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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.

Michelle Hurtubise
Executive Director

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Michelle Hurtubise

Winter lover. Northerner. Book Hoarder. As the Centre’s executive director, Michelle oversees operations and works in partnership with stakeholders to implement our vision. At home her daughter is a patient test client for every new coaching that she’s learning.

MaryAnn Notarianni
Director
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.

Purnima Sundar
Director
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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Support services

When an agency or community sees an opportunity to make things better, these are the folks who jump in and help them get the job done. If you have general questions about Centre support services, please contact CentreSupport@cheo.on.ca.

Jana Kocourek
Manager, Youth and Family Engagement
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.

Sandra Huang Del Frari
Manager, Knowledge Mobilization
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.

Mario Cappelli
Senior Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician-Scientist

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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.

Julie Breau
Knowledge Broker
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.

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.

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.

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.

Cameron Jette
Youth Advisor
ext. 3485

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Cameron Jette

Pinterest aficionado. Die-hard Habs fan. Passionate community leader and activist. Cameron is an engaged community leader, and can often be found volunteering, or attempting to color code their agenda (they are up to eight colors!). In the office, they work to support agencies across Ontario in the field of youth engagement.

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.

Nicole Sudiacal
Youth Advisor
ext. 3475

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Nicole Sudiacal

Purveyor of justice and equity. Closet bass clarinet player. Almost Cirque du Soleil gymnast. Nicole spends much of her time leading a youth advisory committee that focuses on newcomer and ethno-cultural youth issues, while juggling university and browsing the internet for the best flight deals. At the Centre, Nicole is trying to learn all of the lingo while sharing knowledge in the area of youth engagement.

Samar El Faki
Youth Advisor
ext. 3485

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Samar El Faki

Singer. Reality TV buff. Passionate mental health activist. At the Centre, Samar (pronounced “summer”) supports agencies across the province of Ontario to help them improve and implement youth engagement practices within their organizations. Youth engagement changed Samar’s life in such a positive way, and she hopes it will inspire other youth to follow their passion and become active agents in their communities.

Program and product development

Services, events and products don’t just magically appear. These folks take a sector need and run with it – combing the evidence and producing top-notch products, processes and learning events that promote continuous quality improvement in child and youth mental health.

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!

Tara McFadden
Project Coordinator
ext. 3581

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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.

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.

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.

Kyle Ferguson
Research Assistant
ext. 3446

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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.

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.

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.

Heather Ennis
Manager, Communications
ext. 3332

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Heather Ennis

Former journalist. Lover of Niagara wine. Eternal optimist. Heather leads the Centre’s internal and external communication strategies, leaving a trail of capital letters and errant commas in her wake. An avid news and political enthusiast, her second love beyond her family is the CBC.

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.

Pauline Carr
Manager, Administration
ext. 3315

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Pauline Carr

It’s all about the peeps and deets – a Centre veteran with a flair for HR, office management, plus keeping a safety radar on our ‘offsite’ digs preserves her work entertainment. Outside of work, tics to the National Arts Centre Broadway series, an annual winter hankering for a southern vacation getaway, and healthy family/friend networks keeps her foot loose and fancy free.

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.

Allanna Dagley
Senior Administrative Assistant
ext. 3732

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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.

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.

Blake Davey
Operations and Performance Measurement 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.

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.

Heather Parsons
Communications specialist (on leave)
ext. 3327

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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.

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.

Amanda Braham
Administrative Assistant
ext. 3316

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Amanda Braham

Busy mom of three. Avid concert goer. Coffee connoisseur. When not at work Amanda can be found listening to music and kitchen dancing with her girls, drawing or painting, out enjoying nature; preferably by the water with her family or relaxing with her husband and friends with some local craft cider. Amanda has a background as a Patient Service Clerk at CHEO in Oncology, NICU, Mental Health and Newborn screening; as well as a background in Cardiovascular Technology.

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

695 Industrial Avenue, Ottawa Ontario, K1G 0Z1
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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