Our Team

Heart Niagara is comprised of a qualified Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers from a variety of backgrounds. Our trained, experienced and passionate team aim to provide innovative and effective cardiac health education and services for all 12 Niagara municipalities.

2016 Board of Directors

Chair/Vice-Chair Sheila Hosking
Past-Chair George Zimakas
Treasurer Mary Catherine Lindberg
Secretary/Executive Director Karen Stearne
Member at Large Carol Mae Maidens
Member at Large Helga Campbell
Medical Director, Healthy Heart Schools’ Program Stafford Dobbin
Medical Director, Community Preparedness Doug Munkley
Medical Advisor, Diagnostic Program Gurpreet Gill

Our Program and Services Team (Staff and Volunteers)

KarenKaren Stearne – Executive Director

Karen Stearne has been the Executive Director of Heart Niagara since 1997.Karen believes strongly in giving to our community.  Volunteer Recognition has included the Paul Harris Fellow Award presented by Niagara Falls Rotary Club for community service, (2004), Women of Recognition Niagara Falls Zonta Club, (2004), Niagara Region Smoke Free Champion (2006), Women in Business Community Spirit Award (2011), Niagara Falls Good Citizen Award (2012) Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).Karen contributed to Healthy Living Niagara as part of her community service for more than 10 years.  Karen has served on the Board of Project Share and is an honorary member of their Board.Heart Niagara is committed to provide health services, public education, health promotion and  continues to build community linkages and partnerships.Karen and Heart Niagara have demonstrated social responsibility through supporting community causes in the Niagara Region including founding member of the Niagara Sports Commission,  Niagara on the Move, Take Action Workplace Cessation Project, Niagara Community of Practice for Tobacco Cessation,  Project Share – Honourary Board Member, Niagara Prosperity Initiative, Niagara Physician Recruitment Program

joanneJo-Anne Gale – Office Manager

Jo-Anne has had the pleasure of working for Heart Niagara for over 20 years. Jo-Anne keeps the day to day operations of Heart Niagara running smoothly. She is also often the first person you speak to when you call or visit, making her integral to our commitment to excellent service.

donDon Gibson, BScN, NP-PHC – Nurse Practitioner

Don is in his 17th year with Heart Niagara and his 31st year in nursing.Don’s main contribution to Heart Niagara is in the areas of heart disease prevention assessment, and education, research and clinical services.Don works with parents, teachers, Public Health, researchers and Heart Niagara staff to deliver the Healthy Heart Schools’ Program. He also provides preventative clinical services to clients with cardiovascular disease and/or the risk factors for cardiovascular disease.Don earned his BScN and the Nurse Practitioner – Primary Health Care Certificate at McMaster University in Hamilton.As a health care professional, one of Don’s key area of interest is exploring new ways to support parents and teachers in their efforts to improve healthy lifestyle messaging for all students in all grades.

anitaAnita Fiorentino – CPR/AED, First Aid Instructor, Health and Safety Manager 

Anita is Heart Niagara’s Lead CPR Instructor and has worked for Heart Niagara for over 10 years.Anita regularly teaches community CPR and AED courses as well as youth through the Healthy Heart Schools’ Program.

Jennifer Beaudry – HHSP Expeditor jen

Jennifer works exclusively with the Healthy Heart Schools’ Program. Her role when going into the school is measuring the students’ height, weight and waist circumference and then heading back to the office to enter all data collected from cholesterol testing day.


Terra completed her degree in Community Development, Family Studies and Leadership at Brescia University College at Western University.  In Spring 2015, she entered the Master of Education program.  Terra has over 10 years of experience in children’s programming.  CPR/AED and first aid certified, as well as a trained Food for Life and You’re the Chef Educator.

Terra has a passion for educating and empowering our future citizens.

syedSyed Masroor, BSc, PGD Accounting – Bookkeeper
Syed’s primary duties are to take care Heart Niagara’s accounting which includes A/P, A/R, payroll, CRA remittances, OHIP billing, assemble information for external auditors, prepare charity annual returns for CRA, bank deposits and receipts.  Syed is proud to be a part of the Heart Niagara team!

Trisha Athoe – Cardiac Techniciantrish

Chris Haynes – Graphic Design With over 30 years of agency experience Christopher Haynes formed cdhaynes design to possess strengths in digital design, corporate identity and consistency, and developing keen marketing/advertising plans that are truly unique to each client.Heart Niagara has been a client since the spring of 2007, and now Chris feels like part of the staff than ever. Due to Heart Niagara’s influence, Chris has a new found passion for healthy eating and living, has quit a 42 year smoking habit through the smoking cessation program, and has become an avid jogger.
Diane Pouliot – Sonographer

Rocco Milana – Sonographer



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