Board of Directors



KidsAbility Foundation Board of Directors


(Board Member Login



Mardi Witzel, Chair

Mardi is a graduate of Queen's University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political studies. After a number of years working in the advertising industry with J. Walter Thompson and Brighthouse Inc., she obtained an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University. Mardi spent ten years working with AT&T Payment Processing Solutions, eventually leading their worldwide product management and marketing groups. As a freelance writer Mardi has been a regular contributor to the Kitchener Record. Today Mardi is a full -time mother of four children and is active in the local community, as a volunteer at Lexington Avenue Public School, Margaret Avenue Public School and the Waterloo Minor Hockey Association. She has previously served as a member of the KidsAbility Foundation Board (2000-2006).



Michael Duschenes, Vice-Chair

Michael Duschenes has spent over 30 years as a senior executive and management consultant. As Managing Director and COO at the Perimeter Institute since 2004, he has worked alongside Director Neil Turok overseeing a major period of growth, establishing the institute as one of the world’s leading centres for foundational theoretical physics.

Prior to joining Perimeter, Michael held a number of leadership positions, primarily in the not-for profit sector. He has also worked as a management consultant specializing in strategic and business planning, revenue generation, and organizational development. Over the course of his career, Michael has been involved in projects in Canada, the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. He is a native of Montreal and a graduate of McGill University. Michael lives in Waterloo with his wife Kathy and has two university age children.


Rob Way, Past Chair

Rob Way is currently CEO of Swiftspace Inc., a company dedicated to transforming rigid workspace situations into simple, fast and flexible solutions. Rob's involvement with health care dates back more than a decade, when he and a co-worker formed Softcare Innovations Inc. in 1995. Rob held the position of President with Softcare Inc.

Rob also has been active in the community for a number of years. He is currently serving as Past Chair of the KidsAbility Foundation Board and Chair of the KW Hockey Helps the Homeless Tournament. He has also served as Chair of the Board of St. Mary's General Hospital, both President and Fundraising Chair of the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo, Treasurer of the Kitchener Chapter of the Sunshine Foundation of Canada, and has been a Board member and past Chair of Governance for the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation. Rob obtained his Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, in 1982, and his Professional Chartered Accountant designation in 1984. He currently lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with his wife, Michele. They have two boys.


Karen Grogan, Treasurer

Karen is the Practice Leader of KPMG’s Risk Consulting practice for Southwestern Ontario. With 21 years of experience, Karen has conducted forensic reviews and investigations for public, private, municipal and not-for-profit organizations as well as business valuations for dispute purposes. Karen is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) and is designated by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants as a specialist in Investigative and Forensic Accounting (CA-IFA).

Karen served as the Treasurer on the YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo Board of Directors from 2009 to 2015 and has been an active member of its Finance Committee since 2003. At KPMG, Karen is Chair of the Community Leadership Committee which promotes and organizes volunteering by KPMG employees in the local community.


Katherine Bergman, Secretary

Katherine is the President and Vice Chancellor of St. Jerome's University. She has served on numerous university and community boards, and committees, in the communities where she has lived. She was appointed to the National Round Table on the Economy and the Environment, served as President of the Canadian Council of Deans of Science and Chair of the Saskatchewan Registered Nursing Association Education Committee. Katherine is a Rotarian and has been actively involved in many community‐based organizations such as Big Sisters, Ontario Early Years Centre, the Mattawa Conservation Authority, Saskatchewan Science Centre and the Queen City Kinsmen Gymnastics Club.



Kate Durdan

Kate has spent 30 years working in Operational and Human Resources leadership roles spending 18 years in a variety of management and director roles at Mutual Life, Clarica, and SunLife. For the past 12 years she has worked in the manufacturing sector and currently manages HR for Barrday Advanced Material Solutions in Cambridge Ontario. Kate has an Honours B.A. in Political Science from Queen’s University as well as various industry designations including her CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional) designation. She has been involved with a variety of charitable organizations including Big Sisters, KWAG, and The Museum as well as in numerous capacities in the schools and sports organizations with which her two sons were involved. 


Leigh Grant

I am married to a great guy named Curtis for 26 years and we have 2 beautiful daughters, Alex and Mackenzie, with a son-in-law Evan arriving this November. I currently sit on the Board of Directors for the Centre for Family Business. I am part of the Fundraising Committee for Campus Ministry at St. Jerome's University and every Thursday night I volunteer playing cards or board games with the residents at Beechwood Manor Assisted & Independent Living. My family has a wholesale distribution company, Win-Leader Corp., where I hold the position as President.


Derek Henderson

As an experienced entrepreneur, corporate consultant and capital markets professional, Derek has deep roots in the surrounding community. He has a unique perspective on the importance of non-for-profit organizations and direct insight into the positive impact organizations, and their volunteers, can have on both the participants life and the community at large. Born missing his left arm just below the elbow, Derek has been a member of the War Amps CHAMP program for over 30 years and has direct experience in working closely with a number of charity organizations, committees, and executive boards. Professionally, after spending years in Toronto working closely with some of Canada's most respected institutions and corporations, Derek has return to the region as a finance and investment professional for CIBC Wood Gundy.


