Board of Directors

Each Board member must express and demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the organization and be fully committed to the vision and service of New Unionville Home Society (NUHS) corporations. Board members must be willing to give time and resources (skills, experience, finances) in providing leadership to NUHS.

In addition, the Board has a fiduciary responsibility to residents, clients, their families, donors and the community – and is ultimately responsible for attracting funding and resources to ensure the financial viability of the organization and its programs.

2018-2019 Board Members

Click on the Board member name for their bio.

New Unionville Home Society

Glenn Crosby - Chair

GLENN CROSBY is a Senior Vice President and broker for Lennard Commercial Realty. With over 50 years of successful sales experience, Glenn is a skilled communicator, powerful networker, and an influential leader in our community.

Glenn has built a large network in the York Region from many years of community involvement and dedication. He is a committed community leader who volunteers time to several regional non-profit boards. He is currently Chair of the New Unionville Home Society.

His past positions include Chairman of the Board for Markham Stouffville Hospital; Vice-Chairman on the Mayor’s Task Force Against the Markham Dumps; Chair of the York Region Hospital Planning Forum and Chair of the Markham Board of Trade.

Glenn is the recipient of numerous awards including the Markham Board of Trade Anthony Roman Award in 2008.  Other awards include Ontario Volunteer Service Award in 2017.

Cheryl Shindruk

Cheryl Shindruk is Executive Vice-President of Markham-based Geranium, a vertically integrated land development and home building company. 

She joined the Board of UHS in 2006 and has Chaired the Property and Development Committee.  She is currently Vice Chair of the UHS Board and serves on Building and Property Committee, where she has been actively involved with the UHS Campus redevelopment initiative.

She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, where she earned both her Bachelor of Human Ecology and her Master of City Planning degrees.  Prior to joining Geranium, she held increasingly senior positions, consulting in the fields of urban research, policy planning and land development.

In addition to her volunteer role with UHS, Ms. Shindruk is First Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Building Industry and Land Development Association, (BILD) and Co-Chair of the Simcoe Chapter of BILD, and is a Past Examiner for the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners.



Philip Gunn - Treasurer

""Philip Gunn involvement with Union Villa started 6 years ago and he has been involved in a number of committees and held board positions during that time. He is currently a member of the Wyndham Gardens Board and chairs the audit committee in addition to his position as a member of the board for Unionville home Society.

He has over 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate sector and currently holds the position of Vice President Asset Management with GWL Realty Advisors.  In this role he is responsible for a retail and industrial real estate portfolio with a value of $1.5 billion located in GTA.  Philip holds his Certified Public Accounting, (CPA) designation and is a licensed real estate broker.

He has been a resident of the City of Markham for 10 years. During that time he has been an active volunteer with numerous organization within the community and is currently a member of the committee of adjustments for the City of Markham.

John Carruthers

John Carruthers is a lawyer in Markham with Cattanach Hindson Sutton VanVeldhuizen LLP.  He has been an instructor at the Bar Admission Course and at Humber College.

He has been a Board Member since 2007 and a Board Chair since 2012. 

He enjoys being part of a team of volunteers who serve the Unionville Home Society and the senior citizens who are entrusted to its care. 

Paul Cousens

Paul Cousens was appointed to the New Unionville Home Society Board in 2017.

Paul grew up in the community and still lives in Unionville with his wife Lesley and his 2 children. His initial connection to Unionville Home Society started with the residency of his grandmother Mabel Cousens in 1994, and also through his parents, Don and Aline Cousens, who were long standing volunteers and supporters of Union Villa.  

After graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University’s Business Administration Program, Paul has enjoyed working for over 25 years in high technology sales management.    Paul brings a global perspective to the Board having lived and worked abroad in both Singapore and Munich.

Philip Enright

Philip was appointed to the UHS Board in 2016.

He is a practising lawyer of over 30 years with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. He received his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1982 and his L.L.B. from the University of Ottawa in 1985.

