Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region Team

Inspired by the parents who founded Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, we believe it is important to put the person first.

Our experienced team work in a thoughtful and professional way, to serve the people we support and our community. Our innovative perspective and commitment to the work we do is at the centre of our organization.

Meet our staff, send a friendly hello, and find out more about Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region.

Board Members

Liz Hedley


As part of Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region’s board, Liz feels such value and worth in the hard work and commitment EAFWR has to their staff, to the families that we serve, and to the community as a whole. Sharing similar philosophy and work ethic, Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region’s commitment to advocacy, education and support in the community is of great importance.

Liz has worked in the Waterloo Region for over 25 years, both in the Development Sector, and currently at Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region. For over 26 years, Liz’s interest, passion and commitment continues to focus on supporting children, youth and families in our community.

Susan Dobbie


Believing that Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region is a valuable asset to the community, and deeply believing in what EAFWR stands for, Susan joined the board. She wanted to be able to give back to an organization that has helped her family.

Born and raised in Cambridge, Susan currently resides there with her husband and three children. She began her professional life as a typesetter and ran a dance studio. After many years, Susan went back to school for small business accounting. In between careers, she was fortunate to be a stay-at-home wife and mother. Her youngest daughter, Mackenzie, was born with Down syndrome in 1997. Susan has been involved in school councils, the Waterloo Region Down Syndrome Society and has been an EAFWR board member since 2003. She will continue to advocate for children with disabilities in the school system and in our community.


Sharon McMorran


Sharon brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. A retired accountant, Sharon has held many positions with other organizations: past treasurer of YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo (Mary’s Place), past treasurer and past chair of KW Chapter of CGA Ontario, past treasurer and past chair of KidsAbility School Authority, past treasurer and current secretary of Rotary Club of Kitchener Grand River, and current managing trustee of CFUW-KW Charitable Fund.

Jeramie Gallichan


Jeramie strongly believes in giving back to the community. Joining Extend-A-Family WAterloo Region in order to contribute to the local community, Jerarmie believes in EAFWR’s commitment to inclusion, community, dignity and belonging.

Born and raised in Waterloo Region, Jeramie is a lawyer and has a general litigation practice that includes commercial litigation and employment law. He attended the University of Waterloo and earned an Honours BA in Arts, Business & Political Science degree in 2008. He completed his law degree at the UNiversity of Waterloo and was a Writing Leaders Fellow and a Teaching Assistant at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. He also was a National Social Justice Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Christine Nyikos


Christine has been connected with Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region for many years, leading to her joining of the board two years ago. Her family and sister have been supported through the FamilyHome program – helping Christine’s family to fulfill their hopes and dreams of creating a full and active life for her sister in the community. Joining the Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region board has given Christine the opportunity to become part of a group of people working together to advocate for a life of belonging on behalf of individuals and their families.

Born in Kitchener-Waterloo, Christine is a teacher for the Waterloo District Catholic School Board. She is strongly committed to the values of inclusion and belonging that Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region champions.

Jamie Moffat


Jamie joined Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region’s Board of Directors in 2017. He brings with him a diverse background, including professional experience in Project Management, Recruitment and Finance/Accounting, as well as a background in the humanities, having received a BA in Religion & CUlture from Wilfrid Laurier University. While earning his MBA, Jamie provided consulting for local business owners while working for SIFE Laurier, and was a founding member of Net Impact at Laurier, a local graduate chapter of the global NFP based around sustainable practices and thinking from a humanitarian and economical perspective in business.

A designated CPA, Jamie currently manages accounting for a local general contractor. He hopes to contribute his financial and business acumen, in an effort to promote to the interests and well-being of EAFWR, and the families it serves. A resident of Waterloo Region, Jamie has embraced this community with his wife and three children, for nearly fifteen years.

Terry Aivaliotis


Terry joined Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region’s Board of Directors because he believes in giving back to the community that has supported his local family business.

Passionate and grateful for the support his family has received, Terry wanted to find a way that he could give back to EAFWR, which could be beneficial for his community, his clients, his vendors, his employees and his business. He set out with a vision, and in 2012, launched the now semi-annual “Chip-In Event” at All-Brite Glass & Tint, in support of EAFWR.

Terry Aivaliotis is the founder of All-Brite Glass & Tint, which is a local family business in Kitchener-Waterloo. All-Brite was founded in 1992 as a one-man mobile auto glass operation.

He is a regular contributor to our community, serving both past and current with the Lions Club, Family & Children’s Services of Waterloo Region (All-Brite Chip in for Kids), and Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region. His personal interest is family, business, hockey and racquet ball. He currently lives in West Montrose with his wife and their four children and two dogs.

Ankita Sheth


Kathy Mortimer



Al Mills

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Executive Director

Karen Bennett

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Director of Organizational Development and Training


Jennifer Hanna

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Director of Human Resources


Cathy Meyer

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Director of Programs


Niki Stevenson

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Director of Programs

Administration Team

Ibrahim Aden

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Financial Manager


Bea Binka

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Program Specialist


Heather Dowlling

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Executive Assistant


Maria Gligor

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Financial Coordinator


Christina Koenig

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Reception and Administrative Assistant


Brenda Langer

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Payroll Coordinator


Ken Lemon

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IT Coordinator

Community Team

Kerry Cressman

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Autism Spectrum Connection Community Coordinator
& Events Coordinator


Kevin Guay

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Recruitment Coordinator


Avishka Juta

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Marketing and Communications Coordinator


Becky Klokoff

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Special Events Coordinator


Michelle Scala

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Recruitment and Volunteer Coordinator


Kim Sproul

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Program Manager, Community Development


Kate Swift

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Opportunities Development Coordinator


Eli Winterfeld

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Community Development Connector


Jeff Barber

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Program Manager, Short Breaks & Summer Program


Katie Beatty

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Support Coordinator (On maternity leave)


Michelle Boismier

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Program Manager, FamilyHome


Samara de Boer

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Support Coordinator


Denise Dietrich-Lelievre

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Program Manager, Special Services at Home & Intake

Liz Flewwelling

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Program Manager, Passport – See Jill Swanton for current Program Manager, Passport
(One year MSW leave)


Katie Hagedorn

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FamilyHome Coordinator


Vicki Hartman

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Support Coordinator


Courtney Horowitz

Support Coordinator


Kimberly Little

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Program Manager, Medically Fragile, Technologically Dependent & CCAC


Masrra Lwis

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Support Coordinator


Lauren Mark

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Support Coordinator


Terral McBay

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FamilyHome Coordinator


Laura McIlravey

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Support Coordinator


Danielle Paquette

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Support Coordinator


Alexis Pite

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Support Coordinator


Ben Sauder

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Support Coordinator


Kathleen Slofstra

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Support Coordinator


Janine Stanic

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Support Coordinator


Jill Swanton

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Program Manager, Passport


Erin Toner

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FamilyHome Coordinator


Andrew Owen

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Program Manager, Working Adults Learning Empowering Skills (WALES)


Brianna Gaebel

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Community Facilitator


Cheryl Fuller

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Community Facilitator


Desiree Hinsperger

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Community Facilitator


Haela Von Hatten-Baer

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Community Facilitator


Julie Mainland

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Community Facilitator