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Board of Directors

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Dr. Rayudu Koka, President

Dr. Koka is an accomplished Consultant Psychiatrist who has practiced in Sudbury since 1986. He is Medical Director for the Mental Health & Addictions Program, Health Sciences North (HSN) and Professor of Psychiatry with Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). Dr. Koka has also served as Section Chair Psychiatry for NOSM. Currently, he is with Ontario Medical Association (OMA) as OMA Council Delegate for District 9 and OMA Section of Psychiatry Executive Member. Dr. Koka has many years of experience with Boards and Committees, including the HSN Board, the Multicultural Folk Arts Association of Sudbury, United Way, the Greater Sudbury Police Services, Laurentian University, and the India-Canada Association (ICA) of Sudbury. He has also sat on multiple mental health committees at the local, regional, and provincial level.

Doug Conroy, Vice President

Doug Conroy is the Manager, Human Resources, for Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations. With more than 30 years of mining experience in Ontario and South America, including over 10 years of experience in senior management roles, Doug currently leads the Human Resource functions for Sudbury Operations including Indigenous Engagement, Labour Relations, Occupational Health, Organizational Development, Compensation and Benefit, Communications and Public Affairs. Doug holds a Master of Business Administration from Laurentian University, and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Doug is active in his community and is involved in several working groups with Wahnapitae First Nation, Sagamok Anishnawbek, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, and the Métis Nations of Ontario.

Tina Vincent-Gagnon, Past President

Tina Vincent-Gagnon has worked at Vale for over 16 years as an operator and is a proud, active member of United Steelworkers Local 6500. She’s been involved with the USW Women's Committee, Health and Safety, and is a union representative for the Human Rights/Harassment department. Tina has also worked with the Young Worker Awareness Program in high schools across Northeast Ontario and is the representative for USW in their annual United Way workplace campaign.

Valerie Barbe, Labour Council Representative

Valerie Barbe joined United Way’s Board of Directors as a Labour Representative in May 2018. Bringing 30 years of experience in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities, Valerie is passionate about helping others by offering a “hand-up,” not a “handout.” Valerie is a proud CUPE member of Local 2599 and sits on their Executive as the Chief Steward and a Return to Work Advocate. Valerie is dedicated to building stronger communities and helping to create permanent, positive change for those struggling in poverty. Valerie is also a delegate for the Sudbury District Labour Council and the Vice President of the Sudbury Provincial NDP Riding Association.

Lisa Scott, Treasurer

Lisa Scott is a Partner at Baker Tilly SNT. She was born and raised in Sudbury and graduated from Laurentian University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in 2001. Lisa is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator with 18 years of professional experience. Along with her passion toward her career, Lisa enjoys giving back to the community which includes volunteering on Boards of organizations such as United Way North East Ontario.

DIRECTORS

Gary Aubut, Director

Gary started working with the City of Greater Sudbury in April 1998. Within a few years, he was actively involved with Health & Safety for the Inside Unit, later becoming Chair for the committee. In 2005, Gary became a Union Steward for the Inside Unit. He is passionate about his work and about helping members. Gary is currently Chief Steward for the Inside and both the Inside and Outside Rep. for WSIB. In addition to being a board member for United Way, Gary sits on the SDLC and SDCC.

Patrick Brouzes, Director

Patrick was born and raised in Sudbury. For over 20 years, he's worked in the financial services industry, the last seven as a financial planner with Bank of Montreal. Patrick is currently an investment advisor with BMO Nesbitt Burns, is a Fellow to the Canadian Securities Institute, and a Certified Financial Planner professional. Patrick enjoys giving back in his community. In addition to his volunteer work with United Way, he is a board member with the Health Sciences North Foundation.

Dr. Paula F. Gouveia, Director

Dr. Paula F. Gouveia, joined Cambrian College in the role of Vice-President, Academic in August 2019. Prior to joining Cambrian, she held progressive academic positions at Seneca College and most recently Humber College, where she served as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences since 2009. During her time at Humber, she supported various community partnerships and organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Toronto, the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, and the United Way.

