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Board of Directors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT

Ali Coppola

PAST PRESIDENT

Sue Kocela

VICE PRESIDENT

Vacant

PRESIDENT ELECT

Leigh Vachon

TREASURER

Vacant

DIRECTORS

Naomi Levitz
Shauna Carter
Cheryl Porter
Allison Prieur
Remy Sirls-Boulbol
Christina Stramacchia
 

SECRETARY/EX OFFICIO

Lynn Calder

 

BOARD COMMITTTEES

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Ali Coppola - President
Vacant - Vice President
Sue Kocela - Past President
Treasurer - Vacant
Leigh Vachon - President Elect

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Cheryl Porter
Ali Coppola
Ryan Jershy
Sue Kocela
Leigh Vachon

FRENCH LANGUAGE SERVICE
Lynn Calder
Naomi Levitz
Marylène Lépine
 
 
SOCIAL RECREATION COMMITTEE

Ali Coppola - Chairperson
Joanne Zebluk
Kevin McShane
Cheryl Porter
Janette Ouellette
Justin Fick
Grant Porter

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

Ali Coppola - Chairperson
Shauna Carter
Sue Kocela
Leigh Vachon

FACILITY PLANNING COMMITTEE
Leo Muzzatti

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
Tina Beneteau
Lynn Calder
Laura Kay
Brooke Gvetval
Allison Prieur
Leigh Vachon

SUB COMMITTEES

HUMAN RESOURCES
EXCELLENCE TEAM

Leigh Vachon - Chairperson
Jodi Darbyson
Brooke Gvetval
Tina Beneteau
Leo Muzzatti
John-MarcVachon

PUBLIC RELATIONS AND
MARKETING TEAM

Laura Kay - Chairperson
Joslin Allen
Barb Dwyer-Hart
Brooke Gvetval
Ryan Jershy

AGENCY POLICY 
AND PROCEDURE TEAM

Sue Kocela - Chairperson
Shauna Carter
Ali Coppola
Tracey Crow
Janet Ouellette
 

     

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ali Clarke

PRESIDENT
Ali Clarke

Ali Clarke is a Chrysler Canada employee with an educational background in Business Management Studies, Medical Records Clerk, Nursing Unit Clerk and Gerontology Studies.  Ali is also a Laubach Literacy qualified tutor and level II Labour Community Advocate. She is currently working on a Labour Studies Certificate through McMaster University.  

Ali began volunteering at ALSO in 1989 for the Social Recreation program, and sat on the Board of Directors from 2003 – 2005 prior to moving to Brampton.  Upon her return to Windsor, Ali rejoined the Board in 2010 and is currently our Board of Directors President.

Ali has coached and or managed numerous competitive soccer teams when her children were younger.  She has been a long term volunteer and supporter of the Learning Disabilities Association of Windsor and Essex County, and is active with Unifor Local 444 and their community events. 

 

 

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PRESIDENT ELECT
Leigh Vachon

Leigh Vachon is the Executive Director of Victoria Manor Housing with Supports, and has worked in the field of addictions and mental health for over 10 years.  Born in Windsor, Leigh has been a Board member since September 2014 and is a University of Windsor Alumni.

Leigh has previously volunteered for the Distress Centre, and now sits on the Fundraising Committee for the Welcome Centre Shelter for Women.  Leigh is a certified Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer and Mental Health First Aid Instructor.  Leigh is an influential advocate for marginalized persons in Windsor/ Essex.

In her spare time you will find Leigh participating in social justice initiatives in Windsor and Essex County.

 

Sue Kocela

PAST PRESIDENT
Sue Kocela

Sue Kocela is currently retired from a 20 year career in Nursing.  Sue is a leader in our community and served on the Ontario Nursing Federation Executive.  Born and raised in Windsor, Sue is an alumni of the University of Windsor.

Sue became a member of the Board in October 2009 and her extensive management skills and experience in Public-Health has been a benefit to ALSO leadership.  She has served as a co-chair on the Personnel Committee, Is currently assisting with our policies and procedures. In addition to being an Executive Member of our Board of Director Sue also served 2 years as president.

In Sue’s spare time, she is a member of the Windsor Quilters Guild and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.

