experiences, she brings perspectives from her time in India, UK and beyond. She established her own office in Oshawa in 2014 and has continued offering services to families and individuals throughout the Durham Region. She is passionate about supporting the health and wellbeing of her community through her role as a Dentist and as member of the Board of Directors.
Rupa Mehra, Teacher and Guidance Counsellor
Rupa’s connection to Hearth Place started almost 25 years ago when she was a teacher at McLaughlin CVI. She had a very rewarding career as a Guidance/University Counsellor in Durham, TDSB and a variety of independent schools. Rupa is now semi retired and has more time to dedicate to causes that are important to her. Cancer has always been in her life, through various family members, and when she returned to Durham, she wanted to become more involved. Her career as a Counsellor helped her understand the importance of having support for all family members going through the journey of cancer, be it themselves or their loved ones. Hearth Place offers such a place and she looks forward to being contributing member of a wonderful community.