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Staff

The Centre employs professionals from a cross-section of academic, health sciences, evaluation, research, knowledge exchange, communications and administration disciplines.

You can reach Centre staff by phone at 613-737-2297 and dialing their extension, or by e-mail Email

Samar El Faki

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Samar El Faki

Executive

The Centre’s executive sets our entire team up for success. They set direction, seek out emerging trends and work to inform practice and policy initiatives across the sector.

Purnima Sundar
Acting Executive Director, Director of Knowledge Mobilization
ext. 3769

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Purnima Sundar

Lover of simplicity. Connoisseur of snacks. Master of diplomacy. Purnima leads all of the Centre’s knowledge exchange efforts, regularly showing up for meetings two minutes late bringing profuse apologies with her. She tests out new and innovative behaviour modification strategies on her two daughters, which she swears will work one day.
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MaryAnn Notarianni
Director, Special Projects and Operations
ext. 3314

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MaryAnn Notarianni

Power reader. Early riser. Often found with a tea in hand. With a keen eye for detail, MaryAnn oversees the Centre's day-to-day planning and operations. Her affinity for planning extends outside of work as she's often planning for her next travel adventure with her partner.

Knowledge mobilization

Mario Cappelli
Senior Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician-Scientist
ext. 3321

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Mario Cappelli

Golfer. Skiier. Steelers Fan. Dr. Mario Cappelli is a clinical psychologist who for the past 25 years has specialized in working with children, youth, young adults and their families. As the Centre’s Senior Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician-Scientist, Dr. Cappelli’s focus is to develop and maintain an active program of collaborative research that informs service delivery and system level change in Ontario’s child and youth mental health sector.

Evangeline Danseco
Performance Measurement Coach
ext. 3319

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Evangeline Danseco

Perpetually curious. Calm and joyful most days. Interesting mix of east and west. Evangeline loves chocolate, tea, gardening and likes to explore efforts that integrate mental, physical and spiritual health. You can do – she can help: she works with senior leaders in the sector to improve the performance and quality of our mental health services.

Jaime Brown
Research Coach
ext. 3317

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Jaime Brown

Marathon runner. Professional wedding singer. Aspiring super-hero. Fueled by pizza. At the Centre, Jaime brings her passion for community mental health, her expertise in health systems and community research, evaluation, and program design, and her experience as a consultant, educator, and facilitator to her role as Research Coach, supporting system transformation and evidence-informed practice and policy across the sector. She is a lover of routine and festivities, fits far too much into her day, and will embrace any excuse to wear a costume.

Ashley Radomski
Postdoctoral Fellow
ext. 3475

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Ashley Radomski

Vegetable lover. Cat walker. Eager beaver. With a passion for people, solving complex problems and discovering efficiencies, as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellow, Ashley is honing her health systems research skills by bringing together health service organizations, providers and users from across the province to improve access to care. Outside of the Centre, Ashley is on her bike, a mountain, an airplane, her yoga mat… or anywhere that offers a sense of adventure!

Tara McFadden
Project Coordinator (on leave)

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Tara McFadden

Passionately curious. Lover of live music. Prairie girl at heart. Tara’s childhood nickname, Tiafickett (Tara will fix it) exemplified at a young age her love for problem-solving and helping others. Before coming to the Centre, Tara used this passion in the education system assessing, supporting and advocating for students and their individual learning needs. At the Centre, she can be found in her office singing quietly to herself while coordinating a variety of projects.

Kelsey Binkley
Knowledge Broker (on leave)

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Kelsey Binkley

Small town girl. Sports enthusiast. Equipped with a quick witted sense of humor. A true embracer of the simplicity of cottage living, Kelsey is happiest while seated around a campfire, surrounded by family, friends, laughter and music. A former Autism consultant, Kelsey truly understands the direct impact of bringing evidence-informed practices and practitioners together to improve mental health outcomes. She is a strong believer that life’s riches can be found in the people you surround yourself with each day, which makes working at the Centre an appropriate fit.

