Board of Directors

Lynn Courey, President

Lynn, C.S.W., graduated from McGill University in marketing and entrepreneurship. In 2017, Lynn was National Recipient of “CAMH difference makers – 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health”.  Along with her husband Mike, her daughter Kayla and the help of many friends and relatives, Lynn is a founding member of The Sashbear Foundation created in memory of her daughter Sasha. Lynn brings a notable family perspective from lived experience. She is trained as a Family Connections leader representing NEABPD in Canada. Lynn completed the TCD Québec BTECH DBT intensive training in 2021 as well as the TCD Québec BTECH DBT skills training in 2023.

Shirley Moumouris, Treasurer

Shirley has been in the finance industry for over 35 years. She is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants Association of Ontario and the Canadian Finance & Leasing Association. As a Controller for over 20 years, she has extensive experience in implementing processes to improve operations and reduce risk and has guided her employer through many economic cycles.

Shirley is married and has three daughters. She has volunteered over the years with Girl Guides and Sashbear. Mental health challenges in her family inspired her to become a passionate advocate for mental health wellness and recovery. She is currently a Family Connections Facilitator and enjoys teaching participants the skills that will improve their and their families’ well-being. As a board member, she looks forward to bringing her experience and expertise to contribute to Sashbear’s ongoing successful operations and strategic plan.

Terry Crosby, Director of Indigenous Relations

As an Indigenous person with knowledge of the culture, and as the son of a residential school survivor, Terry (B.A., M.A.) has the privilege to speak with others about issues pertaining to his mother’s experience in residential schools and to encourage participation in the truth and reconciliation process. Terry works alongside Indigenous youth and families, and partners with Indigenous communities, to foster healing and restoration to lives affected by residential school traumas. Sashbear has been an essential part of hope for himself, and for loved ones struggling with emotional dysregulation. Terry first facilitated Family Connections in 2018 and continues support Sashbear in his role as Director, giving back to help others move forward with hope and skills.

Dr. Julie Jomphe, Director

Dr. Julie Jomphe has been a practicing psychiatrist at Lanaudière regional hospital (CISSS Lanaudière, Montréal, Quebec, since 2001. She was appointed as an assistant professor of psychiatry at University of Montreal in 2021. In 2003, Dr. Jomphe was introduced to the DBT and received training with Dr. Marsha Linehan in 2005 and 2013. After having completed the intensive DBT training in 2015 and the Family Connection training with Alan Fruzzetti in 2016, she collaborated with Sashbear to implement the first Family Connections program in French in Quebec in 2017. Since 2021, she sits as a member of the Board of the directors at Sashbear Foundation.

Kathy Hunter, Director of Education

Kathy earned an honours degree in Marketing from York University in Toronto, Ontario and has more than 15 years in the food & beverage industry, with a focus on developing and marketing powerhouse brands to a variety of audiences. Kathy is a member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum. Kathy began facilitating Family Connections in 2015.

Jill Townsend, Director of Family Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion

Jill, B.A., M.A., has over 25 years of experience in litigation research and management. She is a Family Connections Facilitator, and passionate about helping families, with skills connection and hope. Jill has ASIST suicide first aid, trauma and resilience, and MBSR and self-compassion mindfulness training. Jill also sits on numerous BC mental health committees, and in 2022 joins the ISSPD Board (as a Family Partner, experience supporting loved ones with BPD). Nothing for us – without us, & no one left behind. Together, we make change.

Christiane Devaud, Director of French Programming

With degrees in three languages, literature, and executive administration, and a certification in French-English translation, Christiane is now working for a large organization in Toronto. She has always volunteered in some capacity in her life. Since 2014, she has volunteered primarily with Sashbear, helping wherever she is needed. Christiane has been a Family Connections facilitator for several years; she has been facilitating in French since 2020.

Vanessa Dreyer, Secretary

Vanessa brings over 16 years of Corporate Executive Administration experience to Sashbear. Currently in an HR Specialist role, she is excited to return to her strengths of attention to detail, event planning, and leadership support. Vanessa and her husband David have completed the Sashbear Family Connections program and found it so transformative in supporting their daughter with emotional dysregulation. Vanessa is passionate about supporting Sashbear’s Vision and Mission Statement and is thrilled to be part of the Sashbear Family.

Paul Kung, Director

Paul works as a Maintenance Technician at SSAB. His diverse range of skills and knowledge in the field of automation and robotics technology and his technical expertise, allows him to approach problem-solving with precision and innovation.

Paul is a dedicated individual with a strong passion for mental health and well being. He has been actively involved in supporting families with mental health challenges through his role as a co-facilitator at Sashbear. By combining his passion for mental health with his technical expertise, he seeks to make a positive impact on both individuals’ well-being and the industries he serves. Paul’s dedication, adaptability, and compassionate nature make him a valuable asset to any team or project he engages with.

Charlene Freake, Director

Born in Toronto and raised in a small outport in Newfoundland, Charlene has had a long career as a Technical Designer in various industries including Shipbuilding, residential and petro-chemical in Alberta and Newfoundland. As a certified life coach and mental health mentor, Charlene has been supporting loved ones with complex mental health problems most of her life. She participated and completed the Family Connections program with Sashbear in 2019 while living in Calgary. Charlene returned to Newfoundland in 2020 and completed the leadership course to become a peer facilitator, leading groups in Atlantic Canada and across Canada.

Alison Taylor, Director

Alison, B.A., M.A., L.L.B., has been a practicing lawyer for over 25 years. She is a mother of three and has lived experience. Alison is grateful for the dialectical behaviour therapy her family has received. Alison has volunteered for many years with BC Children’s Hospital Mental Health programs and committees. She is committed to supporting caregivers and families and Alison looks forward to becoming a Family Connections facilitator.

Our Team

Doreen Hyndman, Program Manager

Johanne Deschamps, Program Administrator

JoAnne Raditz,
Visual Designer

Marlene Yip,
Development Officer

Marie Raphaël,
Program Assistant

Melanie Jani,
YWHO Strategic Liaison


Marg Campbell

Alice Eastman

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