Board of Directors
Dave is a trusting advisor and strong advocate for mental health. In his role as Board Chair, he takes pride in developing strong relationships with stakeholders of CMHA Durham. He ensures that processes are in place to monitor and measure performance and effectiveness outcomes of the organization. Dave is currently a senior manager of sales and operations at one of Canada’s leading financial institutions, having previously worked for some of the world’s biggest and most recognizable brand companies who brought Dave in as an empathetic and effective fixer where he helped people advance in their careers. Dave holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from York University. Dave enjoys travelling, golf, hockey, baseball, running and coaching sports.
Jim retired from a challenging career in management in the metals manufacturing and distribution sector. At one point in his career, his title was ‘Manager of Customer Satisfaction’. He was also one of very few in North America to successfully manage the implementation of operation scheduling software. The software, written in FORTRAN, recognized that a very few operations limited what all the others would have available to process. He holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and coauthored a section of their handbook. Jim has served as a member of the boards of directors of professional organizations at all levels (including International Vice President). For a short while, he sat on an advisory committee at Sir Sanford Fleming College and he served as a Director on the Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario Board for nine years. He spent his working life in the Thornhill/Richmond Hill area and his time off at his cottage on Lake Scugog, which he now calls home. Jim has a personal interest in mental health, having close family members diagnosed with manic depression, schizophrenia, and developmental handicaps. He intends to help the community in any way he can.
Preya is currently Senior Director with OMA Insurance, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ontario Medical Association. The Ontario Medical Association represents 40,000+ physicians, medical students and residents in Ontario, advocating on their behalf to advance health and patient care in the province. In her current position she leads a large team of high performing professionals who support OMA members on their need for insurance and retirement solutions. Preya works closely with key internal and external partners, committees and the OMA Insurance board to advance the risk management program and advocacy work of the Ontario Medical Association. Previous to joining the Ontario Medical Association, Preya gained extensive experience in Financial Services working for a global insurance company, mutual fund distributor, global banks and national wealth management firms where she led the creation, launch and managed several large scale wealth management platforms and programs. Preya is passionate about people, mental health, diversity and inclusion and that passion deepened during her 4 year term on the Town of Ajax’s Diversity and Community engagement committee where she volunteered as a member and Vice Chair. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology from York University, and is a licensed Life Insurance Agent in Ontario. On a personal note, Preya lives in her hometown of Ajax with her husband and two sons. She enjoys travelling, practicing yoga and mindfulness.
Melissa has a diverse background working in the non-profit sector for over 25 years. She is currently a Manager for children’s services in the Durham Region. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa with a Major in English and Sociology as well as an Honours Diploma from Algonquin College in Early Childhood Education. She is a life long learner and enjoys keeping up to date on current research and participating in professional development in a variety of areas including mental health, diversity, special needs, addiction, management and leadership. She has previous experience on a non profit board where she held the positions of secretary and treasurer. Through both personal and work experience, Melissa understands the important role organizations like CMHA have in providing services for the community as well as for individuals with mental health challenges. Family is a central part of Melissa’s life. She has resided in the Durham region for many years with her partner Mark and her two children. She feels fortunate to have her parents living in the region as well.
Earlene seeks to leverage her knowledge and skills in ways that make a meaningful difference for others. To that end, she has been applying her CPG-honed strategy and marketing expertise within healthcare for the past twelve years of her career. She also endeavors’ to give back to the community and has taken on a variety of volunteer roles over two decades, spanning her interests in the environment, the arts, social services, and healthcare. Earlene holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University. Earlene is a Partner within the Advisory Services arm of Ipsos Healthcare. Specializing in brand-building, she works with healthcare clients to build molecules into the powerful brands they will become. Within each project, Earlene deeply understands the underlying drivers of behaviour, uncovers the insights that matter, and unfailingly pulls through to actionable strategy. Earlene greatly values her trusted advisor role with clients, being called upon to help them tackle their toughest strategic challenges – while ultimately improving the lived experience of patients, their loved ones, and the healthcare providers who treat them.
Elizabeth is currently a Human Resources (HR) Executive for a leading global insurance organization. Over the course of her career, she has led teams in both the private and public sectors, working in Canada and the United States. She has led complex transformational change projects in corporate and manufacturing environments and has worked in a variety of HR disciplines. To compliment Elizabeth’s experience, she served as a professor within Algonquin College’s School of Business. Elizabeth has a keen interest in health and wellness and understands the value that focused strategies can bring to individuals, organizations, and the broader community. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Honors) in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa, has obtained her Canadian Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation and carries a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Windsor. When she’s not at work she enjoys Crossfit, running, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
In his role as the Director of Sustainability and Training with Toronto Hydro, Duncan is responsible for developing and managing short and long-term sustainability, training, and workforce skills development strategies. He is also responsible to direct and manage the organization’s sustainability and training systems, processes and programs, along with driving change in the pursuit of compliance, and continual improvement of environment, social and governance (ESG). Prior to Toronto Hydro, Duncan held professional and leadership roles in both health and safety and operations at General Motors in Canada, United States, and Australia. Duncan holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University, a Master of Science in Biomechanics from the University of Guelph, and a Masters in Business Administration from Wayne State University. He is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and an Environmental Professional (EP). Duncan has lived in Brooklin for the last 15 years, with his wife of over 20 years and two sons.
