Board of Directors

Katherine Parker
is honoured to have the opportunity to support LGIH and all its stakeholders as Chair of the Board. Katherine is a seasoned federal government Executive who has worked in both private and non-profit sectors.  Her focus the last several years has been workplace mental health and she was fortunate enough to have had an assignment at the Mental Health Commission of Canada as a Visiting Executive where she supported the development of a leadership model for improving mental health in the workplace and mental health peer support programs.  She has held senior federal government positions including Director General of Human Resources, and Chief Audit Executive.  She recently completed the Osgoode Law Certificate in Workplace Mental Health and brings in-depth experience in a range of management skills including Human Resources, and Organizational Development.  Katherine has a degree in psychology and a Master’s in Business Administration.

Mary Ann Harvey
has volunteered as a Crisis Line Responder at the Distress Center in Ottawa and has governance experience as part of the Audit Committee of the Ottawa Woman’s Credit Union.  She has held the Board position of Treasurer for several community associations over the years.  Mary Ann also has several years of experience as a Finance Executive in Ottawa high tech companies.   As such she is a trusted strategic advisor and a credible representative collaborating with auditors, bankers and lawyers on key issues in Finance, Accounting, Human Resources and Legal.  Mary Ann’s objective is to contribute to the progression and success of a community-based organization helping those in need and she is very pleased to be involved with LGIH.  She has a BA in Psychology, Master’s in Business Administration, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Diane Hart
has professional experience as a collaborative leader of multi-disciplined teams with an extensive background in global people and business management in the high-tech sector. Now retired, Diane was a dedicated coach and mentor where she invested in inspiring and motivating others to do their best and to achieve individual growth. Diane is also experienced in salary planning, forecasting and budgets, performance management, resource planning, and strategic direction. Diane truly admires the noble and accomplished work that Interval House provides to women and children. She is both honoured and humbled to be a part of the LGIH organization.

Judie McKenney
is excited to have the opportunity to be involved with LGIH as a volunteer and leader.  Judie has focused primarily on the not-for-profit sphere and most recently in the charitable sector. As a Chartered Professional Accountant and senior executive, she looks forward to lending her expertise to LGIH for the betterment of the organization and community.  She thrives on identifying opportunity and implementing successful change that is both effective and efficient. Her outstanding list of accomplishments speak to her in-depth experience in finance, human resources, and technology, and how these areas can be strengthened to provide a solid foundation for successful operation of an organization. Judie is happy to work with LGIH to help build this solid foundation and help the community.

General Director
Debbie Brooks
has a bachelor’s degree from McMaster University and certificates in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Life Skills from St. Lawrence College. She has extensive experience as a front-line worker, specifically in Vocational Counselling for adults struggling with mental illness. She has many years of experience as part of a multidisciplinary team in a hospital setting. She has experience owning and operating a business in Brockville with her husband. Debbie is pleased to have the opportunity to contribute her time and skills to the board of Directors at LGIH and to support the Executive Director. .

General Director
Susan Drake 
is a senior business leader with over 30 years’ experience in all functional areas of Human Resources and is passionate about helping leaders with their people.  She has partnered with executives in start-ups to well established companies to build and retain talent in organizations across Canada.  Her strengths lie in recruiting, performance management, learning and development, process improvement and system implementation. Sue is committed to giving back and has an extensive history of volunteering in her community – from volunteering at hospitals, mentoring aspiring Human Resources professionals and as a member of Girl Guides of Canada.   In her over 35 years with Girl Guides, Sue has been a unit leader (Sparks, Brownies & Guides) a Deputy Division Commission and certified trainer. She has a business degree from Sheridan College and a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) designation.

Acting Executive Director
Heather Brisebois