Robert joined the Board in 2013 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2015, becoming president in June 2018.
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 - 1st Vice President 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.
Chad Sutherland - 2nd Vice President 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 for several years.
He is a strong, enthusiastic advocate and volunteer.
Gillian Heisz - Treasurer Chartered Professional Accountant
Gillian joined the Board of Directors in June 2019 and as Treasurer sits on the Executive Committee.
She is a resident of Amherstburg.
Gillian is a CPA, CA and holds an HBA from the Ivey Business School (Western University)
Gillian has ten year’s experience in financial accounting, audit and financial reporting practices and has been employed at the University of Windsor since 2015. She has been in the position of Controller & Executive Director, Financial Accounting and Reporting since 2018.
Gillian also has extensive experience providing assurance and financial consulting services to dozens of not-for-profit organizations in Ontario. She also has exceptional insights in the financial challenges and risk management encountered by not-for-profit organizations.
Gillian is a life long learner, very active in her community and is a frequent volunteer.
Ron Giofu - Past President Journalist
Ron joined the Board of Directors in 2012
He has held positions on the Executive Committee since 2013 and served as President for three years.
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.
Diane Bourbeau - Director 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.
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.
Diane Neves - 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.
Scott Pratt - Director Family Member, Assistant Crown Attorney
Scott joined the Board of Directors in 2016.
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 over 15 years and has worked in eight jurisdictions.
Active in his community, Scott has coaching and a variety of volunteer experiences
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.
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.