DAVID SMITH, President
David currently works at Elgin St. Thomas Public Health, as the Manager of Health Promotion. David is in his fifth year on RHAC’s Board of Directors. His work within public health and in particular the link to HIV programming fueled his initial interest to join the RHAC Board. Advocating for, and championing marginalized populations continues to be a passion for him. With the changing landscape of HIV and Hepatitis C, David states it is an exciting time being a part of a Board of an AIDS Service Organization (ASO). “Working alongside such a dynamic organization such as RHAC, and contributing to RHAC's mission (through effective governance) is rewarding”. David is excited to be working on upcoming Board projects such as an extensive review of Board governance policies, continued discussion about SIS and the potential relocation of RHAC. David’s education includes a Bachelor of Sciences (BSc) from the University of British Columbia and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Ivey Business School at Western University.
NUNO DA SILVA, Vice President
Nuno has worked for 3M Canada in a number of roles for 18 years. When his partner was conducting HIV/AIDS research in Malawi, Nuno decided to visit the country and fundraise for this important cause. After the opportunity to witness the impact of HIV/AIDS on that community, Nuno was inspired to get involved locally with RHAC. As part of our board, Nuno applied his experience in private sector governance, human resources, and business management. Nuno says, “It is extremely rewarding to learn about what RHAC does for our community and, most specifically, for our clients. I’m especially interested in our ability to have an impact on the coming opioid crisis to decrease the number of overdoses in our community and the rising rates of new HIV/Hep C infections.” Nuno looks forward to welcoming new board members, developing governance policies, and ensuring the fulfillment of RHAC’s strategic plan. Most of all, Nuno enjoys the opportunity to interact with the staff and clients of RHAC, and ensure the board is always on side with its strategy, operations, and stakeholders.
MARIAM HAMOU, Secretary
Mariam is the Communications Director for the Nazem Kadri Foundation. She has worked in federal and international politics for over 10 years, and also loves to get involved on a community level. With an understanding of local needs, Mariam joined the board to help meet those needs. “I love the team I work with!” says Mariam. “I also feel as though I’m helping some of the most vulnerable people with no judgment or prejudice. I really feel it falls in line with my own beliefs.” Mariam looks forward to instituting SCS in London, Ontario and making harm reduction and housing a priority.
SHAUN BROWN, Treasurer
Shaun is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Manager of Tax Services at a public accounting firm serving Southwestern Ontario. Shaun understands the importance of giving back to the community in which he lives and works. RHAC’s mission stands out to him, being a friend and ally of those living with, at-risk for, or affected by HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.
Shaun enjoys using his financial expertise - be it budgeting, financial reporting, or strategic planning – to help RHAC achieve its goals. He is proud to stand alongside fellow Board members and volunteers to support the work of RHAC’s dedicated and inspiring staff.
Shaun is most looking forward to exploring the expansion of RHAC’s services, including crucial harm reduction initiatives, in London and Region.
Kelsey currently works at Anova (formerly Sexual Assault Centre London & Women’s Community House) as the Project Coordinator for the Safe Cities initiative, Youth Programming and Social Media, and is currently in her first year on RHAC’s Board of Directors. Kelsey was a SSHRC scholar during her Masters in Women’s Studies at Western University and a Gold Medal recipient for the highest graduating average in the department during her Bachelor of Arts. Kelsey’s expertise in gender-based violence and engaging marginalized youth is the basis for her commitment to ensuring a gendered lens is applied to RHAC’s policies.
Cynthia is a non-profit program leader with extensive experience in HIV and AIDS programing for women and at-risk youth. For over 8 years she has been leading the design, development, implementation and evaluation of complex community development programs. Cynthia is currently a Program Manager for Anago Resources at Genest Detention Centre for Youth where she is focused on cultivating opportunities for at-risk youth and vulnerable adults to achieve independence through integration into communities of support.Cynthia’s passion for helping at risk persons is what led her to first role in an AIDS service organization, in Zvishavane Zimbabwe where she worked with People Living with HIV and AIDS to improve their quality of life and she has been committed to that vision ever since. She is excited at how far HIV and AIDS interventions have come and is thrilled to be working with RHAC.
KIMBERLEY GRAHAM (formerly Burnard)
Kim is a social service management professional with 20 years of experience in social services, social housing and human resources. She is currently a manager in the City of London’s Ontario Works office, supporting the workers and clients in a decentralized model of service. She has experience working with vulnerable people experiencing homelessness, addictions, mental health issues, victims of domestic violence and trafficked individuals. She is trained in a variety of areas including Critical Incident Stress Management, Political Acuity, VI-SPDAT, Crucial Conversations, and Compassion Fatigue. She is most proud of the fact that she is a facilitator for the Positive Space training for the City of London.
Susan has cultivated partnerships and alliances with health system partners to develop creative solutions to improve access to care at both a systems and an individual level. Currently, she works as the manager of London Health Sciences Centre. Susan provides overall leadership for all clinical teams at the Health Centre including primary care, mental health, physical therapy, Hepatitis C, and HIV. She proudly embraces principles of harm reduction and trauma informed care. Her past experience also includes working as the Director of London InterCommunity Health Centre.
As an Account Manager in Stakeholder Relations, Jennifer has experience building relationships across 26 municipalities. She also has experience working with marginalized communities on HIV/AIDS development projects in Tanzania and Haiti. Her past experience includes working as an HIV/AIDS Needs Assessment Officer, at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development, where she assessed education needs and micro-finance loans for women with HIV/AIDS. Jennifer is interested in applying her experience in local government and international development to a position on the Board.
Chris is a Leadership Development Manager with 29 years of nonprofit experience. Chris has previous governance experience on the Boards of Community Habitat of London Housing Program, London Abused Women’s Centre, and St. Mary’s and Area Home Support Services. Chris is also the founder of Awesome London which has donated $25,000+ to community projects. Her past experience includes consulting/coaching experience in non-profit sustainability, governance and policy creation, and social innovation strategies.
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