Ashley Charbonneau
Program Associate
ext. 3361

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Ashley Charbonneau

Trained as a Registered Nurse. Lover of water sports and the beach. Prior to joining the Centre, Ashley worked clinically as a psychometrist and nurse, and in research in the areas of neuroscience, psychology, and maternal and infant health. As a program associate, Ashley works to support evidence-informed practice and evaluation to improve programs and outcomes for children and youth. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys time with family and friends, cycling, paddling, yoga, and cuddling with her puppy.

Margot Wallace
Program Associate
ext. 3469

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Margot Wallace

Social worker. Avid reader. Inspired traveler. Prior to working at the Centre, Margot worked clinically in both acute care and community-based health care settings, and in health research specifically related to patient-oriented research. Outside of work, Margot enjoys spending time with family and friends, and strives to spend as much time as possible travelling the world and experiencing new places.

Melissa Edwards
Program Associate
ext. 3736

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Melissa Edwards

Reader. Dedicated home cook. Animal lover. Trained as a social worker, she is passionate about supporting others. At the Centre, Mel uses her social work, research and planning background to support the development of standards and guidelines. Outside of work, she enjoys trying new cuisines and exploring the city.

Nicole Summers
Program Associate
ext. 3325

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Nicole Summers

Baking Guru. Adores all things Bovine. Free time is spent preparing for a zombie apocalypse by practicing axe throwing or making knives. Nicole has an ever growing passion for research and is always looking to get involved with new projects. She is excited to continue to make a positive impact for children and youth while working in the field of evaluation and evidence-informed practices. When she is not found researching or writing, she is likely binging on Netflix documentaries or hiking with her dogs.

Shruti Patel
Program Associate
ext. 3374

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Shruti Patel

Registered Nurse. Devoted Foodie. Eager Traveller. Before coming to the Centre, Shruti worked in acute care with children and families overcoming various mental health challenges on their road to recovery. Outside of work, she loves spending time her with family and friends and enjoys the great outdoors!

Huma Muhammadi
Research Assistant
ext. 3731

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Huma Muhammadi

Latte devotee. Cat lover. Passionately curious. At the Centre, Huma combines her passion and background in Neuroscience and Mental Health to find innovative solutions for Child and Youth Mental Health issues. When not searching through databases and journals, Huma can be found exploring new places, cultures and delicious cuisines.

Marta Krygier-Bartz
Research Assistant
ext. 3376

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Marta Krygier-Bartz

Tea connoisseur. Cat lover. Hygge follower. Marta’s passion for research and people drives her approach toward all her tasks at the Centre. She combines her background in developmental psychology along with her experience in research design and data analysis to support child and youth mental health initiatives. She is an amateur baker, enjoys reading, and is always hungry for knowledge.

Youth and family engagement and quality standards

Jana Kocourek
Manager, Engagement and Standards
ext. 3310

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Jana Kocourek

Sports enthusiast. Early riser. Multi tasker. Working at the Centre since 2013, Jana is currently the manager of the youth and family engagement programs. She works to support service area planning, implementation and evaluation of engagement across organizations and service areas. Additionally, she sits on the Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario Executive team and oversee youth and family engagement related efforts related to this initiative.

Kelli Dilworth
Project Coordinator
ext. 3320

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Kelli Dilworth

Purple lover. Scrappy (but still beginner) left-winger. Perpetual paper piler. Kelli’s experience in children and youth rights, sexual/reproductive health and non-profit sector governance positions her to be an advocate for how big picture policy ideals can be translated into effective community-based practice. If you pass her on the highway as she commutes home, you will see her singing to the radio while she considers which one of her children will make her laugh first.

Renée Nossal
Project Coordinator
ext. 3458

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Renée Nossal

Co-parent to two loving and creative little kiddos as well as a rowdy dog with perpetual energy. Renée in the field of child and youth mental health for the past 10 years. She loves to read, sew and attempt to cook. Her favourite part about working at the Centre is (hands down) the people!

Josianne Fernandez
Youth Advisor
ext. 3485

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Josianne Fernandez

Stationery enthusiast. Avid reader. Dog mom to Toby the Goldendoodle. When she’s not shopping for high quality stationery, Josianne can be found exploring Ottawa with her partner. At the Centre, she works with the youth engagement team to ensure youth voice is embedded in youth engagement initiatives across Ontario.

