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Our Board of Directors

2016 - 2017 Board of Directors


 Jennifer Wallace

Jennifer Wallace
President/Fund Development Chair

An independent financial planner since 2006, Jennifer Wallace works with individuals, small business owners, and their families to develop and implement a plan for their long-term and sustainable financial independence. In 2012 she introduced business consulting services to the micro and small business community throughout Niagara, helping businesses grow from a well-managed foundation. As founder and organizer of the Growing Women Entrepreneurs (GWEn) Conference, Jennifer is able to further support the success of entrepreneurs by presenting professional development through events. When not working with her clients, she is passionate about her community, dedicating her time to the Gillian’s Place Board of Directors, as well as volunteering in the arts & culture sector of Niagara as Chairperson of the City of St. Catharines' Arts & Culture Advisory Committee. In 2014 Jennifer received a Forty under 40 award.

Karen Tribble

Karen Tribble
Past- President

Karen Tribble has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiotherapy from Queen’s University, an MBA from McMaster University and was a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Services Executives until her retirement in 2009. Upon receiving her MBA, she spent the next 25 years in senior administrative positions within the hospital systems in Niagara including CEO of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Hospital, Vice President at the St. Catharines General Hospital, Vice President of Clinical Services at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre, and Vice President at the Niagara Health System. Her professional committee work included the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Rehabilitation Technical Working Group and the Rehabilitation System Changes and Integration Task Force, the Niagara Regional Stroke Steering Committee and the Regional Geriatric Program.

Maria Bau-Coote

Maria Bau-Coote
Director

Maria Bau-Coote began her political career in 2010 as the first elected female Deputy Lord Mayor for the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. She is currently serving her second term on Town Council. Along with her passion for local politics, Maria is also passionate about healthcare. Maria was the Executive Director of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Family Health Team for nine years. She is currently working on her Masters in Health Administration through the University of Regina as well as her certification as a Healthcare Executive through the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Maria’s previous involvement in not-for-profit organizations includes the Niagara District Chapter of the Kidney Foundation, the Diabetes Association and Trillium Gift of Life Network.

Cindy Bourassa

Cindy Bourassa
Director

Cindy Bourassa is an energetic Branch Manager with TD Bank, working in a large Retail and Commercial branch in St. Catharines.  Cindy is also the head of the TD Women in Leadership District Committee, where she supports women who are looking to advance their career in the organization by sharing her experiences and resources. She has been a volunteer in the violence against women sector since 2005 and has sat on the United Way of Hamilton-Burlington Cabinet committee. Cindy is the mother of a brilliant little boy. Cindy is passionate about leadership in the community and works to make a difference in the lives of women and children through awareness and fundraising.

Angela Zengari

Angela Zangari
Director

Angela Zangari is the Executive Vice President Finance and Operations and Chief Financial Officer for the Niagara Health System (NHS). She holds professional designations as a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Director, with expertise in corporate governance. She has more than 20 years of progressive healthcare leadership experience with the NHS, one of the largest multi-site hospitals in the province. Angela oversees an annual operating budget of more than $500 million. Her portfolio includes finance, supply chain management, engineering and facilities management, environmental services, biomedical engineering, food services, information communication technology, capital planning and development and health records.

Robert Mcgray

 

Robert McGray
Director

Robert McGray, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University. His research focuses on Adult Education and Community Development. Robert is an avid runner, woodworker, and equine enthusiast. He is also an Assistant Editor of the Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education. Robert has served on Gillian’s Place Board of Directors for two years, sitting on both the governance and strategic planning sub-committees.

Janet Allen

Janet Allen
Director

Janet Allan is a Partner with KPMG LLP. She holds a professional designation as a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant, with over thirty-five years’ experience working in public accounting with not-for-profit organizations, government agencies and owner-managed businesses. Janet is also the National Leader for KPMG related to not-for-profit accounting which includes an annual update related to accounting standards for these organizations and presentations on behalf of Imagine Canada on the ten to-dos for Audit Committees of NPOs. Janet is currently the Treasurer of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines Lakeshore in addition to her work at Gillian’s Place. Past community involvement includes representation on the Boards of the United Way of St. Catharines and District, Niagara Health System, Niagara Peninsula Rehabilitation Centre, YWCA of St. Catharines, and the Canadian Federation of University Women: St. Catharines.

Samah

Samah Marei
Director

Samah Marei comes to Gillian’s Place from a background in education. She earned her degree in History from UCLA and is currently completing post-grad work at Oxford. She has taught locally at the elementary level as well as at Niagara College and is a teacher of Arabic at the Qasid Institute. In addition to teaching history and sociology, Samah has spent the last 15 years presenting workshops on Diversity and Inclusion in both the workforce and the community. Samah’s work on Multiculturalism and Religious Pluralism has become part of a college textbook on diversity. Samah began volunteering with Gillian’s Place in 2016 and hopes to bring awareness of the shelter and its various programs and services to the broader Niagara Region.

Tim Epringham


Tim Empringham
Director

Tim Empringham holds an MBA from Brock University with focus on Marketing, Operations Management, and Entrepreneurship. He is currently employed as the Chief Information and Innovation Officer for The Central Group in Mississauga and provides Innovation and Leadership Consulting through his own Niagara-based company, Succeed Sooner Consulting. Tim has lived in the Niagara Region for most of his life, growing up in Niagara-on-the-Lake and later moving to St. Catharines. He is currently an active member of the Port Dalhousie community. Tim has received a Forty Under 40 Award in 2005, was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honour Society in 2009, and was recognized internationally for his innovation efforts by the InnoCentive challenge in 2016. Serving on the board at Gillian’s Place offers Tim the opportunity to have hands-on involvement in a cause that is close to his heart.

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Judith Atwood
Director

Judith Atwood comes to Gillian’s Place from a background in the legal profession. She has spent nearly a decade as part of a preeminent Canadian law firm working from Ottawa, Vancouver, and Toronto, initially practising as a business law lawyer and then transitioning to the management team, focusing on professional development and talent management for lawyers and law students. Judith and her family recently relocated to the Niagara region. She is currently pursuing a designation in executive coaching and is committed to becoming an active member in the community. Judith is passionate about leadership and empowering women.

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Darryl Andree
Director

Darryl Andree is the Business Development Manager at Brand Blvd, a Niagara based promotional product and corporate apparel distributor. At a company deeply rooted in its commitment to the community, Darryl lives and breathes the core values daily and truly loves his working environment. Having been a part of many boards and committees, such as the City of St. Catharines Summer Company Program and the Lincoln County Humane Society, he brings a wealth of knowledge to Gillian’s Place. He has also participated in "Walk a Mile in HER Shoes" for several years. Darryl’s enthusiasm is magnetic and he loves to share a laugh with those around him. In his spare time, he loves to enjoy local wines and events, and is also quite the singer!

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Tanja Loeb
Executive Director

Tanja joins Gillian’s Place as an established not-for-profit and charitable sector leader. She has a twenty plus year track record with; operational development and management; program creation and implementation and stakeholder relations. Prior to this appointment, Tanja was Director of Operations and Programs with Lymphoma Canada for the last four years.

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