Leadership Team

  • Hazelle Palmer

    Hazelle Palmer
    – President & CEO

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    Hazelle is a seasoned senior executive with more than 18 years experience in the non-profit sector.  Before joining Sherbourne she was Executive Director of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and previously Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of Toronto. Hazelle holds a Master’s Certificate in Health Care Management as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Carleton University. She is the former Managing Editor of Health Sharing Magazine, worked as a Television producer for WTN and Upfront Entertainment and was the Communications Coordinator for the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. A published author of two books, Hazelle’s work has appeared in numerous publications, newspapers, and journals including The Globe and Mail, Fuse, and the Women’s Journal/Cahier des femmes. She has been an active and dedicated board member for Women’s College Hospital, the Association of Ontario Health Centres, Hassle Free Clinic, the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health and Springtide Resources, and has also participated on the Back-Office Council for the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).  In 2014, Hazelle was appointed to the Institute Advisory Board of the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health Research, an international group of research and health professionals that provides support and guidance to CIHR.  Born in London, England and raised in Montreal, Hazelle is also proud of her Caribbean heritage.

  • Van Horne Lum

    Van Horne Lum
    – Chief Operating Officer

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    Van has worked in the Non-for-Profit and Public sectors for twenty years in various finance and operational roles at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Ministry of Health & Long Term Care, Toronto Community Foundation, Ontario March of Dimes, and CAMH.  He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is a Certified Management Accountant.   Van volunteers on the Finance Committee of Fife House, an organization that provides supportive housing for people living with HIV/AIDS.

  • Graeme Imrie

    Graeme C. Imrie
    – Director, Corporate Affairs

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    Prior to joining Sherbourne, Graeme was principal consultant at Graeme C. Imrie & Associates, a consultancy providing services to not-for-profit organizations. He also held the position of Director of Human Resources at the Canadian Diabetes Association, a non-profit health organization with public education, government relations, research, publishing, call centre, camping, wholesale and retail operations across Canada.

    Graeme holds a Bachelors degree in Business with joint specialty in Human Resources and Public Relations, and is a Certified Human Resources Leader. In 2013 he received the Human Resources Professional Association Ross A. Hennigar Award, and in 2013 through 2015, guest lectured at York University School of Human Resource Management. He is a past Director on the Board of ALS Canada, and currently serves on the Board of the Ceridian Cares Foundation.

  • Devon MacFarlane
    – Director, Rainbow Health Ontario

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    Devon MacFarlane has worked in roles related to community development, program development, management, and systems change in the health sector for almost 20 years. Devon completed both an MA in Leadership and a diploma in Applied Project Management, and also holds a Bachelors degree in Social Development Studies.

    A substantial focus of Devon’s work has been on advancing the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bi, queer, Two Spirit, and trans communities, using an intersectional approach – work that is close to Devon’s heart as an out trans and queer person. While at Vancouver Coastal Health, Devon spearheaded the development of Prism Alcohol & Drug Services, the second initiative in Canada to address problematic substance use for LGBT2SQ people. More recently, Devon has served as the Manager for Community Development and Service Integration at Island Health. As a volunteer, Devon is currently the President of the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health, and previously served on the Board of the Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre.

  • Chantel Marshall

    Chantel Marshall
    – Director, Urban Health

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    Chantel Marshall has over twenty years of health-care experience, including acute care, home health, primary care, public health, and research. She has passion for working within homeless and street-involved communities, as well as people with mental health issues and addictions. One of her recent projects was leading the establishment of Canada’s first peer-distributed naloxone public health program. She has worked in both the United States and Canada, with organizations such as Planned Parenthood Vancouver, Fraser Valley Public Health, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, and Toronto Public Health.  Chantel is a Registered Nurse and holds a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Toronto and is a Certified Health Executive.

  • Laura Pripstein

    Laura Pripstein
    – Medical Director

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    Dr. Pripstein is originally from Berkeley, California and has worked as a researcher, family doctor and emergency doctor in both the United States and in Canada, at Parkdale Community Health Centre, Lionshead Family Health Team and Kirkland Lake Hospital. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan (B.Sc) and University of British Columbia (M.D.,M.Sc.).  She completed her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Toronto.

  • Nalini Pandalangat

    Nalini Pandalangat
    – Director, Newcomer Health & Specialty Services

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    Nalini Pandalangat  is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.  She completed her PhD at the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto, and has extensive experience leading projects and programs in the community health, hospital and international development sectors. Her research interests are focused on immigrant mental health, gender and health, cultural competence, health care access and health equity.

    She worked as a consultant with the New Immigrant Support Network at the Hospital for Sick Children where she developed modules and training around culturally competent programming that would improve access to newcomer communities.  Prior, she managed the CIDA funded international project in Sri Lanka, for the CAMH, and was Manager of the Newcomer Program in South Riverdale Community Health Centre.

  • Carolina Berinstein
    – Director, LGBTQ Health

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    Carolina has a proven track-record in program design, implementation and evaluation, capacity building and community engagement with diverse stakeholders, and organizational change management. She has worked in progressive roles in health promotion, program development. and leadership in the community health and community mental health sectors for over 20 years. Carolina’s work is a reflection of her creative and collaborative nature, and has been recognized by a Toronto Community Foundation “Vital People” Award in 2010.

    Carolina is a committed LGBTQ Ally and has led a number of initiatives to increase access to quality programs and services for members of LGBTQ communities. Throughout her career, her work has focused on identifying access and equity priorities for underserved communities and working in collaboration with community members and health professionals to plan, implement and evaluate strategies to reduce health inequities.

    Carolina completed her Masters in Social Work at York University and more recently, obtained the Lean Yellow Belt Certification. Carolina sees the potential in people and communities, and has the ability to move things forward and help groups and organizations achieve their vision.

    Born and raised in Argentina, Carolina is an avid quilter and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

  • Melanie Oda

    Melanie Oda
    – Director, ARC Program and Mental Health

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    Melanie is a Registered Nurse with specialty in mental health and community health, and holds a Masters in Health Science from the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan. She has worked in the health sector in front-line, educational, management and consultant roles. With an interest in organizational development, Melanie completed an internship program in Ann Arbor Michigan, which led her to become an independent trainer and consultant within the social service, justice, and educational sectors as well as all levels of government. Melanie has always approached her work with a commitment to social justice, quality, equity and access issues, with a focus on increasing effectiveness in working with vulnerable populations.