Philip Enright is a long-time Markham resident and is married with two grown children. In between his court litigation and management work with the prosecution office, Philip salvages his sanity by playing piano and cooking up various food delights; there is nothing like good music, good food and good wine to balance the challenges of life.

William Gage

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Dan Horchik

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Dan Horchik obtained an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1979.  After earning his law degree at the University of Windsor in 1982, Dan spent seven years practicing law with the Toronto firm Borden & Elliot (now Borden Ladner Gervais).  

From 1989 to 2000 Dan managed a privately held real estate company.  In 2000, Dan was first elected to Council in Markham and was re-elected in 2003 and 2006.

Dan has been the Chair of Markham District Energy Inc. and also the Town of Markham Budget Committee.  He has been a Director of PowerStream Holdings Inc. and also for the Markham Stouffville Hospital.  He is currently a Co-Chair of Collus Powerstream Corp.

Lyndsey McIntyre

Lyndsey McIntyre joined the Board of Directors at UHS in 2013, and also serves on the Audit Committee.  Her connection to UHS goes back over 30 years to when her grandmother was a resident at Union Villa.

Lyndsey holds an Honours degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. 

She is a partner in Grant Thornton’s Charity a Not-for-Profit practice group in Southern Ontario. She oversees the delivery of audit, tax and advisory services to clients in the not-for-profit sector.  Lyndsey has worked with charities and not-for-profit organizations for over 15 years.  

Stan Shapson

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Stan Shapson is the Founding Chair of UHS Research & Innovation Committee.

He is currently a Professor at York University in Education – Innovation. He was once Vice-President of Research & Innovation at York University, a Member of SSHRC Granting Council and served as its Interim President and Chair Dean of Education also at York University

His research and innovation has spanned the fields of technology- enhanced learning, bilingual and multicultural education, and the development of innovative programs and policies.

His publications have received National and International awards (eg., from AERA & CJE) , he has been awarded  numerous research grants and contracts, and has directed large-scale, externally funded, national and provincial studies. He works collaboratively with leaders from municipalities, community groups, education & health organizations, and business on economic and social innovation cluster initiatives.

Andy Taylor

""Andy Taylor is the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Markham reporting to the Mayor and Council.  He leads the Corporation with his Executive Leadership Team consisting of the Commissioners of Corporate Services, Development Services and Community & Fire Services.  Also reporting directly to him are the Director of Human Resources and the Town Solicitor.

Markham, known as the High-Tech capital of Canada, is a municipality of more than 330,000 residents centrally located in the Greater Toronto Area.  Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and is home to many of Canada’s leading life science and technology businesses. Recipient of a 2010 Canada Award for Excellence – Silver for outstanding achievements in quality, customer service, and a healthy workplace, Markham is renowned for its rich heritage, vibrant neighbourhoods and leadership on the environment and urban design.

Andy is an Excellence Canada champion, sits on the Board of Governors of Excellence Canada and also sits on the Board of Directors of the Markham Board of Trade and the New Unionville Home Society Board of Directors.  He is the President of Markham Enterprises Corporation and the Treasurer of Markham District Energy Inc.  Markham was the first large municipality in North America to use the Internet in a binding election in 2003 and continued its use for all subsequent elections.  Andy has been instrumental in introducing numerous e-government solutions to Markham including the launch of the Markham Portal Website in June 2011.

Andy holds a wealth of experience in both the public and private sector.  Prior to joining the Town in 1992, he worked 10 years in the private sector in senior positions.  Andy obtained his Chartered Accountant (C.A.) designation with Deloitte Chartered Accountants, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor.

Blair Tullis

Blair Tullis joined the UHS and Wyndham Board in 2010.

Blair was active in publishing for thirty-five years and in the wood products manufacturing industry in Canada for the past twenty-three years.  He founded Woodworking magazine in 1987 and also Wood Industry magazine in 2005.

