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Meet our leadership team and Board of Directors.


  • Elisha M. Laker, MSW RSW
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Mariana Benitez, M. Ed., R.P.
    Director of Clinical Services
  • Susan Warren B.A. R.P.
    Director of Inclusivity and Community Development
  • Michael Prencipe, B.A.
    Director of Operations
  • Adelle Volpone, MSW, RSW
    Manager of Clinical Services
  • Reni Hunter
    Financial Manager
  • Wendy Milwain
    Manager, Data and Compliance
  • Stephanie McKellar
    Executive & Senior Management Assistant
  • Sarah Tanel, MSW, RSW
    HR Coordinator
  • Melissa Tawadros, MPsy., R.P.
    Clinical Supervisor
  • Kerry Newman, R.P.
    Clinical Supervisor
  • Varenya Kuhathaas, MSW, RSW
    F&ST Program Manager

Board of Directors 2021-2022

  • Vanessa Aguiar – Chair
    Director of Occupational Health, Safety, Wellness and Organizational Development at Lakeridge Health Hospital.
  • Priya Khalsa – Vice Chair
    Graduate of the JD/MSW program at University of Toronto and called to the bar in 2021. Currently attending medical school.
  • Ira Teich – Treasurer, Finance Committee
    M.Sc., C.A.; Author and nation-building/development strategist for governments around the world; formerly CEO/Principal of Canada’s largest, Harvard-acclaimed, global consumer strategy firm; formerly, executive head of strategy for a fortune-50 multi-national corporation.
  • Initha Subramaniam – Secretary
    Formerly a Special Education Specialist and Community Empowerment Advocate with the York Region District School Board. Currently Vice Principal with the York Region School Board.
  • Ghazaleh Salahi – Member at Large
    B.A. in Psychology from York University, a specialist working in the field of brain injury rehabilitation therapy.
  • Bonnie Glover – Member at Large
    Retired-Formerly Head of the Physical and Health Education Department with the Simcoe County Board of Education.
  • Debbie Kassirer – Member at Large
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Principal of Beyond Conflict, a consultancy dedicated to resolving and preventing conflict in the workplace.
  • Karen Wang – Member at Large
    Psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
  • John Ellis – Volunteer, Policy & Planning
    Formerly CEO of Family Service Ontario