Jane McNulty, Co-Chair
Jane has worked as a writer, developmental editor, project manager, marketing product manager, and publisher in the book and magazine industry for many years. She oversaw a team of educators in developing resources in Kinesiology for Grade 12 students and teachers in Ontario, with a particular emphasis on physical literacy, healthy active living, and mental health. She is currently managing the development of the fourth edition of a text for beginning social work students for use all across Canada. Prior to becoming a FAME Family Member more than fifteen years ago, Jane volunteered as a small group team leader with the Association of Parent Support Groups in Ontario for seven years. Other volunteer commitments include fundraising for the Irish Choral Society of Canada (a portion of whose performance proceeds support the Out of the Cold program and the St. Paul Irish School of Music). Jane has served on the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Fellowship of Northwest Toronto, where she has been a long-time member of the Sunday Services Speakers Committee. She is an avid participant in yogathons, zumbathons, and walkathons to raise funds for mental health initiatives, cancer research, and palliative care.
David Frattini, Co-Chair
David is a social entrepreneur. His business – prepareforcanada.com – is the largest digital community for recent and prospective newcomers to Canada. Newcomers are encouraged to participate and prepare for success in Canada by engaging in the free delivery of job and settlement preparedness information and advice from experts across Canada. David has more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience with traditional packaged goods companies (Nestle Canada, Pepsi-Cola Canada) as well as publishing experience with Post Media and Torstar. David understands the challenges of mental health stigma, particularly as it pertains to newcomer communities, and wants to help break down stigma in these communities.
Doug Crawford, Treasurer
Doug has built a career of more than 30 years in the investment industry. His career has spanned a wide range of investment roles including credit analyst, fixed income trader, portfolio manager and investment director along with various leadership responsibilities. Doug graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Doug appreciates the anxieties families experience when caring for a loved one who is experiencing mental illness. His previous volunteer experience was as the Treasurer of Phoenix Childcare.
Dev Ramcharan, Board Member
Dev Ramcharan is a Project Management Professional and has dedicated the last two decades to managing Project Management Offices in Banking, Telecommunications and in Health Care organizations. In his private consulting practice, Dev focuses on organizational change management, and Career Transition and Optimization. Dev is a Certified Project Management Professional, a Prosci Certified Change Management Practitioner, a Certified Career Transition Coach, a Minds at Work Process Facilitator, an EQI Emotional Intelligence Assessor, Trainer and Coach and a Taylor Protocols CVI Assessor and Coach. He is the founder and lead coach for AROUCA Consulting and Career Coaching and serves on two non-profit Boards of Directors.
Matthew Tsuda, Board Member
Matthew has worked as a clinician, case manager and educator in the mental health and addictions field for many years. Currently, Matthew is an Education Specialist and Occupational Therapist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Matthew is also a Status Lecturer at the University of Toronto, in which he provides teaching and professional support for graduate students. As an educator, he has developed and delivered training on a range of mental health and addiction treatment models and best practices, frequently presents at mental health conferences/workshops, and instructs online and classroom courses. As a clinician, he has provided counseling services, crisis intervention, assessment support, case management, vocational support and group therapy. He has experience working with complex mental illness, concurrent disorders, forensic mental health, mood and anxiety disorders, problem gambling and other addictions. Matthew has been the recipient of both clinical and teaching awards at CAMH and U of T, respectively. Matthew is also involved in several other leadership and volunteer roles, such as chairing professional practice committees, providing clinical mentorship and serving on the Working Group for the Promotion of Mental Health in Faith Communities. Matthew is passionate about making improvements to the mental health and addictions system and advocating for individuals and families with lived experience of mental illness.
Melanie Mayoh, Board Member
Melanie is the Manager of Corporate Planning and Performance at Health Quality Ontario. A health system management professional, Melanie has more than 10 years of experience leading strategy development, performance measurement and evaluation, corporate planning and reporting, and risk management, at various provincial and national health agencies. She has volunteered both locally and abroad with community mental health organizations and initiatives and understands the challenges that families and caregivers often face when providing support to their loved ones. Melanie holds a BSc in Biology and Psychology from Western University and an MPhil in health research from the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Michael Torres, Board Member
Michael is a seasoned communications professional with over a decade of experience in the mental health sector, specializing in issues management, strategic media relations and brand development. Communications Director at the Wellesley Institute, Michael has also held senior positions at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario. With a broad range of experience, including work in stakeholder relations, health policy and knowledge mobilization, Michael carries a thorough understanding of factors affecting the health care system in Ontario. He studied political science and holds an Hon. Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a post-graduate diploma in business communications from Seneca at York University. Born and raised in Toronto, Michael has additional interests in community building, urban renewal and the arts.
Ali Veshkini, Board Member
Ali began his career in the Ontario public service working in the Business and Fiscal Planning Branch at the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) as a financial analyst. While working at MOE, Ali decided to pursue his law degree at the University of Ottawa. During this time he worked for the Federal Government at Health Canada, where he helped establish an advisory agency for the Minister that would report on pediatric health issues. Following his completion of law school, Ali worked in a corporate law firm in Ottawa conducting M&A, Securities and Commercial Real Estate transactions. Ali’s interest in public service led him back to government in 2008 at the Ministry of Community Safety and Corrections where he worked as a chief of staff to the Chief Administrative Officer & Assistant Deputy Minister. In 2010 Ali was appointed as the Executive Lead/Director to establish the Death Investigation Oversight Council. After establishing and operationalizing the agency, Ali took on another challenge as the Director for the Facilities and Capital Planning at the Ministry of Community Safety and Corrections, overseeing the construction of large infrastructure projects, life cycle management of over 400 assets across the province and a leasing portfolio of over $100M. Following this, Ali became the Vice President of the PMO & Budget Office at Infrastructure Ontario, providing advice and oversight to large scale Social, Highway and Transit projects across the Province. Ali is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Administrative Officer at the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services.