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Jody Chapman: Director (Child Care Representative)


Jody is a mother and grandmother. She is a Registered Early Childhood Educator, and currently the  Executive Director of integrated child care

centres in Durham Region. Jody’s numerous years of experience have benefited the early childhood community. Jody joined the Board of

Directors in 1995 and served as Vice-President from 1998-2005. She assumed the position of Secretary-Treasurer effective September 2005

and became President in 2007. Jody is a member of the Audit Committee, the Communication Committee, and the Human Resources Committee.

Jennifer Cooke: Director (Community Representative)


As a Child Youth Worker for over 20 years, Jennifer has extensive experience working for non-profit and charitable organizations across the GTA.

Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to work with young people in day-treatment, facilitating educational workshops, building

relationships with stakeholders and volunteering her time in the community. Currently, Jennifer works to help connect those with low mood to

moderate depression with therapeutic services as a Stakeholder Engagement and Communication Specialist for the Canadian Mental Health

Association - Ontario’s BounceBack program. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, playing sports, hiking and camping.


Danica Cross: Director (Community Representative)


Danica completed a Master of Leadership and Community Engagement (MLCE) from York University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree

from York University and a post graduate diploma in communication disorders from Georgian College. Currently she is the Director of Cross

Agency Clinical Services at Surrey Place in Toronto. Danica has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for over 20 years and brings 

with her a deep understanding of the developmental system with many years of clinical experience. Previous roles include Manager of Intake

and Service Coordination, Service Coordinator, Communicative Disorders Assistant, and Infant Hearing Screener. In her spare time Danica

loves to embrace her entrepreneurial spirit owning and operating a small business. She also enjoys spending time outdoors with her family

and dog. 



Greg Dionne: Director (Community Representative)


Greg is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is a Director of Inspections with Canadian Public Accountability Board.  He holds a Bachelor of

Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Outside of work and volunteering, Greg enjoys travelling,

canoeing throughout Durham Region, and relaxing with family and friends at his family cottage. Greg joined the Board of Directors in 2014 and

is a member of the Human Resource and Audit Committees.


Anne Joyce: Director (Community Representative) 


Anne is the Financial Services Marketing Director at CGI, with a deep background in marketing strategy and execution, writing and editing. A new

member to the board, she is eager to contribute her unique skill set to the Communication Committee. As mom to a son on the spectrum and two

adopted daughters, Anne is passionate about autism advocacy, inclusion and diversity, and mentorship. She spends her spare time running,

hiking and staying fit, and her love for the outdoors and nature is only matched by her love of reading and coffee.


Paul Keppen: Vice-President (Community Representative)  


Paul is a Senior Commercial Account Manager with RBC Royal Bank and services clients throughout the Durham Region. He has over 20 years

of experience in the banking industry, and is able to utilize those skills on our Board. Paul is a graduate of the Honours Economics Program at the

University of Western Ontario. In his spare time, Paul enjoys playing hockey and golf. Paul joined the Board of Directors in 2009, and is a member

of the Human Resources Committee.


Sheryl Lamkey: President (Parent Representative) 


Sheryl is a Child and Youth Worker with the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. Sheryl has a daughter with special needs and has played an active

role in advocating for exceptional children. In her spare time, Sheryl enjoys reading, doing crafts, walking, and running. Sheryl joined the

Board of Directors in  2005 and is the current chair of the Communication Committee. She is also a member of the Audit Committee.



James Shiels: Director (Parent Representative)



James began his career in Healthcare 12 years ago as a Customer Service Representative and currently leads a strong team in distribution. He

has also been a volunteer with the Scarborough Blizzard Soccer Club. James enjoys running and playing soccer in his spare time. His number

one goal is helping his young son overcome challenges he may face as a child with Down Syndrome and cheering him on with each success.

James joined the Board of Directors in 2013. He is a member of the Human Resources and Audit Committee.