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Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team

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 a not-for profit community-based legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario. As the clinic's Senior Counsel, the focus of her legal practice was in the area of immigration and refugee law and administrative law. As the ED of the clinic reporting to a Board of Directors, 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 President in September 2016. She is also a member of the Governance, Human Resources and Finance and Audit Committees. 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.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/judy-welikovitch-bcomm-ll-b-698b0977


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 Student Achievement Officer. She has had a wide range of experiences throughout her 27 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 28 years and has practiced tax for 25 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 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.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-feness-7bb4707

Roger is the Past President and a long-standing Director of the Geneva Centre for Autism. He is a founding and senior partner of Houser Henry, assisting 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.

In 2016 Roger was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers for his longstanding work with Geneva Centre for Autism. Roger has dedicated over 25 years to the Centre and its Foundation. His leadership and commitment have helped establish services and support for families of persons affected by autism spectrum disorder.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rogernainbyhouserhenrysyron

Carolyn Ayson is a senior Project Management Professional (PMP)®, currently leading business analysis, quality assurance and practice management in the Direct Channels 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 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 Hon. B.A. from the University of Toronto.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolynayson

Jon is a dynamic leader with over 25 years of senior management experience in the Information Technology and Telecommunications industries. He is recognized for his vision, inspirational leadership, and a passion for excellence in the accomplishment of key corporate strategies that have enabled critical business operations, development and growth at companies such as GE Capital and TELUS.
Currently, as EVP of Networks and Operations, Jon leads a talented, driven team at WireIE- an award winning telecommunications carrier that specializes in providing network solutions to underserved markets, and who are recognized as a provider of choice to fulfill mission-critical network requirements across industry verticals including the Energy Sector, Agriculture, Healthcare, Retail and Public Sectors, as well as First Nations Communities in Canada.
Jon also consistently leads by example in respect of his compassion for others. As a father of an adult daughter with Autism, he has been active in the Autism Community for over 20 years, both in fundraising and advocacy. Of note, Jon was the founder of the TELUS Abilities Network, an outstanding resource group that raises awareness and provides invaluable support to employees and their families, aiming to positively impact the lives of the many individuals within the company and its communities who have a differing set of challenges and gifts.
www.linkedin.com/in/343jond

Beata is a Toronto based Strategy Consultant with over 20 years' experience in strategic management. She has been engaged with clients in a number of industries including professional services, financial services, telecom, consumer business, pharmaceuticals, and oil & gas in both corporate and management consultancy roles, and has worked with some of the largest brands worldwide including Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Unilever, BP, Kraft, Pfizer, PepsiCo, and GlaxoSmithKline. Her expertise lies in supporting and advising senior leadership teams to understand their critical business issues, to anticipate complex problems, and propose recommendations that impact their organization as a whole globally, or within a region or a business unit.

Beata has worked and lived in Toronto, New York and London, and has recently returned home to Toronto with her family. Beata holds an International MBA from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto and has completed the Executive Leadership for Women program at Harvard Business School.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/beata-mehta-942514/

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 is now General Counsel to the Toronto Real Estate Board, where he advises on regulatory and governance issues and oversees professional development and disciplinary standards. 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, a 2017 Civic Action DiverseCity Fellow, and part-time faculty with Centennial College’s School of Business. David joined the board in 2016.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidmousavi

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.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/darren-williams-4736b46



Executive Leadership Team

Abe Evreniadis, CEO
Kathy Shaw, Chief Financial Officer
Wayne Edwards, Director of Human Resources
Ellie Rusonik, Director of Marketing and Development
Renita Paranjape, Senior Director, Programs and Services