Serving the Ottawa community since 1995, Crossroads Children’s Mental Health Centre believes that children with emotional, social or behavioural challenges lack the skill and not the will to behave. Crossroads is currently looking for up to 3 volunteers with a diverse blend of skill sets, expertise, community connections and perspectives to join its Board. Diversity on our Board helps to support Crossroads’ mandate to treat children up to age 12 and their families.

Our Board follows a policy governance model that allows us to fulfill our obligation of accountability to our community without being involved in the day to day operations of this highly regarded centre. As a team we focus on larger issues and set and maintain a framework of delegation and internal control that ensures compliance with Crossroads’ commitment to quality service. This includes looking at how best to serve Ottawa’s diverse population.

 Selected applicants will be interviewed and assessed on the basis of past experiences with trans-cultural mental health issues, past governance experiences and attributes required by the Board to fulfill its role. Interested candidates may submit their completed Board Application Form and resumé to

Crossroads Children’s Centre BOARD OF DIRECTORS


The Crossroads Children’s Centre Board of Directors functions under a policy model of governance, and governance is their primary role.  This involves responsibility and review of policies, structure, bylaws and Board functioning.  The Board oversees the financial health of the organization and actively participates in strategic planning.

The Board is comprised of volunteers whose role is to represent the community to ensure quality service delivery for children and their families.  This Board is made up of highly regarded professionals, chosen for their unique skills, perspectives and experiences. With their combined talents and shared commitment to serving children and families, these Directors enhance the performance of Crossroads Children’s Centre.

Kecia Podetz, President

Kecia, a partner with Emond Harnden, has practiced exclusively in the areas of labour and employment since 2001.  Her clients include those in the not-for-profit, health, manufacturing, technology, retail and professional services sectors, as well as First Nation governments and related organizations.  Kecia is a practical and skilled negotiator with experience in a variety of unionized workplaces.  Kecia provides guidance and advice to her clients in their day-to-day human resources matters, including development and review of employment agreements and policies, workplace investigations, attendance management, benefits and pension, and discipline/dismissal.  She is regularly called upon to speak at conferences and to lead seminars on a diverse range of labour, employment and human rights matters.  In 2012 and 2013 Kecia taught employment law to future human resources professionals at Algonquin College.

Joanne Curran, Past President

Joanne Curran’s interest in health promotion and illness prevention began 40 years ago. After completing her M.Sc.N. at the Univ. of Toronto she held senior positions at the national office of the Canadian Diabetes Association, and the Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing. She gave up her health promotion position with the Regional Health Department of Ottawa to co-found Hopewell, The Eating Disorder Support Centre in 1997 where she held the role of volunteer Executive Director until 2007 and then Director with Hopewell’s Board until 2015. An advocate and community mobilizer, Joanne has sat on the Consumers and Advocates Network of the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO, the Board of Directors of Children’s Mental Health Ontario and the Family Advisory Working Group of the Champlain Mental Health Network.

Stefan Hollmann, Treasurer

Stefan Hollmann is a financial management and accounting professional with over 18 years experience, the last 12 in non-profit organizations. Stefan is currently the Finance Director with the Micronutrient Initiative (MI), a Canadian international non-profit organization focused on improving health and nutrition for women and children in developing countries. Prior to joining MI, he has held various roles in public accounting firms with clients in the not-for-profit, health, technology and construction sectors. Stefan is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant. He received a Masters of Accountancy Studies and a BA in accounting from the University of Waterloo.

Elizabeth Harris

Elizabeth is a registered nurse who spent her career as a Professor of Nursing at Algonquin College. She taught primarily in the Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program with the University of Ottawa as well as in the Practical Nursing and Personal Support Worker Programs. Upon retirement she began casual employment as a registered nurse at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Additionally, she holds a contract position with Algonquin College as co-ordinator of placements for students in the On-Line Care of Dementia Clients Certificate Program. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as a Master in Education from the University of Ottawa. Additionally, she holds a post RN Certificate in Mental Health Nursing from Algonquin College.