Since the late 1980’s, he has worked with the Canadian Woodworking Machinery Distributors Association on many issues. He was on the board of the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association for many years.  Blair also sat on the program advisory committee of the Woodworking Centre of Ontario for 12 years and sat on the board of the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing at UBC.

In 1992, he joined with industry leaders to form the National Educational Initiative for the Furniture and Wood Products Industry in Canada to build a program of wood production engineering based on the German model at Rosenheim University in Bavaria.  That body established, in co-operation with the University of British Columbia, the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing to train the future leaders of Canadian wood products manufacturers.

The NEI has become the Wood Manufacturing Council, of which he is the Past Chair. Through his extensive efforts, he has become recognized as one of most trusted and respected individuals in the value-added wood products business in Canada.  In 2009, he was presented with the Wood Manufacturing Council’s Award of Distinction for his many ears of serving the industry. He also has a wife, Ginny, two children and one grandchild.

Gayle Whittamore - Vice Chair

Gayle Whittamore joined the Unionville Home Society Board of Directors in 2013.  She brings with her a long history of strong human resource strategic leadership and diverse experience across industries with companies that include IBM, The Hospital for Sick Children and Sun Life. 

Gayle holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto. Gayle is currently the Vice President of Human Resources at The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group. 

Her spare time is occupied by the enjoyment of the outdoors doing almost any activity (will try most things once) and striving to prove to her three grown children that she’s still ‘hip’. 

Julie Horne - Secretary

Julie Horne was appointed Acting CEO at New Unionville Home Society in June 2018.

Julie joined the organization in 2012 and serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Privacy Officer.

 

Christine Joe

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Julie Chapman

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Bio to follow

Wyndham Gardens Apartments of Unionville

Philip Gunn - Chair

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Philip Gunn has been a resident of the City of Markham for 10 years during that time has been an active volunteer with a number organizations within the community and is currently a member of the committee of adjustments for the City of Markham.  He has over 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate sector and currently holds the position of Vice President Asset Management with GWL Realty Advisors.  In this role he is responsible for a retail and industrial real estate portfolio with a value of $1.5 billion located in GTA.  Philip holds his Certified Public Accounting, (CPA) designation and is a licensed real estate broker.

His involvement with Union Villa started 6 years ago and he has been involved in a number of committees and held board positions during that time. He is currently a member of the Wyndham Gardens Board and chairs the audit committee in addition to his position as a member of the board for Unionville home Society.

Blair Tullis - Vice Chair

Blair Tullis joined the UHS and Wyndham Board in 2010.

Blair Tullis was active in publishing for thirty-five years and in the wood products manufacturing industry in Canada for the past twenty-three years.  He founded Woodworking magazine in 1987 and alsoWood Industry magazine in 2005.

Since the late 1980’s, he has worked with the Canadian Woodworking Machinery Distributors Association on many issues. He was on the board of the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association for many years.  Blair also sat on the program advisory committee of the Woodworking Centre of Ontario for 12 years and sat on the board of the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing at UBC.

In 1992, he joined with industry leaders to form the National Educational Initiative for the Furniture and Wood Products Industry in Canada to build a program of wood production engineering based on the German model at Rosenheim University in Bavaria.  That body established, in co-operation with the University of British Columbia, the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing to train the future leaders of Canadian wood products manufacturers.

The NEI has become the Wood Manufacturing Council, of which he is the Past Chair. Through his extensive efforts, he has become recognized as one of most trusted and respected individuals in the value-added wood products business in Canada.  In 2009, he was presented with the Wood Manufacturing Council’s Award of Distinction for his many ears of serving the industry. He also has a wife, Ginny, two children and one grandchild.

Dan Horchik - Treasurer

""Dan Horchik obtained an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1979.  After earning his law degree at the University of Windsor in 1982, Dan spent seven years practicing law with the Toronto firm Borden & Elliot (now Borden Ladner Gervais).  

From 1989 to 2000 Dan managed a privately held real estate company.  In 2000, Dan was first elected to Council in Markham and was re-elected in 2003 and 2006.

