In his role at the University of Windsor’s Department of Kinesiology Chad was first connected to Community Living Essex County through research projects. The initial project focused on health promotion priorities for people who have an intellectual disability. Chad has participated at numerous conferences highlighting this project – and has increased his involvement by co-chairing the Research Day at the OADD Conference for several years.
He is a strong, enthusiastic advocate and volunteer and has held positions on the Executive Committee for several years.
Michelle Mastellotto, 2nd Vice President Parent/Retired Business Professional
Gillian joined the Board of Directors in June 2019 and as Treasurer sits on the Executive Committee.
She is a resident of Amherstburg.
Gillian is a CPA, CA and holds an HBA from the Ivey Business School (Western University)
Gillian has over ten year’s experience in financial accounting, audit and financial reporting practices and has been employed at the University of Windsor since 2015. She held the position of Controller from 2015 to 2018; Controller and Executive Director 2018 to 2020 and is currently the Associate Vice-President, Finance.
Gillian also has extensive experience providing assurance and financial consulting services to dozens of not-for-profit organizations in Ontario. She also has exceptional insights in the financial challenges and risk management encountered by not-for-profit organizations.
Gillian is a life long learner, very active in her community and is a frequent volunteer.
Robert joined the Board in 2013 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2015, serving as President from June 2018 – June 2021.
Born and raised in Kingsville, Robert remains a resident there.
At the University of Windsor he obtained his Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Law degrees. He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2002 and is practicing with McTague Law Firm. His emphasis is on Estate Administration, Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney.
Robert’s community involvement and volunteerism has always been an important part of his life.
She has held numerous positions on the Executive Committee.
As the parent of an adult daughter with an intellectual disability, Diane is keenly aware of the challenges and joys that accompany being a primary caregiver.
Diane is a retired educator and continues to advocate for changes and inclusion in the education system.
Diane has been involved in many agency and community committees and projects including: Rights Review Committee, Nominating Committee, Windsor Essex Developmental Services Reference Group, SEAC Support Group, Together One Dream Project and many more.
Originally from Ottawa, Diane and her family have been residents of Tecumseh for many years.
Sharon joined the Board of Directors in June, 2021.
She is a resident of Lakeshore and proud parent of three adult children.
Sharon has a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Masters of Education from the University of Windsor as well as a Supervisory Officer Qualifications.
During Sharon’s 29 year career with the Windsor Essex County District School Board she held positions of teacher, Vice-Principal, Principal, Supervising Principal and Superintendent.
Sharon also secured Specialist Qualifications in Special Education and early in her career served as President of our local Chapter of Autism Ontario.
Her responsibilities have included Student Achievement, Safe Schools, First Nations, Metis and Inuit Portfolio, English as a Second Language Portfolio. Sharon also represented the School Board on many community committees aligned with those initiatives as well as the Jumpstart Student Nutrition Committee.
Sharon is a life long learner with a wealth of experience and expertise.
Brianne Taggart, Director Self Advocate, Self Employed
Brianne joined the Board of Directors in June 2021.
She is a resident of Kingsville, is self employed and owns Brianne’s Art Creations and Photography.
Brianne is active on social media and her artwork has appeared at many art shows. She is a regular vendor and volunteer at local festivals. She is also an art teacher having hosted many paint classes prior to COVID 19.
She is an active member of the Ruthven Apple Festival Committee and the Speaking Out Conference.
Brianne Joined New Day, Leaders of Today in 2017 and is currently the Chairperson of this self advocacy committee. She is an excellent role model and works to enhance the lives of others and ensure peoples’ voices are heard.
Giving back to the community and advocating for people who have an intellectual disability are very meaningful to Brianne.