Jan Stewart, Board Chair
Elected to the Kerry’s Place Board of Directors in February 2018 and appointed Chair of the Board in 2022, Jan is a highly regarded mental health governance expert and advocate. Highlights include serving on the Board of Trustees at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health for nine years, as both Vice Chair and Chair of the Governance Committee, and the Advisory Board of LIGHTS, a partnership with Community Living Toronto that enables new housing opportunities for the intellectually disabled. She also sat on the Advisory Council of ACCESS Open Minds, the Parent Advisory Council at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Neuropsychopharmacology and was a former Board member of the Ontario OCD Network.
Professionally, Jan spent 25 years with the leading global executive search firm Egon Zehnder, where she was Managing Partner of the Toronto Office for many years. In 2016, she joined the Ted Rogers School of Management as Graduate Career Coach for the graduate management programs for five years. Her early career was spent with JP Morgan in New York and Toronto, as well as in the not-for-profit sector. Her education includes a BSc with Distinction from Northwestern University, an MA in Deafness Rehabilitation from New York University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Jan is the parent of an autistic son and the author of the upcoming memoir Hold on Tight: A Parent’s Journey Raising Children with Mental Illness, to be published by Barlow Books next March. janstewartauthor.com
Enza Dininio, Vice Chair and Treasurer
Elected to Kerry’s Board of Directors in 2019, and appointed Vice Chair of the Board in 2022, Enza has over 20 years of experience in Finance with both public and private sector organizations. Enza is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. In addition to having primary responsibility for managing the hospitals finances and developing financial strategies supporting the achievement of the Hospitals strategic plan, Enza has oversight for Aquatic Services, Centralized Equipment Pool, Procurement and Supply Chain. In her current role, Enza has championed the financial health of the hospital, lead numerous transformational initiatives in Finance, and co-lead accreditation readiness activities supporting leadership. Prior to moving to the health care sector, Enza held finance leadership roles in the financial services sector. Enza holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts specializing in Economics and Business from York University. Enza is a chartered professional accountant (CPA), chartered accountant (CA). Enza hopes to leverage her experience, network and financial expertise to meaningfully impact the lives of persons with ASD and their families.
Garry Chan, Director
Elected to Kerry’s Place Board of Directors in 2017, Garry brings with him a personal connection to ASD and professional skills in IT, Finance and not-for-profit governance.
Garry is a technology entrepreneur with a passion for building early stage businesses. For over 15 years, Garry was a founding Managing Partners at Procase Consulting Inc., building the IT professional services company from 3 employees to over 80 in Canada, United States and China.
Elected to Kerry’s Board of Directors in 2020, Phil brings to the Board extensive experience in commercial real estate, fundraising, and large scale business development.
During Phil Dowd’s career, he was a senior executive within the business publishing market, as well as the commercial real estate brokerage business.
Phil is currently retired and along with his wife Diane splits his time caring for his grandkids, playing duplicate bridge, and fitness training.
Shruti Goenka, Director
Elected to Kerry’s Board of Directors in 2022, Shruti is the Director of Finance at the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation & Work (CCRW). Previously she worked at Globalfaces Direct, an organization focused on fundraising for charities across North America. Shruti also held a wide variety of roles primarily in the financial services sector at Bank of New York Mellon and Metro Bank. She founded and successfully manages a fine jewellery business with a global clientele. During the course of her career, Shruti has lived and worked in various parts of the world including India, Indonesia, UK, US and now calls Canada home. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from the State of Texas, USA, a Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA) from IIA – USA, and also has a Masters degree in Management from the University of Mumbai, India.
Shruti is passionate about making a difference through job creation and enhancing employment opportunities for neurodivergent people. This has been the driving force for her to transition into the not-for-profit world. ”
Vicky McGrath, Director
Elected to the Kerry’s Place Board of Directors in August 2021, Vicky is the owner of Here to Help Home Care Services, serving elderly clients and their families across York Region.
Vicky’s career includes twenty years in policy and program development in the government sector before making the jump to business ownership in 2016. She volunteers extensively and has been Chair of the Advocacy Committee and a Director for the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, membership committee for the Stouffville Chamber of Commerce, at Markham Stouffville Hospital and Southlake Hospital. She has volunteered on the Kerry’s Place Adult Advisory Committee and has been an Ambassador for Autism Canada.
Vicky has an undergraduate degree from Trent University and a master’s degree from Cambridge University. She is also a runner and triathlete, having completed several marathons, half marathons and triathlons including several half Ironman distance and full Ironman distance triathlons.
