Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors at Stepped Care Solutions is a talented and committed group of individuals with diverse expertise and experience. We are proud to introduce our Board of Directors, each of whom is passionate about our organization's work and brings a unique perspective and set of skills to our team. The Stepped Care Solutions Board plays a crucial role in guiding our strategic direction, ensuring fiscal responsibility, upholding our mission and values. Learn more about each member of our board by reading their individual bios below.
Meet the Board
Louise is a true champion for mental health and substance use care. As the former President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), she continues to work towards wellness for everyone and is a passionate mentor to emerging leaders in this space in Canada and around the world.
Throughout her career as an administrator, clinician, and her own lived experience, Louise has advocated for mental health care as an essential part of health care. Her dedication to this work over the years has also been recognized provincially and nationally. Lousie is the proud recipient of the prestigious Order of Canada and Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Louise was a part of the initial scaling of Stepped Care 2.0 when she was at MHCC. She identified with the principles and immediately saw how they could work for many people to help to increase their wellbeing and make care accessible for diverse communities. It seemed like a natural fit for her to join the SCS Board of Directors.
Louise is happy to collaborate to work towards Stepped Care Solutions’ vision of Wellbeing Everywhere. She understands that in order to thrive, people may sometimes need help to support their mental health and wellbeing.
In her leisure time, Louise enjoys reading and hiking, and these hobbies serve as self-care for her wellbeing.
Antoinette (Ann) McCorvey
Ann McCorvey joined the Stepped Care Solutions’ (SCS) Board of Directors because she understands the importance of access to mental health and wellbeing resources. She also sees the need for more access to mental health resources for post-secondary and higher education students, and she believes that SCS can help in this area.
Ann prides herself on being a good listener and brings a wealth of experience to the Board in the areas of finance, accounting, and operational improvement. Ann is currently the VP of Finance & Admin and CFO at Davidson College in North Carolina. She is also a leader in change management and project implementation, two areas of importance for SCS as it works to diplomatically disrupt mental health systems.
Ann’s hobbies include volunteering in the community and at her church and challenging herself with jigsaw puzzles. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandson.
LaNee’ Kittrell is dedicated to working on human resources systems that are progressive, equity-centred talent strategies with a focus on non-profit organizations. She is based in the United States and has experience collaborating with non-profit start-ups, and business development rooted in social justice advocacy.
LaNee’s beliefs align with Stepped Care Solutions’ mission and she sees the value in transforming mental health systems, to ensure that everyone and all communities have access to support on their terms. More importantly, she is equally aware of the multifaceted barriers and stigmas that prevent and/or discourage individuals from accessing mental health services. In many cases, underserved communities are disproportionately impacted. LaNee’ is grateful to support an organization that is addressing this issue head-on.
LaNee’ is passionate about volunteering and helping out with organizations that work on community development. She also enjoys yoga and travelling to sunny tropical locations to rejuvenate during her time off.
Greg Kyllo dedicates most of his time to pursuing mental health and substance use support for everyone. His passion for wellbeing everywhere is important on both a personal and professional level. He prides himself on advocating for peer and human-centred care approaches. Greg believes that mental health is a human right which is one of the reasons why he joined the Board of Directors - Greg wants to help make a measurable impact toward upholding this human right for Canadians and others around the world.
Greg brings a unique set of skills to the Board. He has completed both business (Honours Bachelor of Commerce) and clinical social work (Masters Social Work) degrees. Additionally, his own lived experience of 16 years in recovery, gives him valuable and impactful perspectives to share with others.
Over the years Greg has become a well-known and respected leader in the mental health sector. He served as the National Director, Program Innovation for the Canadian Mental Health Association – National . During this leadership role, Greg worked with every province and territory as well as developed and implemented several national e-mental health initiatives. In 2019, Greg relocated back home to Winnipeg, Manitoba to lead the build and development of an innovative live-in 50-person substance use health facility – the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre. This visionary project aspires to demonstrate what is possible to support those exploring improved substance use and mental health. He is currently a member of the Executive Steering Committee of the Mental Health and Substance Use National Collaborative, which was established by Health Canada and the Standards Council of Canada.
In addition to his mission-driven vocation and volunteering, Greg has a love of animals and enjoys exploring countries and cultures.
Val Jedras has spent his life striving to improve the lives of others including in his current role as CEO/Board Chair of a plant-based food company in Ontario. His passion also led him to sit on the Ronald McDonald House Canada Board and now with the Stepped Care Solutions’ (SCS) Board of Directors. He believes that we must work together to improve the mental health system.
