DR. SUE VANDEVELDE-COKE
PRESIDENT AND CEO

Dr. Sue VanDeVelde-Coke, RN, MBA, PhD is the President and CEO of Kerry’s Place Autism Services.  She has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Professions/Nursing Executive at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Vice President at VON National Canada, Senior Vice President at Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, and Executive Director of CARE, Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses.

Dr. Coke has served on numerous federal, provincial and local task forces and committees namely, the Canadian Nurses Association, the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses, and the VON National Board of Directors.  She is currently a Director on the Habitat for Humanity GTA and the Canadian Nurses Foundation Board of Directors. 

Dr. Coke earned an MA from the University of Washington, MBA from McGill University and her PhD from McMaster University. She also serves as lecturer at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, and has held similar positions at the University of Manitoba, Ottawa University, and Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Coke is a Certified Health Executive.

Sue Coke (left), accepting a donation from LaCapitale. (Summer 2017)


DEBORAH COMPTON
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Deborah is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Project Management Professional with over 25 years of Senior Financial Management experience in the not-for-profit sector. She has extensive experience in organizational leadership, strategic planning, project management, multi-year budgeting and building relationships with funders.

Deborah’s sector experience ranges from Hospitals to Community Health to Education and Training. In each of these sectors, she was responsible for creating new revenue streams, implementing new technologies and is a driver of continuous quality improvement and change management to ensure the financial viability of the organization.

Deborah Compton (top, fifth from left), with her Team. (Winter 2017)


MYRA SUGAR
CHIEF OF CLINICAL SUPPORTS AND SERVICES

Myra has provided over 30 years of service to Kerry’s Place, 20 years of which have been devoted to enhancing the services offered by the Clinical Department.

Myra is a registered social worker with a background in clinical psychology, counseling, conflict resolution and family mediation.

Myra Sugar (bottom, centre), receiving a 30 year Service Recognition Award. (Winter 2017)


HEMA TUITT
CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER

Hema brings seventeen years of experience in Human Resources in both the private and public sector. Complimented by a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management,  a Certificate in Human Resources Management and a member of the HRPAO. Through her experience she has held positions as Manager of Policies and Procedure, North American Benefits Specialist, Regional Human Resources Manager and HR Director. Her hands on approach in Human Resources support making and maintaining operational efficiencies as well as identifying exposures and mitigation strategies for identified liabilities.

She has been with the organization for 9 years. Hema is currently responsible for overseeing the Human Resources, department at Kerry’s Place.

Hema Tuitt (centre), presenting Service Recognition Award. (Winter 2017)


LISA BINNS
REGIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – EAST REGION

Lisa has over 25 years in Autism Services.  Over the years she has worked as Senior Therapist, Autism Consultant, Program Manager and Director of Service and Supports.  Her educational background includes Public Sector Leadership Rotman Executive Program University of Toronto, Leadership and Union Negotiations Queens Executive Management and Honours’ Bachelor of Arts, Humanities York University.

Lisa has served on Accessibility Working Committee, Developmental Services Focus Group Hastings and Prince Edward County, Developmental System Network Durham and Peterborough, Child and Youth Services Network Belleville and Prince Edward County, Governance Children Services Durham and as the Chair of Autism Partnership Durham and Northumberland.

Lisa Binns (right), presenting Service Recognition Award. (Winter 2017)


JACQUIE FERGUSON
REGIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, RESIDENTIAL SERVICES AND SUPPORTS – CENTRAL REGION

Jacquie has over 25 years experience in Autism Services. Her work experiences include Adult Protective Service Work, Autism Consultant, Program Manager and Director of Service and Supports.

She started with Kerry’s Place Autism Services as an Autism Support Assistant and is currently the Regional Executive Director for Residential Services in the Central Region.

Jacquie Ferguson (centre) with the Central Region Newsletter Committee. (Spring 2018)


TRACY MANSELL
REGIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COMMUNITY SERVICES – CENTRAL REGION

Tracy began her career at Kerry’s Place in 1992, as a volunteer to the Residential Program, as well as the Day Treatment Classroom that were at the Maple, ON site. Soon after, Tracy began working as a paid employee, working as a part-time Assistant, in both Residential and Day Treatment Services.

Since this time, she has performed numerous roles including: Respite Coordinator, Autism Consultant, Facilitator for Person Centred Plan’s, Manager of Community Services, Director of Community Services, Executive Director of Community and Residential Services in Central Region, and is currently the Executive Director of Community Services in Central Region.

Tracy Mansell (left), presenting Service Recognition Award. (Winter 2017)


KELLY WEST
REGIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – TORONTO REGION

Kelly holds a B.Soc.Sc. with a concentration in Criminology from the University of Ottawa, Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work from York University and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA.  She started with Kerry’s Place Autism Services in 2005 as an Autism Support Assistant and is currently the Regional Executive Director in the Toronto Region.

Previous work experience includes Children’s Aid Society of Peel, Elizabeth Fry Society and the Special Olympics.  Kelly is a member of the Board of Directors with Breakaway Addiction Services.

Kelly West (left), during a Toronto Region education session. (Autumn 2017)