Board Members

Meet Our Volunteer Board of Directors

Ron Giofu - President
Journalist

  • Ron joined the Board of Directors in 2012
  • He has held positions on the Executive Committee since 2013.
  • As a local journalist, Ron’s involvement with Community Living Essex County predates his work on the Board given his long standing media coverage of local events. 
  • Ron is a member of our Social Media Committee and has helped to cover many of our stories and events.
  • Born and raised in Essex County Ron has lived in Amherstburg since 1995.
Robert Tomek

Robert Tomek - 1st Vice President
Lawyer

  • Robert joined the Board in 2013.
  • Born and raised in Kingsville, Robert remains a resident of Kingsville.
  • At the University of Windsor he obtained his Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Law degrees.  He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2002 and is practicing with McTague Law Firm.  His emphasis is on Estate Administration, Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney.
  • Robert’s community involvement and volunteerism has always been an important part of his life. 
Sue Desjarlais

Sue Desjarlais - 2nd Vice Presidentr
Elected Councilor, LaSalle

  • Sue joined the Board of Directors in 2014.
  • Sue is a resident of LaSalle and is currently an elected Councilor for the Town of LaSalle.
  • As a retired Bell Canada employee from the Sales and Client Care Department, Sue has outstanding customer service and communication skills.
  • In addition to her volunteer work at Community Living Essex County, numerous other agencies and fundraising events benefit from Sue’s energy, enthusiasm and expertise.
Erika Banwell

Erika Davidson - Treasurer
Chartered Professional Accountant

  • Erika was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2015.
  • She is the Treasurer and sits on the Executive Committee.
  • Erika was born and raised in Essex County and is a resident of Essex.
  • She is a Chartered Accountant, with her own business, and has worked full time in the public sector since 2003.
  • She is currently the Treasurer for another non-profit organization.  Annually, Erika performs approximately 35 review/audit engagements each year on non-profit entities;
  • After working at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Erika assumed her father’s business in January, 2012, renaming it to Erika Banwell C.A. Professional Corporation.

Diane Bourbeau - Past President
Parent | Retired Educator

  • Diane joined the Board of Directors in 1999
  • She has held numerous positions on the Executive Committee.
  • As the parent of an adult daughter with an intellectual disability, Diane is keenly aware of the challenges and joys that accompany being a primary caregiver. 
  • Diane is a retired educator and continues to advocate for changes and inclusion in the education system.
  • Diane has been involved in many agency and community committees and projects including:  Rights Review Committee, Nominating Committee, Windsor Essex Developmental Services Reference Group, SEAC Support Group, Together One Dream Project and many more.
  • Originally from Ottawa, Diane and her family have been residents of Tecumseh for many years.
Diane Powers

Diane Powers - Director
Parent | Legal Secretary

  • Diane joined the Board of Directors in 2014.
  • Diane resides in Tecumseh with her family.
  • As the parent of a child who has multiple physical and intellectual disabilities, Diane was determined to become the strong advocate she would need to be on his behalf. She has educated herself a great deal about her son’s disabilities and also how to navigate the health and education sectors to secure access to the supports, therapies and various equipment her son would need for his personal growth and development
  • Diane is a member of the Ensemble Advisory Committee, a parent-directed resource for families caring for a child with a disability.
  • Diane’s professional life includes full time employment as a Legal Assistant at Rohaly Law Professional Corporation, located in Windsor. She also owns and operates a bookkeeping company on a part time basis.

 

Mike Siblani

Mike Siblani - Director
Business Owner

  • Mike joined the Board of Directors 2014.
  • Born and raised in Lebanon, Mike and his family moved to Tecumseh in 1992. 
  • He is the franchise owner of Little Caesars in Essex, Leamington, Amherstburg, Tilbury, LaSalle and Kingsville. 
  • Mike employs several people who have an intellectual disability and he is an enthusiastic promoter of employment opportunities for all people who want to work.
Chad Sutherland

Chad Sutherland - Director
Applied Learning Coordinator, University of Windsor

  • Chad joined the Board of Directors in 2014.
  • Chad and his family live in Belle River.
  • As an Applied Learning Coordinator at the University of Windsor’s Department of Kinesiology Chad was first connected to Community Living Essex County through research projects.   The initial project focused on health promotion priorities for people who have an intellectual disability.  Chad has participated at numerous conferences highlighting this project – and has increased his involvement by co-chairing the Research Day at the OADD Conference in April, 2015.
  • He is a strong, enthusiastic advocate and volunteer.

Scott Pratt - Director
Family Member, Assistant Crown Attorney

  • Scott is a new nomination to the Board of Directors.
  • Scott is a resident of LaSalle
  • He has a brother-in-law who receives supports from Community Living Essex County giving Scott a real understanding of the importance of supports for families.
  • Scott is a graduate of the University of Windsor:
    • Faculty of Law (Bachelor of Law program)
    • Faculty of Social Sciences (Honours Psychology, Thesis Program)
  • Scott has been employed by the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General for 15 years and has worked in eight jurisdictions. 
  • Active in his community, Scott has coaching and a variety of volunteer experiences

Michelle Mastellotto, Director
Parent/Retired Business Professional

  • Michelle joined the Board of Directors in June, 2017
  • She is a lifelong resident of Tecumseh and recently retired after over 27 years at Green Shield Canada as a Systems Engineer with a specialty in IT security, privacy and governance.
  • One of Michelle’s three children has an intellectual disability with a dual diagnosis and has been receiving supports and services from Community Living Essex County since May 2009
  • Michelle is an active fundraiser and volunteer and has supported many organizations, including Community Living Essex County.
  • She was on Board of Directors at the Windsor Essex Down Syndrome Association for over 20 years and is a current Board member for a local cycling organization.
  • Michelle has a wealth of valuable experience both professionally and personally that will be a great asset to the agency.

Ray Renaud, Director
Advocate

  • Ray joined the Board of Directors in June, 2017.
  • He was born and raised in Tecumseh and currently lives in Essex with his wife, Beth.
  • Ray joined New Day, Leaders of Today in 2010 and since then has worked very hard to be a good role model, enhance others’ lives and ensure peoples’ voices are heard.  Ray is currently on the Working Group of New Day.
  • Ray has represented New Day and Community Living Essex County at many events.  In particular, he was part of the group presenting “Together One Dream”.  In this role he travelled to conferences in Hamilton and Vancouver.
  • Ray is an active volunteer at the Knights of Columbus and also attends and volunteers at Holy Name church in Essex. 
  • As a member of New Day and active member of his community Ray will play a significant role on the Board of Directors.
Nancy Wallace-Gero

Nancy Wallace-Gero - Secretary to the Board