Driving Greater Impact Begins with a High-Performing Team. Children's Mental Health Ontario has a team in place that we are absolutely confident will deliver powerful impact for our members. Our team has experience working inside and outside the provincial government both on the bureaucratic and political sides.
Kimberly Moran, Chief Executive Officer
(416) 921-2109 ext. 123
Angela Fowler, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Angela has 10 years of experience in strategic public policy development and implementation with a focus on health and child welfare issues. Having served as a senior advisor in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS), and in the Minister’s Office at MCYS, Angela brings a solid understanding of government priorities and of the policy issues affecting the child and youth mental health sector. She has led several multi-million dollar policy initiatives on behalf of government with a focus on child welfare system transformation and health system sustainability and coordination.
(416) 921-2109 ext. 127
Jessica Behnke, Director, Strategic Relations and Communications
Jessica joins CMHO from the adult community mental health and addiction sector, where she led advocacy work that contributed to mental health and addiction being a top election issue for all political parties. She is passionate about building relationships and bringing government and direct service providers together to advance policy, and has over five years experience working in healthcare communications and government relations at membership associations, including at Addictions and Mental Health Ontario and the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada. Having supported two MPPs (Christine Elliott and Mitzie Hunter) through the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme (OLIP), Jessica brings a strong understanding of political and legislative processes to the child and youth mental health sector.
(416) 921-2109 ext.127
Kerry Smuk, Director, Public Policy
Kerry has worked in government for more than 15 years with almost 10 years in policy development and implementation at the provincial level. As an experienced Senior Policy Advisor with the Government of Ontario, she has led progressive social policy priorities in early years and child care, education and women's issues. A skillful collaborator, Kerry has been involved in long term planning and has engaged across sectors and communities to provide strategic advice about complex policy objectives. She is a community Guider with Girl Guides of Canada and a Patient Family Advisor with North York General Hospital. She has a BA in Psychology and has also expanded her professional learning in non-profit and voluntary sector management.
Mary-Anne Leahy, Program Manager, The New Mentality
Mary-Anne is a youth engagement specialist with a wealth of experience as a youth advocate, organizer and facilitator. She was previously a Network Coordinator for The New Mentality, ensuring the program enhances the health and lives of youth across Ontario. She co-chaired the Youth Action Committee where she worked on the Speak Up Speak Out Project, a province-wide youth engagement initiative to look at the education system and opportunities to provide better support for children and youth in elementary and high school.
(416) 921-2109 ext.133
Cindy Prins, Project Manager
Cindy joined us from The Hospital for Sick Children, Research Institute, where she worked with Principal Investigators in the department for Neuroscience & Mental Health. She has a B.A. in Psychology from McMaster University. As Project Manager, Cindy has a lead role in areas including event management, CMHO board support, and office administration. Cindy is our point person for CMHO's annual conference, member meetings and billing inquiries.
(416) 921-2109 ext. 124
Leah Sullivan, Digital Communications & Media Officer
Leah is a communications professional with experience in government relations, marketing and community outreach and engagement. She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Calgary and a B.A. in Communications from York University. Leah manages our social media accounts, as well as our internal and external communications, including media relations, digital media and stakeholders' engagement. She works closely with our government relations and policy teams, as well as members, to help spread the #kidscantwait message.
(416) 921-2109 ext.130
Reshem Khan, Policy Advisor
Reshem is a policy and research analyst with a masters in political science and a focus on marginalized and intersectional experiences of public policy and programming.In her previous roles, she has gained meaningful experience working with Indigenous and low-income populations, as well as with a range of government and non-profit stakeholders. She is interested in program evaluation and advocates systems-thinking when considering solutions to complex policy issues. In addition, she brings her own experiences as an immigrant and a person of colour to the Child and Youth Mental Health sector.
(416) 921-2109 ext.122
Emma Helfand-Green, Policy Advisor
Emma is a policy analyst who brings to CMHO her professional experience in health policy, including primary care reform and improving access to housing for individuals experiencing complex mental health issues. Emma also brings her own unique experiences that come from living and working in Northern Ontario and knows first hand some of the unique policy challenges and opportunities facing the region. Emma has a Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of Toronto and a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Guelph.
(416) 921-2109 ext.129