BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF
Precious Minds Board of Directors
The Precious Minds volunteer Board of Directors is entrusted with the responsibility to ensure that Precious Minds stays true to its purpose, vision and values with integrity, creativity and long-term sustainability. Involved in on-going evaluation and adjustment to keep the organization healthy, functional and impacting.
Mark Anderson, Chair
Mark joined the Board in 2013 and was appointed as Board Chair at the Annual General Meeting in June, 2014. Mark brings experience from the business sector and other charitable organizations in both Canada and the United States. In 2011 Mark was named the President/CEO and Board Member of Armtec Infrastructure Inc. - a publicly traded company with its head office located in the Greater Toronto Area. Prior to Armtec, Mark spent approximately 16 years working for Lafarge in various leadership roles in Canada, United States and Latin America. Mark has a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Mark has been on the Board of Directors for the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Detroit and has had exposure to various Down Syndrome associations and Special Olympics initiatives over the past 15 years. Mark resides with his wife, Kelly, and their five children in the Uxbridge area.
Dave Barton, Director
Dave Barton was elected Mayor of the Township of Uxbridge in 2018. He was a Ward Councillor for the previous term of Council. Dave is a lifelong resident of Uxbridge having been born at the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital. Dave plays an active role on Regional Transit and Public Works Commitee. He is also an avid outdoors enthusiast, trail user and sits on the boards of the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. In his spare time Dave volunteers with the Bonner Boys and is an active member of the Durham Mountain Bike Association.
Kelly Cotton, Director
Colleen Allison, Director
Patti Moloney, Director
Precious Minds Staff Team
Chas Harding, Interim Executive Director
Chas joined the board in 2012 with a passion to spread the word about Precious Minds in our community and help raise funds towards the programs and support services we offer. Her background working with children and adults with Acquired Brain Injury brings practical experience as we develop programs and with strategic goal setting.
Melissa Rudan, Director of Development
Melissa brings decades of personal and professional experience to our organization, particularly in program & service development, management, growth, and sustainability. A passionate and innovative leader, Melissa is thrilled to join the dedicated team at Precious Minds.
Sandy Ianuzzo, Child, Youth & Family Support Coordinator
Sandy has been with Precious Minds since 2003. She is positioned to meet families – their children, youth and those transitioning into adulthood, to help determine appropriate supports offered through Precious Minds. In her role, she coordinates a host of programs designed to encourage skill-building for life, physical activity and nurture positive social engagement within the community context. She collaborates with local high schools, Special Olympics and other partner agencies to facilitate growth opportunities for both clients, volunteers and program staff.
Melissa Hutchins, Skills for Life, Adult Day Program Coordinator
Melissa joined the Precious Minds team in January 2020.
Heather Goldsmith, Administrative Coordinator
Heather's journey with Precious Minds started as a volunteer position for fundraising events. Utilizing her amazing organizational skills, attention to detail and passion for helping families who have children with developmental challenges. Heather is now the face and voice of Precious Minds handling all administration and assists in all areas from Fundraising to Family Support.
Sandy Bush, Program Facilitator - Skills for Life, Adult Day Program
With over 30 years experience teaching grades K to 13, Sandy brings expertise in the areas of Health & Physcial Education, French, Drama, Food & Nutrition, Alternative Education Arts & Crafts, and Student Success to the Art Studio program at Precious Minds.
Elizabeth Runnalls, Program Coordinator - Super Strikers Bowling
Elizabeth began with Precious Minds as a student volunteer. This opportunity grew her interest to be a part of our summer camp staff these past three years. Currently, Elizabeth leads the weekly Super Strikers Bowling program. She has completed the Developmental Services Worker program at Durham College and is now employed with the DDSB. We are thankful for Elizabeth’s passion, skills and energy on our team – and our clients would vouch for her leadership (and home-made baking) any day of the week!