Our Staff

  • Devon

    Devon MacFarlane

    Director

    Devon relocated from BC in order to serve as the Director for Rainbow Health Ontario. He brings a background in community development; partnership and collaboration; program development; management; and systems change. Since the late 90s, a substantial focus of Devon’s work has been on advancing the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bi, queer, Two Spirit, and trans communities, using an intersectional approach – work that is close to Devon’s heart as an out trans and queer person. Devon also actively volunteers within LGBT2SQ communities in a range of ways. He is a past President of the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH).

  • Gael Hinnighan

    Administration

    Gael provides administrative support to the entire RHO program and team. She handles all accounts payable, accounts receivable, meeting minutes, office systems and event planning and coordination. Gael also operates RHO’s online store, mailing out resources on LGBT2SQ health to customers throughout Ontario and beyond.

  • Susan Barrass

    Policy Analyst

    Susan supports the development of RHO’s policy agenda, including conducting policy research and analysis on provincial and federal policy initiatives that have implications for LGBT2SQ health. Previously, Susan has worked as a researcher on issues of immigration and settlement for newcomers to Canada, labour market precarity and issues related to seniors’ health. She has also worked as a policy analyst with the federal public service. Susan also serves as the point of contact for researchers who are interested in promoting studies through RHO’s network and website.

  • Devan Nambiar

    Education and Training
    Devan Nambiar, MSc. delivers most of RHO’s training and education. He has been working in the 2SLGBT2SQ+, ethno-racial and HIV sector for over 20 years.  He was a co-investigators of the national Trans*Needs Assessment Project, CAS (2015). In 2008, he was the Co-principal Investigator of Improving the Capacity of the HIV Sector to respond to the Ethno-Racial MSM: Tapping Front-Line Expertise and Wisdom, OHTN. In his previous position at the CATIE (www.catie.ca), Devan co-authored four national publications. In 1998-2002, Devan initiated an antiretroviral drug recycling program at Gov. Hospital of Thoracic Medicine, Chennai, India. 
    In 2006, he was the recipient of the Canadian AIDS Society Leadership Award. In his professional capacity, Devan is a guest lecturer on 2SLGBT2SQ+ cultural and clinical competencies for MDs, NPs, RNs, RSW and psychologists. In addition, he lectures on Integrative medicine, provides input on Community Based Research and has served on numerous boards and Ethics Review Boards.
  • Jordan Zaitzow*
    *currently on leave

    Trans Health Connection

    Jordan coordinates Trans Health Connection. The program is increasing the capacity of primary health care systems across the province to provide high-quality, comprehensive care to trans communities through training, education, mentorship, resources, and networking.

    Previous to joining RHO, Jordan has also done years of front line shelter work, and has volunteered for and facilitated various drop-in programs for trans folks in Toronto. He also spent years as an independent trainer about trans access and issues.

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    Colleen Westendorf

    Communications Officer
    Colleen is responsible for RHO’s communications, including digital and media relations. In previous bilingual communications roles, Colleen has worked for Legal Aid Ontario, CBC/Radio-Canada, and the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. She also volunteered in Planned Parenthood Toronto (PPT)’s youth services clinic.