YSB Board of Directors

YSB’s Board of Directors is the governing body of the organization. Its role is to articulate our mission, set our strategic direction, define our goals, and measure and report on our performance.


Donna Serafini, Chair

Donna has been a professor of Child and Youth Work at Algonquin College’s School of Health & Community Studies for 25 years. She has also worked part-time in Algonquin’s Community Studies Department doing curriculum development, evaluation, as well as the promotion of student strengths and needs.  She was involved in the field of Child and Youth Work for many years, including at the Children’s Aid Society, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, and as a teacher in the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Donna is a previous board member at YSB, a founding member of Nelson House of Ottawa Carleton and YSB’s William E Hay Centre.  Her interests include volunteering with the Stephen Lewis Foundation, the Jane Goodall Foundation, the David Suzuki Foundation as well as fundraising for the Cancer Society of Ontario, the MS Society and Organ Transplant. Donna has degrees in criminology, education as well as post-graduate training in counselling, traumatic event response, peer mentoring, crisis management, violence in schools, and more.

Sumaiya Ahmed

Sumaiya Ahmed has been involved with community development work for six years. She is a former youth leader of the Ethno-cultural Youth Advisory Committee (EYAC) of YSB which focuses on providing programs and services to newcomer youth. She has helped implement Immigrant Youth Employment Program (IYEP) to decrease underemployment and unemployment rate for newcomer youth, as well as address other barriers such as racial discrimination and mental health. Sumaiya has conducted focus groups and workshops in newcomer communities to better understand and assess their needs. She hopes to continue to serve the community and breakdown barriers that marginalized communities face. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science (Honours) from the University of Ottawa and is currently a medical student in the French stream at the University of Ottawa.

Jack Aubry

Jack Aubry has more than three decades experience in communications.  He began his career as an award-winning journalist at the Ottawa Citizen, where he covered the Outaouais and Ottawa City Hall, before joining its national bureau on Parliament Hill in 1990. In 2008, he joined the federal government to become the chief spokesperson for Finance Canada during the global economic crisis. He is currently the Deputy Director of Media Relations and Consultations.


Anne Huot

Anne has more than 35 years of experience in health and social service clinical practice and administrative leadership.  She is recognized as a change agent, facilitator, mentor and strong communicator.  Her passion for working in the field of child and youth health is balanced by her commitment to family, friends and her community.  Anne is currently the Director, Client Programs, and Information at the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre. She has provided leadership in previous roles with the Royal Ottawa Hospital, Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services, St. Elizabeth Health Care and Mississauga Hospital.

Mike D’Amico

Mike is the HR Practice Leader for Stratford Managers Corporation. He provides organizations with strategic HR support and has in-depth experience working with Boards of Directors and HR and Compensation Committees. Prior to joining Stratford Managers, Mike founded Strategic HR Consulting Canada, a successful HR consulting firm providing HR strategies to clients, with a focus on Talent Management, Total Rewards, Corporate Governance and Mergers & Acquisitions. Mike previously served as SVP of HR & Organizational Effectiveness for Iogen, as AVP of HR for Cognos and held numerous senior positions with Nortel. Mike holds a B.A. in Law & Sociology from the Carleton University, an HR Management Certificate from Algonquin College and achieved the SHRP certification – the highest HR certification level in Canada.

Tom Foster

Tom Foster is a Managing Partner in the Ottawa office of Odgers Berndtson. A certified management consultant, Tom has more than 30 years of consulting and executive search experience in both the private and public sectors. As a search professional, he has completed CEO and executive assignments in all sectors including considerable experience in the not-for-profit sector.  Tom's not-for-profit clients have included Youth Services Bureau, Ottawa Salus, Canadian Red Cross, Family & Children’s Services of Renfrew, St. John Ambulance, Centretown Community Healthcare Centre and Amnesty International to name a few. Tom was a founding partner of RenaudFoster Management Consultants, one of Ottawa's most respected search firms, where he led the executive search practice for close to 30 years. RenaudFoster joined Odgers Berndtson in 2014. Mr. Foster holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (cum laude) from Concordia University.  He is fluently bilingual in English and French, and also speaks Spanish with notions of German and other languages.  He is an avid motorcyclist and a former private pilot.

Adam Kane

As a Senior Private Banker Team Lead, Adam is responsible for managing client credit requirements and overseeing delivery of their day-to-day banking needs with a team of two Private Bankers and three Associates. He has worked in the financial services industry as a retail branch manager as well as a commercial associate since 2001. He joined Scotiabank in 2016. Adam is a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts program, specializing in History and Economics, at the University of Western Ontario. In addition, he is also a graduate of Algonquin College with a degree in Marketing as well as an Ashbury College Alumni. In 1997 Adam helped the Ottawa Sooners to the QMJFL Championship with an 11-1 record. After football, he went on to training as an amateur boxer and kickboxer under the tutelage of Jean-Yves Theriault  and represented Canada in the 2005 WKA World Championships. Adam strives to be very active in his community as a past Director of the Vanier Business Improvement Association, an Ashbury Alumni Executive, and his continued involvement with the Ottawa Hospital Foundation 100km The Ride. Adam is happily married with four children who, outside from work, keep the household very busy.

