Susan is a proven non-profit leader with over 17 years’ experience in various community settings and recipient of community leadership awards.
Susan is a recognized non-profit leader in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has dedicated her career solely in the non-profit sector in various leadership roles working in the fields of Development Disabilities, Mental Health, Older Adults and LGBT Youth. She completed her studies in Canada; graduated from York University with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology, Women, and Gender Studies; and again with a Bachelor of Social Work Honours degree. Susan went on to study Research and Statistics at the University of Windsor and later graduated with a Master of Social Work Honours degree at the University of Windsor. She also completed a certificate in Management for Human Service Agencies through the University of Toronto, a certificate in Confident Coaching, a certificate in both Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations and Mobilizing Your Nonprofit Board from HARVARD, Kennedy School as well as Non-Profit and Public Sector Finance at the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management.
Director, Human Resources, Quality & Risk
Shannon has over fifteen years’ experience in HR leadership across a variety of sectors, including staffing, marketing/advertising, and retail.
Shannon is most energized about igniting the potential of people to achieve business results. She was motivated to pursue her personal passion for leveraging her HR skills in an environment focussed on helping people, which is what prompted her interest in joining the non-profit sector and Lumacare in the capacity of HR Manager in September 2014. Shannon is now the Director of Human Resources.
Outside of work, Shannon’s enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and volunteering in the community.
Senior Director, Planning and Care Initiatives
Danielle has practiced as an occupational therapist with adults and older adults in areas such as mental health and acute medicine in various care settings, including overseas in the UK. Danielle has worked as a Senior Planner at Central Local Health Integration Network where she led French Language and Aboriginal Services.
Mary Ellen Ruddell
Director, Programs & Services
Mary Ellen’s passion for improving the lives of individuals and families started as a recreational therapist supporting people from all ages and backgrounds; this work took her across Canada and United States.
Her experience as a recreational therapist led her to pursue a Masters in social work where she worked across a variety of sectors, including child welfare, young offenders, forensic psychiatry and community support services.
The ongoing drive to improve systems that work better to address inequalities in healthcare led her to complete a Masters in Health Administration and achieve a designation of Certified Health Executive. To support her knowledge of continuous quality improvement, Mary Ellen is also a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma.