To support Geneva Centre for Autism in fulfilling its role as a Canadian and international leader in the development and delivery of autism services and programs, the Foundation is fortunate to have an outstanding team of corporate and community leaders providing strategic and fundraising counsel. We are pleased to introduce our governance volunteers.
Board of Directors
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.
Alexandra Yep is a Tax Partner at KPMG LLP. Alexandra is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant and a U.S. Enrolled Agent. Using her extensive Canadian and US personal and payroll tax knowledge, she assists her clients with the management of their cross border employees. In her “spare time”, Alex has volunteered each year on the GCA’s annual fundraiser committee since September of 2010 and joined the Foundation Board in September of 2014. Leveraging her accounting and business background, Alex served as the Foundation’s Secretary/Treasurer from 2015-2016 and was elected to Co-President in 2016. As a parent of a child on the ASD spectrum, Alex has a passion to support organizations like the Geneva Centre for Autism to provide critical services to those impacted by ASD.
Dimple Mehta is the Strategic Global Corporate Real Estate (GCRE) liaison for RBC business platforms (Capital Markets, Investor and Treasury Services), providing comprehensive real estate solutions, tactical advice and portfolio strategy to address stakeholder needs. Dimple balances business requirements with optimal long term real estate planning, workplace strategy and project design. Dimple joined the GCA foundation board in 2015
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.
Lina is the Executive Director for the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, an honorary association of over 800 established professional artists and designers from all regions of Canada. Members practice in more than twenty visual arts disciplines including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, installation, architecture, design, craft, photography, film and video. With members nominated and elected by their peers, the RCA has, since 1880, come to represent many of Canada’s most distinguished visual artists and designers. She joined the Geneva Centre for Autism Foundation Board in September 2015.
Lina has helped advance the fundraising capacity and institutional identity for organizations as varied in scope and mission as VSA arts of New Mexico (an arts and disability organization affiliated with John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts); Through the Flower Foundation (Judy Chicago’s Foundation) and Young Audiences Arts for Learning in Arizona (nation’s leading provider of arts and education). She has led and carried through strategic planning with Board of Directors to ensure expansion and sustainability of physical space for three cultural not-for-profit organizations spearheading capital and legacy campaigns while enlarging program support for increased services. Using collaboration, thought leadership and creativity, Lina Jabra has driven the vision, strategy and annual planning for fund-raising efforts in Canada and the USA in the not-for-profit arts and cultural sector.
Lina is a graduate of the Corcoran School of Art and Design in Washington DC and is committed to innovation and community engagement philosophies in the museum and non-profit sector highlighting diversity and inclusion.
In her spare time, Lina loves cooking for friends and family, exploring neighbourhoods in search of new restaurants, collects aboriginal and indigenous pottery; attends documentary cinema and tennis matches.
Paul Jachymek is a lawyer at Metrolinx specializing in Infrastructure and Projects. Paul has worked in major law firms with a focus on Mergers and Acquisitions, Projects, Procurement, Construction, Financing and Corporate/Commercial matters. He has an MBA from the University of Toronto and an LLB from the University of Windsor. Prior to law, Paul was a Business Consultant focused on turning around underperforming businesses and large business units. He has experience leading and working with multidisciplinary teams with companies in various industries including hi-tech, transit, heavy manufacturing, food processing, services and hospitality sectors. Paul is the father of young son who continues to use the services of the Geneva Centre for Autism. Paul joined the foundation board in 2016.
Sri Mannivanan is a Management Consultant/Business Analyst in the Food and Hospitality Sector with a particular focus on efficient operations of Food chains, Restaurants and Small Businesses. He has served as internal auditor, hotel manager and logistics and operations manager for a number of hotel chains including Delta, Quality Suites and Taj Luxury hotels and palaces – India. He has been a member of the Foundation Board since 2015.
Priscilla Sutini has international experience as an independent management consultant and as a project manager. She is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP) with an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Priscilla has a passion for helping corporations integrating social purpose into their business strategy. Prior to taking personal time off to be a new mother of twins, she worked 15 years with TD Bank Group as a banker as well as a corporate funder to non profit organizations. Her last 6 years with TD Bank were with TD Community Relations where she managed the daily operations and finances of TD’s corporate donations portfolio and the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF). She led an initiative that positioned TD as a leader in the grants management space and in the social impact reporting space by introducing an end to end fully automated grants management system that integrates application, internal review, audit, compliance, governance, and social impact/outcome measurement and reporting all into one single platform. As an advocate for volunteerism and giving back to the community and the environment, Priscilla demonstrated her leadership in giving back to the community and the environment by serving as a Volunteer Ambassador and the Green Team Co-Chair for TD Bank Group’s Marketing department. She has led hundreds of employees and their families to come out and plant trees in the community as a site leader between 2012 – 2015 on one of TD FEF’s flagship programs - TD Tree Days.
Priscilla is committed to driving positive and meaningful change and is extremely passionate about helping people overcome perceived disabilities. Her involvement with the Geneva Centre for Autism is in support of her conviction to drive positive change to those impacted by ASD and help them focus on their abilities rather than their disabilities.
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.