Meet our Board of Directors 2021-2022

Warren Kennedy

Warren Kennedy – Chair

Warren worked for the Lambton Kent District School Board as teacher, secondary administrator and supervisory officer.  After thirty years with the Lambton Kent District School Board, he moved to Windsor to become the Director of Education for the Greater Essex County District School Board. Warren retired as the Executive Director for the Ontario Public Supervisory Officers’ Association and he plans to travel and spend more time with his family.

Dana Petko – Vice Chair

Dana’s connection with Pathways goes back 40 years to when her sister first started utilizing their services. Since then, Dana has worked with Pathways professionally in various ways as both an Early Childhood Educator and a Professor in the ECE Program at Lambton College. She has also had experience with Pathways as a parent who has utilized their services for her own children. Volunteering as a member of the Board of Directors is her way of supporting an organization she holds in very high esteem.

Dana Petko
Gianni Spadafora

Gianni Spadafora – Treasurer

Giovanni is a CPA, CA and Manager at Baker Tilly Sarnia. He has over thirteen years in public accounting with specialized experience working with public sector accounting audits, not-for-profit organizations as well as small to medium sized owner managed corporations. He received his Bachelor of Managerial and Organizational Studies with Honours Economics degree from Western University. Giovanni and his family reside in Point Edward. He joined Pathways’ Board of Directors in 2017, and was appointed Treasurer in 2018.

Jennifer Ellis – Secretary

Jennifer Ellis is Corporate Counsel for NOVA Chemicals in Sarnia. She obtained her Juris Doctor at Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law in 2016 and completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Public Policy from the University of Guelph in 2011. In order to give back to her community, she joined Pathways’ Board of Directors in 2016 and was appointed Secretary in 2018.

Jenn Ellis
Dean Edwardson

Dean Edwardson – Past Chair

Dean is retired having completed a 43-year career in industry and government. He has held senior management positions both at a staff and operational level. He has served on a number of Boards including the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce and Lambton Health Study. Dean has extensive experience in the areas of Board governance, operational budgeting and financial reporting, government relations and public outreach. Dean holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. Dean and his wife live in Sarnia and are the proud parents and grandparents of two daughters and four granddaughters.

Allison Wray

Allison is a Certified Human Resources Professional with experience working with social service organizations that provide support to children and families.  As a Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisory, Allison has a passion for workplace wellness and uses this lens when reviewing policies and Board governance. Allison is also a Pathways parent who has accessed Speech-Language Pathology, C.A.C.H.É. Child Care, and swimming lessons with her own family.

Allison Wray
Brittany Jones

Brittany Jones

Brittany is the Research Operations Coordinator at Lambton College. Brittany brings over seven years of employment and volunteer experience in the non-profit sector, supporting fundraising campaigns for Heart and Stroke, YMCA, MADD Canada and Lambton College. She obtained her Bachelor’s Business Administration Degree (2011) from the University of Guelph, as well as her Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management (2011) from Humber College and recently completed her Certificate in Supply Chain Management from George Brown College. She is excited to expand upon her existing relationship with Pathways and provide additional support as an engaged Board Member.

Gord Currie

Gord has an extensive background in corporate leadership and in the functional areas of finance and accounting. He has over 35 years of industry experience across multiple industries including building and industrial products (EMCO Limited), technology-semiconductor (Gennum Corporation), automotive parts (Wescast Inc.), and petrochemicals (NOVA/Polysar). Since 2000, Gord has held the role of CFO at EMCO, Gennum and Wescast. Since his retirement from full-time CFO work in 2010, he has held roles as a member of the Loan Committee of the Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII), and as the independent director of 1056782 Ontario Limited (holding company for Lakeside Process Controls, Arctic Combustion and the Valve Automation Centre). Gord was founder of Participation House Sarnia Region, a charity which developed housing alternatives and paratransit support for physically disabled adults in Lambton County in the 1980s and which are still operating today. Gord received his Masters Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto in 1976 and is also a professional accountant (CPA, CGA).

Gordon Currie
Mike Cullis

Mike Cullis

Mike is local Real Estate Agent and part owner at Royal Lepage Key Realty. He is involved in several local business ventures that include development and new home construction amongst others. Mike grew up working within his family business that spanned three generations. While working with J.V. Wiltshire Ltd., he managed several restaurants in the Sarnia Lambton area. He studied Business at Lambton College with emphasis in Accounting, Human Resource Management and Marketing.  In his down time, he loves to fundraise to support local charities by embarking on travel expeditions to remote parts of the world.

Tanya Anderson

Tanya has been employed with The County of Lambton – Social Service Division for over 16 years, and currently on secondment at The Good Shepherd’s Lodge as the Program Coordinator. She prides herself on being an active team member and strong advocate for the clients she serves and those who are unable to do so for themselves.  Her foundation of support consists of her husband, Brad and her two beautiful children, Jessica and Brett. Her connection with Pathways started when her son was diagnosed with Autism at a young age. Due to the wonderful programs and support that her son received from Pathways, it has inspired her to become involved with the agency.

Tanya Anderson
Dr Stoesser

Dr. Stoesser – Pathways Medical Advisor

Not available at this time.

Alison Morrison, Pathways Executive Director

Alison grew up in Chatham, Ontario and realized a call to service with children early on. She studied Nursing at Western University and later worked in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario. Alison returned to Western to complete a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. A relocation to Sarnia with her husband Pat in 1997 lead to an opportunity to work at Pathways. Care for children and youth has always been a priority for both Alison and Pat – and parenting two children has been their greatest joy. Alison is a competitive cheerleading coach at Bluewater Cheer Athletics and an active member of the Grace United Church community.

Alison’s work with the organization has included Speech-Language Pathologist, Accreditation Coordinator, Supervisor, and Manager of Clinical Services. She is deeply committed to Pathways. “I love the work of this place – the families, our staff, volunteers, Board, and our community. It is an honour to be called to the Executive Director role. I’m excited about days to come – and our strong work to ensure we remain responsive to emerging needs, allowing us to wrap around children and youth with physical, developmental and communication difficulties…to help them be their best!”

Our Mission

Our Board of Directors is dedicated to facilitating the mission and vision of Pathways.  Our Board consists of community volunteers who tirelessly give their time to help staff maintain and improve the services we provide for children and their families living in Sarnia-Lambton.

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    2021/2022 Board Meetings

    All Board Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to approximately 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. There are no meetings in December, July and August.

    • September 28, 2021 (Board Strategic Planning Event)
    • October 26, 2021
    • November 30, 2021
    • January 25, 2022
    • February 22, 2022
    • March 29, 2022
    • April 26, 2022
    • May 31, 2022
    • June 21, 2022 (NOT the last Tuesday of the month)
    • September 27, 2022 – Annual General Meeting (AGM)