Meet our Trustees

Tom Motz (Chair)

Tom is Chair of the board of St. Mary’s. He has owned and been involved in a number of industries including newspaper publishing and precision manufacturing and is a member of the Golden Triangle Angel Network. Tom has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Tom has served on the boards of the Catholic Family Counselling Centre and Wilfrid Laurier University and currently serves on their Counsel of Advisors. Tom is a member of the Kitchener-Conestoga Rotary Club. He served on several committees as a community representative before joining the board in 2007. Tom is married with two sons.


Scott Smith (7)Scott Smith (Vice Chair)

Scott is the President of High Performance Solutions and Consortium. He has over 25 years of experience in Lean thinking, continuous improvement facilitation, leadership development and organizational systems thinking. He currently works with organizations in the manufacturing, service, support and healthcare sectors to build and facilitate Continuous Improvement Consortiums. The Consortiums are the High Performance Manufacturing Consortium (HPM–1993), the Alliance for Enterprise Excellence Consortium (AfEE–2002), the Continuous Improvement Alliance (CIA-2013 years), the Cambridge Capacity Consortium (CCC–2014) and the Waterloo Wellington Impact Consortium (WWIC–2015). Scott holds a MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.


Stan Nahrgang (4)Stan Nahrgang (Treasurer)

Stan is a life-long resident of Waterloo Region and has a long history with St. Mary’s, having been born there. He obtained his CA from the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants and has been an employee and partner of Clarke, Starke & Diegel since its inception in 1972. Stan has served on various community boards and foundations including The Centre In The Square, the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation and the Strong Start Charitable Foundation, which he helped found. Stan has been on the St. Mary’s Board since 2013 as a member of the Quality and Audit Committees. Stan is married with two adult children and two grandchildren.


Dieter Kays - ChairDieter Kays (Past Chair)

Dieter Kays is the recently retired CEO/President of FaithLife Financial. A Rotarian, Dieter currently is on boards for the Ombuds Service for the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Industry, Lutheran Church-Canada Worker Benefit Board and St. Mary’s. He has a PhD in organizational leadership from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, and a Master of Social Work from Washington University. Prior to entering the financial services industry, he was CEO/President of Lutherwood in Waterloo. Dieter has done post graduate work at Stanford University’s business school, the Wharton School of Business, and Rotman, University of Toronto.


Don Kaluzny (4)Don Kaluzny

Don is an entrepreneur and consultant. He brings 25 years of engineering, supply-chain and construction/project management experience, including both domestic and international projects. His portfolio includes experience with nuclear quality assurance, environment health and safety and regulatory affairs. Don holds a Master of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University’s, Lazaridus School of Business and Economics and an undergraduate degree in Engineering from McMaster University. He joined the Board and the Resource Planning and Utilization Committee in 2013 after serving two years on the Quality committee. Don lives in Waterloo.


Jim Stirtzinger (4)Jim Stirtzinger

Jim is a strategic generalist who started his career in the HR field and now works in the mobile payments and charitable giving space. He previously held executive operational positions in the healthcare software/IT industry as Vice-President Operations for Agfa-Gevaert and Medicalis, a joint venture with Harvard teaching affiliate Brigham & Women’s Hospital. In addition to serving on the St. Mary’s Board of Trustees and the Mission & Governance committee, Jim has been involved with a variety of not-for-profit and industry association boards as well as the Healthcare IT program advisory committee at Conestoga College. Jim lives in Kitchener and is married with four children.


Marion Thomson Howell (4)Marion Thomson Howell

Marion is an entrepreneur, nationally recognized learning consultant and active community contributor. She began her career as a lecturer in Health Education at the University of Windsor, later moving into the corporate world. Marion is now President of Shaughnessy Howell Inc., an award-winning training organization. Marion has been an active volunteer in the K-W community with the Canadian Cancer Society and school associations and has been a member of the boards of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, St. Jerome’s University and now St. Mary’s General Hospital. She lives in Kitchener with her husband, Gary.