Kate MacDonald

Kate is a mediator with MacDonald Mediation Inc., specializing in resolution of insurance related matters. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1987 and is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School and attended the Advanced Mediation training at the Harvard Negotiation Institute, Cambridge, Mass.
Kate served as an executive on the Board of Directors of the Guelph Synchronized Swim Club for 5 years and is the President of the Mayfield Park Community Association. Kate lives in Guelph with her husband and two daughters.


Bud Norman

Bud Norman is President of MTD Products Limited, the largest distributor of lawnmowers, riding tractors and snowblowers in Canada. He is a Chartered Accountant and worked at KPMG Canada for 12 years after graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He joined his client, MTD, in 1994 as VP Finance and became President in 2005. Although his background is accounting, he has a holistic approach to the business covering everything from sales and marketing to union relations.

Bud has been involved in many charitable organizations over his career: United Way, Salvation Army, his church, and most recently as Chair of Lutherwood. Lutherwood is a non-profit organization which provides a wide range of programs, serving over 16,000 clients annually in Waterloo Region and Wellington County in the areas of children’s mental health, employment, housing and self-employment as well as retirement services to seniors.


Leanne Nullmeyer

Leanne makes great ideas grow as a marketing and business leader. She is currently a Director of Marketing Sun Life Financial where she’s leading a creative team to solve business problems using agile methodology. She is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, where she obtained both her BBA and MBA with the School of Business and Economics. Prior to joining Sun Life, Leanne worked across a variety of industries as a marketer, leading initiatives for not-for-profit, tech and small business clients. Her hobbies include multi-tasking to audiobooks, touring our local wine country, and spending time with her husband and twin daughters. 


Elaine Ormston

Elaine's passion for volunteering was sparked when she began working as a candy striper in K-W Hospital's pediatric ward at the age of 12. She then went on to Nursing School at KW eventually becoming a Registered Nurse. Since then, she's been involved in numerous charities, including the United Way of K-W and Area, the Waterloo Region Lung Association and two local hospital foundation boards. Over the past 15 years, she's devoted thousands of hours to KidsAbility, serving on both the Centre and Foundation boards in various roles. She's also volunteered in classrooms here. Elaine has given generously of her time and talents, and has worked passionately for the betterment of KidsAbility and the families it serves. She was the 2013 recipient of the Waterloo Award and is a member of the Waterloo Sunshine Probus Club.

Tracey Weiler

Tracey is currently the Director, Customer Care Operations in Group Retirement Services at Sun Life Financial, and a part-time instructor in the Lazaridis School of Business, at Wilfrid Laurier University where she enjoys teaching and mentoring students. Tracey is a graduate of York University, where she obtained an Honours BA in Psychology and Sociology, Cum Laude. Tracey is also a graduate of the University of Toronto, receiving a Master of Information Studies. She has completed the Wilfrid Laurier MBA program (finance concentration); and has also completed her CPA, CMA designation. Tracey has previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Research in Motion (BlackBerry) in leadership roles. Tracey is the past president and board chair of Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre in Kitchener, and is a past Director at YMCA Kitchener-Waterloo. Tracey was recently published as a Women of Merit in Waterloo Region and a nominee for Rogers Oktoberfest 2015 Women of the Year in the Community Service category; she is also a currently executive member of Rotary Waterloo. Tracey recently won the WOW Award as a Community Hero for all her volunteering in the community. Tracey is married with 2 children and loves seeing the world through their eyes as they continue to grow up. Tracey’s passion is volunteering and working on behalf of our community, specifically in the area of children with complex needs.


Tim Adams, Board Chair, KidsAbility

Tim is a Partner at the Waterloo office of MAC LLP. In this capacity, he provides accounting, assurance, tax, internal control and governance advice to corporate and not-for-profit organizations alike, and is also an advisor to not-for-profit Boards on financial, human resource and strategic
considerations. In addition, Tim is active in the community by volunteering with a number of charities.

Linda Kenny, CEO, KidsAbility

Linda Kenny is the Chief Executive Officer of KidsAbility Centre for Child Development. KidsAbility provides community based rehabilitation services for children residing in Waterloo Region and Guelph-Wellington with a wide range of special needs. Prior to her appointment to KidsAbility in April 2013, Linda was the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Association of Children's Rehabilitation Services (OACRS) the provincial umbrella group representing all 20 Children's Treatment Centres. Linda has 30 years of experience in the field of disability, having held positions with SCI Ontario, March of Dimes Canada and the Simcoe County Association for the Physically Disabled. Linda and her family relocated to Waterloo Region from York Region in the spring of 2013.