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Board of Directors

Hands is governed by a Board of Directors. Our board is made up entirely of volunteers.

2022-2023 Board of Directors

Tonia Blenkarn
(Parry Sound) – President

Susan Hegge
(East Nipissing) – Vice President

Dawn Lagesten
(East Parry Sound) – Signing Officer

Christiné Misch – Secretary
(Nipissing)

Mofopefoluwa Akomolafe
(Muskoka)

George Ashford
(West Parry Sound)

Roslyn Bowness
(Nipissing)

Jeannette Miron
(Nipissing)

Jennifer Moore 
(Nipissing)

Chantal Phillips
(Nipissing)

Luc Villeneuve
(East Parry Sound)

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Meeting Schedule 2022-2023

Hands’ Board of Directors meets approximately 10 times per year. In addition, the President of the Board of Directors may call special meetings as required. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held every June.

The Board of Directors meets on the 4th Monday of the month at 5:00 pm (see the full schedule below). Meetings will be a combination of virtual and in-person sessions.

Members of the general public are welcome to attend the open session of all board meetings.

To request attendance at a Board meeting, please contact Paulette Jessup, Executive Assistant to the CEO and Board of Directors, at [email protected].

  • August 2022 – Board Member Orientation
  • September 26, 2022
  • October 24, 2022
  • November 28, 2022
  • January 23, 2023
  • February 27, 2023
  • March 27, 2023
  • April 24, 2023
  • May 29, 2023
  • June 2023 – AGM – To Be determined

Strategy and Performance Team

The Strategy and Performance Team makes decisions about organizational matters and operational planning.

Chief Executive Officer
Andrea Roberts

Director of Child and Youth Mental Health Services
Trish Benoit

Director of Autism, Behavioural and Psychology Services
Dr. Karen Grattan-Miscio

Director of Adult Services
Lexi Deece-Cassidy

Director of Corporate Services
Paul Laperrière

Senior Manager of Human Resources and Communications
Beverly Martin