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.  


Kim Duffy

Kim is the Co-Founder and Board Chair of the WaterStone Foundation. Over the past 5 years, WaterStone Foundation has raised over $1M to help individuals struggling with eating disorders, and their families.

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 and developing individual health insurance plans. Moving to the U.K. in 1990, Kim continued her career in health insurance working for BUPA (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.

Kelly Hall-Holland

Kelly 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.

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.

Karin Jasper, PhD, RP

Karin has worked in the area of eating disorders for over twenty years, first in private practice with adults and later in the Day Hospital Program for Eating Disorders at SickKids Hospital and the Child and Adolescent Program for Eating Disorders at Southlake Regional Health Centre.  She is a co-author with Dr. 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.  


Sandra Palmaro

Sandra has spent over 20 years in leadership positions in both the corporate and charitable sectors. After 14 years with Microsoft Canada, Sandra held leadership positions with SickKids Foundation, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and, most recently at Wilfrid Laurier University. Sandra previously served on the Board of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada for 8 years, 3 years as National Board Chair and on the Governing Council, Health Charities Coalition of Canada for 2 years.

Sandra has been involved with WaterStone Foundation since its inception.