Senior Leadership Team

Andrée Robichaud, President & CEO

Andrée Robichaud has extensive experience over the last two decades as a health care executive. Most recently, she was the Interim President and CEO of the Scarborough Rouge Hospital and has served as President and CEO of the Rouge Valley Health System, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute, and the Vitalité Santé Regional Health Authority in Bathurst, New Brunswick. Ms. Robichaud also brings strategic planning and policy development experience as the former Associate Deputy Minister of Health with the Government of New Brunswick. Ms. Robichaud is an active participant in the community and has chaired the Conference of Federal Provincial Deputy Ministers Advisory Committee on Health Delivery and Health Human Resources. She was also board member on the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), HealthPro, and Plexxus. In 2013, she was honoured by being appointed to the Medical Council of Canada. Ms. Robichaud is a graduate of the Université de Moncton, where she earned a Bachelor and a Master’s degree in public administration.

John Kattenbusch - VP, Corporate Services and Provincial Shared Services Supply

John Kattenbusch was appointed Vice President of Finance and Corporate Services for Central Health in May 2005. In this role Mr. Kattenbusch is the Chief Financial Officer for the region and is responsible for Finance, Materials Management and various ancillary corporate services, such as insurance and legal issues as well as Supply Chain Services for the province. Prior to joining the Senior Leadership Team at Central Health, John served as the Assistant Executive Director of Finance for the former Central East Health Care Institutions Board, a position he held for six years.


John holds a Bachelor of Commerce - (Honours with a concentration in finance) degree from Memorial University and is a member of the Society of Management Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador. He holds the professional designation of Certified Management Accountant and is a Fellow of the Society Management Accountants of Canada (FCMA). 


John has had involvement with a number of organizations and groups and has served as the Treasurer for the Newfoundland Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Secretary Treasurer for the Society of Management Accountants of Newfoundland and is presently a board member for the Public Accountants Licensing Board of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Contact information:

John Kattenbusch, CMA, FCMA
VP, Corporate Services & Provincial Shared Services Supply
James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre
125 Trans Canada Highway
Gander, NL A1V 1P7
Telephone: (709) 292-3014 
Fax: (709) 256-7800 

Vanessa Mercer-Oldford, VP, People & Transformation

Bio to follow.

Vanessa is responsible for Health Information & Technology, Privacy, Talent & Culture, and Quality Improvement. 

Joanne Pelley - VP, Integrated Health and Chief Nursing Executive

Joanne's career has been focused in nursing and nursing leadership spanning across the care continuum of community health, ambulatory services and acute care. In addition to her nursing knowledge and experience, Joanne brings 14 years of experience in formal leadership roles, including her most recent experience as the Regional Director for Surgical Services.

Joanne holds a Bachelor of Nursing and Masters of Nursing from Memorial University. She is engaged in quality improvement initiatives at Central Health and is committed to enhancing the collaborative team approach to delivering quality person and family-centred care.

Joanne is responsible for a number of services, including Emergency & Medical Services; Families, Children & Population Health; Medical Imaging; Primary Health Care and Community Services, as well as Site Operations at both regional referral centres. 

Contact Information: 
Joanne Pelley, BNRN,MN,CCHN(C)
VP, Integrated Health & Chief Nursing Executive

Corporate Office
21 Carmelite Road
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL  A2A 1Y4
Telephone: 709.256.5531 
Cell: 709.486.1165

Gaitane Villeneuve - Director, Communications & Government Relations

Gaïtane has worked in both private and public sector communications for nearly 20 years. Born in Newfoundland and Labrador, her career has taken her to Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta, and back home. Gaïtane holds a B.A. (Hons) from St. Thomas University.

Contact Information:

Gaitane Villeneuve
Director of Communications & Government Relations

Central Health
125 Trans Canada Highway

Gander, NL A1V 1P7
Cell 709.293.0542

Madonna Sparkes, Patient Experience Advisor

Since retiring from teaching in 2002, Madonna’s passion has been volunteerism. In the last 18 years, her volunteerism has centered around serving the needs of her community. She has served as both Mayor and Councillor of her rural community nestled along the Bay of Exploits. In her community she partnered with the Wellness Coalition to establish a wellness/active living group. She ministers with her church community as Lay Reader, Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, Choir Member, and Lead for Chapel Services at the Dr. Hugh Twomey Health Centre and Killick Retirement Homes in Botwood.  Madonna also volunteers with community organizations such as the 4-H and Lions Clubs.  


As Co-Chair of the Community Advisory Committee for Exploits she has participated in collaborative groups for Mental Health and Aging Population.The one activity she holds dear to her heart is being a Co-Facilitator with the Improving Health My Way course for the last 8 years.


During the last year Madonna has become a Patient Experience Advisor on Central Health's Patient & Family Advisory Council, which she currently co-chairs. As Patient Experience Advisor she has assisted in the re-design of the Medical Imaging Dept., participated in a welcome video for new employees to Central Health, reviewed and evaluated new policies and issues, sat on a National Advisory Committee with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, and is currently a member of the selection committee for the VP of Medical Services/ Chief of Staff and the Physician selection committee panel. She has also been a member of the interview panel for several of Central Health’s Managerial positions. Madonna is a member of the Senior Management Team and is quite often the face of the patient/family at corporate events.

Contact Information:


Madonna Sparkes

Patient Experience Advisor

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