About Our Staff and Associates

    • Diane Buhler | pad@sympatico.ca

Diane was the Executive Director with PAD for over 25 years and remains in a consultative role as she works her way to full retirement in the fall.

        • Joanne Brown | jbrown@parentactionondrugs.org

Joanne has been with Parent Action on Drugs for over 25 years first as Program Director and in May of 2016 took over the position of Executive Director.  In 2009 she took on the role of PAD’s lead for HC Link, managing Communications and Information and Knowledge Exchange. HC Link is a consortium supporting healthy communities of which PAD is a member.  Working at PAD has allowed Joanne to draw on her studies in sociology at UWO to work on a range of projects focused on youth and families. Joanne worked in the corporate world prior to joining PAD. Joanne enjoys entertaining family and friends and really loves travelling to France and Italy.

          • Kathy Baillie | pad@parentactionondrugs.org

Kathy has been the Office Administrator of Parent Action on Drugs for over 19 years.  She enjoys the variety of responsibilities that this position provides including being the first contact for the public and colleagues, accounting, secretarial duties, assisting in the production and maintenance of organizational materials, running the PAD ‘pitstop’ at ‘Racing Against Drugs’ for grade 5 students, website maintenance and information technology expertise.  Prior to working for PAD Kathy spent almost 8 years working for vacation resorts in the Caribbean, Florida, Mexico, and Switzerland running the program  for young children. She has discovered the wonderful underwater world of scuba diving and is certified with the Advanced Open Water Scuba Diving qualifications.  When she’s not under the water she prefers to be up in the air on a flying trapeze.

                • Rebecca Byers | r.byers@hclinkontario.ca

Rebecca joined PAD in 2012 as Coordinator of Information & Knowledge Exchange for HC Link. She has a background in health promotion and experience working as a consultant or staff member of national and provincial NGOs, public health departments, community coalitions, as well as academic research institutions. Rebecca’s strengths lie in project management, planning, evaluation and the development of written communications. She has a degree in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo. When the work-life balance allows, she enjoys running, yoga, reading, cooking, and learning the tricks of being mom to two busy boys.

                • Kyley Alderson | k.alderson@hclinkontario.ca

Kyley started with PAD in 2011 as Communications Coordinator for HC Link. She loves that her position keeps her up to date with the latest happenings in the health promotion field, and enjoys being able to share valuable information through a variety of means, including social media. Prior to working for PAD, Kyley worked as a researcher with a First Nations community in Alberta using a community based participatory approach to help develop a holistic school for young moms. She has a M.P.H. from the University of Alberta. Kyley absolutely loves her role of being mom to two girls, and looks forward to her weekend hikes with the family.

                • Jane McCarthy | jmccarthy@parentactionondrugs.org

Jane has joined PAD as Manager of Program Development.  Jane has over 25 years’ experience in healthcare and the health charity sector, following completion of her Master of Public Health degree from the School of Public Health at UCLA and Master of Science, Health Behaviour from the University of Waterloo.  Her experience in the health charity sector has been as the Director of Services and Education with the ALS Society of Canada, and in a similar position with The ALS Association, National Office in the U.S.  Jane held health educator roles within managed care and HIV/AIDS programs in the U.S. and within primary care here in Ontario. Most recently Jane has completed a contract role within the William Osler Health System as a Health Links Patient Navigator. Jane loves to garden, play tennis, curl, and plan social events for friends and family. She is the proud mom of Stephanie, who attends Acadia University, and two kitties named Lilly and Crosby.

                • Patricia Scott-Jeoffroy | psjconsulting@live.ca

Patricia joined PAD in 2007 as an Education Consultant and draws upon her 25 years of experience in the addictions field to assist in the creation of prevention initiatives.   She began her career as an addiction counselor before coordinating a withdrawal management unit.  She also also led substance abuse prevention programs in health services and has experience working within the criminal justice system.  She has a MA in Leadership from the University of Guelph.  Patricia recently moved back to Toronto and loves to travel with her husband and two daughters.

              • Suzanne Witt-Foley |

Suzanne joined PAD in 2014 as a Peer Education Associate.  As an innovator in knowledge exchange, training and education, Suzanne has over 25 years of experience in community development and capacity building. Suzanne is an experienced speaker and educator and is passionate about teaching others about mental health and addiction and connection between toxic stress, living conditions (social determinants of health) and wellbeing. She can provide customized workshops & consultations for a broad range of audiences: health, human & social service, youth, parents, educators, decision & policy makers, volunteers & public.

