Let us introduce you to the Board of Directors for the 2017 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 since 2015. 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. 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!
Michelle joined the board in 2015 and is Chair of the Board Awareness and Fund Development Committee. Michelle became interested in Anago because she too is passionate about supporting vulnerable persons. Michelle has over ten years of client-facing employment and is currently a manager at Bertoldi’s Trattoria in London. Michelle has gained a diverse educational background, including: two Bachelor of Arts from University of Regina (Women and Gender Studies, Philosophy) and a Master of Arts from University of Western Ontario (Women’s Studies and Feminist Research). Since completing her education, she has dedicated much of her personal time to volunteering for non-profit organizations. Beyond volunteering, Michelle enjoys reading, singing karaoke, exercising with her pets, and doing home renovations with her husband.
Sarah joined the Anago board in 2015, member and is currently the chair of the Board Development Committee. 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 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.