BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2019-2020

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Brenda Hotton

Brenda Hotton

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

Cecile Gibson

Cecile Gibson

Vice-Chair of the Board, 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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Gladys Concon

Gladys Concon

Joined Board of Directors in March, 2020

Gladys is a Research and Analytics Professional and has completed post-graduate studies in Research and Masters in Management Analytics. Presently, she works for a Management Consulting firm in Toronto. Gladys is not new to volunteering. She was previously the Council Secretary for Special Olympics, Barrie Chapter and has volunteered for the City of Barrie and other Not for Profit organizations.

“I have been an advocate for my son since he was diagnosed with autism. Giving back to the community is my gesture of gratitude for all the support afforded to my son by school and community organizations. At the same time, leveraging my personal experience in accessing services and programs will be a valuable insight from the client side.  I hope my research and data analytics experience will also be useful in uncovering actionable insights that will be beneficial to Catulpa’s continued success as an organization.”

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.”

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.”

Michael Ilori

Michael Ilori

Joined Board of Directors in March, 2020

Michael is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over three decades of finance professional experience in both large, complex public and private sectors. While serving as Board Secretary Treasurer with an Inuit based corporation, he worked with diverse non-for-profit organizations, working with the government of Nunavut to assist and support them in different challenges encountered with third parties funded initiatives.

“I am honoured to serve as a member of the board of directors for Catulpa and interested in utilizing my wealth of experience to assist with the vision and mission of the organization.”

Jo-Ann White-McKenna

Jo-Ann White-McKenna

Joined Board of Directors in March, 2020

Jo-Ann joined Catulpa’s Board of Directors after finishing a thirty year career in public education. She was a classroom teacher, curriculum consultation, vice principal and principal through the Simcoe County school system. She holds a Masters Degree in Education and has taught for York University Faculty of Education. She credits her time on the Elizabeth Fry Board of Directors for her volunteerism.

“I had the good fortune to see how Catulpa supported and guided many of my students and their families. It’s exciting to work with this amazing organization so they can continue to positively impact lives in our communities.“