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.

Susan VanDeVelde-Coke RN MBA PhD


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.


Carmela Campanella-Borraccia


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. 



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.

Suzanne Marchand



Robert Royer joins Kerry’s Place Autism Services as an experienced systems lead, with demonstrable skills in both local and regional planning and strategic implementation. He has provided strategic leadership and oversight as Health System Planning and Sub-Region Lead at the Central Local Health Integration Network, and has an extensive research portfolio with 35 peer-reviewed journal co-authorships in cancer research during his time at Women’s College Hospital. Prior to joining Kerry’s Place, Robert was Director of Strategy, Quality Improvement and Corporate Services at Addiction Services for York Region, one of Ontario’s largest community addictions providers.

Robert has always sought opportunities to work for and champion those that are most vulnerable. He has supported the underserved and those with limited health care access through various research projects, as well as children affected with severe trauma and their families through a process improvement initiative at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. He also provided system leadership in partnership with the Ministry of Health to plan, fund, and better integrate the mental health and addictions sector, and currently sits on the Board of Directors at Durham Children’s Aid Society as Board President.

Robert holds a Master of Health Science degree from the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Health Administration degree with honors from Ryerson University, and an advanced diploma in Biotechnology Research from Seneca College. In addition, he is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, and was a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) for over seven years.

Robert Royer


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 (right), at the 2018 Appreciation Day – Toronto.