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Community Head Injury Resource Services

Board of Directors

 
 
 

Board of Directors:


Chair
 
 

Samantha Chapman, B.A (Hon), LL.B., is a proactive corporate and commercial lawyer at Morrison Brown Sosnovitch LLP. Samantha's practice has included incorporating and organizing both for-profit and not-for-profit corporations and charities. She provides strategic advice and representation to shareholders, directors and officers on various legal matters affecting the management and operations of both for-profit and not-for-profit corporations. Samantha has been involved in a vast array of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, sale transactions and various types of contractual arrangements.

Vice Chair
 
 

Dr. Leanne Tran, J.D., M.D., is a health lawyer at JD MD Solutions. She was previously at a health law boutique and a global law firm. Leanne offers services at the interface of law, medicine and research with expertise in medical and scientific due diligence in personal injury, medical malpractice, class action and product liability matters. She is passionate about healthcare, improving patient outcomes and systems, and knowledge translation through legal avenues, education and research. Leanne has conducted research at several academic hospitals and at NASA.

Recording Secretary
 
 

Janette Yuen, B.HSc (Hon), MMI, advises both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations on transforming their businesses to tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow in an increasingly digital world. She specializes in assessing and designing her clients' organization design and effectiveness, helping them manage short-term and long-term changes, leading business process redesign, and managing multi-year complex program initiatives. She has partnered with a wide array of clients, particularly in the health care and financial services industries.

 
 

Ellen Drevnig is Vice President, Litigation and Valuation Services, at RSM Canada. Her expertise extends from valuing future cost-of-care reports/life-care plans in personal injury cases and loss-of-service reports in fatality claims to conducting damage quantifications in commercial breach-of-contract and procurement disputes. She is also frequently called on to critique other experts’ reports in complex litigation matters. In addition to her professional designations, and being certified in financial forensics by accounting bodies in the United States, she holds a Bachelor of Business Management degree in Accounting and Finance.

 
 

Kerri MacDonald is a Programming Supervisor for City of Toronto Cultural Events. She is the project lead for Doors Open Toronto and a programmer for a number of city produced festivals. She was co-founder of Art Starts Neighbourhood Cultural Centre, a storefront community arts space founded 25 years ago with a mission to use the arts to promote health and wellness. She also worked as Festival Programmer at Harbourfront Centre. Throughout her career, Kerri has created and fostered partnerships in several sectors, including Health, Culture, Education, Government, and Travel and Hospitality. Kerri has served on the Board of Directors for Coalition for the Homebound and Obsidian Theatre and has directed and produced over 30 plays since graduating from theatre school in 1986. She has also taught acting and drama workshops, including one for the Brain Injured Community.

Secretary Treasurer
 
 

Arthur Wong, CPA, CMA, is a Finance Manager at University Health Network, Altum Health. He is also a marker and mentor for Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Canada. Arthur is actively involved in the basketball officiating community, serving as the Treasurer for the Ontario Association of Basketball Officials and the local board, York Region Association of Basketball Officials. He is on the Audit Committee for various non-profit organizations.

 
 

Joseph Pileggi, since 2009, has been the Director of Client Services at Thomson Rogers Lawyers. As a firm believer in long-term strategy and implementation, Joe constantly stresses the importance of “client first” and “educational marketing”. Prior to being the Director, Joe worked with Ken Howie Q.C., Lawrence Mandel Q.C., and Craig Brown. He became one of the most experienced Law Clerks in the province in the preparation and presentation of trials and arbitrations. Joe has been in the forefront of cases involving people suffering quadriplegia, paraplegia, brain injuries and amputations. He is a tremendous advocate on behalf of the disabled and has been directly involved in the community his entire life. He was part of the War Amputees of Canada’s successful endeavour to have the Federal Government re-compensate the Thalidomide drug victims. He was also part of the first independent NHL arbitration on behalf of a disabled hockey player.

 
 

Susan Noiles is an Information Technology executive with a focus on realigning services to meet business objectives. She brings extensive experience in governance policy and process, stakeholder relationship management, organizational design, cost reduction and revenue enhancement, and transition management. Susan has spearheaded a number of business critical transformations to deliver improved services and business value.

 
 

Dr. Abraham Snaiderman is a Neuropsychiatrist trained at University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, University of Manitoba and UNAM. He is the director of the Neuropsychiatry Clinic at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Neuro-rehabilitation Program, where he has worked for the past 24 years. He has a full time appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and is cross-appointed to the department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Departmentcommunity organizations nationally, provincially and locally.

Dr. Snaiderman has been an instructor in the “Art and Science of Clinical Medicine Course” at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine and resident supervisor in the Consultation Liaison program and fellowship supervisor in Neuropsychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. He is also a member of the Exam Board in Psychiatry for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Canadian Concussion Centre, University Health Network. He is a member of the advisory panel for the acquired brain injury section, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and a member of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and American Neuropsychiatric Association.community organizations nationally, provincially and locally.

Dr. Snaiderman was co-winner of “The Ivan Silver Award for Excellence in Mental Health Education” given by the University of Toronto, Dept. of Psychiatry. His expertise is in the areas of the cognitive, emotional and behavioural effects of neurological problems such as traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, seizure disorders and other neurologic disorders. Dr. Snaiderman is a frequent guest keynote speaker and lecturer at several institutions, and community organizations nationally, provincially and locally.

 
 

Jenny McAdam is a recently retired financial services executive.  She has extensive professional experience in the areas of leadership and strategic planning as well as developing both people and operational platforms.  Given the highly regulated nature of the investment sector, her skills include risk mitigation practices and governance oversight.  Jenny is also a family member of a CHIRS residential client, who has been with the organization for many years.  Having an ABI family member and her involvement with CHIRS has given Jenny a deep understanding of family and staff challenges as well as community accessibility.  Jenny’s objectives in joining the CHIRS Board is to use her pragmatic approach in resolving business issues and her long association with CHIRS in helping the organization achieve its Mission and goals. 

 
 

Lucy Jackson, B.A. (Hons), J.D., is a personal injury and class actions lawyer at Thomson, Rogers. Her practice involves helping people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle collisions, slip/trip and fall accidents and other incidents. Many of Lucy's clients are individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident. Lucy advocates to ensure that they and their families have access to the medical and rehabilitation treatment they need. In the course of her legal practice, Lucy also works with private and community treatment providers throughout Ontario.

 
     
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Funding for CHIRS is provided, in part, by the
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