Board of Directors

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Paul Lachance
President

Paul Lachance began as a member of Lynwood Charlton’s Board of Directors in 2010, serving as Vice President from 2010 and then as President of the Board since 2013. Paul is a member of the Ontario and Alberta Institutes of Chartered Accountants and brings more than 35 years of corporate management and executive level experience to his Board position in both financial and operational roles.

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Nancy Smith
Vice President

Nancy Smith is a lawyer with Turkstra Mazza Associates in Hamilton, Ontario. She began her tenure on the Lynwood Charlton’s Board of Directors in 2014.   Along with her work as an Adjunct Professor at University of Waterloo, she is a Trustee and Choir member of Wellington Square United Church and a Hearing Simulation Coach at Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators.

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Pheroze Jeejeebhoy
Treasurer

Pheroze Jeejeebhoy is a lawyer practicing in Hamilton, Ontario. He began his tenure on the Lynwood Charlton’s Board of Directors in 2014, and is the Board’s Treasurer. As a lawyer, Pheroze has represented many injured and disabled children before the courts in Ontario. Through this advocacy, he has developed a keen awareness of the challenges facing children and their families when trying to access mental health services in Ontario, as well as an interest in ensuring the availability of appropriate services for children.

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Ruth Pickering
Secretary

Dr. Ruth Pickering is a retired Child Psychiatrist and Narrative Therapist who has worked for over 40 years with the most troubled children and youth in the children’s services sector. Ruth is the volunteer Founding Director of Under the Willows, a garden-based arts garden play summer program for children that is hosted at Lynwood Charlton Centre.  Ruth is an avid supporter of community-based arts programs for these and other marginalized children and youth. Ruth has served on the Board of Directors for over 20 years.

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Glenn Agro
Board Member

Glenn Agro has over 25 years of experience as a chartered accountant providing auditing, accounting and advisory services for privately-held companies and co-operatives.  In 1991, Glenn was awarded the Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) designation, recognizing outstanding career achievements and leadership contributions to the community and the profession. Glenn is heavily involved in the local communities he serves. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Accessible Media Inc., the Hamilton-Burlington-Brantford YMCA, and has been a member of the Lynwood Charlton Centre’s Board of directors for over 20 years, and the Lynwood Hall Children’s Foundation.

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Bonnie Easterbrook
Board Member

Bonnie Easterbrook is a CPA, CGA with over 20 years of experience in the public sector and not for profit organizations as a CFO and Director of Finance.  She has a keen interest in mental health and children’s issues.  Bonnie has been a member on the Lynwood Charlton’s Board of Directors since 2014.

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Heather Elbard
Board Member

Heather Elbard is a retired speech language pathologist and health care administrator with a passion for family and youth advocacy. She is the Past President of Children’s Mental Health Ontario and Past Co-chair of the Consumer and Advocates Network (Ottawa). Currently, she is the Board Chair for the Hanen Program and the Hamilton Family Network. She has been a member of the Lynwood Charlton Centre’s Board of Directors since 2002, and has served as President and Vice President.

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Carol Pacey
Board Member

Carol Pacey is a retired Staff Sergeant with Hamilton Police Service where she served for 31 years. During her 18 years volunteering on the Project Concern Board and through experience gained during her policing career, she assisted with the many needs of children and youth within the Hamilton community, in particular children’s mental health. Carol initially was part of the Charlton Hall Board of Directors for 6 years prior to the merger with Lynwood Hall in 2011. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of Lynwood Charlton Centre since 2011.

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Sonia Seguin
Board Member

Sonia Seguin is founder and owner of Hamilton social enterprise Body Brave. Body Brave provides support and guidance to young adults struggling with body image issues and eating disorders. Sonia is also a board member of community organization Student Open Circles and is a member of the Hamilton Social Planning and Research Council, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, and Eating Disorders Association of Canada among others. She holds a Masters in Economics and has worked in the non-profit sector at the Burlington Economic Development Corporation.

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Leila Ryan
Board Member

Leila Ryan has served in leadership roles on a number of health and social service boards, among them the Big Sisters’ Association, Hillfield-Strathallan College, St. Peter’s Hospital, the Hamilton-Wentworth District Health Council, Contact Hamilton and the Hamilton Community Foundation. She is a retired academic and is currently a member of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction and the Board of the Hamilton Family Health Team of which she is the Past-Chair.

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Karen Shaver
Board Member

Karen Shaver is currently attending York University studying for a Masters in Public Policy, Administration and Law. For the last 16 years, Karen worked as a Vice-President with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada where she provided support to over 110 member agencies, working locally to deliver mentoring services to young people. As a consultant and volunteer, she has researched, evaluated and guided the development of services to marginalized populations including youth experiencing homelessness, Indigenous Canadians and women working in the sex trade industry.

Ghanwa Afach
Board Member

Ghanwa Afach has been employed at the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton since 2010, where she is actively engaged in the Hamilton Community Action Program for Children (CAPC), which provides supports for families with children aged newborn to six in east Hamilton. Her work also focuses on Health Canada’s three priorities, including Mental Health Promotion, Injury Prevention, and Healthy Weights.

Ghanwa has also worked for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University where she was involved in a research investigation of the mental health functioning of children in grades 5 – 8. Ghanwa is also a member of The Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Syrian Newcomers/Community Support & Networks Working Group.

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Graham Browne
Board Member

Graham Browne has over 30 years of experience in highly respected national and global enterprises in both the private and public sectors, and extensive board work in the not-for-profit sector which has allowed him to develop a strong appreciation for the principles of good governance and their practical application. Over the course of his career, Graham has held senior Human Resource and General Administration roles (managerial and executive), and is currently Principal and Owner of an independent management consulting firm.

Graham has also been an active participant on the Boards of Directors of Skills Canada Ontario, the Hamilton Community Foundation, Mohawk College, the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton (serving one term as Board Chair), Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Ontario Division (also as Board Chair), and the Mining Industry Human Resources Council.

Senior Managers




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Alex Thomson
Executive Director

Photo of Management Team member Vicki Downie

Vicki Downie
Director of Program Operations

Maggie Inrig
Director of System Planning

Photo of Management Team member Juliette Prouse

Juliette Prouse
Director of Business Operations

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Nicole Karki
Clinical Director and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Photo of Management Team member Lynne Vanderbrug

Lynn Vanderbrug
Manager of Community & School
Based Services



Program Managers




Photo of Management Team member Shari Burke

Shari Burke
Manager of Upper Paradise
Residential Program

Photo of Management Team Member Colette Corman

Colette Corman
Manager of Forest Avenue
Residential Program

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Sean Flaherty
Manager of Flamborough
Residential Program

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Sheri Terry
Manager of Charlton Hall
Residential Program

Photo of Management Team member Lindsay Horvath

Lindsay Horvath
Manager of Community
Based Programs

Photo of Management Team member Catherine Ahern

Catherine Ahern
Manager of Quality Improvement
and Evaluation

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Tarah Middleton
Manager of Human Resources

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