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STRIDE would like to acknowledge the support and guidance received from the following members of our Board of Directors.

Frank De Vuono

Frank De Vuono: Chair

  • Member of the STRIDE Board of Directors since June 2014
  • Chair of Nominating and Governance Committee - 2017-2019
  • Sworn member of a local law enforcement since 2002 and currently assigned to the Investigative Services Division
  • Mental Health training in "Crisis Outreach and Support", "Crisis Intervention", and "Mobile Crisis & Rapid Response"
  • Currently enrolled at Laurier University and holds various degrees, diplomas, and certifications from Niagara College, Humber College and the Ontario Police College
  • Has particpated in several multi-jurisdictional investigations involving GTA Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Manager and player of local soccer team
  • Resident of Oakville
Fatima Ul-Haq

Fatima Ul-Haq: Vice Chair

  • Member of the STRIDE Board of Directors since February 2016
  • Over 10 years managing projects and program development within Healthcare and Public Sector
  • Specialize in strategic planning, organizational design, process/quality improvement, change management and project management
  • Currently Client Service Manager at Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre
  • Hons. Bachelor of Science, Masters of Public Policy, Administration and Law, Certified Project Management Professional, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Fluent in Urdu
  • Resident of Milton

Robert Henderson: Treasurer

  • Member of the STRIDE Board of Directors since September 2018
  • Member of the STRIDE Finance Committee
  • 10 years experience in financial reporting, budgeting, operations and debt/equity financing
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
  • Currently Chief Financial Officer at Stealth Monitoring & UCIT Online Security
  • Resident of Oakville
Clark Olson

Clark Olson: Secretary

  • Member of the STRIDE Board of Directors since June 2015
  • Currently teaching at Sheridan College’s Human Resources Certification Program
  • Several years experience working with Government Ministries, Canadian International Development Agency, Hydro, Financial Agencies, Transfer Payment Agencies in senior leadership roles including; Operations, Organizational Behaviour, Training & Development, Recruitment & Selection
  • Volunteer experience with community sporting clubs and teams
  • Undergraduate Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University & Sheridan College
  • Resident of Burlington


Jamal Shah

  • Member of the STRIDE Board of Directors since June 2017
  • Member of the STRIDE Quality Improvement Committee
  • Over 25 years of executive and entrepreneurial experience in IT related sectors, including IT strategy, digital customer experience, process optimization, capability assessments and delivery excellence
  • Currently a Managing Partner at Causal Effects Inc., a consultancy focused on digital customer experience and performance management
  • Executive Board Member of the Toronto Chapter of The Society For Information Management; Certified Project Management Professional
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons.), Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College, University of London, UK
  • MBA, Manchester Business School, UK
  • Resident of Mississauga

Catherine McKeown

  • Member of the STRIDE Board of Directors since June 2019
  • Over 20 years of executive leadership building and leading Human Resources teams in multi site manufacturing and service based organizations in automotive and food manufacturing sectors
  • Experience setting HR strategy, coaching and mentoring executive teams, leading change, talent management strategies, elevating business performance, constructing and leading global and national high performance teams
  • Currently Chief People Officer at Hammond Power Solutions
  • Certified Human Resources Leader, attended York University, Bachelors of Business Administration, Certificate in Strategic HR - Dalhousie University, past Chair of HR Committee with the Food & Consumer Products Association
  • Resident of Georgetown

Zoe Vulic

  • Member of the STRIDE Board of Directors since September 2019
  • 20 years of work experience in the Disability Management industry
  • Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP); 10 years of Human Resources Management in the Public Sector
  • Expertise in accommodation best practice; work reintegration; human rights; mental health
  • Currently Manager, Employee Health, Safety & Wellness for the Regional Municipality of Halton
  • Bachelor degree in Kinesiology obtained from Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Resident of Burlington

Zoe Mitchell

  • Member of STRIDE Board of Directors since June 2020
  • Currently employment: Employee Engagement consultant using Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Process Improvement to drive engagement
  • 20 years corporate retail finance leadership roles
  • Bachelorette of Business Administration and Psychology Graduate of York University, Lean Six Sigma certified, Certificates: Diversity & Inclusion, LGBT+ Workplace Inclusion, Unconscious Bias, Leading change, Managing Diversity
  • Student Mentor at York University
  • Resident of Milton

Ann Marie Sullivan

  • Member of the STRIDE Board of Directors since June 2020
  • Over 35 years of Corporate Information Technology expertise for a large global science based company
  • Extensive experience delivering technology solutions enabling business and customer excellence: supply chain, customer service, human resources, data analytics, finance and collaboration
  • Led global teams delivering transformation projects integrating change management principles
  • Multiple years as country Information Technology Manager incorporating Six Sigma Champion expertise to enhance quality
  • Led process enablement teams delivering targeted programs focused on end to end projects
  • Community soccer coach with level 2 certification, Big Sister, support for Blood Services and Meals on Wheels and marathon runner
  • Leadership and Business Development (Sales and Marketing) continuing education following Computer Science diploma
  • Resident of Milton

Sarah Lawson

  • Member of the STRIDE Board of Directors since June 2020
  • Criminal defence lawyer in the Halton region, with a practice that has a particular focus on the interaction between mental health, addiction and the criminal justice system
  • Over 10 years of experience as a lawyer in the areas of criminal law and family law, including working as a staff lawyer for Legal Aid Ontario and as a federal prosecutor for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada
  • Volunteer experience with numerous community organizations, including former board member of the Welcome Inn Community Centre from 2012 to 2017
  • Current member of the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee, Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee and the Hamilton Drug Treatment Court Steering Committee
  • Holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from McMaster University and Juris Doctor from Queen's University
  • Resident of Burlington

Georges Abdulahad

  • Member of the STRIDE Board of Directors since June 2020
  • An accomplished account executive with over 25 years of Global IT Consulting services experience in various industry verticals
  • Broad range of experience in Business Development, large enterprise accounts management, Strategic Planning, and Client Relationship Management
  • Telecom industry country manager managing multi-million dollar account portfolios with accountability for P&L and revenue growth
  • Various volunteer activities including Career Coach at TRIEC, Habitat for Humanity, community basketball coach
  • Computer Engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo
  • Resident of Oakville for over 20 years