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 was elected President of HBIA in 2018. Congratulations Leeann!


kathy gaudun, past president

Kathy was appointed to the HBIA board in 2012. Kathy sits on the Drive for ABI Golf Committee and is the Committee Chair of our Annual Fundraising Dinner. Kathy stepped down from her role as President, and currently sits on the BOD as Past President. Kathy is an advocate for individuals with brain injuries and helps to raise awareness and funds for support services for survivors of brain injury and their families

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.

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dave gaylor, vice president

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

Dave was very interested in contributing to an organization which had given much to him and other brain injury survivors since he moved to Hamilton in 2005. Of particular interest were ongoing efforts to establish a permanent home for the organization, maintaining and improving communications to members and the public through the newsletter and website and integrating the facilitator more as opportunity presented into these project areas while making the most of their talents.



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 has been on the Hamilton Brain Injury Association Board of Directors since 2014 and services as Treasurer as well as on the Finance Committee. He brings his extensive business expertise to the Board to serve the brain injury community in Hamilton.


danielle perkin, secretary

Danielle was appointed to the HBIA board in 2012. She has over 14 years experience in community-based rehabilitation programs supporting both adult, adolescents and children with brain and spinal cord injuries as well as addiction problems. She has worked with the Hamilton Health Sciences, Acquired Brain Injury Program, since 2003, specifically within ABI Community Services for 7 years as a Senior Rehabilitation Therapist. Danielle's current role is a Community Intervention Coordinator.

Danielle is the Chair of the 5K By the Bay Committee and has worked with the walk/run committee since 2005 as an active member in planning/organizing the event as well as participating yearly as a runner.  She has also worked in assisting to develop the Caregiver Committee in 2010 which began the first Psycho-educational Series for caregivers starting in October 2012.


ben vanberkel, director

Ben was appointed to the Board when a survivor opening became available in 2012. He is a member of both the Administration and Facility Committees. His background 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 has been involved with the walk/run event since 2008 as a participant and was pleased to join the Board to investigate ways he could contribute to the Association whose support group he's been attending since 2003.


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 joined the HBIA Board in 2014 as a Director. She has also been volunteering with the HBIA 5k By The Bay and Fundraising Committee since 2009.

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. Brenda also coordinates Breakfast Seminars at the HBIA Clubhouse for members of the local healthcare community which serve to educate and share ideas about acquired brain injuries and treatment modalities.


rachel willard, director

Rachel works for Hamilton Health Sciences 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 has been involved with HBIA, specifically the 5K By the Bay since 2009 and was appointed to the board in 2017. Rachel was instrumental in forming the Bikes, Blades & Boards Committee in 2018. Rachel is the passionate about HBIA’s Bikes, Blades & Boards program and is the current Chair of the Bikes, Blades & Boards Committee.  


jeff laskey, director

Jeff Laskey works for Paradigm Rehabilitation. Jeff joined the Board of Directors in 2018. Jeff has been an asset to HBIA for a number of years. Jeff has been heavily involved specifically with our Family & Caregiver Support Group and served as Facilitator of this group for three years. Jeff is an active member of our 5K By the Bay Committee.


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 is an active committee member with our Bikes, Blades & Boards program.


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 is an active committee member with our Bikes, Blades & Boards program.