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.

 

Leslie Carr, Vice-President

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.

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.

Eric Faigan

Eric is a business technology professional with over 25 years of experience, helping organizations manage and leverage information capital designed to foster agility, and spur digital innovation.  He is currently a Project Manager, overseeing a worldwide Internet of Things corporate initiative.  He holds an MBA in Corporate Finance from the John Molson School of Business.  Eric joined the Board in 2018.

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.

Advisors to the Board

Laura McIntosh

Laura is a biotechnology product development executive, specializing in translational and applied research.  She has occupied senior scientific management positions in drug development, medical device and contract research companies, and is currently Vice President, Research & Development, at Concentric Agriculture Inc.  She obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba and Post-doctoral training from the National Research Council of Canada.  Laura was on the Literacy Unlimited Board from 2010 to 2016 and served as Board President from 2011 to 2016.

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.

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.

Carolina Willsher

Carolina is a seasoned human resources professional with over 30 years of experience in the private and para-public sectors, and has a rich background in leading human resources strategic initiatives, operations and labour relations. She is currently Associate Vice-President, Human Resources, at Concordia University. Carolina has held HR leadership roles at Carleton University, St. Joseph Digital Solutions (a St. Joseph Corporation Company), and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario. She is a graduate of McGill University, Industrial Relations, has completed various management programs, is a certified human resources leader (CHRL), and a certified personal and professional coach (PPCC). Carolina joined the Board of Literacy Unlimited in November 2012.g

Gail Gagnon

Gail began her relationship with Literacy Unlimited as a classroom tutor. She is a past president of the LU Board of Directors. Gail has always worked in the adult education field – she began her career as an editorial representative for a leading educational publisher before moving on to develop volunteer training programs in not-for-profit agencies. She was an adult education teacher with the LBPSB for over a decade and has been the educational consultant at Place Cartier Adult Centre since 2011, where she continues to explore new ways to teach and learn. She has completed post-graduate work in adult education and leadership.