BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Brent Rolfe
President

Brent was re-elected to his third 3-year term on our Board of Directors on September 20, 2016 and has been our President since 2011. He is an Accounting and Finance graduate of 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 has served us well and we appreciate his hard work and dedication in this position.

 

Claudia Valle
1st Vice President

Claudia was re-elected to her fourth and final 3-year term on our Board of Directors on September 20, 2016. She has served as 2nd Vice President and is our current 1st 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 currently volunteers her time at Hospice Niagara helping with their fundraising efforts, and was most recently involved in fundraising efforts for the new 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.

 

 

 

Judy Reid
2nd Vice President

Judy, our current 2nd Vice President, returned to the board in 2016, after having retired in 2014 when she reached the end of her term of service. She was first elected in 1999 and served as our President from 2002 to 2004. Judy 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 that she brought her knowledge and expertise back to Niagara Support Services.

 

Ralph Sutton
Secretary-Treasurer

Ralph was elected to his second 3-year term on the NSS Board at the 2014 Annual General Meeting and is our current Secretary-Treasurer. He is also currently 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 traveling and with the families of his two children who live in Niagara Falls. Ralph's life experiences bring a valued perspective to our Board.

 

Todd Crawford
Director

Todd was re-elected to his second 3-year term on the Board in 2015. He has over 20 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.

 

Ray Robitaille
Director

Ray was elected to his first 3-year term on the Board in 2015. He is a graduate of the Master's of Applied Disability Studies program at Brock University, and has recently completed an InDesign publishing course. Ray is passionate about many things, including arts and entertainment, and has helped organize and perform in many fundraisers for organizations such as Positive Living and the LGBTQ community. He is unwavering when advocating for those who are potentially marginalized and hopes to continue his efforts in this area. Ray has a range of experiences in the special needs field from group home worker, accessibility issues, and recreation therapy, to grant applications. Ray's background brings an important perspective to the Board and we continue to value his contributions.

 

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 3-year first 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 has been employed as Treasurer at Washington Mills Electro Minerals Corporation in Niagara Falls for the past 38 years. 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 contributions to the NSS Board.

 

Lindsay Tychynski
Director

Lindsay was elected to her second 3-year term on the Board in 2015. A lifelong Niagara resident, she brings with her a passion to assist individuals with disabilities in our community. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Public Health (Honours) degree from Brock University where she is on the Dean's List. She is also a graduate of the Master's Program of Applied Disability Studies at Brock University.Lindsay's passion and education serve her well in her responsibilities as a board member of Niagara Support Services.