Kenneth (Ken) BairdVice President
Kenneth (Ken) Baird is a senior health leader with over 35 years of progressive experience within the Canadian health system, having worked in Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Ken is a registered X-ray technologist by clinical profession, obtaining his Diploma of X-ray Technology through the Cabot Institute / St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital in 1980. Following seven years of clinical work in Alberta, Ken returned to Newfoundland and Labrador in 1987 to begin his health management career in Marystown as part of the commissioning team for the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre. Since that time, Ken has held various senior positions including Vice President Diagnostic Therapeutic and Facility Supports for Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation in Saint John, New Brunswick, and Vice President Person-Centered Care with the Capital District Health Authority in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ken comes to Eastern Health from his most recent position as provincial lead of a transformation initiative throughout Nova Scotia for diagnostic imaging and laboratory medicine services. Ken holds a Master’s in Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Management from Athabasca University, and a Certificate in Health Services Administration from the University of Saskatchewan. Ken is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) and an EXTRA Fellow with the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.
Katherine ChubbsVice President
A registered nurse by profession, Katherine holds the title of Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Eastern Health. She has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings as a frontline nurse and manager.
In her current position, Katherine has senior executive responsibility for the Provincial Cancer Care Program, Medicine, Surgical Services, and Research.
Katherine completed a diploma and Bachelor of Nursing degree, certificate program in Northern Nursing, Master’s degree in Health Studies-Leadership and is a Certified Health Executive. She is also pursuing a Doctoral degree in Business Administration.
Katherine has been a member of several executive committees and boards and currently sits as Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL). She also serves as President of the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses and sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies (CAPCA).
She is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian Council of Health Services Executives (CCHSE) and is President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of CCHSE. Alice is involved at the national level as well and is the Atlantic Representative on the Board of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). She holds an active license with the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARRNL) and is a member of a number of regional and provincial steering committees.
George holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University, is a member of the Newfoundland Institute of Chartered Accountants, and is a Certified Health Executive. For the past fifteen years he has held a number of senior executive positions in the health system including thirteen years as the Chief Executive Officer for the Avalon Health Care Institutions Board. George has also held positions with the provincial Comptroller General and Auditor General’s offices and he served for ten years on the Board of the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada, including two years as Chair. He has also served on a number of organizations within this province’s health system including eight years as a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Board Association’s Finance Committee.
Dr. Oscar HowellVice President
Debbie Molloy is a human resources professional with twenty years of experience in the healthcare, energy and hospitality industries. She has worked in both the public and private sectors and brings a broad understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing healthcare in today's competitive, fast paced work environment. Her career path has allowed her to develop expertise in the areas of organizational effectiveness, talent management and employee relations. Debbie holds both a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) and Masters of Education (post secondary studies) degrees from Memorial University.
Ron Johnson has over 20 years progressive career experience in health care in various management roles. As Eastern Health’s current Vice President-Information Services, Ron has responsibility for Health Information Management, Information Technology, Access to and Security of Information Clinical Engineering, Telecommunications, Capital Equipment Planning and Budgeting, and Decision Support and Strategic Planning for Eastern Health. Prior to that, Ron was the Chief Technology Officer at Eastern Health and had overall responsibility for Information Technology, Clinical Engineering, Telecommunications, Capital Equipment Planning and Budgeting. Ron previously held the position of Director of Materiels and Biomedical Equipment Support at Eastern Health and was responsible for Supply Chain Management and Biomedical Engineering.
Ron holds a Diploma of Technology from College of the North Atlantic, a Bachelor of Technology and a Master of Employment Relations from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has also completed diplomas in Health Service Management and Modern Management from the Canadian Healthcare Association. Ron is certified in Change Management and holds the professional designations of Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Health Executive (CHE). In addition, Ron is also a sessional Instructor at the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland teaching courses in both the Bachelor of Technology and Masters of Technology Management programs.