Putting Childrens' Health Needs First

NEO Kids Foundation is dedicated to building awareness for children’s care needs and raising funds for services, equipment, and research to help our youngest and most vulnerable patients.

A healthy beginning builds a healthy life.


We raise funds to support the health of our children in the North.

Children need their own voice in health care, champions to herald their health care rights, and resources to help treat their unique medical needs, especially in Northeastern Ontario.


We want our children cared for closer to home.


  • Trust

    Build relationships based on trust and accountability

  • Kindness

    Compassion and empathy is embedded in everything we do

  • Family

    Foster a community to form a healthier future


NEO Kids is Northeastern Ontario’s hub for specialized children’s care located at Health Sciences North in Greater Sudbury.

NEO Kids is a “system of care”. It is an important part of the future of health care in Northeastern Ontario. Its realization will ensure a long term, sustainable system of care for some of the most vulnerable and fragile members of our community.

The goal of NEO Kids is to ensure as many children as possible can stay in Northeastern Ontario to get the care they need, in a child-and youth-centred environment.



  • Children receive the best health outcomes when they are treated in an environment that caters exclusively to them.

  • Children’s health outcomes and quality of life improve when care is provided as close to home as possible.

From before birth to 18 years of age, the NEO Kids & Family Program provides care for families and children through a continuum of services–inpatient care, outpatient services, and care in the home and community.

The NEO Kids and Family Program at Health Sciences North include the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Unit, Pediatric Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU), NEO Kids Care Centre, Children’s Treatment Centre, Infant & Child Development Services, Birthing Centre and the Violence Intervention Prevention Program (VIPP).

NEO Kids Foundation Staff

Anthony Keating

President & Chief Development Officer HSN Foundation, HSN Volunteer Association, NEO Kids Foundation & Northern Cancer Foundation

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Shanna Crispo

Interim Executive Director

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Hailey Short

Events and Community Outreach Coordinator

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Christine Hryciw

Administrative Coordinator

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Ashtrid Lopez

Marketing & Events Intern

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Board of Directors

Nick Foligno

Honorary Chair

Nick Foligno is the Honorary Chair of NEO Kids Foundation. Nick currently plays for the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, serving as the team captain. Previously he played for the Ottawa Senators and the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves. Nick is director of the Janis Foligno Foundation, which was created in honour of his mother and seeks to provide support to local charities who are committed to finding a cure for cancer. In 2013, his daughter Milana was born with a rare heart condition and understands the stress and fear of having a sick child, and the impact it has on a family. Having dealt with NEO Kids first-hand, Nick believes that there is a need to better serve children and young patients in the North. Nick and his wife Janelle have two children – Milana and Landon and are expecting a third child this spring.

Richard Spadafora


Richard Spadafora is a Senior Manager, Tax at KPMG in Sudbury, having joined the company in 2005. Richard holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University and received his designation as a Certified General Accountant in March 2007 and as a Chartered Accountant in November 2007. Having witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by families who are required to seek treatment outside of Northern Ontario, he is passionate about ensuring that children from Northeastern Ontario have access to quality healthcare in the North. Richard is also actively involved in coaching in local minor hockey and soccer.

Richard Cousineau

Vice Chair

Rick has a degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University, and has been involved in the family business since 1995. Rick is the co-owner of O C P Construction Supplies Inc.  Most important in Rick’s life are his wife and children, and it is this love for family that drives him to serve with NEO Kids Foundation.  He fully believes that keeping families at home (or at least closer to home) will make their children’s health challenges that much more manageable.

Matthew Albiani


Matthew is a partner with Stratum Advisory Group Inc., a boutique tax and insurance planning firm.  A two time academic All-Canadian, Matthew completed his business degree at the Fred C. Manning School of Business, Acadia University.  In addition to his appointment as Treasurer of NEO Kids, Matthew holds a board position at the Idylwylde Golf and Country Club where he was appointed Long Range Planning and Corporate Restructuring Chair.  Matthew holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation.  He is married to Jenna, and they have two children, Norah and Thomas.


Dr. Janis Goldie


Dr. Janis Goldie is a professor and Chair of the Communications Department at Huntington University. She has an extensive background in research, communications, and leadership roles. Janis brings substantial board and governance experience, and also feels very passionately about NEO Kids. She is a mother of two young children and has experienced the monetary, time, and emotional strains that traveling out of town for children’s care can have on a child and their family.

