About Our Staff and Associates
- Joanne Brown | firstname.lastname@example.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 | email@example.com
Kathy has been the Office Administrator of Parent Action on Drugs for over 20 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- Jane McCarthy | email@example.com
Jane joined PAD as Manager of Program Development in 2017. 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- Caroline Wang | Chair
Caroline joined the Board of Directors of Parent Action on Drugs in 2014. She was Chair of the Board in 2015/16 and has now returned to that position. 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.
- 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.
- Jennifer Bennie
Jennifer joined the board of Directors of Parent Action on Drugs in 2017. Jennifer has been working in the hospital sector with a focus on Mental Health and Well-being for over a decade. Jennifer currently manages the Temerty Centre for Therapeutic Brain Intervention at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Temerty’s clinical services focus on addressing the needs of individuals with treatment resistant psychiatric disorders. Prior to her work at CAMH, Jennifer was with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences helping to implement the balanced score card framework for the evaluation of Children and Youth mental health services with the ministries of children and youth, education, social services, and health and long term care. Jennifer is excited to share her clinical and research experience in support of PADs’ strategic plan.
- Irene Law
Irene joined the Board of Directors of Parent Action on Drugs in 2017. She is a registered social worker and has more than twenty years of frontline and management experience in both sectors of community mental health and community support services. Irene specializes in strategic planning, program management and evaluation, and project management. Irene has worked as a Senior Manager at the Seniors Service Unit of WoodGreen Community Services, a multi service organization providing a wide range of services and programs from child care to seniors services at the east end of Toronto. Her work at WG allowed her to gain experiences working with frail seniors seeking their independence in the community. She was able to develop strong relationships with many community service partners and stakeholders through her significant work on several far-reaching initiatives. Irene is a respected and trusted leader, a consensus builder, as well as an authentic and motivational communicator with strength in risk management and in building client center programs.
Irene is an active community member and believes in giving back to the community. Being a parent, Irene hopes to support PAD’s mission and values with her knowledge, experience and skills working in the non-profit sector. Her interest in supporting the organization together with her management acumen makes her a strong addition to the Board.
- Rafi Majeed
Rafi joined the Board of Directors of Parent Action on Drugs in 2009 and was Secretary in 2015. Rafi works for Ernst and Young as a business technologies leader and has served on other charity boards before joining PAD. He brings over 20 years of organizational experience in technology, 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 feels 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 the 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.
- Gordon Whealy
Gord joined the Board of Directors of Parent Action on Drugs in 2017.