CEO, Home and Community Care Support Services
Cynthia has more than 35 years of clinical and health system leadership experience. She joined the former South East LHIN (now Ontario Health) in 2007. During her tenure, she served as Vice President responsible for Home and Community Care, as well as other senior leadership roles.
Cynthia assumed the role of Interim Regional Lead Ontario Health East/CEO Champlain, South East, Central East LHINs in January 2021 at the height of COVID-19 Wave 2, and led the region's response to the pandemic while supporting three Home and Community Care organizations through their transition on July 1, 2021.
Prior to working with Ontario Health, Cynthia served as a nursing officer in the Canadian Forces in various roles from clinical care to operational deployment oversight of all aeromedical evacuations. After 21 years of proud service, she retired as the Commanding Officer of 24 Canadian Forces Health Services Centre.
Cynthia holds a Master of Sciences in Health Science as well as the CHE designation since 2003 with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives.
Karyn Lumsden, MBA, M.Cl.Sc
Vice President, Home and Community Care
Karyn is a health care leader who is passionate about the creation of innovative, patient centred service delivery systems which stand the test of time. She is deeply committed to working with system partners to improve the experience of patients and families across the continuum of care.
Karyn started out her career as a Speech Language Pathologist and practiced for approximately 20 years, while simultaneously assuming progressively more senior leadership roles in acute and community care. She has overseen a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and community-based clinical programs and services and during her final three years in acute care, she held the position of Corporate Director, Professional Practice. From there she moved on to the Central West CCAC where as Vice President, Patient Care, Quality and Safety, Karyn had the privilege to lead the implementation of the provincial Mental Health and Addictions Nurses programs, co-chair the expert panel in Post-Acute Stroke Care, and recently sat on the Ministry appointed Expert panel for Levels of Care.
Karyn loves being mom to a very active daughter and in her rare spare time enjoys any activity that takes her on or near the water. She also loves attending events in music, theatre, dance and art.
Interim Vice President, Human Resources, Home and Community Care Support Services (Erie St. Clair, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant, South West, Waterloo Wellington)
Sarah Vertlieb has over 12 years of Human Resources (HR) experience, beginning her career in 2010. As a VP of HR, she oversees human resources for Home and Community Care Support Services in the South West, Waterloo Wellington, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant and Erie St. Clair regions.
Sarah is a strategic senior Human Resources professional, committed to providing high quality results and comprehensive Human Resources guidance to leadership teams. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree, a Certificate in Human Resources Management, and is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).
Cindy Ward, CPA, CA
Vice-President, Resource Stewardship and Chief Financial Officer, Home and Community Care Support Services (Erie St. Clair, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant, South West and Waterloo Wellington)
Cindy Ward has over 25 years experience in financial, risk, human, information and physical resource management, as well as policy, control and governance processes. Prior to joining HNHB CCAC in 2014, Cindy held positions as Chief Financial Officer with the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR), Director of Finance and Administration and Chief Internal Auditor with McMaster University, Chief Internal Auditor with the Hospital for Sick Children, and various positions with KMPG Chartered Accountants.
Cindy is a Chartered Professional Accountant with CPA Canada (formerly the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants) and has an Honours Bachelor of Administration degree from Brock University.