Brian Ritchie, Director
Elected to the Kerry’s Place Board of Directors in August 2021, Brian is the Founder and CEO of an Indigenous Artificial Intelligence company, Kama.AI, the developer of a patented Designed Emotional Intelligence™ AI platform that supports automated, personalized conversational interaction.
Prior to his own company, Brian held VP and Director level business development positions with Ericsson, Oracle and ZTE, focusing on delivering telecom and IT solutions to Canada’s tier 1 and 2 communications and internet service operators.
Brian is a member of the Chapleau Cree First Nation and he is active in his community as a Director of several economic development corporations and a community trust for future generations. He possesses a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA but says that his most valuable education came from hunting, trapping and guiding with his Cree father in the family hunting and fishing business.
Brian is also on the Advisory Council for the Ted Rogers School of Management MBA Program at Ryerson and Lakehead University’s Ingenuity entrepreneurial incubator.
Elected to Kerry’s Place Board of Directors in 2017, James is a Director & Portfolio Manager at Westcourt Capital Corporation. His previous role was Vice-President, Client Wealth Management at Gluskin Sheff + Associates, and prior thereto he was a Partner at Picton Mahoney Asset Management.
James holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and is a CFA charterholder. James and his family have had a personal connection to ASD and Kerry’s Place for over 35 years.
Karen Sullivan, Director
Elected to Kerry’s Board of Directors in 2019. With over 34 years of experience in seniors housing, Karen was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Chartwell Retirement Residences on March 15, 2020. Karen is responsible for operations and sales for Chartwell’s 191 retirement and long term care homes across Canada. Karen originally joined Chartwell in 2008 as the Executive Vice President, People, with oversight for the human resources and labour relations teams. Prior to joining Chartwell, Karen held progressive positions over a 21 year career at the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) including six years as their Executive Director. Karen is also a former VP Government Relations on the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) Board of Directors and is a founding member of the Canadian Alliance for Long Term Care (CALTC). Karen is proud to be part of Kerry’s Place Board of Directors and making a difference in the lives of people with ASD.
Maria Tassou, Director
Elected to the Board of Directors in 2022, Maria is Senior Counsel at Pallett Valo LLP. Her practice focuses on employment law, workplace investigations, management training, and privacy law. For five years she was the Chair of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, where she adjudicated claims involving criminal harassment, sexual assault, physical violence, threats, internet crimes, and human trafficking. She was also a Vice-Chair of several other tribunals in Ontario, including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Landlord Tenant Board and the Social Benefits Tribunal.
Maria has also engaged in meaningful outreach and public consultations strengthening stakeholder relations among government agencies, police services, advocacy organizations and the Ombudsman’s office.
Mike Williams, Director
Elected to the Board of Directors in 2022, Mike is currently part-time Special Advisor to the President of Environics Analytics, a market insights and information company. For 12 years, Mike served as General Manager of the Economic Development and Culture Division at the City of Toronto where he worked with many local, provincial and federal government departments to further the livability of Toronto and region.
Mike has also served on many Boards, some as part of his job with the City of Toronto and some as a volunteer.
Born and raised in Toronto, Mike was educated at Queen’s University in Kingston (a BA and an MA in Urban Geography).
Carobeth Zorzos, Director
Carobeth is Director of Launch Behavioural Health, a multidisciplinary clinic providing evidence based services to children and youth with neurodevelopmental disorders. She is also Quality Assurance Officer at Dalton Associates, one of the largest mental health and wellness practices in Ontario. Carobeth is a Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with Autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders since 2001 in a wide variety of settings, including home and centre based applied behaviour analysis (ABA) programs, schools, residential treatment programs, long term care facilities, inpatient mental health settings, children’s aid societies, and rural and remote Indigenous communities. Carobeth has served on the board of directors for the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (2004-2010; 2011-2013), Autism Ontario (2014-2017), and was a member of the Ontario Autism Program Advisory Committee (2016-2018) and Ontario Autism Program Implementation Committee (2019 to 2020).
Robert Hart, Chair Emeritus
Elected to Kerry’s Place Board of Directors as General Director in November 2002 then elected Board Chair in October 2008. Founding member of Kerry’s Place Autism Services and Kerry’s Place Residential Services as well as Autism Ontario and Autism Canada. Former board member of Third Canadian General Investment Trust Ltd (a public corporation) from 2004 to 2011 and acting as Chair of the Governance Committee. Served as a board member of Spencer House (not for profit nursing home), recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and retired lawyer admitted as a Barrister and solicitor in Ontario in 1964 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1982. Robert’s son has autism.