BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Judy Reid
President

Judy returned to our Board of Directors in 2016 following a brief 2-year retirement, and she is our current President. Judy was first elected in 1999 and served as our President from 2002 to 2004. She also served as President of OASIS (Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs) from 2010 to 2012. In this capacity she interacted with government on behalf of member organizations to assist in maintaining and improving services for individuals with developmental disabilities. She is also a member of the NTEC Board of Trustees and a former member of the Board of Directors of Niagara Employment Agency. Judy always served on our Board with distinction and we are fortunate to have  her on our Board.

 

Claudia Valle
1st Vice President

Claudia is in the final year of her fourth and final term on the Board. She is our current 1st Vice President has also served as 2nd Vice President. Claudia is a facilitator of leadership and teambuilding training programs, and has designed and delivered a variety of experiential learning programs for both adults and youth throughout Canada and the United States. Claudia currently works as the Program Director at Summit Team Building, a company based in Niagara. She is a concerned community partner who volunteers her time at Hospice Niagara helping with their fundraising efforts, and was involved in fundraising efforts for the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines as a member of the Fundraising Cabinet. We thank Claudia for her continued involvement and contributions on our Board.

 

 

 

Maureen Connolly
2nd Vice President

Maureen returned to our Board of Directors in 2017 following a brief 1-year retirement. She was first elected in 1999 and retired for a one year period in accordance with our bylaws. Maureen is a professor at Brock University Applied Health Sciences, Dept of Kinesiology and her involvement in disabilities issues and programs in the Niagara Region is well known. Maureen also serves on the Board of Trustees of Niagara Training & Employment Agency. We are fortunate to have Maureen's experience and expertise on our Board. 

 

Ralph Sutton
Secretary-Treasurer

Ralph was re-elected to his third term on the NSS Board in 2017, and is our current Secretary-Treasurer. He is also serves as Secretary/Finance Chair on the NTEC Board of Trustees. Ralph retired from a career as a Professional Engineer. He spent most of his working life living with his family in Africa and Asia, managing the design and construction of hydroelectric projects, where he experienced first hand the needs required by the local people to improve their quality of life. Ralph now applies his unique experience to his responsibilities as a board member for Niagara Support Services. He and his wife Jean live in Welland and continue to enjoy their retirement while spending time travelling and with the families of his two children who live in Niagara Falls. Ralph's life experiences bring a valued perspective to our Board.

 

Brent Rolfe
Past President

Brent was re-elected to his third 3-year term on our Board of Directors in 2016 and served as our President from 2011-2018. He is an Accounting and Finance graduate from  Nottingham Trent University and has a Certified Financial Planner designation. Brent is president of Niagara Peninsula Benefit Brokers/Rolfe Financial Group, a firm specializing in Group Benefit Plans and Financial Planning for small, owner-managed companies and their employees in the Niagara Peninsula. Brent and his wife Louise immigrated from England in 1980 and settled in Niagara Falls in 1986. They have two adult children; their daughter Courtney receives service from Niagara Support Services. Brent’s leadership as President served us well and we appreciate his hard work and dedication while in this position.

 

Todd Crawford
Director

Todd was re-elected to his third term on the Board on September 18, 2018. He has over 25 years of experience in real estate sales, appraisal and consulting. Todd is currently a broker and managing director at Colliers International Niagara Ltd. Brokerage. Todd received his B.A. in Economics from Brock University, is an Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) through the Appraisal Institute of Canada, and a Canadian Residential Appraiser (CRA). Todd is also a qualified expert witness with the Ontario Superior Court. Todd's professional experience is a valuable asset to our Board.

 

Brian Kon
Director


Brian was elected to his first term on the NSS Board on September 19, 2017. He is the owner/operator of Sterling Fraser Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Ontario Human Rights. He has been an active board member on a number of local charities and not-for-profit agencies and currently sits on the Niagara Falls Accessibility Advisory Committee, the Niagara Regional Accessibility Advisory Committee, Board of Directors for Heartland Forest, and Chair of the Niagara Regional Metis Council. Brian has been recognized by the community for his role in advancing the rights of people with disabilities as a two-time recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International, Patrick Cummings Award of Excellence from the City of Niagara Falls for advancing the rights of persons with disabilities, and was named as one of the province's AODA Champions. We look forward to Brian's contributions on our Board.

 

Chris Russell
Director

Chris was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board of Directors at  the November 24, 2015 board meeting. This appointment was ratified by the membership at the Annual General Meeting on September 20, 2016. Chris has been working at Niagara Falls Transit since 1977, and continues to be the "Face of the Transit" by helping the community and various organizations. Chris has known the people using our services for many years, and was instrumental in working with the Circle of Friends self advocates group to make some of their suggested changes to the bus routes in Niagara Falls. In fact, Chris was the recipient of our 2014 Friend of NSS Award, and we are fortunate to have him serve on our Board.

 

Michael Sproule
Director

Michael was elected to his first 3-year term on the Board of Directors on September 20, 2016. He has been on NTEC's Board of Trustees since June 28, 2012, and was elected Chair of the NTEC Board on June 26, 2014. Michael retired from a Treasurer position at Washington Mills Electro Minerals Corporation in Niagara Falls after over 38 years of service. He resides in Chippawa with his wife Cherrie and has two lovely daughters, Dana in Halifax, and Jodi in St. Catharines. Prior to joining the NTEC Board, Michael was also a very active member of Stamford Kiwanis for many years. We look forward to Michael's continued contributions to the NSS Board.