Our Team

Our leadership team is committed to upholding the highest standards of accountability and efficiency in all aspects of our work. Many of our Board Members have personal ties to our work at WaterStone Foundation. All bring their passion, determination and expertise to ensure WaterStone Foundation fulfills its mandate.  

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kim Duffy

Kim is the Co-Founder & Board Chair of the WaterStone Foundation. Since graduating from Purdue University, Kim has accumulated over 25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. Her career began in Chicago at AT/T where she developed Employee Health Promotion programs. Kim then moved to Celtic Life Insurance as Assistant VP, marketing group COBRA insurance & developing individual health insurance plans. Kim moved to the U.K. in 1990 and continued her career in health insurance working for British United Healthcare.

Kim first became active in the eating disorder community in 2011, when she launched the National Eating Disorder Information Centre’s (NEDIC) first fundraising and awareness event. From 2012 to 2016, Kim Co-Founded and Directed WaterStone Clinic, a private, for-profit outpatient clinic. She is a member of the Eating Disorder Association of Canada and the Academy of Eating Disorders. In addition to her activism in the eating disorder community, she has held numerous volunteer positions at schools and sporting organizations in Toronto and the U.K., in support of her four children.

In 2015, Kim completed the Rothman’s School of Management NFP Governance Essentials Course. She is currently enrolled at the University of Toronto’s Leadership, Strategy and Change for Not for Profits Certificate.


Joanne Peters

Joanne  is a law graduate of the University of Toronto. She was a Senior Legal Counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission for 15 years. Before that, Joanne  practised corporate, commercial and securities law at Fraser and Beatty.

In addition to being on the Board of WaterStone Foundation, Joanne is Vice-Chair of  the Board of the Oakville Community Foundation and is on the Board of Start2Finish Canada. Joanne has been involved with fund raisers for many charities, including the Oakville Trafalgar Hospital Gala and she co-chaired Empty Bowls helping raise almost $100,000 at each event for Home Suite Hope.  She has two successful adult daughters and lives with her husband in Oakville.


Donna Simpson

Donna 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.


Lora Gernon

Lora 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 on strategy and growth.


ADVISORS

Sandra Palmaro

Sandra has spent more than 25 years in leadership positions in the corporate, not for profit, and education sectors. After 14 years with Microsoft Canada, Sandra held leadership roles at SickKids Foundation, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and, most recently, at Wilfrid Laurier University. Sandra served on the Board of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada for 8 years, including 3 years as National Board Chair, and on the Governing Council of the Health Charities Coalition of Canada for 2 years.  Sandra holds a Master of Arts in Global Leadership degree from Royal Roads University and completed the Directors Education Program (ICD.D) at Rotman School of Management in 2015.

Sandra has been involved with WaterStone Foundation since its inception.  

Dr. Melissa Lieberman

Dr. Melissa Lieberman is a registered clinical psychologist working with children, adolescents and their families.  She has worked for over 20 years in both private practice and in several hospitals within the greater Toronto area.  Dr. Lieberman developed and lead the “COPE” program at the Hospital for Sick Children (HSC), delivering specialized care for children under the age of 13 with eating disorders.  Dr. Melissa Lieberman provides assessment, consultation and treatment for a wide range of psychological issues including; eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, divorce, loss, and other emotional difficulties which can limit quality of life during childhood and adolescence.  Dr. Melissa Lieberman received her Ph.D. at Concordia University in Montreal.  She was the recipient of the Governor General Gold Medal Award for her research in the area of peer pressure, cliques and the development of eating difficulties in teens. She is passionate about working with children, teens and their families and providing them with the best care possible. 

Dr. Gillian Kirsh

Dr. Kirsh is a licensed Clinical Psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She works with children, adolescents, adults, and families specializing in eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and psychoeducational assessments. She works in the Eating Disorders Program at North York General Hospital (NYGH, since 2004) and trained in several hospital-based ED programs in Ontario. She was previously on staff at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinic at NGYH. Dr. Kirsh completed her pre-doctoral internship training at SickKids, where she focused on research on adolescents with eating disorders, assessment and treatment of anxiety, and psychoeducational assessments for children with learning disabilities/ADHD. In 2006, Dr. Kirsh completed a post-doctoral internship at SickKids, where she conducted research and community outreach in the prevention of eating disorders.