Jean Bégin

Jean Bégin is a Detective with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Ottawa Police Service. He has been a member of law enforcement agencies since 2003 and joined the Ottawa Police in 2007. He was working as a School Resource Officer from 2012 to 2017. Jean is also a professor of Police Foundation at “La Cité Collégiale”. He is actively engaged with youth and dedicated to serving the community.

Michael Maidment

Michael is the Executive Director of the Ottawa Food Bank (since 2013), following 7 years with The Salvation Army. Michael has a diverse professional background with over 15 years of professional experience in management, marketing and communications, fundraising, training and development, strategic planning, and project management.

Michael is also involved in the community as former member and chair of the City of Ottawa Poverty Issues Advisory Committee, member of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Steering Committee, a United Way Priority Goal assessor, Board member of the Ottawa Grace Manor long-term care facility, volunteers with the Special Olympics, is a Federal and Provincial election campaign volunteer, and is a member of the Morgan’s Grant Community Association in Kanata.

 Megan McNeill-McKinnell

Megan works for the Government of Canada as a senior policy analyst at Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada, where she has worked since 2010. She has also worked as a senior analyst with the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Prior to joining government Megan was a social worker and an advisor and advocate in London, UK. Megan holds a BA from McGill and a law degree and MSW from the University of Oxford. She has volunteered in many capacities including serving on other boards, running a children’s creative magazine, and serving in various roles for children’s sports organizations.

Patrick Miron

Patrick’s accomplishments combine 20 years of experience in senior management in the HVAC manufacturing industry and community health services. From 1999 to 2009 Patrick was the Executive Director at Plad Equipment, an international pump manufacturing and service company. From 2010 to the present, he joined Montfort Renaissance as the Director of Physical Resources, IT and development of Housing. Montfort Renaissance offers intergrated mental health, addiction and housing services. Patrick holds a BA with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business Studies at the University of Concordia in Montreal.

Nicholas Watters

Nicholas Watters is the Director of the Knowledge Exchange Centre at the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). In this role, Nicholas is responsible for knowledge exchange training and strategies, policy and research activities, program evaluation, national indicators, the development and execution of projects to promote the uptake of the Mental Health Strategy for Canada, while also playing a significant role in stakeholder relations.

Prior to joining the Commission Nicholas served as the Senior Advisor Communications and Knowledge Transfer at the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada.  Nicholas has served on, and currently sits on multiple pan-Canadian and international networks aimed at increasing collaboration, and mobilizing best and promising practices.

Karen Tataryn, MSW RSW

Karen is a Registered Social Worker, who graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and from Carleton University with a Masters of Social Work.

Advocacy for child and youth mental health is a passion for Karen.  In addition to working as a clinical Social Worker in child and youth mental/physical health and marital and family therapy, Karen worked for over 30 years as a senior administrator in the health and social service sectors.  She has served as the Regional Director of the Canadian Hearing Society, Director of Social Work at CHEO, and Director of Child and  Youth Mental Health at CHEO.  Karen retired from CHEO in February 2017.  Karen’s other volunteer commitments include: Board of Directors and Executive Committee member of the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre and Volunteer, Roger Neilson House.

Anne Chiarelli

Anne Chiarelli holds the position of Educational Consultant with the Ottawa Catholic School Board.  While currently working in the Leading and Learning Department, in her 20-year career with the board, Anne has held many roles, including those of Social Emotional Learning Partner and Behaviour Teacher with the Special Education and Student Services Department. Anne is the Co-Chair of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Schools Steering Committee at the OCSB, and is the organizational lead on the OCSB Coaching Institutes. Anne sits on the Teacher Education Advisory Committee through Ottawa University, as well as the New Teacher Induction Program Steering Committee at the OCSB.

Anne has taught both Communications and Business Writing for the Algonquin School of Business, and brings a strong background in both Special Education and Coach-Mentoring.