Dan has been the Chair of Markham District Energy Inc. and also the Town of Markham Budget Committee.  He has been a Director of PowerStream Holdings Inc. and also for the Markham Stouffville Hospital.  He is currently a Co-Chair of Collus Powerstream Corp.

Astley Dennis

Astley Dennis, B.Comm., CPA, CA. has been a Wyndham Gardens Apartments of Unionville Board member since September, 2015. He is also the Treasurer of Wyndham Gardens Residents’ Association.

He graduated from Sir George Williams University (Concordia) in 1971 with a Bachelor of Commerce. His Accounting/Auditing profession covers 46 years - from 1971 to 2017.

He retired from professional Accounting/Auditing practice in 1991, but since then, he has been actively involved in volunteer services, including being the Treasurer and Chair of the Governance Committee of Tropicana Community Services Organization from 1997 to 2006.  He was also a member of the Administration & Audit Committee of the United Way of Greater Toronto from 2007 to 2011. He currently is a member of the York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee since 2015.

His notable achievements include being a CPA Life Member, obtaining the Certificate of Appreciation for his many years of dedicated and committed voluntary services to Tropicana in June, 2006. He was selected to be a member of the York Region Appeal Panel for the Mobility Plus Hearings from 2015 to present.

Malcolm Lennox

Malcolm Lennox and his wife Bev moved into Wyndham Gardens in mid 2015 and quickly became involved in many activities including Wyndham Gardens Residents Association Board duties, including his current VP assignment  as well as, being nominated to serve as Director WGAU in 2017.

Malcolm graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a BA degree in marketing.

Upon his retirement from Bell Canada, he and Bev settled in Port Perry where he dedicated a great deal of time to community service with Rotary (Paul Harris recipient) and Church activity as a Board member and Elder. Their move to Unionville in 2015 was planned so that they would be closer to their two sons and grandchildren who reside in Markham and Toronto-midtown.

Within the last two years, he was involved in many activities which included the introduction of the popular “Walk and Roll” program and various Canada 150 festivities.

Julie Horne - Secretary

Julie Horne was appointed Acting CEO at New Unionville Home Society in June 2018.

Julie joined the organization in 2012 and serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Privacy Officer.

Unionville Home Society (Union Villa)

John Carruthers - Chair

John Carruthers is a lawyer in Markham with Cattanach Hindson Sutton VanVeldhuizen LLP. 

He has been an instructor at the Bar Admission Course and at Humber College. He has been a Board Member since 2007 and a Board Chair since 2012. 

He enjoys being part of a team of volunteers who serve the Unionville Home Society and the senior citizens who are entrusted to its care. 



Cheryl Shindruk

Cheryl Shindruk is Executive Vice-President of Markham-based Geranium, a vertically integrated land development and home building company.

She joined the Board of UHS in 2006 and has Chaired the Property and Development Committee.  She also currently serves on Building and Property Committee, where she has been actively involved with the UHS Campus redevelopment initiative.

She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, where she earned both her Bachelor of Human Ecology and her Master of City Planning degrees.  Prior to joining Geranium, she held increasingly senior positions, consulting in the fields of urban research, policy planning and land development.

In addition to her volunteer role with UHS, Ms. Shindruk is First Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Building Industry and Land Development Association, (BILD) and Co-Chair of the Simcoe Chapter of BILD, and is a Past Examiner for the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Lyndsey McIntyre - Vice Chair

Lyndsey joined the Board of Directors at UHS in 2013, and is currently Vice Chair and also serves on the Audit Committee.  Her connection to UHS goes back over 30 years to when her grandmother was a resident at Unionvilla.

Lyndsey holds an Honours degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

She is a partner in Grant Thornton’s Charity a Not-for-Profit practice group in Southern Ontario. She oversees the delivery of audit, tax and advisory services to clients in the not-for-profit sector.

Lyndsey has worked with charities and not-for-profit organizations for over 15 years.

