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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
  • Mahsa Ghayoumi, M.A., R.P.
    Outreach Supervisor

Board of Directors 2022-2023

  • Vanessa Aguiar – Chair
    Director, Human Resources & Occupational Health & Safety at Lakeridge Health Hospital.
  • Debbie Kassirer – Vice Chair
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Principal of Beyond Conflict, a consultancy dedicated to resolving and preventing conflict in the workplace.
  • Rubaiyat Karim – Treasurer, Finance Committee
    Registered Social Worker and Professor with over two decades of experience in the community social services sector.

  • Bonnie Glover – Member at Large
    Retired-Formerly Head of the Physical and Health Education Department with the Simcoe County Board of Education.
  • Ghazaleh Salahi – Member at Large
    B.A. in Psychology from York University, Trauma Informed Case Manager at York Support Services Network.
  • Ira Teich – Member at Large, Past Treasurer
    M.Sc., C.A.; Author and nation-building/development strategist for governments around the world; formerly CEO of Canada’s largest global consumer growth strategy firm.
  • Karen Wang – Member at Large
    Adolescent 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