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 2018-2019

Julie Dénommé - Chair

Kimberley Gagan - Vice Chair

Deb Sullivan - Secretary

Michael Gauthier

Ryan Benoit

 Julie Dénommé - Chair



 Julie Dénommé is the manager of Leadership and Learning at Health Sciences North where she is responsible to develop and implement a system approach to leadership development.  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 individuals, organizations and communities.  Julie's hands-on change leadership provides real-world appreciation for what it takes to orchestrate, manoeuver and seize significant change for both individuals and organizations.

Julie has worked in both the profit and non-profit sector which provides her an integrated view of the possibilities when it comes to creating results, influencing change and having an impact.

Julie is a bilingual professional who is currently completing her Masters in Leadership.  She is a graduate of Royal Road University Certified in Executive Coaching. Julie also holds a B.S.W from Laurentian University.


Kimberley Gagan - Vice Chair


Kimberley Gagan is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and received her Bachelor of Laws degree in 1995 from Queen's University. She was an Assistant Crown Attorney in Thunder Bay Ontario, from 2000 to 2014.  In October of 2014, she accepted the position of Founding Director of Lakehead University Community Legal Services where she created and implemented a student legal aid clinic at the Faculty of Law.  As a parent of three 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 Benoit


RRyan Benoityan Benoit, 24 years old, is the Owner of The Positive Inception, a local clothing brand. Ryan was born with Cerebral Palsy, however, this hasn't stopped him from achieving what he wants in life. Ryan considers himself to be very fortunate to have had the opportunity to study at Laurentian University and graduate from the Sport Administration program in 2015. After graduating from Laurentian, he chose to further his education and enrolled himself in the Human Resources Post Diploma Program at Cambrian College.

Ryan began the Positive Inception in 2013 with the idea to inspire people and help them gain positive perceptions. Since then, the brand has grown significantly and he has expanded to a retail location on LaSalle Blvd. in late August  He was also a recipient for this year's 40 under 40 Awards.