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 in project management, network development, youth-led policy, event planning, and facilitation. She was previously a Network Coordinator for The New Mentality, ensuring the program enhances the health and lives of youth across Ontario. Her current role is Program Manager where she oversees The New Mentality network, supporting youth and adult allies doing leading-edge youth engagement in communities across the province.
(416) 921-2109 ext.133
Fizza Abbas, Network Coordinator, The New Mentality
Fizza is a familiar face in our network, as she has previously been involved as a Youth Facilitator for our TNM group in Peel and has attended Disable the Label the past two years as a Crew Leader. Fizza graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and then further pursued her post-graduate in Addictions and Mental Health. Prior to the Network Coordinator position, she was a Recreation Specialist at a psychosocial rehabilitation program and created fun and engaging wellness-based programming, as well as provided supportive counselling for individuals experiencing mental health challenges, and social isolation.
(416) 921-2109 ext.135
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
Iman Elzinie, Administrative Assistant
Iman joined us from the City of Toronto, where she worked in politics as Council Staff for previous Deputy Mayor Glenn De Baeremaeker. She studied Bio Ethics at the University of Toronto and is passionate about health care ethics and policy. As administrative assistant at CMHO, Iman performs a variety of tasks, supporting our team and helping the office run smoothly.
(416) 921-2109 ext.126