Board of Directors


Executive Members

Dr. Sandy Venditti, BSc, DDS, MBA, Board President

Dr. Venditti has been a Board Director since 2011, currently serving as Board President. Dr. Venditti holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Dr. Venditti is an Examiner for the National Dental Examining Board of Canada and an elected representative serving on the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario Council and their various committees. She also works as a locum dentist when available.  Dr. Venditti manages her family’s real estate business and brings extensive experience in finance and contract negotiations.

 

Ms. Dana D’Andrea, BEd, MSW, RSW, Board Vice President

Ms. D’Andrea has been a Board Director since 2011, currently serving as Vice President and also sits on the Services and Governance Committees. She is a graduate of both Ferris State and Davenport Universities in Michigan in Business studies and teacher certification.  She has recently completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) at the University of Windsor.   Ms. D’Andrea is self- employed (Michigan Education Advocacy and Interventions) as a Special Education Advocate and Education Specialist contractor. She is also contracted as an Education Specialist with Genesee County Juvenile Probation.

Ms. D’Andrea has an extensive background in successfully working with community leaders, foster children and youth along with foster/biological families to bring comprehensive and dynamic programming that will provide children and youth with specific individual educational and social needs.

 

Dr. Dena Nazer, MD FAAP, Board Secretary

Dr. Nazer  has  been  a  Board  Director  since  June  2013, currently serving as the Board Secretary  and  is  a  member of the Services Committee. Dr. Nazer is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Wayne State University. She is the Chief of the Child Protection Team at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and performs medical evaluations at the Kids-TALK Children’s Advocacy Center in Detroit. Dr. Nazer has been recently awarded the first BRANCH Partner Grant to expand her ongoing work in training health professionals on the diagnosis and treatment of child maltreatment in Amman, Jordan. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics.

As a Windsorite, Dr. Nazer volunteers in the Windsor community in association with the Islamic Social Work Association and is a strong advocate for diversity and cultural sensitivity. Dr.  Nazer has extensive  post-graduate  and  specialized  training  in  addition  to  her Medical degrees.  She  has published  in  the  area  of  child  maltreatment  and presented at many educational seminars and conferences relating to her expertise in child maltreatment. She is also the recipient of many prestigious honours and awards for her professional expertise.

 

Ms. Karen Connor, RN, SANE, Board Services Committee Chair

Ms. Connor has been a Board Director since 2007, currently serving as the Services Committee Chair. Ms. Connor was a registered nurse for many years at Windsor Regional and Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospitals. She also has experience in working with the Sexual Assault Treatment Centre/SAFEKIDS and was trained as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). She is now retired. Karen brings to the board an extensive background in providing training and public education for the community.

 

Directors

Mr. Abdullahi Cisman, BA, BSc, Board Director

Mr. Cisman has been a Board Director since June 2013 and currently sits on the Corporate Services Committee. Mr. Cisman is a probation and parole officer with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of the Somali Community of Windsor (SCW), a nonprofit organization, where he later served as the president of the board for a three year term. He brings extensive experience in the non-profit sector, governance, family and children services and legal services. As a community leader, he is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his outstanding community service in Windsor Essex.  Mr. Cisman holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a Bachelor of Science Degree. Over the 2014 Summer, Mr. Cisman received the Advance Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from University of Windsor Law School. He is currently a Master of Arts candidate in International Relations and Conflict Resolution.

 

Ms. Genevieve Isshak, BSW, MSW, Board Director

Ms. Isshak has been a Board Director since June 2013 and is a member of the Services Committee. Ms. Isshak has been the Clinical Director of Residential and Outreach Services of Hiatus House since 2009. She has over 20 years of experience in working with diverse clients, committees and boards. She has worked as a manager and therapist in the areas of clinical counseling, needs assessment, program development, education and outreach services. She holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work. Ms. Isshak is also an Ex-Officio Board member on the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation.

 

Kulveer Virk, M.Eng., PMP, Board Director

Mr. Virk has been a Board Director since September 2016 and currently sits on the Corporate Services and Governance Committees. He is a Project/Program Manager for Ford Motor Company since 2010 and before that worked as an Analyst and Project Manager for a mainframe-dedicated software company in Detroit.

Mr. Virk holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Engineering (India) and a PG Diploma in Environmental Control from Sheridan College. He also received the Community Leadership Professional Certificate from the University of Windsor in 2013 and completed the Certified Project Management Professional program at the Project Management Institute.

Mr. Virk has extensive Board experience and brings to this Board his expertise in project management, board governance and strategic planning.