2017 Board of Directors

vivian-leeVivian Lee, Chair of the Board

Vivian has been a long-time volunteer with T.E.A.D. Originally, Vivian was a volunteer in our riders' program and helped with exercising the horses. Later, she spearheaded grant writing efforts with Suzanne Osborne (another T.E.A.D volunteer) that resulted in successful applications and funding from from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Burlington Community Foundation, Air Canada, the Spectrum Summer Camp Fund, and the Hamilton Community Foundation, just to name a few. Outside of T.E.A.D, Vivian is finishing her doctoral dissertation, but her passion for therapeutic riding and its benefits drives her postdoctoral research interests. Her teaching, clinical and research experience is extensive, along with her communication skills, volunteer experience and community involvement. Vivian now wants to use her knowledge and skills set, and apply them within a governance capacity. Finally, Vivian is a competitive dressage rider, and currently trains with Esther Mortimer (M2Dressage) on her spunky Canadian, Phoenix Inferno.
Mary Finstad

Mary Finstad, Vice Chair of the Board

Mary is currently the Principal as Bennetto Public School, in Hamilton, Ontario.  She is dedicated to enhancing the lives of all students through providing opportunities for our children to develop their abilities and discover their strengths. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a commitment to quality educational experiences, equitable opportunity and strong leadership.  As a Principal in a diverse community, Mary has strong communication skills, capacity building and a clear understanding of our special education pathways.  Having extensive experience in a high needs school, she developed the necessary skills to manage numerous issues at one time, support students and families at risk and communicate success and concerns to stakeholders in a timely manner. Mary has also had the opportunity to lead and participate in a number of committees within the District School Board.

Eilyn Rodriguez, Secretary

Eilyn has set a career in developing and implementing continuing professional development for physicians and with that, she brings a variety of skills to TEAD including program development and management, fundraising, networking and stakeholder relationship-building. Originally from Venezuela, Eilyn is a chemical engineer by training and once in Canada, she completed a Master of Applied Sciences at the University of Toronto. Eilyn’s interests include event management, adult education/curriculum development, leadership development, and knowledge exchange to transform research into education. In her free time, Eilyn enjoys cooking, running and practicing yoga and meditation, as well as walking two stubborn bulldogs.

Carol Stanton, Board Member

Carol has extensive experience with “not for profit” organizations. She is presently in her 34th year of volunteering with the Art Gallery of Hamilton. During this period, she served on the Board of Directors for 3 years as the representative of the AGH Volunteer Committee.  Carol also has past experience with governance models and Board of Directors including Hillfield Strathallan College. She taught at HSC for 27 years and continues her relationship with the College by tutoring students weekly.   During her time as a teacher at HSC, she was elected by her peers to be a faculty representative on the HSC Board of Directors. She is knowledgeable about governance policies in boards of directors.  In addition, her equestrian experience is extensive!  She has served as the DC (District Commissioner) of the former Hamilton Hunt Pony Club. This involved many meetings and collaboration with other regions in the Pony Club organization. She has owned a lovely thoroughbred gelding for 19 years and participated in jumper shows (with another rider) and dressage shows.

Erin Harvey, Board Member

Erin has volunteered with T.E.A.D. previously, helping to exercise and train some of the horses. She has experience working with a not-for-profit school in Costa Rica, where she lived for 8 years.  In Costa Rica she was involved with fundraising and community engagement at the school for worked with. Erin also has experience with grant writing.  Erin is well adverse in the A circuit horse world as well as with thoroughbred racing.  Her family owns a stable called Kelynack Racing in Burlington – and she has been involved with running the family business in many ways over the years.

placeholder1Marn Lawton, Board Member

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placeholder1Catherine Bottrill, Board Member

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placeholder1Christina Mattina, Board Member

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