Each member of the Foundation brings a unique and specialized gift. Many members have a personal reason to be involved in the Foundation and bring with them passion, determination and experience to ensure the WaterStone Foundation fulfills its mandate.


Board of directors

Kim Duffy

Ms. Duffy is the Co-Founder and Board Chair of the WaterStone Foundation. Kim’s passion and determination to help families with a loved one suffering from an eating disorder evolved from her own family’s lengthy and complex journey. Kim received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Purdue University. Her career in the Healthcare Industry began at AT/T in Chicago where she was responsible for Employee Health Promotion. After a move to Celtic Life Insurance as Assistant V. P., she marketed individual health insurance plans for college students. In 1990 she moved to the UK where she joined BUPA (British United Healthcare ) marketing health insurance to individuals and families.  After 12 years living abroad, the expanded family returned home to Toronto. Kim immersed herself in her 4 children’s activities, volunteering on numerous school and community committees including the Women’s Auxiliary at the Hospital for Sick Kids. In 2013, the Duffy family co-founded WaterStone Clinic., a highly specialized outpatient clinic focused in the treatment of eating disorders. In 2015, WaterStone Clinic was acquired by the Edgewood Health Network to further expand capacity and needed in-patient beds. Kim has been active in the eating disorder community since 2011 when she initially assisted with the launch of the National Eating Disorder Information Centre’s (NEDIC) first fundraising and awareness event. Kim completed Rothmans School of Management NFP Governance Essentials Course in 2015. She is a member of the Eating Disorder Association of Canada and the Academy of Eating Disorders.

Joanne Peters

Ms. Peters has previous experience as a Senior Legal Counsel for the Ontario Securities Commission where she provided senior legal advice to the commission and staff regarding corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and other matters. She has been a lawyer with the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1987 and is a law graduate of the University of Toronto. Ms. Peters also practised corporate, commercial and securities law at Fraser and Beatty. More recently Joanne co-chaired Empty Bowls helping raise almost $100,000 at each event for Home Suite Hope and sits on the Board of the Oakville Community Foundation. At WaterStone Foundation, Joanne is Secretary, Chair of the Financial Aid Committee and a member of the Fundraising and Marketing Committee.

Kelly Hall-Holland

Ms. Hall-Holland spent many years as in Equestrian sport, initially as a member of the Canadian Equestrian Jumping Team and later as a trainer and breeder of Olympic and Pan American team horses. Kelly also worked as a television commentator for CBC and AMI from 1975-2013 and Treasurer of Region of York, overseeing a $250 million budget. More recently Kelly has been very involved in the eating disorder community as Executive Director of the Eating Disorders Foundation of Canada and with various other organizations and initiatives. Kelly is a graduate of University of Western Ontario – Honours Bachelor of Science, Physiology, 1973, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario – Chartered Accountant, 1979 and the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario – Registered Massage Therapist, 2001. Kelly is currently Chair of the WaterStone Foundation Finance Committee.

Donna Simpson

Ms. Simpson is the Vice-Chair of the Fundraising Committee and a member of the Financial Aid Committee for WaterStone Foundation. She earned her Bachelor of Science (Specialist in Zoology) and Bachelor of Education at University of Toronto.  She also completed an additional Honour Specialist in Biology and in Guidance. Donna taught Biology and Science full time at Father Henry Carr Secondary School before starting her own private tutoring business for students of all ages. She currently substitute teaches Science and Math at Upper Canada College. Prior to WaterStone, she was involved with fundraising and advancement at Kingsway College School (KCS) and Upper Canada College (UCC), most notably chairing the BBC committee at UCC. She has also co-chaired several Gala fund-raising events at KCS and Beaver Valley Ski Club. Her intuitive insight and solid ethical compass make her a valued addition to the WaterStone team.

Roy Levine

With more than 20 years experience leading both multi-national and boutique advertising agencies, Roy brings a wealth of experience in agency, account and strategy leadership having worked across a large number of sectors from packaged goods to retail. Roy’s entrepreneurial spirit was shaped early in his career having launched several multi-million dollar brands in Canada, including Kellog’s Nutrigrain Bars and many Frito Lay brands. Roy started and sold 2 advertising agencies having secured several tier one clients like Sony, AOL, Benjamin Moore, Toshiba, Sheraton, Government of Ontario and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. He has recently launched his third start-up, Purpose, a content marketing agency which is setting out to rid the world of lousy content. Roy enjoys speaking at various events about the latest in marketing trends. Roy is an active member of the Fundraising and Marketing Committee at WaterStone Foundation.

