Board of Directors & Leadership Team

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Board of Directors     |     Leadership Team

2023/2024 Board of Directors

Fife House’s Board members, all of whom are volunteers, serve a two-year term with a maximum of three consecutive terms. To help ensure that the Board never loses sight of the realities of living with HIV/AIDS, the Board always includes at least two individuals who are HIV positive. Fife House thanks all of our dedicated board and committee members for their leadership and support of Fife House staff, and their tireless contributions to helping advance the vision and mission of the organization.
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Kwende Thomas

President

Kwende Thomas is a lawyer at a financial institution in Toronto where he advises and supports the capital markets and trading activities of the company. Prior to obtaining his law degree, Kwende received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Accounting and worked for several years in various banking and finance roles. He also practised corporate law in the British Virgin Islands for a few years prior to moving to Toronto. His volunteer involvement includes educational and community organizations in Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands and Toronto.

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Noorin Karmali

Vice President

Noorin Karmali has worked in the health care industry for over fifteen years, with experience in management consulting, government and ministries, Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and academic teaching hospitals. Noorin is currently a Senior Director at Benchmark Intelligence Group (BIG) Healthcare, providing benchmarking analytics and consulting services to over 125 Ontario hospitals. Her skills and experiences include strategic planning, performance measurement and evaluation, clinical and administrative program evaluation and operations improvement. She holds a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Ottawa, and a Bachelor of Science from McGill University.

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Lisa Crawley

Secretary

Lisa Crawley graduated in 1992 with a diploma in nursing. Her passion has always been focused on HIV/AIDS, mental health/addictions and supporting the more marginalized members of our community. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2004) and Masters of Nursing (2013) from the University of Victoria. Lisa has held a variety of roles progressing into the management field. Over the last twenty-eight years, she has held positions at Casey House, the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, St. Michael’s Hospital, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and now in her current role as Nurse Manager of the inpatient psychiatric services at Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network. Lisa’s board experience includes being the Past-President of the Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses, Past-President of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health as well as past board member of the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada.
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Gary Rogers

Treasurer

Gary Rogers is a chartered public accountant with ten years as a tax specialist in the Toronto and national offices of Deloitte followed by 29 years, including as CFO and Senior Vice President, at Credit Union Central of Canada, a federally regulated financial institution and national trade association for Canada’s credit unions. Gary chaired the Board of SPRINT (Senior People’s Resources in North Toronto) – a provider of home care and community support services for seniors remaining in their homes – and has recently been treasurer of Care Watch Ontario, an advocacy group for better home care for seniors. Recently retired, Gary joined the Fife Governance Committee in 2017 and the Finance Committee and Board of Directors in 2018.
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Aneeta Lal

Member-at-Large

Aneeta Lal is a registered Pharmacist and works as a Product Manager in Pharmaceutical Benefits at Sun Life Financial. She also sits as co-chair of the companies Pride Network, promoting LGBTQ2+ inclusiveness. Prior to this, Aneeta practiced as an HIV pharmacist for 10 years at Toronto General Hospital’s Immunodeficiency Clinic. This role ranged from providing complex pharmaceutical care, to working side-by-side with medical teams on issues and programs involving general and LGBTQ2+ health, mental health, addictions, access/coverage to medications, harm-reduction strategies, stigma and privacy. Aneeta has had the opportunity to educate other healthcare professionals and AIDS Service Organizations in the GTA about HIV/AIDS treatments and challenges. In addition, she has also served on a committee with Toronto Public Health that helped allocate funding for HIV/AIDS prevention and harm reduction programs across the GTA.

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Colleen Lamond

Member-at-Large

Colleen Lamond serves as Chief Operating Officer for Good Shepherd Non Profit Homes Toronto; an organization with supportive housing, and other community programs. An advocate for accessibility of care and for quality person-centered services for all Canadians, Colleen has worked in addictions recovery/harm reduction services and mental health treatment in a variety of capacities since 2001. Colleen has a wealth of experience in behavioural health care administration, organizational operations and clinical management. In addition, she has education in counselling as well as health services administration.

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Adrian Leung

Chair, Governance

Adrian Leung is a pharmacist by background currently working in a public health agency providing clinical and operational support for the COVID-19 vaccination campaign. His experience spans the care continuum where he most recently advanced various collaborative Ontario Health Team initiatives. As a part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, he actively supports advocacy organizations and interest groups including Start Proud and Proud Health Leaders. He holds a graduate degree in health administration from the University of Toronto, hoping to leverage learnings and insights gained through the program to help the most vulnerable.

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Stefanie McQuaid

Member-at-Large

Stefanie McQuaid is a Senior Analyst with the Department of Justice and an active volunteer, supporter and donor in the LGBT+ community. Stefanie has been volunteering in the LGBT community for over 20 years with agencies such as Fife House, the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation and the LGBT+ Giving Network. Her volunteerism includes several leadership positions including the past president of Fife House, co-chair of the Friends for Life Bike Rally and chair of the LGBT Giving Network’s Philanthropy Conference. In addition to her Board and Board Committee participation, Stefanie is a member of the Sunday Meal Program at the Jarvis site.

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Jean-Paul Michael

Member-at-Large

Jean-Paul Michael is an Addiction Case Manager in the Emergency Department at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Passionate about addiction medicine and harm reduction, he also advises several National Organizations as a Policy Consultant on healthcare reform and social welfare. Alongside Dr. Wiplove Lamba, he co-hosts ‘Captain Hooked: The Addiction Project,’ a podcast diving deep into addiction and mental health issues. With both professional expertise and lived experience, Jean-Paul is committed to breaking down stigmas and empowering individuals on their recovery journeys. As a board member of Fife House, he is excited to contribute to more inclusive and supportive communities.

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Andrew Perez

Chair, Development

Andrew Perez is a public affairs strategist, freelance writer, media commentator and community advocate. Andrew has worked in a variety of diverse public and private sector environments advising senior leaders on communication strategies in their interactions with governments and the media. Andrew’s freelance work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Canada’s National Observer, Policy Options and on TVO.org among several other media outlets. He also provides regular public affairs commentary on TV, radio, and podcast programs – most notably on CBC and CTV National News. Andrew is intimately involved in his community, also serving as a Director on the non-profit Board of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University, a Master of Public Policy from the University of Toronto and a diploma in strategic public relations also from the University of Toronto.

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Robert Rowe

Member-at-Large

Robert Rowe has over 13 years of experience as a social work professional, including 6 years of experience as a manager and key contributor developing community outreach, life skills, and mentorship programs. He has led community-based initiatives to address disparities among various marginalized communities and worked in policy development geared toward establishing procedural and structural equity within organizations. Robert had worked at Fife House in various roles from front line to management during an 11 year tenure. Currently he works with the City of Toronto, within their Shelter, Support, Housing Administration division.

Leadership Team

Nadine Sookermany
Executive Director

Kevin Leal
Director of Programs and Operations

Amrita Ahluwalia
Director of Research and Evaluation

Wendy Jamurath
Manager, Accounting

Mohammad Samady
Manager, Finance

Rochelle Vander Munnik
Senior Manager, People and Culture

Casey Sabawi
Senior Manager, Development and Communications