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Board & Executive Team

Executive Team

  • Kelly Simpson, Executive Director
  • Indu Radhakrishnan, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Rachel Stack, Director of Strategy & Quality
  • Misty Gray, Director of Clinical Services
  • Tonia Crittenden, Director of Clinical Services
  • Sherri Simms, Executive Assistant

Board of Directors

Sally Zandri, Board Chair

Sally Zandri is passionate about improving the lives of children and families through exceptional mental health care. She has held leadership positions within The May Court Club of London, being a member for over 30 years. May Court’s commitment to Vanier Services continues after 50 years of financial and community support. As a past president and board member of May Court, she has been aware and invested in the continued success of Vanier.

Sally also brings healthcare managerial experience from working more than thirty years at LHSC before recently retiring. Working for a charity and a healthcare organization has allowed her to view Vanier and its challenges from 2 different lenses and bring ideas and support to the Board.

Being nominated to serve on the Vanier Children’s Services Board is an honour, personally and as part of a longstanding partnership with The May Court of London.

Brendan Clouthier

Brendan grew up in Southwestern Ontario and now lives in London with his young family of five. Brendan practices business law as an associate at Siskinds LLP. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Ottawa and a J.D. from Western University. Brendan was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2019. Before attending law school, Brendan supported the reintegration of men on federal parole into the community in his roles as case counsellor and frontline worker in a not-for-profit community-based residential facility. Prior to that, Brendan developed experience as a child and youth worker, providing support to adolescents living in residential programs. He and his wife also spent some time as foster parents in staff-supported home. Brendan is passionate about improving the lives of children in our community, and understands many of the challenges faced by families and children accessing supportive services and by the people providing those services.

Tara Sanders, Co-Vice Chair

Tara Sanders of London has a long history of accessing community resources for her son, so she is very excited to bring a parent’s perspective to the Board at Vanier.   She holds a business degree as well as different Insurance designations.  She began her career in Personal Insurance, working as a Senior Underwriter and later teaching for the Insurance Institute of Canada.  Tara now devotes her time to assisting families advocate for their own children that struggle with mental health.

Paul Levac, Secretary

Paul Levac of London has nearly 30 years of experience in the Education Sector.  He presently works as a Planning Officer for the French Language Health Planning Entity Erie St. Clair\Sud-Ouest.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Justice, a diploma in Public Administration including a Teaching Certificate from Laurentian University and a Master’s degree in Arts, Political Science and Judicial Administration from Brock University.

Born and raised in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, he has been living in London since 1991. Paul has held various positions such as Teacher, Principal and as Superintendent of Education for over 10 years with the Providence Catholic School Board. Paul brings to the Board his knowledge of the school environment, his understanding of special needs including rehabilitation and mental health and wellness.

Meredith McEwan, Co-Vice Chair

Meredith McEwan is an Executive Assistant at Libro Credit Union, where she has worked since 2015. Her experience here has expanded her desire to help the community and allowed her to develop an understanding of strategic thinking while working closely with Libro’s executive team. Meredith is also a part time student at the University of Western Ontario in their Applied Health Sciences program and hopes to continue her career in the health field. In 2017, she graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Life Sciences, minoring in Psychology. Growing up in Goderich Ontario, she volunteered in multiple capacities in Public Health and from this and other experiences built a passion for mental health awareness and health promotion. Through her continuous learning and leadership aspirations she hopes to create a positive impact on the community she serves.

Thomas McKinlay

Thomas moved to London with his young family in 2014. He practices insurance defence litigation at Foster Townsend LLP. Thomas was called to the Ontario Bar in 2008, after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario, and his LL.B at the University of Windsor. He volunteered with Community Legal Aid and Lawyers Feed the Hungry.

Jesse Francis, Treasurer

I grew up in London and stayed here my whole life, graduating from Western in 2014 where I was a member of the Mens Varsity Football and Track & Field teams.

Coming out of school I started working right away in public accounting and received my CPA designation in 2018. I joined Marcus & Associates in 2019 where I work with owner managed businesses and professional clients to help them minimize taxes and maximize profits.

Brian Sim-Little

Brian Sim-Little grew up in the Ottawa valley and moved to London for school and has lived here ever since with his wife and son. He has worked in human services for over 25 years, 20 of those in the charitable sector.  He has held a variety of leadership positions in the disability, health and social service sectors and has volunteered with a number of local NFP organizations.  He holds both, MBA and CPA designations.  He is excited for the opportunity to contribute to Vanier’s mission.

Krista Vogt

Dr. Krista Vogt has been working in the post-secondary sector for over 20 years. Her passion is working with youth through their transition to adulthood. Krista has worked as a teacher, overseas and in BC and has held positions involved in student leadership development, academic advising, and international exchanges. Krista is currently a Senior Associate Registrar at Fanshawe College. A strong advocate of mental wellness, Krista has developed campus wide mental health strategies and works to integrate mental wellness into college policy and practice. Krista holds a Master degree from Simon Fraser University and earned her PhD in Education from the University of Toronto. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Krista has been living in London since 2005 with her husband and two children. This is Krista’s first board experience and she is eager to learn and contribute.

Chelsea Johnson

Zoe Ritchie

Contact:

If you would like to contact the Vanier Board of Directors please email Vanier Board.

If your inquiry is with respect to operations, please contact the Executive Director.

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How to Contact Us

Address
871 Trafalgar Street
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Phone
519.433.3101

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