Kamill Santafe
Youth Advisor
ext. 3329

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Kamill Santafe

Human rights activist. Art therapy student. Soccer player. At the Centre Kamill supports agencies across Ontario with best practices of youth engagement. When Kamill is outside the Centre they can be found adventuring Canada with their partner or at the National Gallery of Canada. Their mission in life is not to survive but to thrive and do so with passion, compassion, humor and style.

Data and quality improvement

Sandra Huang Del Frari
Manager, Quality
ext. 3327

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Sandra Huang Del Frari

Absolute jazz fan. Walkability pro. An impulsive multi-tasker and clumsy soul. With her experience in both the education and mental health sectors, Sandra supports organizations throughout the change process from stakeholder engagement to implementing evidence-informed practices. When off implementation, you can find her trying to catch the perfect light with her D90 camera.

Melissa Jennings
Manager, Planning and performance
ext. 3720

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Melissa Jennings

Tea aficionado. Book lover. Foodie. Melissa is a proud hockey mom, born and raised in Quebec's beautiful Eastern Townships. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector her entire career, with many of those years spent in program evaluation roles. In addition to cheering from arena stands, Melissa cheers on and supports Centre staff in the work they do with stakeholders across the province.

Kyle Ferguson
Operations and Performance Measurement Specialist
ext. 2895

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Kyle Ferguson

Skier of slopes. Dashboard designer. PowerPoint proficient. Serving a dual role at the Centre, Kyle takes care of the evaluation data needs of the Evaluation Support team while also compiling data for the Centre’s internal evaluation purposes. When not organizing office pools or hosting staff event game shows, Kyle can be found among screens full of spreadsheets and figuring out the next best way to present information.

Chrissi Galanakis
Senior Data Analyst
ext. 3335

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Chrissi Galanakis

Native Montrealer. Cosmetics junkie. Avid foodie. Chrissi is an epidemiologist with a background in clinical research and biostatistics. She provides support to organizations regarding their data management and analysis needs. Outside of work, she can be found living the typical mom life chasing after two busy boys and having Bachelor(ette) Mondays with her girlfriends.

Tracey MacLaurin
Project Coordinator
ext. 3344

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Tracey MacLaurin

Calm/Cool/Collected. Keen Observer. Aunt extraordinaire. As a Project Officer and Facilities Manager at the Centre Tracey is continuously juggling multiple projects and tasks at the same time. Tracey is recognized for maintaining her calm and cool demeanor when situations get hot.

Ann Barber
Quality Improvement Specialist
ext. 3483

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Ann Barber

Appreciator of fine tea and chocolate (though not necessarily in that order). A strong believer in the power of a good checklist. Loves to listen to and share a good story. Ann is probably best known for her compassionate and caring way with others. Outside of work, you can most likely find her surrounded by her family and friends involved in some active pursuit, and most often making a few new friends along the way. This natural ability to connect with people shines through as she supports agencies looking for ways to continuously improve the quality of their work with children, youth and their families, something close to her heart.

Blake Davey
Quality Improvement Specialist
ext. 3313

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Blake Davey

Always eating. Fitness fanatic. Family and friends first. Blake completed undergraduate/graduate studies at Carleton University, before being employed as a statistical analyst and evaluator, both inside and outside of the child and youth mental health sector. In addition to research experience, Blake brings front-line mental health counselling experience to the Centre. When he’s not saving the world, he can be found at the gym, travelling the world or anywhere competitive endeavors are practiced.

Julie Breau
Quality Improvement Specialist
ext. 3393

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Julie Breau

Maritimer. Acadienne. Ultimate Frisbee player and forever a "beginner" curler. Julie is a lover (and on occasion, a hater) of Excel, a drawer of diagrams and a systems thinker. The common thread of her career has been working for innovative organizations that bring together stakeholders to solve complex problems, regionally and internationally, through research and training.