Jason is a Senior Strategy & Innovation leader at a large North American financial institution. With a cross border mandate, Jason has built a brand rooted in strategic thought leadership and has a track record of driving multi-dimensional transformation focused on growth and the customer experience. Jason is passionate about coaching and developing future leaders, and is a staunch advocate for mental health in both his professional and personal life. Jason holds both an MBA and Certificate in Responsible Leadership from Queen’s University, a Bachelor’s of Commerce from Ontario Tech University and is a Certified Change Management Practitioner. Growing up in Oshawa, Jason now lives in Clarington with his wife and daughter. In his spare time, Jason enjoys spending time outdoors and is an avid fisherman.
Over the past 15 years Katie has dedicated her career to supporting organizations build strong cultures that create inclusive and successful business outcomes. After completing her Honours BA at McMaster University and a post-graduate certificate in Human Resources from Durham College, she spent 10 years in organizational and career management consulting delivering services across North America before taking on a leadership role within the energy sector focusing on learning and development to support the growing demands of that industry. A certified Change Management Practitioner and Human Resources Leader (CHRL), she also has experience from a non-profit board within the financial sector and brings a governance/policy strength that has resulted in increased performance of the teams and projects she’s worked on. Growing up in Durham Region, and currently residing in Courtice with her family, she has a deep appreciation for community services such as the ones provided by CMHA Durham.
Nicole Seymour is currently the Chief Regulatory and Compliance Officer for a global property and casualty insurance organization. She has over 20 years of regulatory compliance experience in the insurance and financial industries. She has held Chief Compliance Roles at insurers, Mutual Fund Dealers and Life Insurance MGAs. Throughout her career, Nicole has implemented successful compliance and regulatory risk management programs at several institutions. Nicole holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo and has recently completed the Cambridge Business Sustainability Management Certificate and the Certificate in Regulatory Compliance and Legal Risk Management for Financial Institutions, from Osgoode Hall. Nicole lives in Whitby with her husband and four children. She enjoys traveling and being a hockey/soccer Mom.
Sarah is an accessibility advocate with a passion for cultivating inclusion, standing up to stigma, and breaking down barriers alongside people with visible and invisible disabilities. She is an Accredited Municipal Professional with more than 15 years of local government experience. Her portfolio includes specialties in public administration, accessibility compliance, diversity, equity & inclusion, as well as volunteer management. Sarah is an Honours graduate of the University of Toronto and obtained a certificate in Accessibility Practices from Toronto Metropolitan University. Her hobbies and interests include film, language studies (French and Spanish), baking, and spoiling Riley, her Shih-Tzu. With both a personal and professional connection to mental health, supporting family members, friends, and colleagues with mood disorders, Sarah is eager to contribute to the promotion and enhancement of positive mental health within the Region as a member of the CMHA Durham – Board of Directors.
Kerrie has over 20+ years experience working in community based mental health and addictions sector and has held various leadership roles throughout her career. In her current role as CMHA Durham’s Senior Director, Business Operations Kerrie’s responsibilities include; multiple reporting obligations to numerous levels of government, ensuring all services are integrated, planned, delivered, and evaluated in accordance with professional standards. Kerrie’s passion for quality improvement supported her role designation as Accreditation Co-lead from 2016- present. Kerrie’s post-secondary education includes Recreation and Leadership, University of Tech Professional Management, York University Harm Reduction, certification in LEAN Green Belt Six Sigma and is working towards becoming a certified Change Management Practitioner. Kerrie volunteers as a panel member with Ontario Caregiver Organization. Kerrie represents the lived experience aspects of this sector as a caregiver to a family member who lives with a serious mental health illness. Kerrie believes that connected and caring communities promote wellness and supports this belief by volunteering in her community as an active City Council Board Advisory member.
Sheryl was appointed Chief Executive Officer October 2021. She has led the organization through several key milestones. The transformation and modernization from Homes for Special Care to Community Homes for Opportunity, a supportive housing program for people with serious mental illness; the organizational realignment, enabling seamless succession of CMHA Durham leaders and employees; preparing for operational growth through strategic planning; and most recently, attaining accreditation with exemplary standing. In January 2019, through consultancy work, Sheryl supported the remodeling of the Community Wellness Services at CMHA Durham to a co-designed client-focused Recovery College Wellness Centre and spear-headed the commencement of a community of practice for individuals in Durham Region who identify as transgender. She has a proven track record in removing barriers between providers and building systems of quality care. At Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, she championed the expansion of the traditional catchment area for specialized mental health services resulting in enhanced access to care and a higher volume of patients being served. The former CEO and Principal Consultant for Bernard Consultancy, Sheryl worked dutifully with Chief Executive Officers and Chief Operating Officers with the responsibility of inspiring them to cultivate inventive strategic plans, conducting quality-driven operational reviews, and advancing the development and growth of their leadership teams. Sheryl is the Treasurer and Founding President for the Jamaican Canadian Association of Nurses, a registered charitable organization and the Vice Chair for the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region, Board of Directors. A life-long learner, Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Health Sciences and Certified Health Executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Past cross-appointments include Adjunct Faculty for the Nursing Degree Program at University of Toronto and Ontario Tech University.