Dominic Giroux

Executive Member

Dominic Giroux joined HSN and HSNRI on October 2nd, 2017. With over 4,250 employees in 24 locations in Greater Sudbury and across Northeastern Ontario, 500 physicians, 2,100 learners, 700 volunteers and 446 beds, HSN is one of Northern Ontario’s largest employers, its largest hospital, and ranks among Canada’s Top 40 research hospitals.

Prior to joining HSN and HSNRI, Mr. Giroux was Laurentian University’s longest-serving President and Vice-Chancellor from 2009 to 2017.  Under his leadership, Laurentian successfully completed a multi-million dollar campus renovation, secured private and public investments in research and infrastructure, and rose to Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities on Maclean’s rankings.

Mr. Giroux has 19 years of senior executive experience in the public sector and policy setting having served as Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities, and as a senior executive in two Ontario school boards. He was one of four members of the 2012 Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services that made over 100 health-related recommendations. He chaired the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and co-chaired the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS).

Mr. Giroux currently serves on the Executive of Universities Canada, on Ontario’s Economic Advisory Panel, the Mowat Centre’s Advisory Board, the Board of the Greater Sudbury Food Bank and volunteers as a mentor in the Northern Leadership Program. He is a regular keynote speaker on strategic planning, leadership, organizational development and governance.​

Rick Bartolucci


Rick Bartolucci was elected as MPP in 1995 and served until 2014 in the Sudbury riding. As a former city councillor, cabinet minister and Sudbury MPP, Rick is known for being a successful advocate for various community projects. Rick has recently used his public platform to voice his support for NEO Kids as he believes in equitable health care for Northern Ontario children. As a father of two and a grandfather of four, Rick has strong family values that further his commitment to NEO Kids.

Julie Desimone


Julie DeSimone is the owner of DeSimone Foot & Ankle Centre. She has a Bachelor of Science in Podiatric Medicine and was a former Director of the Chiropody Department at Laurentian Hospital for 9 years. Due to her dedication to promoting health care in the North, Julie has recently been appointed as a director of the inaugural NEO Kids Foundation Board and has been chosen as chair of their NEO Kids Foundation Fundraising Committee. She was also the Chair of Meals on Wheels Sudbury, Director of the Ontario Society of Chiropodists, as well as many other local charities.

Kristen Pollesel


Kristen Pollesel completed her Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University and shortly after started working at the family business, Crosstown Chevrolet, currently serving as General Manager. Over the years, Kristen has held several positions throughout the dealership which has allowed her to fully understand the dynamics of all departments while developing her strong leadership and management skills. Her experience working at Crosstown Chevrolet has also increased her involvement within the local community through charitable events and sponsorship opportunities, and she is passionate about assisting children in Northeastern Ontario.

Michael Macnamara


Michael Macnamara is a barrister, solicitor and notary at Desmarais, Keenan LLP. He received his BA from Carleton University followed by his Juris Doctor from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Michael is a champion for Greater Sudbury and its role as a medical services provider and treatment hub of Northern Ontario. He is a strong believer that a community’s geographic location should not in itself be a barrier to quality care. In addition to serving on the NEO Kids Foundation Board he sits on several other community associations and not-for-profits.

Anthony Keating


Anthony Keating is an award-winning Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) who has served in fundraising leadership roles over the past 14 years with Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Kids Help Phone, Seneca College and the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Most recently, he served as Campaign Director, Major Gifts, at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation in Toronto where he successfully co-led a $50 million research campaign to completion a year ahead of schedule, and was also responsible for raising millions of dollars for Malignant Hematology priorities.  In 2010, he received the “New to Fundraising Professional of the Year” award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Anthony is an active community member who has volunteered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. John’s, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, and is currently a Director with the Roberta Bondar Foundation.

In Anthony’s role he will oversee each of the three Foundations, and the Volunteer Association.  He will also supervise HSN’s Volunteer Services and serve on the senior leadership teams of HSN and HSNRI, ensuring a strong alignment with health care needs in Northeastern Ontario.

Mick Weaver

Past Chair

Mick Weaver is the Founder of KICX for Kids, a fundraising campaign for the NEO Kids pediatric unit at Health Sciences North. Mick and his wife Juliana launched the new Broadcast license Sudbury’s KICX 91.7FM in 2008.  Today Mick is the General Manager/General Sales Manager at Stingray Radio.  Through KICX for Kids and his involvement with HSN, he has become passionately engaged with NEO Kids Foundation. Mick believes in treating kids closer to home and is committed to delivering the vision of NEO Kids Foundation.



41 Ramsey Lake Road Centre Tower, Level 2
Sudbury, ON P3E 5J1

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T: 705.523.7100 x1234
E: neokidsfoundation@hsnsudbury.ca

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Help our children get the care they deserve,
right here in the North.