Jackie Lawrence

Jacqueline is the Diversity and Equity Coordinator for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.  She is responsible for working in partnership with learning, leadership and community stakeholders to develop and implement strategies to align, integrate and measure diversity and equity principles and practices in our District priorities.  Jacqueline is the former Policy Advisor on diversity management at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).  Prior to CMHC, she was a consultant specializing in labour market research, communications and diversity strategies for clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.  Jacqueline is also a former Parliamentary Assistant and speech writer, the Executive Director of the National Women’s Reference Group on Labour Market Issues and the Executive Director of the Multicultural Women’s Association.  Her passions include writing poetry, travelling, and co-hosting/producing a community public affairs programme on CHUO 89.1 FM.

Johanne Levesque

Johanne is a passionate, fluently bilingual, high performing executive who is known for her ability to move forward complex, strategic initiatives.  She has over twenty five years of progressive leadership experience in the municipal and health sectors, specifically in mental health, public health, community care and health administration.  Visionary, entrepreneurial and innovative, she is recognized for her commitment to excellence, her ability to secure buy-in from diverse stakeholders and delivering results that build organizational effectiveness, community capacity and provide value for money.  In 2012, Johanne joined the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation as Vice-President, Survivorship Care and Professional Practice.  Earlier this year, Johanne took on additional corporate responsibilities as the lead Executive for People and Culture at the Cancer Foundation. She holds a Bachelor’s in Nursing Science from Ottawa University and a Master’s of Public Administration from Queen’s University.

Donna MacNeil-Charbot

James Malizia

James is the Assistant Commissioner with the RCMP, responsible for Federal Policing Operations which includes oversight of national security, terrorism, serious and organized crime, as well as corruption, financial crime and cyber-crime investigations.  Throughout his career, James has worked in a variety of roles nationally and internationally.  He holds his Master of Leadership and Management in Policing and continues his involvement in the program as a Senior Fellow.  In recognition of his many contributions to the policing profession and service to the community,  James is the recipient of several awards including Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces as well as the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.

Rebecca Murray

Rebecca Murray is a bilingual professional with 20 years of experience in fundraising, communications, government affairs, public policy and project management.  She has been a Senior Development Officer at Carleton University since 2003, working in all areas of fundraising, including major and planned gifts as well as sponsorship and event planning. Rebecca is active in the Ottawa community and volunteers in local, provincial and federal affairs. She also provides strategic council to a number of charities and non-profit organizations.

Dr. Phil Ritchie

Dr. Phil Ritchie is a psychologist who has worked at CHEO since 2008.  Prior to that, he was a psychologist with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board for 17 years.  Phil consults to the Ottawa Police Service tactical team negotiators and provides support to police following critical incidents.  He has consulted to the Department of National Defence, the City of Ottawa and Health Canada around critical incident preparedness, and has been involved in the response to a number of disasters including the crash of Swissair Flight 111, the OC Transpo shootings, the tsunami in Sri Lanka, and most recently, the OC Transpo/VIA train collision in Ottawa.

Susan G. Tataryn

Susan is the principal of a boutique Business and Tax Law Firm in Ottawa. She has been an advisor over the last 12 years to various businesses from small independents to large enterprises.  Susan is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan where she obtained Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees. She previously has sat on the Board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters Ottawa.


Robbin Tourangeau

Robbin Tourangeau has worked in the field of public policy and advocacy for the last 20 years, providing strategic advice and leading the development of a number of important initiatives and programmes both inside and outside government.  Her areas of specialization include social, urban, community, and R&D issues. Robbin is currently the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) where she works on files related to Aboriginal education, mental health, accessibility for persons with disabilities, and research and innovation. Prior to joining COU, Robbin worked as the Director of Policy in the Office for Disability Issues and as the Vice-President, Public Policy and Government Relations, at Imagine Canada.  She also served as the Senior Policy Advisor on Social Development in the Office of the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien and as a senior policy analyst responsible for social and municipal/Aboriginal policy at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. She began her career in Ottawa as a federal Parliamentary Intern.

The Board’s principal responsibilities include:

  • Appointing the executive director and evaluating his or her performance
  • Establishing broad policies and objectives
  • Setting performance benchmarks for programs
  • Approving annual budgets and ensuring availability of adequate resources
  • Being accountable to the public, donors and supporters through an annual report
  • Promoting YSB in our community

The Board of Directors is made up of highly regarded professionals from the local community, chosen for their unique skills, perspectives and experiences. The Board demonstrates considerable expertise in the following areas: management, social work, psychiatry, criminology, technology, performance measurement, finance, fund development, law, education, social services, taxation, and public relations.

With their combined talents and shared commitment to serving youth, the directors enhance the performance of YSB.