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BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2017-2018

Lisa Pearson

Lisa Pearson

Chair of the Board, joined the Board of Directors in September, 2011

Lisa’s background includes more than twenty-five years of legislative, committee and board experience, as well as municipal government, Accessibility Advisory Committee and by-law expertise.

“My Board involvement provides me an opportunity that I feel is for the betterment of the community and enhances the quality of life for a segment of the community which quite often is not provided with the same living experiences as others. Participating in the Barrie Accessibility Advisory Committee provided me insight into barriers faced every day by individuals, along with the opportunities that would not exist for them if it wasn’t for community service organizations such as Catulpa. I envision Catulpa will continue to grow as a leading community service agency for many more years, working with the special needs community to help children, youth, adults and families to achieve goals and experience within an inclusive community environment.”

Brenda Hotton

Brenda Hotton

Vice-Chair of the Board, joined Board of Directors in February, 2014

Brenda is an elementary teacher with the Simcoe County District School Board. Prior to teaching Brenda spent many years working at various residential outdoor education centres, residential summer camps and day camps.

“I am proud to be part of this organization. The Catulpa values that I most connect with are respect, inclusion and community partnership

Ann Reed

Ann Reed

Secretary of the Board, joined Board of Directors in November, 2002

Ann is a parent of three adult sons, one of whom has autism.

“Catulpa’s wonderful support for my son and my family since 1981 has made it possible for him to participate in many capacities of his community and to fulfill his dreams and goals of what he wants to do. Being on the Board has given me a great learning experience as a parent to help others find ways to accomplish their life dreams as well as being supported and inclusive in society.”

Krista Moreau

Krista Moreau

Joined Board of Directors in May, 2013

Krista is a Family Law Lawyer with Bair Family Law in Barrie, Ontario. Prior to joining Bair Family Law, Krista worked in the Education Field in both a legal and non-legal capacity.

She has a keen interest in children’s advocacy and development and is looking forward to applying her background in education as well as her legal knowledge to her role as a Board member.

Magda Montagnese

Magda Montagnese

Joined Board of Directors in September, 2016

Magda is a Credentialed Evaluator, with extensive experience in Public Health and Quality Improvement. She is the Director of Research, Evaluation and Quality Improvement program at CMHA Simcoe County, providing support on program planning and assessing health equity impact on health services delivery in public health and health care settings.

“Putting my professional skills at the service of a great non-profit organization means I can help Catulpa build an inclusive and collaborative community so members may feel empowered, useful and integrated.”

Cecile Gibson

Cecile Gibson

Joined Board of Directors in November, 2017

Cecile has many years experience in financial accounting and supervision in private business, not-for-profit and health care agencies. She also has many years Board and volunteer participation, including with Child Find Ontario and as a Community Food Advisor.

Cecile is excited “to utilize my experience and contribute to my community in an important and meaningful way to further develop and improve the agency’s purpose of serving the individual needs of its clients.”

Karrol Croteau

Karrol Croteau

Joined Board of Directors in November, 2017

Karrol has been part of the child and family mental health sector for over two decades, an experience that has provided her with a wealth of in-depth knowledge. In her role as a School Counsellor for the SMCDSB, she witnesses the daunting struggles of families coping with children who have mild to very significant challenges. She has also seen the role of agencies such as Catulpa.

Karrol finds her Board of Directors role rewarding as it enables her to support “Catulpa’s prominent role in the community as a lead support agency and to garner acknowledgment for the level of care provided to families.”

Evan Spencer

Evan Spencer

Joined Board of Directors in November, 2017

Evan has more than five years experience in the banking industry and currently works in the business banking segment with private corporations and non-profit community services.

“It is important to me to to volunteer in the community I live in. In my Board role, I look to maximize my analytical skills, relationship management abilities and financial experience in the shared goal of achieving key financial metrics for Catulpa. The organization provides invaluable services to its clients and I hope to build on Catulpa’s legacy of providing important services for so many people. As our communities grow, Catulpa will be called up more than ever to be there for families who need support.”

Tess Buchanan

Tess Buchanan

Joined Board of Directors in November, 2017

As a social worker, Tess has a strong respect for the inherent dignity and worth of every person. Interested in the pursuit of social justice, Tess values dignity, integrity and service to humanity.

“I live, work and am guided by the values that originally brought me to social work.”

Joanne Taylor

Joanne Taylor

Joined Board of Directors in September, 2018

Joanne is a psychological service provider to children and youth with learning, developmental and mental health needs, and encompassing their families, school staff and community partners.

With experience in experimental research in psychology and as a psychological services committee member with the SCDSB Mental Health Committee and College of Psychologists of Ontario: Investigations, Complaints and Reports Committee, Joanne is proud “to be part of the Catulpa community in a meaningful and helpful way that is consistent with Catulpa’s vision.”

Heather Sperdakos

Heather Sperdakos

Joined Board of Directors in September, 2018

Heather has a passion for transformative learning, leadership, and organization development and has been working in the field for 35 years. She has a diverse background in education, counselling psychology and positive change leadership.

“I am inspired by the Catulpa vision, values and goals. Recognizing and valuing the contribution we each make, working collaboratively and making a difference in the lives of the individuals and communities we serve are values I aspire to live daily. I am told that one of my unique gifts is in helping others illuminate their unique gifts and contributions. I am humbled by this and honored to be working with an organization that delivers services built on the strengths, uniqueness, hopes and dreams of the people we serve.”

To view the current Catulpa Community Support Services’s Organizational Chart, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section.