Operating Team

Board of Directors

Ian M. Fraser, Vice President

A senior development officer in higher education, healthcare and the arts for more than 30 years, Ian has helped organizations in healthcare, education, community and the arts raise more than $275 million in private gift support. He currently serves as a consultant in philanthropy to charities and donors, and as the Director, Philanthropic Services for Gift Funds Canada. A Fellow for Life of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Ian is recognized internationally for his expertise in all aspects of strategic planning for not-for-profit organizations, resource development and gift planning. 

Rhona Gale

As a retired elementary school teacher, Rhona Gale brings her love of history and many years of experience as an educator to the Board.  She is interested in promoting the Museum to educators and students, not only locally, but across the country, thereby increasing knowledge, enhancing curriculum, and generating an interest in history, medicine and museums in general.

Dr. Hugh Gorwill, President & Chair

Hugh Gorwill graduated in medicine from the University of Western Ontario.  After residency at Western and Queen’s he became a Fellow in reproductive endocrinology at the University of Michigan. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in Ob Gyn and a Diplomate of the American Board of Ob Gyn.  After a  professional  life at Queen’s he is now a Queen’s Professor Emeritus.

Kate Kahn

Kate received her Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University in 2006 and graduated from Queen’s University Law School in 2010. Kate completed her articles at Mackillop Law Professional Corporation, where she returned as a lawyer after her call to the Bar in 2011. She is currently developing a general litigation practice in the areas of workplace law, including labour and employment law, health and safety, workplace safety insurance, and human rights.

Hon. Peter Milliken

Born and raised in Kingston, he is a graduate of Queen's University and Dalhousie University. Crossing the Atlantic, he also earned a MA in Jurisprudence from Oxford University. He was elected Member of Parliament for Kingston-and-the-Islands in 1988. Local voters returned him in 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008, making him the longest-serving MP in Kingston's history. In 2001, MPs elected Mr. Milliken their Speaker. He was acclaimed to the prestigious and crucial House of Commons post in 2004. After the 2006 and 2008 general elections, Mr. Milliken was again elected speaker. In 2009 he surpassed the previous record and became the longest-serving Speaker in Canadian history.

Michelle Podhy, Secretary/Treasurer

Sherri Robertson

Sherri is a graduate of the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing, but did post education at the university of Ottawa. She taught nursing at The Hospital for Sick Children, and enjoyed inserting historical anecdotes to the students.

Dr. Walter Rosser

Dr. David Tessier

David has been a dentist for nearly 25 years, 23 of them in Kingston, settling in at the Medical Arts building until August 2012, when he moved to his new location at 1469 Princess Street (site of the Golden Griddle Restaurant). He has been an active member of the local dental society, was on its executive committee for several years and served as president from 1998 to 2000. He brings to his position on the Museum board the dental perspective.

Dr. Ruth Wilson

Dr.Wilson is the President of the North America Region of WONCA, the world organization of family doctors. A practising family physician and educator, she is Vice President, Medical Affairs of Providence Care in Kingston, Ontario. A professor of family medicine at Queen’s University, she was Chair of the department for ten years. She currently chairs the board of the Institute for Safe Medication (Canada). Wilson’s research interests are in women’s health, aboriginal health, and the lessons from these areas that affect the determinants of health.  

Museum Staff

Administration & Visitor Services  
Museum Manager & Program Director  Jenny Stepa
Communications and Finance Coordinator Deanna Way
Work Study Public Programs Assistant* Kelly Buckholtz
Work Study Advancement Assistant* Viktoria Bobovskaia
Work Study Translator* Aminah Hannan
Curator's Office  
Curator Emerita Rona Rustige
Curator Maxime Chouinard
Collections Manager Kathy Karkut
Database Manager Jane Derrick
2015 Margaret Angus Research Fellow Madeleine McKay
Work Study Object Digital Photographer* Cadia Chan
Work Study Object Digital Photographer* Paul Hodgetts

*Our thanks to the Queen's University Work Study Program for its support in the creation of this position.

The Museum acknowledges with gratitude the contract professionals and volunteers who have contributed to the development of the Museum and its programs. 

Our Museum e-mail address is info@museumofhealthcare.ca.