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Our Board of Directors

 

2018 - 2019 Board of Directors

Jennifer Wallace

Jennifer Wallace
President/Fund Development Chair

An independent financial planner since 2006, Jennifer Wallace works with individuals, small business owners, and their families to develop and implement a plan for their long-term and sustainable financial independence. In 2012 she introduced business consulting services to the micro and small business community throughout Niagara, helping businesses grow from a well-managed foundation. As founder and organizer of the Growing Women Entrepreneurs (GWEn) Conference, Jennifer is able to further support the success of entrepreneurs by presenting professional development through events. When not working with her clients, she is passionate about her community, dedicating her time to the Gillian’s Place Board of Directors, as well as volunteering in the arts & culture sector of Niagara as Chairperson of the City of St. Catharines' Arts & Culture Advisory Committee. In 2014 Jennifer received a Forty under 40 award.

 

Robert Mcgray

 Robert McGray

Director

Robert McGray, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University. His research focuses on Adult Education and Community Development. Robert is an avid runner, woodworker, and equine enthusiast. He is also an Assistant Editor of the Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education. Robert has served on Gillian’s Place Board of Directors for two years, sitting on both the governance and strategic planning sub-committees.

Janet Allen

Janet Allan
Director

Janet Allan is a Partner with KPMG LLP. She holds a professional designation as a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant, with over thirty-five years’ experience working in public accounting with not-for-profit organizations, government agencies and owner-managed businesses. Janet is also the National Leader for KPMG related to not-for-profit accounting which includes an annual update related to accounting standards for these organizations and presentations on behalf of Imagine Canada on the ten to-dos for Audit Committees of NPOs. Janet is currently the Treasurer of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines Lakeshore in addition to her work at Gillian’s Place. Past community involvement includes representation on the Boards of the United Way of St. Catharines and District, Niagara Health System, Niagara Peninsula Rehabilitation Centre, YWCA of St. Catharines, and the Canadian Federation of University Women: St. Catharines.

 

Samah

Samah Marei
Director

Samah Marei comes to Gillian’s Place from a background in education. She earned her degree in History from UCLA and is currently completing post-grad work at Oxford. She has taught locally at the elementary level as well as at Niagara College and is a teacher of Arabic at the Qasid Institute. In addition to teaching history and sociology, Samah has spent the last 15 years presenting workshops on Diversity and Inclusion in both the workforce and the community. Samah’s work on Multiculturalism and Religious Pluralism has become part of a college textbook on diversity. Samah began volunteering with Gillian’s Place in 2016 and hopes to bring awareness of the shelter and its various programs and services to the broader Niagara Region.

Darryl Andree
Director

Darryl Andree is the Business Development Manager at Brand Blvd, a Niagara based promotional product and corporate apparel distributor. At a company deeply rooted in its commitment to the community, Darryl lives and breathes the core values daily and truly loves his working environment. Having been a part of many boards and committees, such as the City of St. Catharines Summer Company Program and the Lincoln County Humane Society, he brings a wealth of knowledge to Gillian’s Place. He has also participated in "Walk a Mile in HER Shoes" for several years. Darryl’s enthusiasm is magnetic and he loves to share a laugh with those around him. In his spare time, he loves to enjoy local wines and events, and is also quite the singer!

  Judith Atwood, Brown hair, brown eyes.

Judith Atwood
Director

Judith Atwood comes to Gillian’s Place from a background in the legal profession. She spent ten years with a preeminent Canadian law firm; first as a practising business lawyer, and then in law firm management, where she focused on managing and developing legal talent. Judith is also an Executive Coach and runs her own coaching and consulting business. Judith brings her expertise and skills, and passion for leadership and women’s empowerment principles to her work at Gillian’s Place.

Tim Epringham

Tim Empringham
Director

Tim Empringham holds an MBA from Brock University with focus on Marketing, Operations Management, and Entrepreneurship. He is currently employed as the Chief Information and Innovation Officer for The Central Group in Mississauga and provides Innovation and Leadership Consulting through his own Niagara-based company, Succeed Sooner Consulting. Tim has lived in the Niagara Region for most of his life, growing up in Niagara-on-the-Lake and later moving to St. Catharines. He is currently an active member of the Port Dalhousie community. Tim has received a Forty Under 40 Award in 2005, was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honour Society in 2009, and was recognized internationally for his innovation efforts by the InnoCentive challenge in 2016. Serving on the board at Gillian’s Place offers Tim the opportunity to have hands-on involvement in a cause that is close to his heart.

 

Rachel Williams
Director

An accomplished Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), Rachel has spent the past decade
working in both the private and public sector supporting business owners and leaders in the
alignment of an organization’s strategy with its best asset: its people. Now working towards her
Master of Business Administration (MBA), Rachel’s business acumen and ability to connect with and support leaders make her a valued partner in both diagnosing and creatively resolving an organization’s human resource needs. Rachel has developed expertise in human resource strategy, recruitment and selection, organizational development, compensation and performance
management by working with organizations spanning various industries including: manufacturing, education, healthcare, engineering and government.  Rachel loves engaging in community work, staying active and spending quality time with her high school sweetheart, Drew, and their two kiddos.

Mary Shaw

Director

Bio coming soon.

 

Carolyn Mullins

Director

Bio coming soon.

 

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Tanja Loeb

Executive Director

Tanja joins Gillian’s Place as an established not-for-profit and charitable sector leader. She has a twenty plus year track record with; operational development and management; program creation and implementation and stakeholder relations. Prior to this appointment, Tanja was Director of Operations and Programs with Lymphoma Canada for the last four years.

   

 

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