CASDA’s Board of Directors is made of representatives from across Canada who bring to the table a range of experiences and expertise.
Our Board Members:
- Debbie Irish: Chair – Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work
- Karen Bopp, Ph.D.: Vice-Chair – Director of Provincial Outreach, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA)
- Shino Nakane: Vice-Chair – Director of Community Relations, Autism Society Alberta
- Kimberly Ward: Board Secretary – Executive Director, Society for Treatment of Autism
- Arshad Zaver: Treasurer – Director of Finance, Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work
- Adrian Bohach: Director – President and CEO, Enterprise4Good
- Maddy (Matthew) Dever: Director – Autistic Advocate & CJAE Editorial Board Member
- Heather Driscoll: Director – CASDA Member
- Jill Farber: Director – Executive Director, Autism Speaks Canada
- Brian Foster, Ph.D.: Director – Operations Director, Autism Nova Scotia
- Rebekah Kintzinger: Director – Autistic Self-Advocate & CJAE Editorial Board Member
- Tanya McLeod: Director – President, Sinneave Family Foundation
- Sue VanDeVelde-Coke: Director – President and CEO, Kerry’s Place Autism Services
- Corey Walker: Director – autistic Self-Advocate
Debbie Irish – ChairRead More
Karen Bopp – Vice-ChairRead More
Dr. Bopp is currently on a secondment from MCFD until April 2022 and is now the Director of Provincial Outreach at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA) at UBC. At CIRCA she is leading the creation of online, sustainable professional development opportunities for interdisciplinary professionals to improve access to effective, evidence-based services and promote acceptance and inclusion for autistic individuals and their families across British Columbia and beyond.
Shino Nakane – Vice-ChairRead More
She has volunteered on a variety of boards and committees over the past decade for organizations like the Alberta Children’s Hospital. She is the Vice-Chair for the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities, an advisory body for the Government of Alberta
Shino is the mother of a young adult who is on the autism spectrum who communicates uniquely without words to the people he loves and the world around him. She enjoys walking and listening to music with her son. Shino continually strives to spearhead efforts so that all people are able to live in accessible and inclusive communities.
Kimberley Ward – Board SecretaryRead More
Arshad Zaver – TreasurerRead More
Adrian Bohach – DirectorRead More
Adrian is recognized as a world thought leader and innovator in the growing Social Enterprise sector. He is a gifted leader with a vision that inspires everyone he meets.
For over 35 years Adrian has built a reputation as a leader with a track record of delivering exceptional results in the business, government, and the non-profit sectors. His diverse career includes roles as an actuary, business owner, executive management consultant, writer and board chair/member. He is a pioneer of social enterprise in North America, and has been a advocate of the Social Enterprise model since 1989.
As CEO of the Enterprise4Good since 1996, Adrian has implemented his vision of sound business practices and entrepreneurial spirit to transform a small, local charity into a large, thriving business delivering social good across Canada and abroad. His passion is to grow the organization to a level where it can actually solve social issues and affect real change in societies both domestically and internationally.
Adrian has chaired and served on numerous community boards and committees including the Calgary Foundation, Calgary Homeless Foundation, Calgary Rotary Club, and Champions Employment Centre. When Adrian is not working, you can be sure to find him spending time with his wonderful children, of which he has 9. He loves being a father and enjoys all the blessings that children bring.
Maddy (Matthew) Dever – DirectorRead More
Heather Driscoll – DirectorRead More
Jill Farber – DirectorRead More
Brian Foster – DirectorRead More
Rebekah Kintzinger – DirectorRead More
Rebekah, diagnosed Autistic in 2012, is a prominent Autistic self-advocate from Kelowna, British Columbia (BC), Canada. Since her diagnosis, her advocacy has included writing extensively about autism in the context of health and policy, which has led her to be featured in a multitude of mediums including magazines, news articles, webinars, the radio, and she has been quoted at the Senate of Canada.
In addition to presenting her work at conferences, Rebekah is also a Director at the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA), where she has published documents on language and autism. Most recently, she spoke at the United Nations Conference Side Event on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and is a founding member of the Canadian Journal of Autism Equity where she continues her advocacy in championing the voices of Autistic Canadians. Rebekah is also an Okanagan Advisor for the Pacific Family Autism Network’s Voices of Autism program
Rebekah is very creative. Aside from loving to draw and write, she also appreciates cooking for her two boys, acting out scenes from Monty Python with them and singing karaoke together.
