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Our Board

Jennifer Whitehead

Chair

Jennifer Whitehead, native of Fredericton, brings over 15 years of communications and public relations experience in various sectors including: federal and provincial government; private and not-for-profit organizations such as the Nurses Association of New Brunswick where she is currently employed as Manager of Communications and Government Relations. With seven years of post-secondary education studying both liberal arts and public relations at Saint Thomas University and Mount Saint Vincent University, Jennifer brings a unique perspective to the Board providing expertise in marketing and promotions, event planning, brand awareness and community outreach. Jennifer has volunteered for various community groups including: the New Brunswick Association of Community Living as well as the NB Adoption Foundation; was former co-Chair of Dialogue New Brunswick and current Board Director with Women in Transition House Fredericton.

Jennifer Whitehead

Jessica Bungay

Vice-Chair

Jessica is a Partner in the Fredericton office of Cox & Palmer, practicing primarily in the areas of employment, labour, human rights and administrative law. Adept at handling delicate situations, Jessica helps clients solve workplace issues, while also anticipating potential future issues and establishing a plan to mitigate risks. She handles a variety of complex workplace legal matters and has extensive experience addressing issues in both unionized and non-unionized workplaces.

Jessica graduated as valedictorian from Mount Saint Vincent University with her Bachelor of Science. She later moved to Fredericton to attend law school at the University of New Brunswick.

Jessica lives in New Maryland with her husband and two children. She is actively involved in her community and currently serves as a member of the Board of the New Maryland Soccer Association.

Jessica Bungay

Bob Gamble

Treasurer

Bob Gamble is a retired public servant with extensive experience in public administration, business planning and organizational development.  Bob received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from McGill University and an M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of New Brunswick. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants (FCPA FCMA).  Bob retired from the New Brunswick public service after having worked in a number of areas including executive positions in Health, Fisheries, and Service New Brunswick. He was President of Service New Brunswick during its formative years and was awarded the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service for that work.  A native of Saint John, Bob lives in Fredericton with his wife Carolyn.  They are avid sailors.

Bob Gamble

Mary Butler

Director

Mary Butler brings a unique blend of senior management, education and business experience to the Board.  Responsible for Academic Development at NBCC since 2011, Mary is conscience of the economic and social fabric of New Brunswick.  She works with a strong, award-winning team of creative thinkers and educators, as well as the public and private sectors, to provide exceptional learning and training opportunities for students, and to build the research capacity of the College.  Mary is committed to developing a culture of leadership and innovation at the College, the Stan Cassidy Foundation, and throughout New Brunswick.

Mary is an active volunteer with the Saint John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program and as a mentor with Mentra.  She is also a representative on the following boards and committees:  New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, Springboard Atlantic Network, New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network Advisory Board, and the NSERC Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee, as well as excellence award committees for Colleges and Institutes Canada and the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce.
 

Mary Butler

Karen Dickinson

Director

Karen Dickinson is a Senior Occupational Therapist with the Stan Cassidy Centre’s Adult Team and an engaged member of New Brunswick’s rehabilitation community.  She completed a B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta and is certified as an Occupational Therapist in New Brunswick.  Karen has worked at the Stan Cassidy Centre since 1988, with a clinical practice that has included all ages of patients and all programs offered by the Centre. 

Karen has a keen interest in the continual improvement of clinical practice and services for those with disabilities, and in connecting with professionals across the province.  She has been a lifelong learner and leader in the area of neurological disabilities, participating in many opportunities for continuing education including special certificates in Neuro-developmental Treatment (NDT) and Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS).  Karen has presented at numerous conferences – both regional and national – to community groups, and to university audiences, all with a focus on continual improvement to rehabilitation clinical practice.  Karen supervises occupational therapy students during their clinical placements at the Centre, and serves on the Clinical Practice Committee for the New Brunswick Association of Occupational Therapists.  Her extensive involvement over the years in numerous governmental, professional and community-based committees has improved services to persons with disabilities across the province.

Karen lives in Fredericton with her husband, Randy.
 

Karen Dickinson

Susanne Cassidy Duggan

Director

Susanne’s career path and entrepreneurial enthusiasm was inspired by her grandfather Stan Cassidy, and her father Brian Cassidy.

In 1992, Susanne graduated with a B.Sc. double major in biology-psychology from the University of New Brunswick.  She graduated in 1996 with her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Dalhousie University to become a Speech-Language Pathologist.  While studying for her Master’s, she remained actively involved in figure skating and the Dalhousie figure skating precision team.  In 1997, she became certified with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and worked in New Hampshire for approximately 6 years for Sundance Rehabilitation Corporation in various long-term care settings.

Susanne started her own practice in Halifax in 2008.  She is the founder, owner, and clinical director of “At Home Speech & Language Services Inc.”  Susanne is a member in good standing of Speech and Audiology Canada (SAC) and is currently serving as Member-At-Large and Newsletter Editor for the Speech and Hearing Association of Nova Scotia (SHANS).

Susanne Cassidy Duggan

Iris Imbeault

Director

Iris Imbeault is a lawyer with Bingham Law in Moncton, New Brunswick .  She practices in civil and corporate litigation as well as in employment and labour law.  She graduated with a business degree from l’Université de Moncton in 2003. She worked ten years in human resources in the health care industry. Iris was a regional recruiter for the Vitalité Health Network and worked tirelessly to recruit health care professionals to New Brunswick.  She obtained a Human Resources Management certificate from the Université of New Brunswick in 2006.  In 2013, she decided to pursue a law degree.  She is a proud stepmother, loves to play volleyball and travel.

