Let us introduce you to the Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 year. We are pleased to have such a great diverse group of individuals working towards the success of the Anago’s Organization.
Lisa joined the Board as a Director in 2014 and became the Chair of the Board of Directors in January 2017. She has also served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Board Executive from 2015 to 2017. Lisa is also the Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Anago Board of Directors. Lisa attended Brock University’s Goodman School of Business where she completed her Honours Bachelor of Accounting Co-op degree (BAcc). Lisa is a designated Chartered Professional Accountant/Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) and Manager at Ford Keast LLP in London, specializing in audit and assurance services for clients in various industries including charities and not-for-profits. Lisa is a passionate volunteer and has volunteered her time in the past with the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara as a literacy tutor, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Thomas/Elgin as a big sister and Brock University Mentorship Plus as a mentor. Lisa is also an active volunteer in the accounting community through mentoring and coaching staff at her firm, including students pursing their CPA designations and has served as a panelist for the CPA PEP Capstone 1 program for aspiring CPAs. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys attending country music concerts and spending time at the family cottage on Dyer’s Bay, south of Tobermory. Lisa may be contacted by email at Boardchair@anago.on.ca
Ken joined the Board of Directors for Anago in March 2013 and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Board. Ken has been a police officer with the London Police Service for over 14 years and has performed duties such as general patrol, Major Case Management, Media Officer and he is currently a Detective Constable in the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section. One of the many things Ken loves about Anago is the passion that the staff have with wanting to provide assistance and support to many of the vulnerable people within our communities; and the satisfaction of being able to do so. Ken was born and raised in London, is married to a 911 Dispatcher, and has a son (17), step-daughter (21) and step-son (23). Ken values spending time with his family and really enjoys travelling!
Sarah joined the Anago board as a director in 2015. Sarah is currently the Secretary of the Board of Directors, appointed in 2017. She the Manager of Corporate Development and Community Fundraising for Kids Help Phone for Southwestern Ontario, and is currently in her 7th year with Fanshawe College as a part time journalism professor. Prior to moving into the non-profit sector, Sarah spent much of her career in the media industry. Sarah studied overseas in Australia on a full academic scholarship, where she received a degree in Communications with a double major in Journalism and Public Relations from Griffith University. She also holds a college diploma in Broadcast Journalism and Communications Media from Mohawk College. Certified in Mental Health First Aid, and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), Sarah is passionate about children’s mental health and previously volunteered with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization as an in-school mentor. She is a strong supporter of the London community, and is currently the Vice President of the Summerside Optimist Club. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys travelling and spending time outdoors.
Russell joined the Board of Directors for Anago in January 2017 and has served on the Finance, Audit & Risk Management Committee since September 2015. Russell is also currently the Treasurer of the Board of Directors, appointed in 2017. Russell is a CPA, CGA professional with over 25 years of experience in general and cost accounting, auditing, financial analysis and people management. Russell has been a senior manager with a provincial crown agency since 2006 where he has developed a strong understanding of risk and control frameworks and auditing standards. Russell has called London home for nearly 30 years and is involved in several volunteer causes including the SickKids Foundation and the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. When not working or volunteering, Russell enjoys travelling with his wife of 25 years, Suzanne, and his daughter Jillian.
Kaila joined the Anago board September 2017. She completed her BScN in 2010 and worked mainly in the emergency department, but also has experience with mental health. She is currently in her masters completing the primary care nurse practitioner program at Athabasca University, and will be done program by the end of the year, where she hopes to transition her career from critical care to primary care. Throughout her career she has seen the disconnect between health services and joined the Anago team to further assist in developing services and programs that will help children and youth, ensuring a brighter future for the London community. Kaila moved from northern Ontario a little over seven years ago to join the London community. She has passion for caring for individuals and joined our team because she loved the work we have done in the community.
Braeden joined the board of directors in September 2017. He is currently a fourth-year student at Western University pursuing an honors specialization in Genetics and an active reserve member in the Canadian Armed Forces. While completing his degree, he has immersed himself in various research projects, including topics such as DNA repair, breast cancer, tinnitus and chronic pain. Off the lab bench, he has made it his goal to volunteer with each aspect of London’s diverse demographic makeup. This includes Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Mount Hope center for long-term care, Canadian Mental Health Association, Thames Valley School Board ESL program and becoming an Inclusion Champion with the City of London. Through his experiences, he has noticed gaps in the services that aim to help our cities most vulnerable and saw Anago as a pioneer in making their voices heard. Braeden enjoys traveling and making a positive impact on others lives.
Moeez is excited to have joined the board of directors for Anago in September 2017. Moeez is currently a student at the University of Western Ontario in the medical sciences program. Through his time with the London Youth Advisory Council as the democratically elected-ward 11 youth councillor, he has had the privilege to advocate for youth voices in municipal as well as provincial issues. Currently, he is working with new youth councillors to continue his work on a discounted bus pass for youth in the city of London. In his spare time, he enjoys meeting new community members as well as volunteering time in a wide array of sectors.
Dave joined the Board in February 2018. He works for the YMCA of Western Ontario in the Health, Fitness and Aquatics department as the General Manager – Member Experience where he oversees strategic initiatives such as member retention and quality programming. He has his Masters of Education from the University of Western Ontario and is currently working through the executive Masters of Business Administration program from Western as well. Through his educational background and work experience Dave has had a strong focus on programming for youth, particularly with regards to providing transitional support and strong role models. He wants to support Anago’s continued efforts to be an industry leader in those aspects of youth outreach. In his spare time Dave enjoys any activity that is active and outdoors so he can bring his chocolate lab Charlie.
Dana joined the Board in June 2018. She works in Quality Improvement for St. Joseph’s Health Care London where she is currently facilitating a project that aims to improve family caregiver engagement and experience corporately. A passionate advocate for innovative, integrated and accountable health care systems, Dana is also completing her Master’s in Health Administration from the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy with the University of Regina. She has spent the majority of her career working in the community health sector, where she consistently engaged community partners and led projects to improve client care. Dana previously served as a Speaker’s Bureau volunteer with United Way (2013-15). In addition, she recently received the Bhayana Family Foundation Award: Innovation and Creativity, for her work in improving access to adult day programs in Toronto. Lastly, Dana has been instrumental in the development of a justice centred Housing First program with the City of London. In her spare time, Dana enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her family.