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Board of Directors

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 and Executive Director

Dusanka Pavlica

A graduate of the University of Toronto and past member of the G7 Research Group, Dusanka Pavlica has over 25 years of experience working with a variety of NGOs, contributing to her broad experience on specific issues facing NGOs, volunteer management, fundraising, and establishing cross-NGO cooperation and partnerships.  Having held senior positions at NGOs focussed on food security and nutrition, eliminating child poverty, and advancing the position of women, Dusanka is dedicated to not only CPAR’s role in improving the health of the communities in which we work, but on forging partnerships that lead to the advancement of shared learning amongst members of the international development community, which will lead to improvements and excellence in our work.  As Executive Director Dusanka’s responsibilities include managing board relations, overseeing staff in Canada, and managing and supporting staff in CPAR’s country offices.



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.

Max Alfred Anyuru

Max is a Social Sector Specialist with over 20 years of experience in program development, management, implementation and monitoring, and evaluation. He has spent 10 of those years as a Senior Consultant in Program/Project Reviews and Evaluation, Baseline Studies and Impact Assessment at the national, regional and international level.

Max holds a master of arts degree in social sector planning and management. He has worked as an employee of several development agencies, but over the last 12 years he has worked as an independent consultant. Max has consulted with United Nations agencies, multilateral and bilateral agencies, governments, and civil society organizations. His expertise is diverse and he has consulted on a wide range of programs, including those related to livelihoods, post-conflict recovery, education, disaster risk reduction and early warning, and governance. He has conducted research, reviews, evaluations on international development topics and has been involved in advocacy efforts in several African countries.

The Hon. Justice Michael Brown
The Honourable Michael Brown is the Regional Senior Judge of Central East Region of the Superior Court of Justice. He is the former Executive Legal Officer to the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice.  Justice Brown is a former Crown Counsel and the former Senior Discipline Counsel for the Law Society of Upper Canada.  Justice Brown was also the Senior Policy Advisor and Executive Assistant to the federal Minister of Justice.

Justice Brown is a past executive assistant and senior policy advisor to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Ontario. He also served as senior counsel for discipline at the Law Society of Upper Canada, and is a past Crown counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario. Justice Brown’s main practice area was criminal law.

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.