Ted Madden - Treasurer

Ted Madden originally served on the UHS Board between1993 to 2001 and was recently appointed to the New Unionville Home Society and Unionville Home Society Foundation boards in 2012.

Graduate of York University in 1973 with a Honours Business Administration, Ted began his career with 13 years at IBM Canada, focusing on small and medium sized Canadian companies primarily in the IT industry.

Initially concentrating in sales management, Ted moved to general management and had the unique opportunity to lead several companies as President/CEO including Bull HN Information Systems, Pitney Bowes Canada, Interactive Media Corporation (now Lavalife) and Momentum.com.

In 2001, Ted launched his own company, TM and Associates, working and investing in start-up Canadian businesses. The most successful of these businesses was IntelliResponse, a Waterloo start-up that we eventually sold to a US based company.  Ted was elected chair of York Technology Association (now Techconnex) from 2005 through 2007. In 2012, Ted purchased and operated the first Nurse Next Door franchise in York Region, merging it with another franchise in 2015.

Ted is now “mostly” retired, enjoying other aspects of life with his wife Shirley.

Stan Shapson

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Stan Shapson  was appointed to the Board in 2012 and is the Founding Chair of UHS Research & Innovation Committee.

He is currently a Professor at York University in Education – Innovation. He was once Vice-President of Research & Innovation at York University, a Member of SSHRC Granting Council and served as its Interim President and Chair Dean of Education also at York University

His research and innovation has spanned the fields of technology- enhanced learning, bilingual and multicultural education, and the development of innovative programs and policies.

His publications have received National and International awards (eg., from AERA & CJE) , he has been awarded  numerous research grants and contracts, and has directed large-scale, externally funded, national and provincial studies. He works collaboratively with leaders from municipalities, community groups, education & health organizations, and business on economic and social innovation cluster initiatives.

Gayle Whittamore

Gayle Whittamore joined the Unionville Home Society Board of Directors in 2013.  She brings with her a long history of strong human resource strategic leadership and diverse experience across industries with companies that include IBM, The Hospital for Sick Children and Sun Life. 

Gayle holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto. Gayle is currently the Vice President of Human Resources at The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group. 

Her spare time is occupied by the enjoyment of the outdoors doing almost any activity (will try most things once) and striving to prove to her three grown children that she’s still ‘hip’. 

Julie Horne - Secretary

Julie Horne was appointed Acting CEO at New Unionville Home Society in June 2018.

Julie joined the organization in 2012 and serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Privacy Officer.

Unionville Home Society Foundation

Patrick O'Hanlon - Chair

Patrick O'Hanlon joined the Foundation Board in 2012 and was appointed  Foundation Chair in 2013.

Ted Madden

Ted Madden originally served on the UHS Board between 1993 to 2001 and was recently appointed to the New Unionville Home Society and Unionville Home Society Foundation boards in 2012.

Graduate of York University in 1973 with a Honours Business Administration, Ted began his career with 13 years at IBM Canada, focusing on small and medium sized Canadian companies primarily in the IT industry.

Initially concentrating in sales management, Ted moved to general management and had the unique opportunity to lead several companies as President/CEO including Bull HN Information Systems, Pitney Bowes Canada, Interactive Media Corporation (now Lavalife) and Momentum.com.

In 2001, Ted launched his own company, TM and Associates, working and investing in start-up Canadian businesses. The most successful of these businesses was IntelliResponse, a Waterloo start-up that we eventually sold to a US based company.  Ted was elected chair of York Technology Association (now Techconnex) from 2005 through 2007. In 2012, Ted purchased and operated the first Nurse Next Door franchise in York Region, merging it with another franchise in 2015.

Ted is now “mostly” retired, enjoying other aspects of life with his wife Shirley.

Debra Ambrose

Debra Ambrose has been with the Unionville Home Society Board since 2016 and is also a Member of the Markham Board of Trade.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo and a Business and Marketing Diploma from Seneca College.