Iris Imbeault

Ross Mathers

Director

Ross Mathers is a retired businessperson, with experience in senior management roles in several private companies, including start-ups, and with two provincial governments. This experience included budgeting, accounting management, long-term business planning, and reporting to boards of directors. 

Ross received Bachelors of Commerce and Education from Dalhousie University. In 1978, he earned an MBA from Dalhousie. Ross is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (retired). 

During his university years, Ross was a member of the Varsity Volleyball team, and was captain in his last year.  He and his wife Wendy coached volleyball at a competitive level for 16 years, leading and supporting many teams that won provincial and high school championships.

Ross has a demonstrated history of community involvement in other areas as well, having served as treasurer at his church, member of its board of trustees, chair of its personnel committee and participating in various capital campaigns.

Ross and Wendy have lived in Fredericton for 40 years, where Ross enjoys playing golf and pickleball, and getting together with their four children, four grandchildren and seven granddogs.

Ross Mathers

Craig McLaughlin

Director

Craig McLaughlin is Director of Finance and Accounting with local startup company Introhive.  He was formerly Controller at the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF).  He received his BBA from UNB, graduating with the third-highest GPA in the Business Faculty.  Prior to NBIF, Craig worked at Grant Thornton in Fredericton for four years, obtaining his Chartered Accountancy (CPA CA) designation in 2012 as a member of the David Hope Honour Roll.  Originally from Pictou, Nova Scotia, graduating from Pictou Academy in 2005, Craig has a strong demonstrated sense of community engagement.  As a student at UNB, he participated in the Student Investment Fund; as a young professional at Grant Thornton, he was the volunteer Coordinator for the staff Canadian Blood Services Program.  More recently, Craig has been serving as Treasurer of Meals on Wheels Fredericton.  Craig enjoys travelling, being active and outdoors — running, biking, hiking.  He is a member of the Fredericton Triathlon Club and has been playing Ultimate Frisbee in Fredericton for 8 years.

Craig McLaughlin

Joanne McLeod - CM

Director

Joanne McLeod is recognized internationally as a pioneering leader in accessibility for the physically disabled.  She is a Queen’s Counsel and a member of the Order of Canada.  Joanne became a paraplegic in 1954 when there were no services available in New Brunswick for people with physical disabilities.  She has dedicated her considerable energies and determination to raising awareness of the need for such services, and then founding and improving them.

Joanne was the first paraplegic to attend the University of New Brunswick and received both arts and law degrees. She holds an honorary Doctorate of Laws in Social Services from the Université de Moncton.

Joanne was the first Executive Director of the New Brunswick Division of the Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA), as well as the first woman in Canada to hold the position of ED of a CPA division.  Through these years she worked closely with Dr. L.E. Bashow, the first medical director of the Forest Hill Rehabilitation Centre (the precursor to the Stan Cassidy Centre and Foundation), locating people with spinal cord injuries and other debilitating conditions.  Joanne then served as a volunteer Board Director of the NB CPA and the National CPA.  She was elected National President, again the first woman to hold this position.

Joanne was a founding member of the New Brunswick Premier’s Council on the Status of Disabled Persons.

Joanne has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada as the Legal Counsel for the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission. She was part of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations to report on Canada’s implementation of the International Covenant on Social and Cultural Rights.

Joanne has served on numerous federal and provincial boards and commissions, often in a pioneering role, including:
- the RCMP External Review Committee
- the National Research Council (Canada) on Research and Development for Disabled Persons
- the Advisory Committee to the Federal President of Treasury Board on Employment of Disabled Persons and
- the Canadian Organizing Committee for the International Year of Disabled Persons. 

Joanne lives in Fredericton with her husband Gordon.

Joanne McLeod -  CM

Gillian Hoyt-Hallett

Director (ex officio)

Gillian Hoyt-Hallett is the Administrative Director of the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation. Her role is to lead the overall operations and day to day administration of the Stan Cassidy and to oversee the planning and development of the adult, paediatric and assistive technology service areas. Gillian is a licensed occupational therapist and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Queen’s University and a Master’s of Science degree from Dalhousie University.

Gillian Hoyt-Hallett

Dr. Rob Leckey

Director (ex officio)

Dr. Rob Leckey is Medical Director of the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation. His role is to lead the interdisciplinary healthcare team at the centre as they serve inpatients and outpatients, and act as an expert resource for practitioners across New Brunswick. Rob is the chair of the Centre of Expertise for Restorative and Reconstructive Surgery in New Brunswick, clinical chief of the New Brunswick Limb Deficiency Clinic and a board member of UNB’s Biomedical Engineering Program. Rob holds a B.Sc. from the University of New Brunswick and a specialty medical degree in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from Dalhousie University.

Dr. Rob Leckey

Cindy Sheppard

Executive Director (ex officio)

Cindy Sheppard is Executive Director of the Stan Cassidy Foundation.  Cindy brings a blend of fundraising and leadership experience to the role with over 13 years in fund development roles.

Cindy holds undergraduate degrees in Arts and Education from Memorial University and Graduate Degrees in Education and Business from UNB.  She also holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) International designation and is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where she sits on the board for the New Brunswick Chapter.

In addition to her full time career as a fundraiser, Cindy teaches part time for the Faculty of Business Administration at UNB in Marketing and Business Communications.  She is also a director on the board of Adult Literacy Fredericton.

In her spare time Cindy enjoys being outside enjoying nature, summertime boating and travelling any time the opportunity presents.
 

Cindy Sheppard