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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees the operation of CHOICES. The Board is comprised of community sector representatives overseeing support services and fiscal responsibility. The Board hires an Executive Director who administers the operation of CHOICES in accordance with Board policy.

Tara Miller comes to the CHOICES Board with experience in Social Services. Having worked in Social Housing for the past 10 years, she is very aware Tara Miller Pictureof the challenges and barriers faced by our most vulnerable community members.

She retired from rental housing work of June 2016 and is now pursuing a career in Real Estate. Her position on the Board of Directors provides the opportunity to share her knowledge of Housing Services, the Residential Tennancies Act and their integration with the housing needs of persons receiving the services that CHOICES provides

Tara has lived in Brantford for the past 17 years with her husband Robert. They enjoy their garden, their dogs, their son and his family (3 grandchildren).​
Rita is a graduate of Memorial University (M.A. in Linguistics) and McMaster University (Honours B.A. inRita Steinbergs Language and Linguistics) and has an extensive background in strategic planning, leadership, marketing and communications.

She is a resident of Dundas and volunteers at a local elementary school working with children of all ages with varying degrees of language and physical abilities. Rita joined the Board late in 2015.
Lori was an educator for 31 years, working at the Ministry of Education Lori Hendersonand in the Grand Erie District School Board. She brings experience as a teacher, staff development consultant and elementary Principal to her role as a Director at Choices. Lori has a B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed. as well as specialist certification in Special Education and Guidance. She has also had experience as a Program Consultant with Strong Start, a children’s early literacy organization, facilitating program support, fundraising and public relations.

Lori’s experience with community organizations includes current service on the boards of T.I.C.K. (Teaching Intelligent Choices to Kids) and the Hankinson Foundation. She was formerly president of Brant Food for Thought and the Provincial Program Chair of Ontario Special Olympics. Lori has had extensive experience working with individuals with a variety of developmental, cognitive and behavioral challenges and looks forward to learning and growing as a collaborative member of the Choices Board of Directors.
Laurie joined the CHOICES Board in September 2017. Her academicLaurie Jacklin and activist perspectives on social justice, diversity, and social health and medicine compliment the vast array of expertise on this Board.

Laurie is currently an adjunct lecturer at Wilfrid Laurier University and Ryerson University. Her research explores the racialization of health and healthcare since 1834, diversity in modern-day Ontario, and the trauma experienced by Black police officers in the Greater-Hamilton-Toronto-Area.

Laurie holds a Doctor of Philosophy (McMaster, 2009), a Master’s in History (University of Waterloo, 2004), and an honours BA.

Frank is a long time resident of Ancaster where he worked as Fire Fighter and paramedic.   Frank ErnestHe was Captain of the Fire Department before the amalgamation with Hamilton Fire Services. Frank had done extensive volunteer work in his community and was a member of the Board of Directors of CHOICES in the past. Frank is married and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Frank’s commitment to his community has been recognized by many. Some awards he has received are:
  • Order of Niagara: nominated by the clery of the parish for someone who has given of themselves to the parish, diocese and the Church. It is a way of honouring the laity of the diocese and is the responsibility of the clergy to put forth nominations
  • Awarded Senior Citizen of the Year in Ancaster in 2012
  • Awarded Citizen of the Year in Hamilton in 2006
  • Received Diamond Jubilee Award
Katie is a resident of Waterdown and has a BA and B.Ed.Catherine Carr Throughout her career in education, she has assumed many leadership roles including Special Education Consultant, Vice Principal, Principal and Student Achievement Officer with The Ministry of Education.

Katie has served on many provincial and regional teams to improve, access and equity, course content and teaching and learning by working in collaboration with multiple and diverse teams. Katie's brings her analysis and collaborative skills to the Board.