Board of Directors
Judy Welikovitch attended McGill University (B.Comm) and Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B.). She has spent her career working on social justice issues. For more than 15 years she was the Executive Director of West Toronto Community Legal Services, a community-based legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario, at which the focus of her legal practice was in the area of immigration and refugee law and administrative law. As the ED of the clinic, Judy was able to lead the clinic in broadening the range of services offered to include a housing help service, a housing support service and a mental health service, all funded by the City of Toronto. Most recently, Judy has developed and written successful proposals for funding for a child welfare service which addresses the issue of the disproportionality of Black children in group and foster care, and an anti-gang program that addresses the causal issues of youth gang-involvement in order to support Black gang-involved youth in exiting their gangs. Judy joined the Board of Directors of the Centre in September 2015 and was elected Chair in September 2016. Having worked as the ED of a not-for-profit legal clinic, Judy brings her legal and governance expertise, her not-for-profit management experience and her experience in working with diverse communities to the strategic leadership of the GCA. She has a strong interest in autism issues and in helping the GCA to meet the new and emerging needs of people living with ASDs and of their families.
Sandra Fraser is a Principal with the York Region District School Board, who is presently on assignment with the Ontario Ministry of Education as a Provincial Math Lead. She has had a wide range of experiences throughout her 26 years as an educator: administrator, project manager, consultant, Special Education Resource Teacher and classroom teacher (K to 8). She has also served in various leadership roles at the school, board and provincial levels to build capacity in the areas of Action Research, Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching and Leading, Literacy, Instructional Intelligence and Assessment. Sandra joined the Board of Directors in 2013 and also acts as the Chair of the Human Resources Committee.
Alex is a partner with KPMG’s International Corporate Tax Services Group in Toronto. He has been with KPMG for 27 years and has practiced tax for 24 years. He graduated from Western University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts (Finance and Economics) and obtained his chartered accountant / CPA designation in 1992. At KPMG, Alex advises multinational corporations and has experience coordinating cross-border tax structures, implementing international financing structures, advising non-Canadian corporations on investing into Canada, advising Canadian corporations on operating internationally, and structuring domestic and international acquisitions, dispositions, and reorganizations. Alex has been a Geneva board member for both the Centre and Foundation since 2010. As Treasurer of the Center Board, he leverages his CA / CPA designation to provide oversight in connection with financial matters. Alex also chairs the Finance Committee and is a member of the Foundation Board. When not working, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons - actively engaging in his sons’ sporting activities, travelling, playing piano and guitar, and vacationing in northern Ontario.
Gabriella O’Rourke is the Director of Business Development for the largest National law firm in Canada - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. She previously served as the Director of Marketing and Business Development for WeirFoulds LLP (2010-2015), and has served in National Marketing and Business Development leadership roles at KPMG LLP and Grant Thornton LLP (UK & Canada). In her corporate life, Gabriella works with executive leadership teams to drive strategic change around marketing, business development and the organization’s relationships with clients, prospects and employees. In her ‘spare’ time, Gabriella is a committed relationship builder, blogger, speaker and guest columnist for The Globe and Mail Small Business section, where she writes about winning business, networking and building professional profile. Having lived, worked and studied in the UK, before immigrating to Canada in 2001, Gabriella offers a wealth of cultural and international business development experience to the strategic governance of The Geneva Centre for Autism. Gabriella joined the Geneva Centre Board in 2015 and currently serves as Secretary to the Centre board. She also sits as a member of both the Governance and Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committees.
Roger is the Past President and a long-standing Director of the Geneva Centre for Autism. He is a founding and senior partner of Toronto-based law firm Houser Henry & Syron LLP, where he assists Canadian and international clients to grow and transfer ownership successfully and builds tremendous personal rapport with people. With a practice that includes Business Law, Financing and Business Succession Planning, Roger is known as a clear communicator. He acts as general counsel to many companies and often serves as a director on their boards.
After completing his BA at the University of Toronto, Roger chose to attend law school at Queens University and survived the then first-year attrition by scoring in the top 10%. Roger has always loved the enormous variety of his work and its ever-changing challenges.
Roger enjoys spending time with his wife, who practices municipal law, and his Cairn Terriers and at his country property. He is also an avid golfer and wine collector.
Carolyn Ayson is a senior Project Management Professional (PMP)®, currently leading business analysis, quality assurance and practice management as Senior Manager in the North American Phone Channel department of TD Bank Group. Prior to this role Carolyn was responsible for project portfolio governance at TD Securities and spent many years in the wealth management industry. As a mother of two special boys, Carolyn has been involved with Geneva Centre for Autism since 2003. Carolyn is passionate about giving back to the community. A Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), she founded Club RACAN (Recognizing Abilities – Changing Attitudes – Network), the first known Toastmasters club for people with disabilities in the Toronto area. She is also the PMO leader for Ascend Canada and is a certified yoga instructor who teaches karma yoga classes at Geneva Centre for Autism in her spare time. Carolyn graduated with a B.A. from the University of Toronto.
Marco Filice is the Senior Vice-President & General Counsel with a development company. Marco joined the GCA Board in 2014. He is the Chair of the Real Estate Committee.
David Mousavi is a Toronto business lawyer and long-time non-profit leader, currently serving as Chair on the boards of two GTA agencies in the seniors care and child care sectors. He began his legal career at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, and now advises one of Canada’s largest companies on corporate, commercial real estate, telecommunications, regulatory, and governance issues. David holds a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, and has completed Executive Education at the Harvard Business School. Outside of his professional endeavours, David is an active community volunteer for numerous city-building initiatives, is part-time faculty with Centennial College’s School of Business, and enjoys traveling the world off the beaten path. David joined the board in 2016.
Tanya Nesterenko is a professional Speech Language Pathologist offering her experience to the private and public sectors. She works with all learners with communication challenges but has focused her practice on supporting the communication development of learners with Autism. Her service delivery includes blending her traditional knowledge of speech, language and communication with the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis. Tanya is committed to being an innovative hands-on consultant as she is outcome-driven and empowers others, aiming to build and align teams, all the while making the process of learning as fun as possible. Given Tanya’s dedication and years of directly working with learners with Autism and their families, she brings a wealth of knowledge and a voice for all people living with Autism. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tanya-nesterenko-a6499b48
Darren Williams is a Partner with Deloitte LLP and Senior Managing Director with Deloitte Corporate Finance in Toronto, Canada. Darren has specialized in providing strategic corporate finance / mergers & acquisition advice to business owners and management teams since 1996. He has held senior positions during his investment banking career with a major financial institution as well as premier boutique firms. Darren graduated from the University of Toronto with an MBA in 1993 and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1990. Darren is also a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a CF (Corporate Finance) Designation. Darren has served with the Geneva Centre since 2015 and is a member of the Real Estate Committee.
Executive Leadership Team
Abe Evreniadis, Interim CEO
Susan Walsh, Chief Operations Officer
Wayne Edwards, Director of Human Resources
Ellie Rusonik, Director of Development