Val identifies with SCS’s mission and sees how it addresses an enormous gap in our healthcare system. He possesses excellent business acumen and is a strategic thinker, which are valuable skills for his work on the SCS Board.
Val recognizes that the healthcare system currently addresses physical ailments, and it must provide universal access to mental health resources. This is needed for our communities to prosper and to be physically and mentally healthy. He is looking forward to working with the Board to achieve Wellbeing Everywhere.
To relax, Val enjoys cooking. He also loves spending time with his family and taking long walks with his dog, Cooper.
Meet Mary Marshall, a passionate advocate for Stepped Care Solutions’ vision of achieving Wellbeing Everywhere. To her, that means having an equitable and accessible mental health system that removes disparities for everyone wherever they work and live. Mary believes in the promise of the SC2.0© model and how it can help to revolutionize and improve access to mental health services.
Drawing on her legal background, Mary brings more than 30 years of experience to her work on federal and provincial privacy and health law, focusing on issues related to mental health and other health information. With her expertise, she brings valuable insights on governance and non-profit boards to the SCS team. Mary understands that collaboration and empowerment are key to broadening the organization’s horizons and reaching diverse communities.
Beyond her professional pursuits, Mary enjoys yoga, going for long walks, immersing herself in the pages of her book club’s latest selection. She also nurtures her curiosity by traveling abroad, embracing diverse cultures and expanding her knowledge along the way.
Diversity of experience.
Our values are your values.
At Stepped Care Solutions, diversity is more than an aspiration. It’s a core value that has made us — and the systems we develop — better. Our team of facilitators, and trainers bring decades of experience in clinical practice and deep subject-matter expertise across a wide range of complementary disciplines to every collaboration and project.
Dr. AnnMarie Churchill
President and Lead Executive Officer
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
AnnMarie, a passionate advocate for transforming mental health systems, serves as the President and Lead Executive Officer of Stepped Care Solutions (SCS). As a founding member of the executive team, she has played a central leadership role in the significant national initiative, Wellness Together Canada, a virtual universal mental health and wellness portal, which was created in response to a rise in mental health and substance use concerns at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In her role as the lead executive at SCS, AnnMarie has been a catalyst behind the organization’s mission which aims to shift the usual illness-based medical model to a strength-based wellness approach that focuses on empowerment and cultural relevance for service users. Under her guidance, SCS has successfully implemented SC2.0 in various settings across North America, resulting in capacity building for organizations and communities and improved mental health outcomes for countless individuals.
At the core of AnnMarie’s work is a commitment to living the SC2.0 principles. She fosters a culture of innovation, collaboration, and compassion, emphasizing the importance of data-informed decision-making and continuous improvement for person-centric systems. She inspires a change in the narrative around mental health because of her belief in the abundance of healing resources that when utilized can create access, equity, and flexibility within mental health systems. Recognizing the importance of diverse perspectives, she ensures SC2.0 implementation brings a wide range of voices into system-building conversations and processes.
AnnMarie has over 30 years of direct clinical practice in community, hospital, research, and post-secondary mental health systems. She is also a research fellow at Memorial University of Newfoundland providing subject matter expertise on a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Transitions in Care grant to implement and evaluate SC2.0 across three Canadian provinces. She holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology and a master’s in clinical social work, which have further informed her work in mental health system transformation.
AnnMarie is the co-author of “Person-Centered Diagnosis and Treatment in Mental Health: A Model for Empowering Clients” (Ladd & Churchill, 2012), a groundbreaking work that champions client empowerment and resilience development. Her specialties include anxiety assessment and treatment, trauma assessment and treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, resilience development, and SC2.0 implementation.
Vice President of Operations
Tracy Boswell began at SCS in March 2022. Prior to joining the team, she worked over 20 years in Higher Education Administration with a specific focus on Healthcare Administration, Health Education and Diversity Equity and Inclusion. Ms. Boswell received both her Masters in Public Health and her Masters in Business Administration from The George Washington University. She brings years of experience with personnel management, process improvement and efficiency, budgeting and program development.
Ms. Boswell loves to travel and is aiming to hit every continent at least once. She recently learned the wildly popular game of pickle ball and is looking for contenders on the court- can it be you?
Dr. Alexia Jaouich
Vice President, Program Development and Implementation
A strategic and empathic system change leader and psychologist with over 18 years of experience, Alexia offers expertise in implementing large-scale, evidence-based, innovative mental health programs at the organizational and systems level. Alexia served as the strategic lead on the development of SC2.0’s core components and implementation guide and continues to lead the effort to build implementation best practices into the SC2.0 model.