Debra was previously with American Express Canada as Head of Financial Services and Product Development. In this capacity Debra led the strategic development of all affinity partnerships for the Insurance and Financial Services Division.   She was also responsible for the P&L of the overall Consumer Financial Services Division.

As Senior Vice President of Group and Affinity Partnerships for Aviva Canada her role is to manage the P&L for the Group Business. She is also responsible for the development and execution of strategic partnerships including leading partner engagement, value proposition build and program management. Prior to this role, Debra led the Marketing and Sales functions across Aviva’s Canadian business. 

Her experience includes securing and managing relationships and programs with a cross section of Retail Partners such as President Choice Financial, Costco, MLSE and Tesla.  She is a results oriented leader with a proven track record focused on strategic and financial success, specializing in business development, partnership deals, sales management and direct marketing.

 

 

Keith Chang


Bio to come

Jim Cochrane

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Jim Cochrane has been a Board member since 2012.

He received his Chartered Accountant degree (now CPA) in 1973. After practicing for four years he got into the automobile retail business.

In 2001 he moved his Dealership to the City of Markham at a fabulous location on Kennedy Rd. and hwy 407.

He and his family have been active community members since 1981. They support many charitable events and institutions. He has been on various Boards of some of these organizations. Jim is currently on the Board of his company and on boards of various auto retail support companies in the GTA.

Nicole Fletcher

Nicole Fletcher joined the UHS foundation board in 2017.

She moved to Markham in 1981 and graduated from Markham District High School in 1987. She studied psychology at Trent University and proceeded to work in the media business. The belief in treating customers as partners has been her philosophy for the 25+ years working in media.

She started her own media business in 2012 after working at Metroland Media for more than 20 years. Her company publishes various monthly newspapers, websites and produces custom publishing jobs.

Grateful for living in such an amazing community like Markham, she is happy to give back supporting various non-profit organizations, including Markham Stouffville Hospital and Flato Markham Theatre. Nicole is always trying her best to make a positive difference in the communities where her company publishes newspapers.

Audrey Jamieson - Vice Chair

Audrey Jamieson joined the UHS Foundation Board in June of 2017.  Her brother Rob van Velzen was an active board member for over 6 years before his passing in 2011.  Audrey is currently the Vice Chair.

Audrey has a Political Science BA from Western University. She is the founder and president of Marketing Kitchen Inc. a leading Canadian marketing production company that specializes in helping businesses acquire and retain clients or donors.

One of her great achievements is winning The Markham Board of Trade Entrepreneurship Award in 2017.

Julie Horne - Secretary

Julie Horne was appointed Acting CEO at New Unionville Home Society in June 2018.

Julie joined the organization in 2012 and serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Privacy Officer.

New Unionville Home Society

Glenn Crosby - Chair
Cheryl Shindruk - Vice Chair
Philip Gunn - Treasurer
John Carruthers
Gina Conte
Paul Cousens
Philip Enright
William Gage
Dan Horchik
Lyndsey McIntyre
Stan Shapson
Andy Taylor
Blair Tullis
Neil Walker
Gayle Whittamore
Tiziana Rivera - Ex officio

Unionville Home Society (Union Villa)

John Carruthers - Chair
Cheryl Shindruk - Vice Chair
Lyndsey McIntyre - Treasurer
Ted Madden
Stan Shapson
Neil Walker
Gayle Whittamore
Tiziana Rivera - Ex officio

Wyndham Gardens Apartments of Unionville

Philip Gunn - Chair
Blair Tullis - Vice Chair
Dan Horchik - Treasurer
Astley Dennis
Malcolm Lennox
Tiziana Rivera - Ex officio

Unionville Home Society Foundation

Patrick O'Hanlon - Chair
Ted Madden - Vice Chair
Amaar Naqi - Treasurer
Debra Ambrose
Keith Chang
Jim Cochrane
Nicole Fletcher
Audrey Jamieson
Tiziana Rivera - Ex officio