The Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who share a commitment to the well-being of children and families. The role of the Board of Directors is to ensure the on-going sustainability, credibility and ability of the organization to realize its Mandate, Vision, Mission Statement and Values & Guiding Principles.
Kulveer Virk, M.Eng., PMP, Chair
Mr. Virk has been a Board Director since September 2016 and currently serving as the Chair of the Board. He is presently working for a major automotive manufacturer in Detroit as ITO Transformation Manager.
Mr. Virk has over 20 years of experience in managing and delivering complex programs in Information Technology and is a thought leader with deep experience in solving business problems utilizing continuous improvement methods and efficient use of technologies. He teaches Management of Information Systems as adjunct professor at University of Windsor. His expertise includes creating process efficiencies, governance structures, data analytics and strong stakeholder relations.
Mr. Virk brings over a decade of board governance, strategic planning and program management experiences serving multiple roles in various sectors in USA and Canada.
Ms. Dana D’Andrea, BEd, MSW, RSW, Past Chair
Ms. D’Andrea has been a Board Director since 2011, currently serving as Past Chair and Chair of the Governance Committee. She also sits on the Services Planning Committee. She is a graduate of both Ferris State and Davenport Universities in Michigan in Business studies and teacher certification. She has 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 and she is a Licensed Clinical Therapist contracted with Metanoia Health and Wellness Centre in Windsor.
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.
Ms. Vicki Houston, B.A., B. Ed., M. Ed., Vice Chair
Ms. Houston was appointed to the Board in June of 2019 and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board. She also sits on the Corporate Services and Governance Committees. Ms. Houston is a Superintendent with the Greater Essex County District School Board and has been a secondary school principal, vice principal and teacher prior to her current role.
Vicki is a member of the LaSalle Police Services Board and is actively involved in giving back to her community.
Vicki is a strong advocate for youth in Windsor and Essex County and has worked throughout her entire career and in her community involvement to improve the lives of teens who are at risk of not graduating from high school.
Rana Olwan, CPA, CGA, MBA, CFE Treasurer and Corporate Services Committee Chair
Ms. Olwan has been a Board Director since December 2017, currently serving as the Treasurer and Chair of the Corporate Services Committee. She is the Director of Finance and Portfolio Management for the Department of Hunger and Livelihoods at Save the Children Federation, Inc. She has over 15 years of experience in accounting and financial management in international development programs. She has worked in a number of places, including Save the Children’s offices in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. She brings to the board an extensive knowledge and experience in risk management, donor compliance, financial accounting and reporting, and strategic planning.
Rana holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Yarmouk University in Jordan and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Laurentian University in Canada. She is also a Chartered Professional Accountant, a Certified General Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Ms. Karen Connor, RN, SANE, Services Planning Committee Chair
Ms. Connor has been a Board Director since 2007, currently serving as Chair of the Services Planning Committee. She also sits on the Governance Committee. 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.
Dr. Dena Nazer, MD FAAP, Secretary
Dr. Nazer has been a Board Director since June 2013, currently serving as the Board Secretary. She also sits on the Services Planning Committee. Dr. Nazer is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Wayne State University. She is the Medical Director at the Kids-TALK Children’s Advocacy Center in Detroit. 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 Windsor Islamic 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 and Human Trafficking.
Mr. Jordan Baxter, CPA, Board Director
Mr. Baxter has been a Board Director since September 2018, currently sitting on the Corporate Services Committee. Mr. Baxter is a Chartered Professional Accountant and an Internal Auditor in the Automotive Industry. He has a keen personal interest in entrepreneurship, and social justice advocacy. He particularly enjoys working within a team of dedicated and enthusiastic individuals with the purpose of achieving a common goal through innovative and unique solutions. He attended the University of Windsor, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce.
Mr. Shane Renaud, OMC, Police Constable, Board Director
Mr. Renaud has been a Board Director since September 2018, currently sitting on the Services Planning Committee. As a former Crown Ward, Mr. Renaud is a strong advocate for children and youth. During his teen years he acted as a liaison between the youth in care and the Board of Directors and he has continued donating his time ever since by providing presentations to foster parents, youth in care and staff.
Shane’s commitment to the Windsor-Essex community is also reflected in his chosen profession, that of a Constable with the Windsor Police Service. He is a graduate of the Law and Security Administration Program at St. Clair College, the Ontario Police College’s Constable Training Program and has an Executive Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the University of Windsor – Faculty of Law.
Mr. Renaud has been an active and previous member of the Board of Directors serving from 2004-2014; and he served in all roles including that of President. Mr. Renaud’s initial term further included him representing SouthWest Ontario on the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies and being one of only 12 members named from the Province of Ontario to represent the Society by sitting as a member with the Commission to Promote Sustainability in Child Welfare. At the conclusion of Mr. Renaud’s tenure he took a 4 year hiatus.
In December of 2016 Mr. Renaud’s volunteer work with the Society, Windsor Police Service and advocacy for youth in care was recognized with him being awarded the Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship.
Ms. Stephanie Williams, Board Director
Boozhoo, Anii Stephanie Williams dizhinikaaz! Ojibway from Bkejwanong Territory.
Ms. Williams has been a Board Director since September 2018, currently filling the designated seat for a representative of the Indigenous community. She sits on the Services Planning Committee. Ms. Williams was born and raised on reserve (Walpole Island First Nation), where she lived all her life. She is a daughter, grand-daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and mother of two children.
Ms. Williams brings with her a great deal of experience thought her professional career as well as life experiences. She possesses a Social Service Worker Diploma form St. Lawrence College, specializing in Indigenous Peoples and she is currently a Bachelor’s of Social work student with Ryerson University in Toronto.
Ms. Williams worked at Three Fires Exhignowenmindwaa Women’s Shelter for ten years, Sarnia Lambton Children’s Aid Society and currently at Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre – Windsor Site. She is coming to the WECAS Board of Directors with excitement. She enjoys working with people and being a helper. She believes in Wholistic and traditional healing along with promoting healthy balanced daily living and the safety and well-being of all.
Dr. Mohammed Hussain, MD, CCFP, Board Director
Dr. Hussain has been a Board Director since September 2018, currently sitting on the Governance Committee. Dr. Hussain works as a family physician for City Centre Health Care, which is a community centre affiliated with the Canadian Mental Health Association. He has an interest in the treatment of mental health problems in a primary care setting.
Dr. Hussain was raised in Windsor and completed his primary and secondary schooling locally. He completed an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Windsor before going to the University of Toronto for medical school. As a local family physician, Dr. Hussain is actively engaged in clinical work with families of lower socioeconomic status. He is also very aware of how essential it is for children to be raised in a safe and secure environment where all of their physical and emotional needs are adequately met. As the son of Indian immigrants, and as an active member of the Muslim community in Windsor, Dr. Hussain
Ms. Brooklyn Dillon, BScN, Youth Representative
Brooklyn is a former youth in care, over the last couple of years has volunteered with Pride at WECAS. She has recently graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 2019. She currently is working for Windsor Regional Hospital. Brooklyn’s unique expertise comes from her lived experiences.
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