With a passion for and an expertise in Implementation Science, Alexia has provided training, coaching and consultation to individuals and organizations at the provincial, national and international level in the field’s best practices to achieve best possible outcomes for those we serve.
- Implementation Science
- System change
Vice President, Finance
An analytical and strategic thinker, Malini brings almost 30 years of accounting, finance and business experience to Stepped Care Solutions.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Management from the University of Toronto in 1993. An entrepreneur at heart, Malini co-founded and managed a jewelry-packaging wholesale and distribution business in Canada right out of university. She ran this business for over 15 years growing it rapidly to over 400 customers in Canada, the US, West Indies and the UK. Ultimately expansion included the development of a manufacturing line of the main product in Canada. Malini divested her interest in the business in 2009 to pursue finance and operational management roles in larger organizations. Over the next 10 years, she successfully earned her accounting designations, CPA, CMA as well as an EMBA in Global Leadership. Her career progressed in various not-for-profit organizations and other private corporations as she accepted new and more challenging roles such as Director, CFO and COO. Malini has worked in a diverse set of industries including technology, charitable organizations, consumer packaged goods and the health sector.
Malini is a strong believer in the power of positive thinking and the impact of a glass-half full mindset on both her personal and professional life. An avid gardener, she tends to over 30 perennials and dozens of annuals every year. Her love for travel has taken her to over 15 countries thus far and she hopes to continue adding to the list every year.
Dr. Gillian Berry
Vice President of Culture and Diversity
Washington, District of Columbia
Gillian is a published author and a licensed clinical social worker in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland, with over 35 years of experience as an educator and practitioner. She has overseen the counselling and psychological services at The George Washington University, leading a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals through the implementation of the SC2.0 approach into their service delivery.
As director of Clinical Social Work Services, Dr. Berry currently provides professional consultation, supervision, training and direct services for a variety of human services agencies such as child welfare and mental health agencies within the Washington D.C metropolitan area.
Her clinical interests have focused on providing short-term solution-focused services/therapy from an indigenous perspective. Dr. Berry adheres to the Open Access of care principles and offers one-at-a-time/walk-in single session counselling that is provided by SC2.0 services.
Vice President of Strategic Relations
When you ask Fraser Ratchford how we can achieve an equitable mental health system, he’ll tell you it comes down to one thing: reducing any and all barriers.
Currently residing in Toronto, Canada, Fraser has spent over 30 years in various settings of the health sector developing unique strategies through his out of the box approach to problem solving. Most recently with Canada Health Infoway, he has joined Stepped Care Solutions as Vice-President of Strategic Relations. Fraser brings a wealth of knowledge, fresh yet practical perspectives, and experience energetically leading teams towards a common goal to engage key stakeholders on mental health care system transformation.
A collaborator at heart and in practice, Fraser provides strategic guidance by putting individuals with lived experiences at the forefront, emphasizing the importance of listening to the ideas and stories of others to inform decisions. Grounded with a background in information technology and business and a breadth of experience in the digital health space, Fraser brings tremendous value in his people-first approach which will help position Stepped Care Solutions as global leaders and system innovators.
In addition to being a strategic visionary, Fraser is a world traveler and a foodie. A lover of the water, Fraser swims on a masters team and has previously competed in the FINA World Masters Championships.
Fraser holds a MHSc, Health Administration from the University of Toronto and a BMath Hons Co-op, Computer Science, Information Systems Option from the University of Waterloo.
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Subject Matter Experts
Dr. Peter Cornish
Founder, Faculty and Senior Advisor
Since developing the Stepped Care 2.0© (SC2.0) methodology, Peter has provided mental health system consultation and on-site implementation training to over 50 organizations across North and South America. In addition to his role at Stepped Care Solutions, Peter is an honorary Research Professor at Memorial University, Co-Director of Student Mental Health (Strategic) at the University of California, Berkeley, where he established the Berkeley Center for Mental Health Innovation. He is collaborating with colleagues on a three-book series expanding on the SC2.0 methodology and is the author of Stepped Care 2.0: A Paradigm Shift in Mental Health.
He is a principal investigator for a $1.14M CIHR transitions-in-care, four-year research grant aimed at digitizing and evaluating SC2.0 across three Canadian provinces.
- Online mental health program development
- Stepped Care care co-design
- Mental health system innovation
- Interprofessional leadership and team development
- Inspiring system level diplomatic disruption
Dr. Monte Bobele
Faculty and Subject Matter Expert, Single Session One-at-a-Time Counseling
A licensed psychologist and an AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, Monte consults with university counseling centers about implementing WI/SST services in a SC2.0 context for their student populations.
