List of Board of Directors 2015-2016
President Michael Zroback, Vice President Kari Ala-Leppilami, Treasurer Valerie Wilson, Secretary Philip Cox.
Directors. Howard Cronis, Ted Foy, Adam Wetstein, Neil Evans, and Frances Thielen..
Honorary Member. Andre’ Wagner.
Honary Patron. Mrs. Joan VanDuzer
Eden Community Homes Board of Directors Bios
Michael Zroback, Board President
Michael is an accomplished Senior Human Resources Professional who has excellent business acumen, leadership and consulting skills. He is adept at using human resources strategies to resolve issues negatively impacting organizational performance by identifying barriers to successful performance, pinpointing root causes and implementing effective, cost-saving solutions.
Born in Kenora Ontario, Michael pursued his post-secondary education at Lakehead University where he earned a MA in Clinical Psychology. Soon afterwards, Michael moved to Toronto to begin his career in earnest. While enjoying success in the Human Resources Departments of several major organizations, Michael earned a MEd degree specializing in Learning in the Workplace.
Michael complemented his career by volunteering as a consultant to various not-for-profit agencies as well as being a member of the Board of Directors for several others.
In addition to being the President of the Board of Directors of Eden Community Homes, Michael also was the Manager of Human Resources for Reena, a non-profit agency providing support services to persons with disabilities, and COTA Health, a non-profit agency providing support services to persons with mental health challenges. He is currently offering his services to organizations as a Human Resources Consultant.
Kari Ala-leppilampi, Vice-President
Having completed a graduate degree in public health, Kari spent a number of years at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health conducting a diversity of research. During that time he also spearheaded a number of fundraising and fitness related initiatives aimed at enhancing the physical health and well being of its clients. As inadequate housing was a recurring theme amongst those he encountered, he completed a second graduate degree in urban and regional planning to explore the provision of affordable housing, particularly for those dealing with mental health and/or addictions issues.. He is currently completing his doctoral work at the University of Toronto to examine the role of physical fitness within recovery from substance misuse.
Val Wilson, Treasurer
Graduating from Ryerson in 1979 Val started her own company- Pro Count Services Ltd. Provided accounting and bookkeeping services for non-profit agencies and companies in the Toronto Area. In 1998 she joined Dishon Limited as the Controller and shortly thereafter moved to the position of General Manager. This summer her new role in Business Development inspired her to initiate a new organization, Women In Aerospace.
Val has always been involved in the housing of persons with serious mental illness. She has been on Eden’s Board for 8 years. In the community she is on her Condo Board and the Provincial and Federal Conservative Party Board for her riding.
Phillip has have been employed in my current position as a supervisor of the Supportive Housing Program for People with Problematic Substance Use (SHPPSU) since April 2010, prior to this I was the Executive Director of My Brothers’ Place for 10 years. MBP was a supportive housing program for 8 men living with mental health and or addiction issues. I have been and am involved in fundraising and diversity activities. I have been involved in supporting and advocating for people living with mental health issues for over 20 years.
Having overcome several psychiatric diagnoses, Howard understands how important it is to connect with people from the heart. He has been working in community mental health for the better part of the last seven years, after graduating with the dean’s Medal from the George Brown College Human Services Counsellor Programme. He has also completed his B.A. in English Literature as well as a Teacher of English as a Second Language certificate, both from the University of Toronto. He now works as the fulltime Peer Support Specialist for the IMPACT Assertive Community Treatment Team out of the Toronto Western Hospital. His interests include ongoing personal psychodynamic psychotherapy, Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation, yoga, and creative writing.
I am currently studying to be a psychotherapist at the Center for Training in Psychotherapy in Toronto. I am married and my wife, Peggy, and I have two children. Matthew twenty four and Clare twenty two. Prior to CTP we lived in Ottawa for twenty years. Peggy worked for the Feds in Environment Canada and I ran my own renovation business, Compass Rose Woodworking. During our time there we bought land , built and ran a wilderness retreat center called Stillwaters.
Before that we lived in Toronto, Peggy with Energy Probe, an environmental group and me running Compass Rose. Before that I spent many years exploring different life paths in life in such things as childcare work, canoe building and repair, drilling and blasting underground and open pit, mainline braking for the CNR, living and wintering in the bush at Camp Wanapitei at the top end of Lake Temagami Ontario and living and training in a theraputic community in Toronto.I was born in Toronto and come from an Irish Catholic background. I have seven sibling, all still alive and mostly living in the Toronto area.
Adam Berel Wetstein is been employed as a HVAC contractor of Boots for the Footless Limited since Jan 1 2001, prior to this he was the owner of five Imperial(ESSO) Stations for 23 years. He has a BBA from York University (’72) and my Marketing degree from USC(’80) He was a volunteer with Toronto Food Bank during the Gerald Kennedy era. He also was a producer for Antiques Roadshow during the early 90 and the IT columnist with the Toronto Star in the early 2000.
I am the principal of Nevcon Accounting Services and have a Bachelor of Business Management from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto. I obtained the accounting designation of CMA (Certified Management Accountant). I have a background in banking, and an advanced knowledge of financial computer programs and systems. I am able to assist small to medium-sized Canadian businesses in assessing their needs and improving the information they receive to better run their enterprises. I am also knowledgeable in the area of accounting setup and practices for not-for-profit organizations.
I am a Social Work graduate from Ryerson and have been practicing for over 32 years. I have primarily worked in the area of mental health, working for Reach Services, a community mental health team in East Toronto for over 16 years. During my time with Reach Services, I worked in both areas of adult and older adult mental health. This included providing case management support to individuals with complex mental health needs and working in partnership/consultation with staff who worked within the hostel services.
More recently I had been working as a Social Worker/Mental Health Officer in Scotland (Dumfries and Galloway) until my return to Toronto. I worked in Scotland for the past 10 years. Within my role as a Mental Health Officer, I worked within the mental health system, both community, hospital and statutory issues within the Mental Health Act (Scotland), Adults with Incapacity Act (Scotland), and adult support and protection issues for adults. I also had been a member of a training and education team regarding understanding dementia, it’s complexities and capacity issues This training was provided to medical staff, social work staff, residential care staff and students.