The Stan Cassidy Foundation has one full time executive director and two part time support staff. The Board of Directors are selected by its Governance and Nominations Committee and voted on for appointment by existing board members. Board directors receive no financial compensation for their work and are chosen to reflect a diversity of competencies, geography, linguistic preference, age and gender.
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.
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.
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.
Mary Butler is President and CEO of the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC). As an educator and entrepreneur, Mary believes lifelong learning is a catalyst for individual and collective growth.
Mary has worked in both the public and private education sector in multiple jurisdictions in Canada and the United States, and has worked with learners at all stages from pre-school through primary, secondary and now post-secondary education. Central to her values and practice is her commitment to every individual’s right and opportunity to reach their full potential.
Joining the NBCC family in 2011, Mary led the creation and growth of several new initiatives in applied research and innovation, entrepreneurship and community leadership. She initiated, and continues to champion, the transformation of NBCC’s long-standing academic model to better meet the needs of students, the labour market and communities.
A native of Louisiana, Mary immigrated to Canada in 1999 and has been a Canadian citizen since 2004. An active member in her chosen community, Mary is a long-time volunteer with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program. She is also a representative on numerous Boards and committees at the provincial, regional and national level including the Board of Directors of Colleges and Institutes Canada.
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).
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.
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.
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:
Joanne lives in Fredericton with her husband Gordon.
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.
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.