In 2011, he was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant to help develop a walk-in service in a university clinic in Mexico City; and has since consulted on the opening of two other walk-in clinics in Mexico. He has taught graduate courses in single-session therapy in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Australia, and has been deeply involved in developing programs designed to train culturally and linguistically competent psychologists to work with Spanish-speaking populations and has co-led several immersion programs in Mexico. Monte has also co-edited and published three books on therapy.
- Texas Psychological Association’s 2012 Outstanding Contribution to Education Award
- OLLU’s 2013 Fleming Award for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Heather Hair
Faculty and Subject Matter Expert, Single Session One-at-a-Time Counseling
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
For over 25 years, Heather has been providing skills training workshops, practice focused supervision and program consultation to providers of mental health, social, community and university services. Since joining the Stepped Care Solutions faculty, she has served as a teacher/trainer of Open Access of Care principles and skills in a one-at-a-time/walk-in single session counselling setting.
Heather is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist with the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a Registered Social Worker and Interim Dean with the School of Social Work at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
- Effective, focused conversations with children, youth, adults and families
- Supervision and staff training
- Intersection of practice and social justice
- Social construction of knowledge and meaning
- Qualities of helping conversations that encourage hope, change and growth
Dr. Arnie Slive
Subject Matter Expert, One-at-a-Time Counseling
San Antonio, Texas
A licensed psychologist and AAMFT clinical fellow and approved supervisor, Arnie’s career interest is in developing strategies to make mental health increasingly accessible. While in Calgary, he was a founder of the Eastside Family Centre, a walk-in single-session counseling center, and was Clinical Director of Wood’s Homes. He is a past president of the Alberta Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and was a Fulbright Specialist teaching walk-in/single session services in Canada.
Arnie is also the co-editor of two books; When One Hour Is All You Have: Effective Counseling for Walk-in Clients and One At A Time: Single-Session Therapy By Walk-In Or Appointment.
- Family therapy
- Residential treatment
- Single session/walk-in therapy
- Divisional Contribution Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
- Innovative Services to Families Award from the Alberta Division of AAMFT
Faculty and Subject Matter Expert, Co-design
Marion is a clinical social worker and mental health and addictions leader who has worked in the community sector in various positions for nearly 30 years. In addition to her role with Stepped Care Solutions, Marion is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) for Manitoba and Winnipeg. Just prior to joining Stepped Care Solutions, Marion served as the Executive Lead for Strategic Partnerships with the CMHA National Office, supporting partnerships with Indigenous organizations and communities. She is also the past president of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) and was instrumental in establishing the mental health promotion and prevention team at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
Marion currently serves on the Mental Health Promotion Expert Working Group for the International Union for Health Promotion (IUHP) and the Public Health Council Leaders with the International Institute for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL).
- Social justice
- System transformation
Dr. Janis Campbell
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Currently, a Doctor of Education, specializing in mental health programming leadership in higher education, Janis has expertise in the provision of counselling services within the SC2.0 model, and has led the development and implementation of wellness and peer support programming in post-secondary and community settings.
In her role as Peer Support Lead, Janis has facilitated client and community focus groups for the SC2.0 E-Mental Health Demonstration project and worked as a Research Assistant for the Canadian Institute of Health Research grant to implement and evaluate Stepped Care. Recently, she was a project team member for the Digital Mental Health Tools: Resources to Support Mental Health Clinical Practice with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She currently serves on the Recovery Guidelines Implementation Toolkit Steering Committee for the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Janis is also the Newfoundland and Labrador Director for the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) National Board and an active member on the CCPA Advancement of Clinical Supervision committee.
Subject Matter Expert, One-at-a-Time Counseling
A Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Canadian Counsellor, Alesya has a passion for increasing hope through therapy. She received a Master’s of Arts degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 2001 and has been practicing as a psychotherapist in different mental health settings ever since. Currently, is completing a PhD in Social Work at Wilfred Laurier University.
She has facilitated trainings in One-at-a-Time/ Single Session Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy for well-respected mental health agencies organizations such as Kids Help Phone Line, Safeguards Training for Children and Youth, and The University of Toronto.
Sharing her knowledge about One-at-a-Time/ Single Session Therapy and hope is a passion. Alesya has the ability to offer a range of workshops and training suitable for beginner to advanced mental health clinicians.
At Stepped Care Solutions, we have a team of experts who are ready to help create a new and innovative mental health system that will make it easier for people to access effective care. We’re a growing company with over 50 full and part-time staff, and and we’ve worked on significant projects such as Wellness Together Canada. Our team has the skills and experience to make a real difference in your community.