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 serving on our Board of Directors. Their skills and efforts truly make our organization unique.
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.
jeff laskey, VICE President
Jeff Laskey works for Paradigm Rehabilitation and Nursing Services and brings his several years of experience in brain injury rehabilitation field to the Hamilton Brain Injury Association.
Although Jeff has been an asset to HBIA for a number of years, specifically to our 5K By the Bay event and Family & Caregiver Support Group, he formally joined the Board in 2018. Presently, Jeff is the Chair of our 5K By the Bay committee and an active member on HBIA’s Bikes, Blades and Boards committee. Jeff was recently appointed Vice President of our Board of Directors, congratulations Jeff!
DAVID GREBENC, TREASURER
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.
rachel willard, SECRETARY
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. Please help us congratulate Rachel on her recent appointment to Secretary of the Board of Directors.
dave gaylor, DIRECTOR
Dave is a survivor of acquired brain injury. Dave was appointed to the board when survivor openings became available in 2011. 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.
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.
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.
carolyn galand, director
Background coming soon!
Paul shamoon, director
Background coming soon!
rebecca rodgers, director
Background coming soon!
THANK YOU DANIELLE PERKIN & KATHY GAUDUN FOR YOUR DEDICATION TO SERVING ON OUR BOARD! WITHOUT THESE TWO WOMEN, OUR ACHIEVEMENTS AND GROWTH WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE. ALTHOUGH THEY ARE NOT GOING FAR; THEY WILL BE MISSED ON OUR BOARD! DANIELLE REMAINS THE CO-CHAIR OF OUR 5K BY THE BAY COMMITTEE AND KATHY REMAINS THE CHAIR OF OUR FUNDRAISING DINNER COMMITTEE.