Board of Directors

Nadya Kruk, President

Nadya is a strategic change management professional. Over the years, she has helped Canadian and multi-national firms develop winning strategies and bring about change in a wide range of industries. She has also held various volunteer leadership positions in school associations and most recently, was a member of the Board of Directors of Queen of Angels Academy. She holds an MBA in Finance/International Business from McGill University. Nadya joined the Board in April 2011.


Carolina Willsher, Vice-President

Carolina is a Human-Resources professional with over 25 years of experience in the private and para-public sectors. She is currently Associate Vice-President, Human Resources at Concordia University. Carolina was previously at Carleton University, St. Joseph Digital Solutions and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario. She is a graduate of McGill University in Industrial Relations and has completed various management programs. Carolina was previously a board member at the Orleans-Cumberland Community Resources centre in Ontario. She joined our Board in November 2012.

Lynn Brown-Poole, Secretary

Lynn is a marketing and sales professional who has extensive experience working in the direct selling industry. She is currently Director of Communications at Immunotec, Inc. Lynn recently worked as Sales Director for TC Media where she cultivated many relationships throughout the West Island community, including being a founding member of the West Island “Outstanding Seniors Awards.” She is past President of “Women’s Links” a women’s group who raises funds to serve, assist or financially support West Island women and families in need. Lynn joined the Board in 2014.

Sherri McLeod, Treasurer

Sherri has been in the Financial Service Industry for over 35 years, i.e. Commercial Banking, Direct Investing, and Retail Banking.  Over the years, she gained considerable knowledge of relationship management and people development within the banking and investment industry.  Sherri has been a volunteer in the West Island community for over 15 years, in particular West Island Community Shares and the West Island Palliative Care Residence.  Sherri joined the Board in 2016.

Leslie Carr

Leslie is a retired business development professional with 25 years’ experience in the consulting engineering field. She has a degree in chemistry and previously worked in quality control in the pharmaceutical industry. She also has a certificate in Special Care Counselling and was a counsellor for children with behaviour and mental health problems at residential treatment programs in Montreal and Calgary. Leslie, currently a tutor, joined the Board in October 2016.

Sunil Manjunath

Sunil is a Business Consultant at Euroconsult, providing strategic consulting services for the space and satellite industry.  He holds an MBA from the John Molson School of Business.  He believes strongly in the value of education and has done volunteer work both in India and Montreal, helping students with their academic skills.  Recently Sunil held a Board member position in a NGO and worked on several consulting projects for non-profit organizations. He joined the Board in May 2015.

Mary Ann Mete

Mary Ann is a retired telecom professional with 39 years experience in the high tech manufacturing industry.  She has a degree in electrical engineering and has worked in various technical and business roles including systems engineering, new product introduction and supply chain operations.  She is a tutor at Literacy Unlimited and joined the Board in May 2018.

Darla Orchard

Darla is a retired speech-language pathologist with a M.Sc. and many years experience working with adults with acquired language disorders. She has also worked with McGill University’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders to develop training opportunities for students in their graduate clinical program. Darla also volunteers with L’Association québécoise des personnes aphasiques where she facilitates conversation groups and offers volunteer training. Darla joined the Board in 2014.

Karen Smock

Karen is a freelance professional writer with over 25 years of experience as a marketing, corporate, and technical writer. She has a Bachelor of Science degree (chemistry major), a Certificate in Technical Communication, and Clear Writing Editor training. Karen holds a Board position (Quebec Regional Director) with the Professional Writers Association of Canada. Karen joined the Board in April 2017.

Catherine Sumague

Catherine, a native of the West-Island, is an international business development professional. Her work experience has aided her in making innovative business decisions while keeping an unrelenting focus on results. A big advocate for volunteering and giving back to the community, she is also a member of the Women’s Services Committee for the Old Brewery Mission Foundation in Montreal. She holds a MBA from John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. Catherine joined the board in January 2017.

Advisors to the Board

Ann Searles

Ann is the president of IBT Canada/Caribbean, part of an international network of consulting offices dedicated to Coaching People to Work Smarter. Ann has worked in sales, marketing and planning for Canadian companies active in the paper, food, pharmaceutical, and personal care industries. Ann joined the Board in March 2006.

Dave McKenzie

Dave is Founder and Coordinator of the MBA Community Service Initiative (MBA CSI) Program at John Molson School of Business, Concordia University. Dave joined the Board in November 2015.

Laura McIntosh

Laura is a biotechnology product development executive, specializing in early phase translational research.  She has occupied senior management positions in a number of drug development and medical device companies, and is currently Senior Director, Translational Research at Caprion Proteomics Inc.  She obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba and Post-doctoral training from the National Research Council of Canada.  Laura joined the Board in March 2010.

Leona Kemp Grisé

Leona is the Founder of Literacy Unlimited.  As an educator specializing in adult education, she represented Lester B. Pearson School Board as a member of various organizations at the provincial and national levels. With a Master’s Degree in Adult Education, her teaching career was both in Ontario and Quebec. She is currently on the MADA (Municipalite amie des aînés) committee of the City of Beaconsfield and on the library team for program planning. Leona joined the Board in October 2017.

Honorary Board Members

James Orr

James is the National Distribution Compliance Officer for Freedom 55 Financial, a division of the London Life Insurance Company. He is an active financial security advisor specializing in Wealth Management and estate conservation. He also does consulting work in the field of Performance Coaching and leadership. James is a graduate of Sir George Williams University, a Certified Financial Planner, and a Chartered Life Underwriter. He is a past co-chairperson of the Quebec Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Medic Alert Campaign for Quebec. He has been an active member of the AIESEC McGill Board of Advisors for over 30 years and AIESEC Canada for 15 years. James is currently involved in numerous local charity fundraising events and sits on the Board of Directors of several companies.