 

Shauna Carter

 

DIRECTOR
Shauna Carter

Shauna Carter is Nurse practitioner for Complex Continuing Care at Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare in addition to her role as a Nurse practitioner for Schlegel Villages. She is an alumni from the University of Windsor where she obtained her Nurse Practitioner certificate and her Registered Nurse certification.

Shauna is a member of the governance board Essex County nurse practitioner led clinic in addition to her role on the A.L.S.O. board. 

Allison Prier=ur

 

DIRECTOR
Allison Prieur

Allison Prieur is the founder of DARE Impact Consulting.  Allison has also recently worked at the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and at United Way/ Centraide Windsor-Essex County and at the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long Term Care during the redesign of the Health System Research Fund. She holds a BA in Developmental Psychology with Thesis and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor, and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

With over 15 years of experience in the non-profit and public sectors Allison has been able to assist our Board of Directors with Quality Improvement and Policies and Procedures. She is a proud Rotarian, a member of Rotary Club of Windsor (1918).

In Allison’s spare time you will find her spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Detroit Tigers and finding new and interesting local businesses to support.

Cheryl Porter

DIRECTOR
Cheryl Porter

Cheryl Porter is an advocate for people with physical disabilities, she works for Glengarry Non-Profit Housing Corporation for the past 20 years.  She has been living independently since 1991 and understands the importance of having accessible housing in our community.  Cheryl is a graduate from the Child and Youth Worker program at St. Clair College and has maintain employment at various jobs with children and adults with intellectual and physical challenges before she found her work home at Glengarry Non-Profit.

In addition to volunteering on the A.L.S.O. Board of Directors Cheryl has volunteered for various children and adults programs and serves on many housing Boards and committees.

Cheryl enjoys spending time with her husband of 21 years, has three rescue cats, has dabbled in some interior decorating for friends, assists in finding homeless animals a loving home, photography and cuddling up for Criminal Minds and scary movies. 

 
Remy Boulbol

DIRECTOR
Remy Sirls-Boulbol

Remy Sirls-Boulbol is the Director of Development at the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.  She has extensive experience in nonprofit management, program design and development, donor relations, and organizational management. Remy has specific experience in working with at risk youth, marginalized populations, and women and children.  She is a graduate from Wayne State University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christina Stramacchia

DIRECTOR
Christina Stramacchia

Christina Stramacchia has worked as a social worker within the criminal justice system for 15 years.  Her experience spans 20 years working with mental health, addiction and at risk youths.  Christina is a graduate of the University of Windsor, and obtained her Masters Degree at Wayne State University in 2003.  

More recently Christina has been able to check off a bucket list goal and has published her Memoir about growing up with a craniofacial difference. She decided to join the Board at A.L.S.O to assist in advocating for those with physical limitations in September 2017.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naomi Levitz

DIRECTOR
Naomi Levitz

Naomi Levitz is currently the Newcomer Health Initiative Coordinator for The Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women where spearheads mental health programming for immigrants and refugees as well as one of the nations only migrant worker mental wellness initiatives. She is also board chair for AIDS Committee of Windsor, board member of the Jewish Community Centre and is attempting a doctorate in social work. Naomi works for the School of Social Work supporting Masters students in the placement process. In her over fifteen years as a social work, Naomi has worked in a variety of countries and settings, with a focus on women, trauma and (re) creating personal narratives. 

Naomi can be found at any number of community initiatives around the region, overthinking, dancing and laughing (often at her own jokes).

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lynn Calder

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Lynn Calder

Lynn Calder is the Executive Director for A.L.S.O. and has held this position for over 15 years.  Lynn’s strong leadership skills have helped A.L.S.O. grow substantially since she began her role in 2001.  Her strength in building strong relationships with our Local Health Integration Network and community partners is remarkable.  She has lead the organization to being one of Windsor and Essex County’s top employers in 2017.  She is an Alumni of Wilfred Laurier University.

Lynn is an advocate for individuals that need help, and she ensures that people in our community get the help they need, when they need it.  She is a member of the Ontario Association of Independent Living Service Providers.  Her kind nature and advocacy spirit for people with physical disabilities is remarkable.

Lynn is a world traveler and when she has time she is either jet setting to other countries or driving across Canada.  When Lynn is not working or on vacation she can often be found at local theatres’ enjoying musical concerts.