Tanya McLeod – DirectorRead More
Tanya McLeod is currently President of The Sinneave Family Foundation (Sinneave) located in Calgary, Alberta. Committed to delivering outcomes in education, employment and supported independent living, Sinneave seeks to create opportunities, unlock potential and shape a future where autistic Canadians lead fulfilled lives. As a member of CASDA’s Board of Directors, Tanya brings decades of experience working with the federal government as well as skills and experience in governance, teamwork, strategy, risk management, and stakeholder engagement. Tanya is committed to contributing to the alliance’s collaborative work to inform the government’s development of a comprehensive national autism strategy. Tanya also sits on the Board of Directors of PolicyWise for Children and Families, a not-for-profit corporation that exists to improve child, family and community well-being by leading, creating, enabling and mobilizing research and evaluation for evidence-informed policy and practice.
Sue VanDeVelde-Coke – DirectorRead More
Sue VanDeVelde-Coke is the President & CEO of Kerry’s Place Autism Services, the largest provider of support for children and adults on the Autism Spectrum Disorder spectrum in Canada. Dr. Coke served as Executive Vice President and Chief Professions/Nursing Executive at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a 1250 bed facility in Toronto, Ontario, with operational responsibilities for 3500 health care professionals. Previously she was Vice President at VON National Canada, where she led the merging of Ontario VON branches into one governance and operational structure. Dr. Coke also held the position of Senior Vice President, Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre where she was responsible for the operations of the major clinical programs. She most recently served as the Executive Director of CARE, Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses and health care consultant focusing on Professional Practice reorganization, senior leadership team building, organizational reviews of organizations, HR planning, staffing and budget realignment.
She has served on numerous federal, provincial and local task forces and committees, focused on health care restructuring, human resource management and more effective ways to manage health care resources. Her most recent research has been as co-investigator on the National Nursing Quality Report, an initiative to set up a national set of structure, process, outcome nurse-sensitive quality indicators. Dr. Coke’s research “The Effectiveness and Efficiency of providing Home Care Visits in Nursing Clinics versus the Traditional Home Setting” focused on home care delivery methods, providing the empirical evidence to support the change in home care regulations to permit setting up nursing clinics in the community.
She has served on the Canadian Nurses Association, the VON National Board of Directors, and is currently a Director on the Habitat for Humanity, GTA, the Canadian Nurses Foundation Board, and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance Board of Directors. She has served for many years on the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses Executive Committee, including president.
Dr. Coke earned an MA from the University of Washington, MBA from McGill University and her PhD from McMaster University. She also serves as lecturer at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, and has held similar positions at the University of Manitoba, Ottawa University, and Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. She is a Certified Health Executive.
Corey Walker – DirectorRead More
Corey recently led two employment related projects for two different autism organizations. From March 2020 to February 2021, he led the Success in the Workplace Project for the Sinneave Family Foundation. As part of the project, Corey collaborated with self-advocates and inclusive employment experts from across Canada, which guided the development of the comprehensive toolkit Success in the Workplace Employer Toolkit: Strategies from Autistic Employees, of which Corey was the primary author. This toolkit provides employers with simple to use, autistic employee approved strategies and tools for supporting autistic employees. This toolkit was the brainchild of the Prince George Adult Autism Stakeholders Group, who recognized the need to develop some best practices for supporting autistic employees in the workforce.
From October 2020 until April 2021, Corey served as the Hub and Spoke Coordinator for the Canucks Autism Network, where he led Project Relay, a short-term project designed to drive the development and application of innovative methods of supporting autistic job seekers and employees and employees or job seekers with an intellectual disability in finding and maintaining employment in the context of COVID-19. As part of this project, Corey built a hub team of self-advocates, employment support workers and a psychiatrist who presented on important disability employment related topics during three virtual webinars, held in February and March 2021. Corey remains with the Canucks Autism Network as a part-time learning facilitator, where he will deliver presentations on autism to organizations and businesses requesting them.
Corey has been involved with CASDA since 2016. He participated in the Canadian Autism Partnership Project, has spoken at three Canadian Autism Leadership Summits, and chaired the Lived Experience Subcommittee, part of the main planning committee for the Canadian Autism Leadership Summit in both 2020 and 2021.
Corey is a dynamic and engaging public speaker, and is working to establish a career as a motivational speaker. He is available to hire for virtual or in person presentations, and has provided autism training to a wide range of professionals, including teachers, vocational workers, service providers, group home workers, and more. In addition to speaking at the Canadian Autism Leadership Summit in the past, Corey has delivered workshops at three Inclusion BC annual meetings in different communities. Aside from speaking, Corey’s personal interests include camping, hiking, snowshoeing, and learning to play the ukulele. Corey loves music, and currently hosts three weekly music shows on 93.1 CFIS-FM, playing classic country, gospel (all kinds), and bluegrass.