Kristina Rohde
Quality Improvement Specialist
ext. 3441

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Kristina Rohde

Logical thinker. Animal lover. Addicted to sweets. Outside the Centre, she can be found exploring the outdoors with her dog, deciding which Pinterest recipe to try next, or snuggled up watching the latest trendy TV show with her pet and human family. Kristina is particularly enthusiastic about using her research background in a complex healthcare environment along with her expertise in the field of evaluation, process improvement, and project management to be able to visualize improvements just about anywhere and shape a successful Quality Improvement Program at the Centre.

Communications

Geneviève C.Gagnon
Manager, Communications
ext. 3388

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Geneviève C.Gagnon

Trivia fanatic. Lover of street art and performing arts. Coffee connoisseur. Like any good runner, Gen wakes up before dawn and talks way too much about her workouts. When she’s not pounding out miles, Gen loves to visit museums and hike with her canine friends. As a communications manager, she brings her varied experience in science writing and knowledge translation to the Centre.

Alex Almendrades
Communications Specialist
ext. 3318

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Alex Almendrades

Life has gotten a bit more hectic for Alex since the birth of his daughter. Coming from a background in Radio and Television, he's used to life being a bit hectic. His love of pop culture, art and graphic design have all spilled over into his professional life. Alex brings his unique perspective in communications and content marketing to the Centre in the quest to raise our profile. When not checking his phone 4 times an hour, Alex can be found at the gym, in the pool, or trying to convince his wife to let him buy a dog.

Brooke Eboule
Communications Specialist
ext. 3494

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Brooke Eboule

Bookworm. Bitten by the travel bug. Global citizen. Kickboxing and hot yoga enthusiast. A former journalist and PR graduate, Brooke now channels her love for the written word into supporting the Centre’s communications and knowledge mobilization strategies. Brooke loves spending time with the two leading men in her life, though her husband thinks it’s a toss-up on any given day whether it’s him or the dog that takes the top spot.

François Demers
Communications Specialist
ext. 3332

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François Demers

Coming soon...

Heather Parsons
Communications Specialist (on leave)

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Heather Parsons

Coffee devotee. Chocophile. Cookie connoisseur. Heather brings her varied communications experience to her role here at the Centre. She is quickly learning the ropes and is ready to tackle commas, capitals and quotation marks!

Eric Wellman
Website Administrator
ext. 3326

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Eric Wellman

Father of three (including twins). Poker enthusiast. Problem solver. Eric comes from a background of computer science and interactive multimedia, and has been programming for more than 25 years. He keeps the Centre’s websites and databases running smoothly and our staff laughing constantly.

Administration

Administration is the backbone of any organization. These are the folks who make sure we pay our bills, spend wisely, demonstrate our impact, and play nice with others – in person and online.

Allanna Dagley
Senior Administrative Assistant (on leave)

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Allanna Dagley

Busy mom of three. Avid home chef, baker and cake decorator. Netflix junkie. When not in the kitchen or watching Netflix, you can find Allanna relaxing with her mom friends and a glass of wine, enjoying some fresh air, or juggling activities with her kids. Allanna has a background as a medical lab technician as well as seven years of experience in medical administration and is looking forward to what the future holds for herself.

Nikki Collett
Senior Administrative Assistant
ext. 3732

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Nikki Collett

Coming soon...

Alison McAfee
Contracts Officer
ext. 3328

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Alison McAfee

Mom to two busy kids. Podcast aficionado. Lover of pop culture, history and coffee. At the Centre, Alison is busy with all things procurement and contracts related. She also has a hand in facilities management. Alison started volunteering at CHEO around 15 years ago and they haven’t been able to get rid of her since. When not at work Alison can be found visiting the dinosaurs with her kids at the Museum of Nature, watching movies with her husband or enjoying walks with her stubborn dog.

Mageya Castedo
Financial Clerk
ext. 3324

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Mageya Castedo

Lover of the arts. Mother of two daughters. Wishes to travel through time and space one day! Mageya's work involves getting into the detail of things, which she quite enjoys.

Émilie St-Jean Savoie
Administrative Assistant
ext. 3316

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Émilie St-Jean Savoie

Coming soon...

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

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Tel.: 613-737-2297   Fax: 613-738-4894
Email: centre@cheo.on.ca

 

Please note: We do not provide mental health advice, counselling or treatment.
If you, or if someone you know is in crisis right now, please call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.

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