Central West

The regional rep is Rita Isley (Sethi) ([email protected]). 


Rita Isley (Sethi) is the Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Community Health and Wellness at Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH). Rita is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Ryerson University and a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on municipal governance. Rita has been with WDGPH for over 16 years and has worked in every program area of Public Health. She is focussed on leadership and all aspects of organizational development. Prior to coming to Public Health, Rita worked in various community based settings, helping children and elderly individuals.

  • Brant County Health Unit
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
  • Hamilton Public Health Services
  • Halton Region Health Department
  • Niagara Region Public Health
  • Region of Waterloo Public Health
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Central East

The regional rep is Sandy Zidner ([email protected]).

  • Durham Region Health Department
  • Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit
  • Peel Public Health
  • Peterborough County-City Health Unit
  • Simcoe Muskoka Public Health Unit
  • Toronto Public Health
  • York Region Public Health Services


Regional Rep is Jane Hess ([email protected]) and the alternate rep is Esther Moghadam ([email protected]).

Jane Hess is Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Healthy Living and Development at the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. She is Co-Chair of Every Kid in Our Communities Coalition.  Jane holds a diploma in nursing from St. Lawrence College in Brockville, a B.Sc.N from Western University and Masters of Nursing from Athabasca University. Jane has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1994.  She has been with the Health Unit since 1994 and during her tenure has been responsible for programming within most of the Ontario Public Health Standards including Child Health and the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program, Reproductive Health, Chronic Disease Prevention, Prevention of Injury and Substance Misuse, Sexual Health, STI’s and Blood Borne Infections and the Preschool Speech and Language Program.  As well as experience in various volunteer governance roles, Jane has worked as a part time instructor at the Faculty of Nursing SLC/Laurentian University Collaborative program.

  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit
  • Ottawa Public Health
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit
  • Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health
  • Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health

South West

The regional rep is Darrell Jutzi ([email protected]).

Darrell Jutzi is the Manager of Child Health with the Middlesex-London Health Unit. Darrell holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Certificate in Project Management, and a Master’s of Business Administration. Darrell has worked in public health for over ten years and has managed various programs including School Health, Healthy Babies Healthy Children, and Professional Practice.

  • Chatham-Kent Health Unit
  • Grey Bruce Health Unit
  • Huron County Health Unit
  • Lambton Health Unit
  • Middlesex-London Health Unit
  • Perth District Health Unit
  • Southwestern Public Health
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit


The regional rep is Chantal Riopel ([email protected])

Chantal Riopel has been the northeast representative on OPHNL’s executive team since January 2019.  She has over 20 years experience in public health nursing and has been employed at the Porcupine Health Unit since 1998.  Most of her career focused on reproductive and child health, specifically supporting families who were pregnant or families with young children through the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program.  She currently is the manager of Foundational Standards and Chief Nursing Officer and is also responsible for the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program.  Chantal completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa and graduated from Lakehead University with her Masters in Public Health in 2017.

  • Northwestern
  • Thunder Bay
  • Porcupine
  • Algoma
  • Sudbury
  • Timiskaming
  • North Bay/Parry Sound