Board of Directors

The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA is governed by a 12 member Board of Directors made up of members of the Society.

Directors on the HBSPCA skills based Board have three major roles: developing shelter policy, making decisions about the HBSPCA future and its sustainability, and monitoring quality and financial performance.

Meet our 2018-19 Board of Directors

Deborah Brown
Deborah has held executive positions as both President and Executive Vice President in Canada and the U.S., of a leading multinational pharmaceutical company. During her tenure, the company enjoyed a tremendous growth curve, growing revenues by more than a thousand percent over 10 years. Prior to this, she assumed successively more senior operational and management roles in marketing and sales, regulatory and government affairs, and research & development in the industry. From all of these experiences, Deborah has gained a deep understanding of how companies and individuals effectively translate strategy into results and has a passion for developing healthy organizations that sustainably deliver excellent and profitable services or goods.  Deborah did her undergraduate studies in biological and physical science then completed a Masters in Business Administration at the Ivey Business School. She has served on both private and public boards as a Board Member, executive committee member and Chair of the Board.  She is a resident of Dundas, and currently works as a management consultant for academic, pharmaceutical and entrepreneurial clients.

Kim Ciavarella
Kim Ciavarella has been the Chief Executive Officer for Banyan Community Services since 2014.  She has 25+ years of financial management, leadership and organizational planning experience in both the private and public sectors including; Health care, children mental health services, youth justice and home and community support services. Over the past 20 years, Kim has held senior leadership roles in the not for profit sector that include President, CEO, COO, Director of Operations, Finance and Corporate Services. She has a proven track record of building strong community relationships and is a champion of quality, performance measurement, change and transitional management.
Kim’s community is her source of strength and has gratefully given back by serving as a volunteer board and committee member with John Howard Society and Idlewyld Manor. In addition Kim is a Reviewer for the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA) and also serves on provincial advisory committee for the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA).

Doug Duke
A non-profit association professional, Doug is currently Vice President, Business Development for Essentient Association Management based in Burlington. An alumnus of the journalism program at Humber College, Doug began his career in the field of communications and print media as a freelance writer/editor before becoming a senior editor with Hamilton Community News. He switched gears and changed careers in early 2004 when he entered the world of association management. Since that time, Doug has worked as Executive Officer of the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association and as Executive Director of both the Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association and the Toronto and Area Road Builders Association. He has also served as chair of the Executive Officers’ Council of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association and has been an active member of several boards and committees in the housing and construction sectors over the last 15 years. In his current role, Doug oversees the Canadian Chapter of CoreNet Global and the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology. Despite the many jobs he’s had over his career, Doug says his most gratifying role has been that of ‘daddy’ to 12-year-old daughter Rebecca, who despite her age has already decided she wants to work with animals for a living someday. (Daddy couldn’t be more proud!) Born and raised on Hamilton’s east mountain, Doug now resides in Burlington where he enjoys cycling, indoor and beach volleyball and the occasional round of golf. He is also a fan of watching the antics of Whiskers and Art, a whacky but loveable pair of tabby cats.

Juanita Gledhill, Chair
Juanita Gledhill is an award winning Human Resources professional and dedicated community volunteer. She is Principal of MCC Group Inc., a strategic leadership and human resources consulting practice. Juanita works with governors and operational leaders to develop strategic and operational plans along with organizational effectiveness strategies to leverage the capacity and potential of an organization’s best resource – their people. Juanita has volunteered her HR and governance skills on several community boards and was delighted be invited to serve on the HBSPCA Board, where she can share her passion for ensuring our community includes pet ownership which is accessible, and support responsible care for all animals. Juanita, along with husband Greg and son Matthew are proud pet parents to Bentley, an Airedale. Bentley can often be found at one of our city’s off leash parks getting a party started!

Maureen Moore, Secretary
Ms. Moore is a long-time volunteer of the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA and is retired from a career in nursing management. Ms. Moore brings many years of governance experience on a municipal, provincial and national level to the HBSPCA Board of Directors. “As a long-time volunteer, I believe I have a grasp of the many issues we face, both on a day-to-day basis and long-term,” says. Ms. Moore. “I hope to play an active role in ensuring our already excellent organization continues to grow and change in exciting and innovative ways.”

John Mullen, Treasurer
John Mullen is a CPA, CMA and is the owner and Principal Consultant with JCM Corporate Solutions Inc. Through his company John provides senior financial, administrative and operational management services for private corporations, usually on a part-time contract basis. Prior to starting his own business John spent over thirty years in the private business sector, focusing on financial, administrative and operations management in the manufacturing and construction arenas.  John’s volunteer time has been primarily served through Rotary International, having joined Rotary in 1996. During his time as a Rotarian, John has chaired various club committees as well as a term as Club President. At the District level, he has served as Assistant Governor and chaired the Foundation Endowment Fund.  John and his wife Sue have lived in Ancaster for most of their 42 years together. They have two daughters, one in Toronto and one in Vancouver, along with three grandchildren. Still at home with them are their Labrador Retrievers Ben and Jake. Dogs and cats have always been part of the family and John looks forward to help in their welfare through his association with HBSPCA.   In John’s leisure time he enjoys time on his bicycle with the local riding club in the summer, and skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. The occasional round of golf also gets fit in here and there.