Suzanne was employed as a community consultant for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) for over 16 years and has worked in a variety of other settings including a community health centre, public health and health planning across Ontario, and Eastern Canada.  In partnership with the YWCA Muskoka, Suzanne was recently hired to develop and implement 4 community workshops and presentations for municipal decision makers.  This project focused on the connection between living conditions in Muskoka and the impact on mental well-being.  She has also fulfilled a variety of contracts with the Trillium Lakelands District School board as the Mental Health Leader, provided community outreach consultation/education for Addiction Outreach Muskoka Parry Sound, Muskoka Parry Sound Community Mental Health Service and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Currently, Suzanne coordinates the Muskoka Strengthening Families program and is a Parent Education Facilitator for Muskoka Family Focus and Children’s Place.  Suzanne is also a certified to instruct Mental Health First Aid, Bridges Out of Poverty Workshops and is a Peer Education Associate with Parent Action on Drugs (PAD) and Healthy Communities (HC) Link.

About Our Board of Directors

                • Lina Della Mora | Chair

Lina joined the Board of Directors of Parent Action on Drugs in 2014 and became Vice-Chair in 2015 and Chair in 2016.  Lina brings over 25 years of customer service, strategic planning and operational efficiencies expertise to PAD.  Lina works for Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) as Director of Customer Care and Knowledge Delivery.   The safety and well-being of people is Lina’s day job, but the well-being and safety of children is Lina’s job all the time.  Lina is excited to bring her passion and experience to support PAD’s mission.

                • Michael Meleca | Vice-Chair 

Michael joined the Board of Directors of Parent Action on Drugs in 2016.  He has spent most of his career in the construction and mass transportation industry.  As an executive, Michael has delivered numerous complex projects in the private and public sector throughout the GTA.  His experience in Finance, Governance and Management allows Michael to contribute to PAD’s strategies and goals.  Michael is passionate in youth development and founded an academy called NEXT CAPTAIN.  The soccer academy is designed to assist and develop males and females at the youth level.  NEXT CAPTAIN has assisted athletes to achieve their dreams by receiving university athletic scholarships.  Michael has a Masters of Engineering from the University of Toronto and an Executive MBA from the University of Fredricton.

                • Nancy Bardecki | Treasurer

Nancy joined the Board of Directors of Parent Action on Drugs in 2006 and held the positions of Chair of the Fund Raising Committee and Treasurer before becoming Chair of the Board in 2012.  Nancy went back to the role of Treasurer in 2015. As a CMA, C Dir. and ICD.D, she brings to the board expertise in financial reporting and management, performance measurement and governance. Nancy has a passion for PAD’s work as a parent and grandparent and because of her belief that our support of today’s youth will mean a better future for all of us. Nancy is an active volunteer and board member for several not for profit and charitable organizations and enjoys the chance to bring her background and experience to enhance PAD’s governance and to further its mission, vision and values.

                • Viola Zhou | Secretary 

Viola joined the Board of Directors of Parent Action on Drugs in 2016.

                • Rafi Majeed

Rafi joined the Board of Directors of Parent Action on Drugs in 2009 and became Secretary in 2015. Rafi works for Deloitte & Touche as a global lead for technology development and delivery and has served on other charity boards before joining PAD. He brings over 15 years of organizational experience in project, financial management and projects delivery while working with diverse teams. Being a parent himself, Rafi is passionate and committed to PAD’s mission and vision and feel personally connected to ensure PAD’s objectives are achieved. In this role, he is responsible for a wide range of governance and management issues, in addition to oversight of PAD annual budget. He enjoys the opportunity to bring this varied expertise and experience to bear on the governance and strategic direction of Parent Action on Drugs.

                • Hitesh Mistry

Hitesh joined the Board of Directors of Parent Action on Drugs in 2016.

                • Andrea Tagalakis 

Andrea joined the Board of Directors of Parent Action on Drugs in 2016.  She has been working in the non profit sector for 8 years. Her experience ranges from working on the front lines to program management. She is passionate about capacity building and community development. Andrea’s skill-set includes: strategic planning, partnership building, program design and curriculum development, and evaluative skills.  Prior to joining the board of directors at PAD, she sat on the Toronto Public Library board for 3 years. She hopes to use her professional and volunteer experience to support PAD in fulfilling its mandate.

                • Erika Verret

Erika joined the Board of Directors of Parent Action on Drugs in September of 2016.

                • Caroline Wang

Caroline joined the Board of Directors of Parent Action on Drugs in 2014 and became Chair of the Board in 2015. Caroline is the principal and founder of Wang Legal Professional Corporation, a boutique business law firm located in downtown Toronto. Caroline has practiced law for over 13 years at two top tier Bay Street law firms in Toronto, Ontario and brings this expertise along with leadership and project management skills to PAD. Being a parent, Caroline’s experience and her desire to support youth initiatives complement PAD and its mission and values.