Meet Our Board of Directors

As a non-profit organization we rely on the volunteer efforts of individuals willing to bring their expertise and skills to the organization. Our Board of Directors consists of such individuals. We are so thankful to have such an amazing board whom dedicate their time as a working board. Their skills and efforts truly make our organization unique. Thank you to all of our dedicated board members!

Leeann corbeil, president

Leeann is a Business Development Director for Pain Care Clinics and also successfully runs her own Business Development and Public Relations consulting company. Leeann has extensive experience working working directly with Doctors, Lawyers and Rehab Providers.

Leeann is an advocate for individuals living with the effects of acquired brain injury and has a number of years experience in raising awareness surrounding head injury prevention and helmet safety as a member of the Hamilton Helmet Initiative.

kathy gaudun, past president

Kathy worked as a nurse in the Neurology Ward of the Hamilton General Hospital before accepting a position as the Clinical Coordinator for the Out-Patient Clinic with the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Chedoke. Kathy joined the Morris Law Group in 1997 and remains on staff as the Medical Rehabilitation Consultant. Her role at The Morris Law Group includes acting as a liaison between the medical and legal teams to ensure that clients receive the best possible rehabilitation.

Kathy is the Chair of our Fundraising Dinner Committee and is an advocate for survivors and helps to raise awareness and funds for support services for survivors of brain injury and their families. Kathy recently participated in Party for Pain’s Hamilton Dancing with the Hamilton Stars and succeeded on and off the dance floor!

dave gaylor, vice president

Dave is a survivor of acquired brain injury. Dave was appointed to the board when survivor openings became available in 2011 and is valued as our Vice President. His background before injury included both chemical engineering and occupational hygiene that included several leadership, consulting and training roles.

Dave is interested in contributing to our organization which had given much to him and other brain injury survivors since he moved to Hamilton in 2005. Dave is a founding member of ABISS, an advocacy group dedicated to being a resource for other survivors of ABI. ABISS recently created a message for Ontario Drivers: Click here to view their message.


David is a Chartered Accountant and Manager with Durward Jones Barkwell & Company LLP. His area of practice includes providing litigation support services on behalf of plaintiff and defense lawyers with respect to tort claims and Income Replacement Benefits.

David brings his extensive business expertise to the Board to serve the brain injury community in Hamilton.

danielle perkin, secretary

Danielle has over 14 years experience in community-based rehabilitation programs supporting adults and children with acquired brain injuries and spinal cord injuries as well as addictions. She has worked with the Hamilton Health Sciences since 2003, specifically within ABI Community Services for 7 years as a Senior Rehabilitation Therapist. Danielle's current role is a Community Intervention Coordinator with the Hamilton Health Sciences, Acquired Brain Injury Program.

Danielle received an Award of Excellence in Brain Injury Rehabilitation from the Ontario Brain Injury Association as the recipient of the 2016 Health Care Provider of the Year Award and was selected as a nominee for the YWCA 2019 Women of Distinction Awards in the Health category.

ben vanberkel, director

Ben is a survivor of acquired brain injury. Ben has been an active HBIA participant since 2003 and was appointed to the Board when a survivor opening became available in 2012. His background before injury is as a Mechanical Engineer with Procter & Gamble's Burlington St manufacturing plant and later as a Consulting engineer with a Burlington based engineering firm, M.R. Byrne and Associates, now part of Ameresco.

Ben is an avid 5K By the Bay participant and was the top pledge earner in 2018 - Ben spent countless hours raising funds to benefit the Hamilton Brain Injury Association. Thank you, Ben!

brenda power-ahmad, director

Brenda is a registered Occupational Therapist and began working in the private sector in 1999 with people who have sustained serious injuries including acquired brain injury.

Brenda is a Partner in a local Occupational Therapy company that provides assessment and treatment across Ontario to clients with brain injuries and other traumatic injuries. She is passionate about helping these clients regain their functional potential in the home, community and workplace.

rachel willard, director

Rachel works for Hamilton Health Sciences, Acquired Brain Injury Program as an Advanced Rehabilitation Therapist. Rachel has over 13 years of experience in brain injury rehabilitation and case management. She has accumulated experience in all areas of rehabilitation care; in-patient both slow to recover and behavioural support, out-patient rehabilitation, pool therapy, return to work /school programs, dual diagnosis as well as substance use/abuse experience. 

Rachel is extremely passionate about HBIA’s Bikes, Blades & Boards Program and is the Chair of our Bikes, Blades & Boards Committee. Rachel has been instrumental in re-developing and formalizing our curriculum and developing our committee.

jeff laskey, director

Jeff Laskey works for Paradigm Rehabilitation overseeing their Outreach Program. Jeff has several years of experience in brain injury rehabilitation.

Although Jeff has been an asset to HBIA for a number of years, specifically to our 5K By the Bay and Family & Caregiver Support Group, he formally joined the Board in 2018.

maxine birdsell, director

Maxine Birdsell is an associate at Mackesy Smye. Most of Maxine's time is spent in the personal injury field in dealing with claims arising from car accidents, accidents on property and civil actions against the police. 

Maxine joined the Board of Directors in 2018 and has been a fantastic addition to our team.

cherisse mckay, director

Dr. McKay is a registered Psychologist in the province of Ontario. Dr. McKay has been an associate of Storrie, Velikonja and Associates since January 2009, and Practice Director since 2013. She provides pediatric and adult neuropsychological and psychological assessment and treatment services. Dr. McKay also provides clinical supervision and consultation for behaviour and rehabilitation therapists working in the community, as well as consultation with multidisciplinary team members regarding the neurobehavioural and psychosocial consequences of traumatic brain injury in children and adolescents. Dr. McKay also has a specialization in return-to-driving assessments following brain injury.

Cherisse joined the Board of Directors in 2018 and has been a fantastic addition to our team.