Joe Nemet
Joe is a retired lawyer with the Ministry of the Attorney General. He is currently a member of the Consent and Capacity Board. He and his wife, Debbie moved to downtown Hamilton from Burlington almost six years ago. Debbie is a real estate sales representative with Keller Williams. They have two children: Sarah who is 30, and Joey 29. Sarah is developmentally disabled and resides in Burlington with a family supported by Community Living Burlington. Joey is a graduate of McMaster University and following a successful football career was a member of the Canadian Olympic Bobsleigh Team in Pyeonchang. Joe is also a member of the board of directors and current president of Community Living Burlington. He is a past member and president of Community Living North Halton. He also co-founded a small charity in Burlington called Camelot Centre which provides day supports for the intellectually disabled over the age of 21. He and Debbie are strong proponents of responsible pet ownership. All of their pets are adopted.

Angela Papalia
Angela is a lawyer, practicing estates and trusts law with SimpsonWigle LAW LLP. Prior to returning to her hometown of Hamilton to practice law in 2011, Angela worked and studied in Toronto, Australia, Malaysia and South Korea. Angela’s practice includes estate planning and administration, survivorship applications, Will challenges and defences, advising not for profit corporations and establishing trusts for families and for charitable objectives. Angela was a board member of the Hamilton Law Association’s New Lawyers Committee for 5 years and of CLiC, a subcommittee of the Art Gallery of Hamilton for 2 years. Both positions provided her with invaluable governance experience, and direct involvement with fundraising and event planning. Angela is passionate about animal welfare and has worked with a local dog rescue. In her spare time, Angela enjoys exploring Hamilton’s ever evolving restaurant industry and running throughout the Bruce Trail with Handsome Jack, who is a Boxer/American Bulldog cross.

Allan Tran
Allan is a Business Development Manager with Meridian Credit Union in the Hamilton area. With over 10 years of financial experience and expertise, he provides sound advice in finances. As well, Allan’s role brings him to connect and network with the Hamilton community on a regular basis. Allan is part of many non-for-profit associations and is also on the Hamilton Farmers Market Marketing committee. He also creates financial learning videos for his branch colleagues and is working on an educational VLOG for consumers to view on financial literacy. Living in Hamilton for only 2 years, Allan has ingrained himself and has even supported the HBSPCA by having his sister, who is from Mississauga, travel to adopt a beautiful dog, Bambi. He also has his own furry friend, a sweet dog he adopted named Clover, who he has had for over 4 years.

Emily Vis
Emily is a Project Manager at Mohawk College who works with Ontario Colleges to accelerate and support their ability to reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Prior to this role, Emily managed business development at a local environmental non-profit that guides local businesses through the process of measuring and reporting their greenhouse gas emissions. Always an animal lover, she has been heavily involved in the Burlington Humane Society’s dog walking program since June 2016. This is Emily’s first experience on a Board and she is eager to learn from other Directors and contribute meaningfully to ensure the HBSPCA can serve the community to the best of its abilities. She and her husband are the pet parents to Kirby, a 6 year old rescue Jack Russell. In her down time, you can find Emily reading, doing anything that gets her outside, or trying to teach herself how to sew.

Pearl Wolfe 
Pearl Wolfe has been Executive Director at the Mark Preece Family House since 2010. The Mark Preece House provides 24 rooms and many of the comforts of home to families of critically-ill patients being treated in Hamilton.
Pearl has had a lifelong career in the not for profit sector and has held executive roles at Ronald McDonald House, Ontario March of Dimes and the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Pearl is an active volunteer and was President of the Rotary Club of Hamilton in 2010/11. She has served on the Board of the Hamilton Literacy Council and currently serves on the Board of Volunteer Hamilton. She lives in Hamilton with her husband Howard Elliott. Their son Eric is a teacher in the United Arab Emirates. Three of their four dogs (and one cat) came from the SPCA.

Applying for the HBSPCA Board

There are 11 seats on the Board and terms are 3 years. Directors are expected to:

  • regularly attend Board meetings and related meetings;
  • participate actively in committee work;
  • actively champion the Society’s activities in the community; and
  • participate in fundraising for the organization.

According to our governing by-laws, directors must be members of the society in order to serve on the Board. More information on becoming a member is on the “Become a Member” page.

Members seeking a seat on the Board of Directors must apply. Experience in one or more of the following areas is an asset: fundraising/fund development, financial planning and analysis, program planning and analysis, advocacy, education/outreach, legal experience, public relations/marketing and/or previous Board experience.

HBSPCA Board Minutes & CEO Reports

May 2019 Board Minutes & CEO Report
April 2019 Board Minutes
March 2019 Board Minutes & CEO Report
February 2019 Board Minutes & CEO Report

December 2018 Board Minutes & CEO Report
November 2018 Board Minutes & CEO Report
October 2018 Board Minutes & CEO Report
September 2018 Board Minutes & CEO Report
August 2018 Board Minutes & CEO Report
June 2018 Board Minutes & CEO Report
May 2018 Board Minutes & CEO Report
April 2018 Board Minutes
March 2018 Board Minutes

February 2018 Board Minutes

December 2017 Board Minutes & CEO Report
November 2017 Minutes & CEO Report

October 2017 Board Minutes & CEO Report