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Board of Directors & Senior Staff

CPAR’s dedicated Board members bring a diversified skill set and wide-ranging expertise in health care, community development, law, government relations and communications. Recruited from both Canada and from each of CPAR’s program countries, the Board of Directors’ role is to lead the organization towards achieving our vision, mission.

Secretary & Executive Director

Kathrina Loeffler

CPAR is pleased to welcome Kathrina Loeffler as our new executive director.
Kathrina’s interest in international development started at a young age, when she lived in Papua New Guinea and then in Lesotho. Those experiences sparked in her a passion to learn about other cultures and a drive to contribute to ending poverty.

After graduating from high school in Papua New Guinea, Kathrina returned to Canada where she obtained a degree in cultural anthropology from Western University. She then worked in international development for many years while pursuing her Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education in Organizational Studies from the University of Ottawa. Those studies honed her expertise in program evaluation and knowledge transfer that she put to good use as an adult educator and professional facilitator. Her specific areas of expertise include cross-cultural communication, health systems strengthening, continuous quality improvement, and leadership effectiveness.

Throughout her career, Kathrina has had a particular focus on understanding and improving health systems. To that end, she became a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders in 2018.

Kathrina is looking forward to using her unique combination of skills and expertise to advance CPAR’s vital work in Africa. She will be supporting the board of directors, overseeing staff operations in Canada and Africa, and spreading the word about CPAR’s achievements in all she does.   



Dr. Steve Ferracuti
Steve is a family physician based in Haliburton, Ontario. He is a staff physician at Haliburton Highlands Health Services and Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Steve is currently Chair of CPAR’s Physicians Advisory Committee. He is the race director, and occasionally a runner, in the Kash End of Summer Dash Run held annually in support of CPAR.


Judith Dyck
Judith is a communications professional with a Masters in Communications and Technology from the University of Alberta. A long time independent consultant, much of her practice has been public sector and health-related, including public engagement and policy work in primary care, health human resources, patient safety, and legislation. 


Susan Williams
Susan Williams enjoyed a long and productive career with the Alberta government.  Her last position was Chief Strategy Officer with Alberta Health.  Over her 31 years, she worked in finance, economic development, social services and adult education, health and leadership development.  In retirement, Susan is travelling extensively and she skis and cycles.  Susan lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

Board Members

Dr. Wondwossen Eshetu
Dr. Wondwossen Eshetu was born and raised in Addis Ababa, and is a graduate of Gondar Medical School. Dr. Wondwossen is a Medical Doctor with Clinical Tropical specialty and Public Health (MD, MSc, DTM &H). He worked for thirty years as clinical physician, as well as a Public health expert in different parts of the world, mainly in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, Jordan and United Kingdom. Dr. Wondwossen has been working in health care management, monitoring and evaluation of programs, in financial management, in project proposal developing and negotiation, in curriculum development, in harmonization and revision, in giving training on the job tutoring and in lecturing both clinical and public health disciplines. He also delivers courses in medical Ethics and professionalism- giving lecture for medical students, graduating Doctors and Health care professionals. Currently Dr. Wondwossen is seconded to the Federal Ministry of Health by the Clinton Health Access Initiative as a Senior Program Advisor.

Ewan Main
Ewan Main is CEO and co-founder of Daggerwing Group, a global management consulting firm within Omnicom. Daggerwing Group serves as a strategic resource to Fortune 500 companies looking to fuel growth through improved customer management. Ewan has led executive-level sponsored projects with clients, including GE Health Care Life Sciences, Phillips Oral Healthcare, Thomson Reuters, ExxonMobil, Hewlett-Packard, and Mercedes-Benz. He has worked for a global manufacturer in leadership positions in sales, marketing, and operations, and in 2004, Ewan co-founded Daggerwing Health, applying Daggerwing Group's consulting and fiscal practices to achieve better financial results for clients and better health outcomes for patients. Ewan has a Master's degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.

Getachew Tesfaye
Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Getachew is the Program Director for ChildFund Ethiopia (a US-based International NGO). Getachew holds an M.Sc. degree in National Development and Project Planning from the University of Bradford (UK), a post-graduate diploma in Development Planning Techniques from the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands, and a BA in Economics from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.

He previously worked as a Senior Resource Mobilization and Response Officer for the Government of Ethiopia’s Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS), and in various positions for the Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Commission.

Gizaw Shibru
Gizaw, Farm Radio International’s Director of Operations, has been managing community-based development programs in Africa since 1988. He joined CPAR after completing his master’s degree in Civil Engineering, serving as the Regional Director for all activities in Africa. Gizaw later went on to spearhead the establishment and registration of CAP/AIDS-Uganda, coordinated the establishment of the CAP/AIDS African Advisory Board, and established CAP/AIDS' presence in Arusha, Tanzania, where he lives and works.

Sherry Poirier

Sherry is a Registered Nurse based in Ottawa, Ontario. She is a full-time professor with the Faculty of Nursing at Algonquin College and continues to practice as a public health nurse. Sherry has enjoyed a diverse career but her passion lies with Community Health Nursing, where she focuses on working with priority and under-served populations domestically and abroad.

Dr. Graeme McKillop 
Dr. Graeme is a Family Physician working in Almonte, Ontario. He started out as a Crop Scientist working with an NGO in West Africa before returning to Canada and training in medicine. He holds a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and he is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Ottawa’s Department of Family Medicine.

George Vilili
George Vilili is the current Executive Director for Farm Radio Trust, the leading organization is the use of ICT based extension services and technologies in Malawi. He has more than 17 years of practical experience in the areas of Program Design and Implementation, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Strategic management, Social Research and Data Management, in the sectors of Agriculture, Food Security, Nutrition and Livelihood. Before joining Farm Radio Trust, he worked with Farmers Union of Malawi, DanChurchAid, JHPIEGO and Care International. He holds a Masters Degree in Health Geography and Bachelors Degree in Education majoring Demography and Geography.