Lora Gernon

Ms. Gernon is the founder and president of Profit Business Consulting Inc. where she advises companies on strategic planning in sales, marketing, partner and talent optimization. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Waterloo. Her experience is based on 17 years as a key executive at Microsoft, followed by several years of consulting for a wide-range of companies, with a proven track record. Lora advises various companies in strategy and growth. At WaterStone Foundation, Lora is a member of the Financial Aid Committee and Vice Chair of the Governance Committee.

Juli Morrow

Ms. Morrow has been a partner in the law firm of Goodmans LLP since 1985.  Although her practice initially centered on a broad range of commercial matters, it now focuses on commercial real estate transactions. She graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Law from McGill University, and obtained her Masters of Law from the University of Toronto. She has served on the boards and committees of the Hanen Centre, Baycrest Hospital, Sheena's Place and the Glenn Gould Foundation. Juli is currently a member of the Governance Committee at WaterStone Foundation.

Karin Jasper, Ph.D.

Dr. Jasper is Clinical Mental Health Specialist in the Eating Disorders Program at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ontario and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Toronto. She is co-author with Ahmed Boachie of A Parent’s Guide to Defeating Eating Disorders: Spotting the Stealth Bomber and Other Symbolic Approaches and co-editor with Catrina Brown of Consuming Passions: Feminist Approaches to Weight Preoccupation and Eating Disorders. Ms. Jasper has worked in the field of eating disorders for over twenty years, first in private practice with young adults and adults, and since then with children and adolescents in hospital settings. Karin is also Vice Chair of the WaterStone Foundation Financial Aid Committee.

Yvette Thornley


Yvette Thornley is a seasoned marketing communications and health promotion professional.  A lifelong career in advertising and marketing, Yvette has focused the past sixteen years building evidence-based, breakthrough social change programs in the public and not-for-profit health sectors. These include many award-winning programs that have contributed to preventing disease or helping people manage their health, such as, colon cancer screening, smoking cessation, immunization and breast cancer.  Many of these programs have been focused on young adults. Yvette is an active member of the Marketing Committee and a mentor of the Young Professionals Council at WaterStone Foundation.

Michelle Busic

Michelle Busic joins the Board of WaterStone Foundation with experience and enthusiasm from being involved in various charities over the years specializing in fundraising. Michelle formed and co-chaired the inaugural fundraising committee at High Park Montessori School. She has also been a committee fundraising member for Appleby College’s Annual Gala and for Special Olympics Sports Celebrity Festival.

Over the past few years, Michelle has been a passionate supporter of WaterStone Foundation and its vision. She hosted the WaterStone Foundation Garden Party for two consecutive years and looks forward to assisting in the creation of other fundraising opportunities to drive awareness; ongoing and future donations.

Michelle previous career was in the television industry with CTV news. She then developed a career in the fitness and wellness area so she could spend time with her children and family. She is a certified Pilates instructor and is trained in RTS. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from York University. 


Executive Director

Sandra Palmaro

Ms. Palmaro has spent over 20 years in various leadership positions in both the corporate and charitable sectors.  After 14 years with Microsoft Canada, Sandra joined SickKids Foundation as Executive Vice President.  Most recently Sandra spent 6 years as CEO, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Ontario Region.  Previous to the Executive Director role at Waterstone Foundation, Sandra served on the Waterstone Foundation Board of Directors as Vice Chair and Chair of the Governance Committee.  Sandra has also previously served on the Board of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada for 8 years, 3 years as Board Chair and on the Governing Council, Health Charities Coalition of Canada for 2 years.   Sandra  recently completed the Directors Education Program at University of Toronto Rotman School Institute of Corporate Directors, receiving the ICD.D designation.



Dr. Madalyn Marcus

Dr. Marcus is a Clinical Psychologist in the Young Adult Eating Disorders Program at Southlake Regional Health Centre. She also works at Broadview Psychology, a private practice clinic in Toronto, Ontario, and is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Psychology at York University. She has extensive experience in psychological assessment and treatment of individuals with diverse clinical concerns including eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, trauma, self-harm behaviour, and interpersonal and adjustment related difficulties. She provides individual and group therapy, as well as comprehensive psychological assessments including cognitive and personality assessments. Her main research involves understanding and improving treatment access and help-seeking for mental health concerns. Her research has been presented at international conferences and published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.

Andre Mruck

Working in the financial industry and RBC for over a decade Andre has proven his ability to understand the personal needs of an individual to assist in achieving their goals as both a leader and a Financial Advisor. During his time Andre has also expanded his expertise volunteering for Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, United Way, Free the Children, and Junior Achievement. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts, specializing in Communications and Political Science. Through his experience with a genuine passion to support his community and those in need make him a great asset to the WaterStone Foundation’s Financial Aid Committee.