Fluent in four languages, Dr. Gouveia completed her PhD in French literature at the University of Toronto in 2013 and TESL Canada Certification in 2014 which allows her to more effectively support the needs of diverse learners. Having recently relocated to Sudbury, she is eager to learn more about our community and help to make a difference.

Thomas Guscott, Director

Having been called to the Bar in 2019, Thomas is a licensed lawyer who holds a law degree from The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay where he explored the foundations of the rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada and focused on improving access to justice in rural communities. The decision to venture into law was driven by his past experiences working as a summer student with the Ministry of Community and Social Services, where he became aware of the significant needs of our most vulnerable population. Thomas is eager to use what he has learned in both public and private practice to improve their quality of life through the United Way. Now with the accounting and tax firm SRWC LLP, Thomas continues to help assist the local businesses of Sudbury everyday to succeed and develop the community that he grew up in.

Marisa Jarus, Director

Marisa joined the City of Greater Sudbury in 2016 as the City’s first Active Transportation Coordinator, responsible for leading the effort to make Greater Sudbury’s streets safer and more accessible for residents who walk or ride a bike to meet their daily travel needs. Marissa is passionate about connecting ideas and people, building up her local community and exploring new places with a strong coffee in hand.

Nastassia McNair, Director

Nastassia holds an Honors Bachelors of Science in Biology and a Masters of Public Health. She's currently a Health Promoter at Public Health Sudbury & Districts and is passionate about building healthy communities. Nastassia has been involved with the UWCNEO in a volunteer capacity since 2013 through both the Young Leaders on Board and GenNext Programs. In her spare time, she enjoys taking dance classes, playing volleyball, and travelling to new places. Nastassia is looking forward to giving back to the community where she grew up and help drive community change across the North East.

Michelle Murray

Michelle Murray, Director

Michelle Murray is the Marketing Manager for Varis Mine Technologies Ltd. and has an extensive background in fundraising, communications, and event planning. Born and raised in Sudbury, Michelle began volunteering at 12 years old with the Sudbury Family Y.M.C.A and has been volunteering ever since. Michelle returned to Sudbury in 2021 after living on the west coast for close to two decades, working in the nonprofit sector, specializing in food security and homelessness, addiction awareness and mental health support programming. Michelle was an active volunteer for British Columbia's Homeless Count, supporting individuals on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, and is a past member of Rotary International.

Michelle is passionate about family, yoga, paddle boarding and hiking Sudbury’s many trails. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Monarch Recovery Services.

Barb Nott, Director

Barb retired in 2002 after a wonderful career with the Rainbow District School Board. Since then, she has been a staple in the volunteer sector in our City. She has sat on various boards, trained with Girl Guides of Canada and was elected President of the Sudbury Teachers Lions Club. Recently, Barb was named chair of the Seniors Advisory Panel for the City of Greater Sudbury. This group is working to help our community become more age-friendly and to bring attention to seniors’ issues. Barb is arguably just as busy in retirement. Barb believes in giving back to the community and organizations that she belongs to, so we have a better place to live and be active. Her experience working on boards and with non-profits will provide valuable insights and prospective.

Michael Penwarden, Director

Originally from Winnipeg, Mike has over 35 years of experience as a commercial banker and has been serving clients in Northern Ontario for over two decades. As an active volunteer, Mike has served his community in a variety of roles including Vice-Chair of the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation, Co-Chair of the Ward 10 Community Action Network, and Chair of United Way Centraide North East Ontario/ Nord-est de l'Ontario's Campaign Cabinet. 

Mila Wong, Director

Mila is a seasoned individual, a retired long-time CEO for a social services agency, a graduate registered nurse, a qualified arbitrator and mediator, a former Human Rights Officer, served as Regional and City of Sudbury Councillor and passionately strives for an egalitarian society.

Serious on accountability, Mila believes in the pursuit of excellence through effective and efficient policies and procedures, an idealist and guided by the Golden Rule. She is most proud on work done with the provincial Council on Health, Well-Being and Social Justice and the Determinants of Health Committees.

Mila is also a strong advocate for women, children, abilities, saving Earth and believes in prevention and early intervention of issues.

Personal Mantra: “Be mindful and kind and do better"'.