Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides strategic leadership setting long-term vision and values for the organization. They direct and control the organization through careful deliberation and establishment of policies. They direct the Executive Director and Executive Leadership Team (ELT) to achieve results of inclusive seamless child and family-centered services that demonstrate a commitment to the pursuit of excellence, creativity, and innovation.

Board of Directors 2016-2017

Julie Dénommé - Chair

Kimberley Gagan - Vice Chair

Deb Sullivan - Secretary

Michael Gauthier

Ryan Minor

Christine Catt

Laura Sylvestre


 Julie Dénommé - Chair



As founder of Lasting Leadership, Julie is committed to helping leaders and leadership teams develop their full potential.

Relentlessly forward-looking coach/facilitator/trainer and leader, Julie is known for inspiring those she works with to stretch beyond the known and comfortable to realize results that serve the highest needs of individual, organization and community. Julie's hands-on change leadership provides real-world appreciation for what it takes to orchestrate, maneuver and seize significant change for both individuals and organizations.

Julie has worked over fifteen years in the non-profit sector working for various children's services and currently in the public health sector. Her experience in both the profit and non-profit sectors gives her an integrated view of the possibilities when it comes to creating results and having an  impact.

Julie is a bilingual professional who is a graduate of Royal Road University Certified in the Executive Coaching program and is an accredited member of the International Coaching Federation. Julie also holds a B.S.W from Laurentian University.


Kimberley Gagan - Vice Chair

Kimberley_GaganKimberley Gagan is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and received her Bachelor of Laws degree in 1995 from Queen's University. She is currently an Assistant Crown Attorney in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and has been since 2000. As a parent of two children on the Autism Spectrum, she has developed a keen interest in supporting others with similar disabilities.



Deb Sullivan - Secretary


Deb SullivanDeb has over 30 years of experience in the not for profit sector working with and advocating for children and adults with various mental health and developmental challenges. Her extensive management and labour relations experience led her to her current role as Manager with Human Resources for Laurentian University. Among other duties, she provides training, employee relations and coaching support. Her dedication to service, compassion and desire to see others achieve success, are key drivers to her focus and approach.

Deb is a bilingual professional who graduated from the 'Enfance exceptionnelle' program at Cambrian College and the Bachelors of Arts degree with a double major in Psychology and Sociology from Laurentian University. She is also a certified Life and Executive Coach.


Michael Gauthier


Michael is a lawyer in practice in Sudbury, practicing in the areas of personal injury law, representing clients and their families, many of which have sustained life-altering injuries. He also practices corporate law, representing large to small businesses on matters such as the purchase and sale of companies, corporate re-organizations, employment matters and various other aspects of business law.

Michael is the proud father of a child with autism, now enrolled in the school-system. He has been actively engaged in continued education regarding autism, and is currently also involved with Autism Ontario.



 Ryan Minor


Ryan MinorRyan Minor is a self-employed Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

Ryan has taught corporate tax at Laurentian University and is presently completing an LLM in Tax Law through Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to joining CCR, Ryan was on the board of the Learning Disabilities Association of Sudbury (LDAS) as well as the Canadian Mental Health Association. Ryan is married with two children : ages 3 and 6.




Christine Catt


Christine CattChristine Catt is a communications professional, born and raised in Greater Sudbury, with a background in broadcast journalism, public relations, and marketing. She has worked at Persona 10 News and Science North, and is currently the Director of University Advancement for Huntington University where she leads marketing/advertising initiatives, event planning and the development of effective communication strategies to advance the university.


On a personal level it was her family's journey, from the time autism was first suspected through to today where her son is now receiving intensive behavioural intervention therapy, which inspired Christine to volunteer her time in order to improve services for children and families in Greater Sudbury and Northern Ontario. She is proud to join the CCR Board of Directors, and also serves as a member of the NEO Kids Foundation fundraising committee.  


Laura Sylvestre


Christine Catt

Laura is a passionate advocate who has worked alongside parents and educators to benefit students in the Lakehead Public School Board for several years. In this capacity she has promoted evidence-based policies to help develop individual strategies with students' successes--in all areas--as the primary objective. She also serves on the Success Advisory Committee for the Lakehead Public School Board, and is the chair of their Special Education Advisory Committee and Parental Involvement Committee.


In the past, Laura has been active with the Thunder Bay and District chapter of Autism Ontario. There she served as chapter vice-president and later chapter president, leading the organization and working to promote awareness in the community. Being the mother of three children with autism spectrum disorder has served as the catalyst to help children of all different abilities.