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.
VICE PRESIDENT OF CLINICAL SUPPORTS AND SERVICES
Carmela has been in the field of developmental services, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder, for 15 years. She has been responsible for overseeing various ABA programs for children and adults, as well as transition programs to employment. She has consulted to group homes, worked with parents and teachers using a mediator model of teaching for children, youth and adults with complex needs and has developed trainings and presentations for a variety of partnerships and conferences.
She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology from York University, a Masters degree in Psychology (specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis) from the University of Nevada, and became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) in 2007. She also has a background as a Certified Pharmaceutical Technician.
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.
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.
VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES
Suzanne has had a 20+ year career with a variety of progressive HR leadership roles across the private and not-for-profit sectors in organizations such as the Town of Midland and TELUS, Look Communications, and IBM Canada.
Pervious to Kerry’s Place, Suzanne held the position of Executive Director at The Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre.
In all these roles she has had extensive experience with recruitment, labour relations and negotiations, health and safety, benefits management and general human resources management. Suzanne is passionate about continuous improvement and supporting her team to achieve success.
REGIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EAST REGION
Stafford holds a diploma in Behaviour Science, a degree in Psychology and a Master’s Certificate in Healthcare Management.
Stafford’s professional career began providing frontline service delivery to federally incarcerated offenders but also includes periodic sojourns into the fields of acquired brain injury, domestic violence, homelessness, adult mental health and addictions.
Since 2001, Stafford has held several Executive and Program Director positions in the addictions/mental health, community health and victim services sectors. During that time he has honed his knowledge and skills in all aspects of non-profit management including quality improvement, Board governance, accreditation, privacy, stakeholder engagement and risk management.
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.