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Not-For-Profit Leadership Institute

The not-for-profit sector faces unique challenges in achieving success in today’s competitive market.

Not-For-Profit Leadership Institute

The not-for-profit sector faces unique challenges in achieving success in today’s competitive market.

Program Facilitators and Panelists:

Frank Cappadocia 


Frank is currently Associate Vice-President ​(Administration) and Project-Lead of the Lakehead-Georgian Partnership Program.  Frank serves as the Orillia ​Campus’s Senior Administrative Officer while also being the primary contact point for its Partnership with Georgian College. Prior to Frank’s arrival at Lakehead, he served as Director of York University’s Centre for Student Community and Leadership Development. He ​ holds a diploma in Law and Security Administration from Humber College, an undergraduate degree in Sociology from York University, and a Master’s Degree in Community Leadership from Regis University in Denver Colorado.  Frank has devoted his life to helping learners achieve more than they thought they could and is the recipient of three national awards associated with innovation, partnership and community development. Frank is widely known for his pioneering work in not-for-profit leadership, community building and organizational development. Frank has served on numerous Boards and Committees including as current role as ​Chair of the North Simcoe Victim Services Board and as a member of the Orillia and District Chamber of Commerce.

Valerie Dickson 


Valerie Dickson Is the General Manager of Leadership Development for the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka. Valerie is responsible for growing and developing the YMCA Geneva Park’s Not-For-Profit Professional Development Certificate Program, in partnership with Lakehead University. Valerie’s focus on community collaboration has led to her involvement as Chair of the Board for Breaking Down Barriers and as a board member for the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre. Valerie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) from the University of Toronto, and is fully certified as a Gallup Coach.

Robert Morton


Robert Morton, a resident of Tay Township, is a highly experienced health care executive who has worked in a number of senior positions within the Ontario health and social service system over the past thirty-five years. In December 2008 he was appointed the first Chair of the then newly merged Huronia District and Penetanguishene General Hospitals, now named Georgian Bay General Hospital. His other positions include:

  • Founding Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Treatment Network of Simcoe York
  • Executive Director of two Community Care Access Centres – Peel and Simcoe County
  • Senior administrator of the homes for the aged program of the County of Simcoe

Mr. Morton has held a number of board positions for various health care related agencies and councils.

Dr. Sonia Mastrangelo 


Dr. Sonia Mastrangelo is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the Orillia Campus. Now entering her 8th year at Lakehead, Sonia has assumed a new position as Graduate Student Advisor of the new M.Ed program at the Orillia campus.  She began her career with the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board in Mississauga working primarily in the area of childhood disability with a focus on autism spectrum disorder. She continues to give presentations and consult internationally in the areas of self-regulation, autism spectrum disorder, and the Miller Method, providing training and intervention to parents, teachers, and children on the autism spectrum. She has worked alongside education teams in New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, the Kingdom of Bahrain and in various regions of the United States. Most recently, she has worked in Peru with UNESCO and the Ministry of Education, developing a new teacher training program. Her research has focused on the impact of self-regulation on well-being and she is the recent recipient of a federal SSHRC grant to host a spring conference on Self-Regulation at the Orillia campus in May 2018. . She currently serves as associate editor for the International Journal of Holistic Early Learning and Development. Further information about her publications, teaching and research can be found at

Ligaya Byrch MA, CHE, MSW, RSW

Ligaya has been a senior executive for the past 30 years in varying capacities.  Her work has focused on health care and began in women’s health and HIV/AIDS.  Ligaya has worked in public health, community health and primary care.  Currently Ligaya is the Director for Health System Planning and Transformation and provides oversight to an approximate 185 million dollar budget for the Couchiching area.

Jason Dykstra

Jason Dykstra assists organizations and churches in moving from conflict situations to creative solutions.  He specializes in relational and communication issues and uses his experience to mediation, group facilitation, training, and consulting to assist organizations in developing leaders, leading through change, and dealing with conflict.  Jason has a Masters in Leadership and is currently a Director on the Board for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario.

Ken Fasciano


Ken Fasciano is the manager of the Public Education & Partnerships unit of the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario. In that role, he leads a team dedicated to breaking down barriers and building an accessible Ontario by 2025. He has more than a decade of experience in the Ontario Public Service, from writing speeches for the premier and ministers to managing issues, correspondence and media relations for the Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. He has also worked in communications in the president’s office at York University and in the National Radio Newsroom at CBC Radio.

Diana Vangelisti


Diana Vangelisti is a Retired Registered Professional Planner with a 30-year career in the field of consulting engineering where her work focused on sustainable communities and healthy environments. As a Vice President, she was responsible for business development, staffing and leadership of a regional office.  Diana has served on the Board of Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region and as a Grant Review Team member for the Ontario Trillium Foundation (Waterloo-Wellington-Dufferin region). After moving to Wasaga Beach over 6 years ago, Diana continues to be engaged in her community and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka and as Past Chair of the Board of the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre. She participated on the steering committee for the Beach Areas 1 and 2 Strategic Plan for the Town of Wasaga Beach.  Through these various volunteer opportunities, Diana has also developed an expertise in non-profit governance practices. She believes that volunteers are the foundation of strong communities.

Jim Whaley


For the past 10 years, Jim has been a management consultant and facilitator specializing in strategic planning and board development. During his 30-year career in health care, he has worked with many boards and senior management teams. Prior to establishing his consulting practice, he was an Executive Director of several Ministry of Health agencies and knows what it’s like to have to report monthly to a board! As a volunteer, he has served as a board member and Board Chair on several local and provincial boards that support rural communities:

  • The Ontario Rural Council;
  • The Rural Ontario Institute; and
  • The Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health

Brian Shelley


Brian has an over 20 year history with the Y, starting as a camp counsellor at YMCA Camp Kitchikewana at the age of seventeen.  Since that time Brian has worked at both the YMCA of Western Ontario and the Kingston YMCA before returning to the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka in 2006.  Brian has a long history of fund development, having provided staff support to internal staff fundraising campaigns and successful capital campaigns for Camp Kitchikewa and Geneva Park.  As a community-minded individual Brian has held executive positions on Ontario Camps Association and Sharing Place Board of Directors, and is currently Vice Chair of the Board for North Simcoe Victims Crisis Services and Treasurer of the Barrie East End Social.  Brian is a graduate of Queen’s University, an avid baseball fan, and the proud father of two boys (Jack and Henry).

Fiona Cascagnette


Fiona is a member of the Senior Leadership Team at the YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka, and is responsible for the operations of over 75 licensed child care centres, camping programs, and YMCA Geneva Park. Fiona has a 28 year history of leadership development at the YMCA, and is sought after trainer in the YMCA community, having delivered training to YMCA professionals locally, provincially and nationally.  Fiona holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Sports administration from Laurentian University.

Kate Venn


Kate Venn is a graduate of the University of Windsor and Georgian College, and she holds the CHRP and CHRL designations from the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario.  With over 20 years’ experience in HR, Kate has held a number of senior positions including HR Consultant, Senior Manager of Recruitment for a global organization, and Vice President of Human Resources & Risk Management for the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka.  At the YMCA, Kate provides oversight to the strategic direction of the human resources function for a staff complement of over 1000 employees, volunteer management strategy for over 600 volunteers, and risk management practices for the Association. Kate has represented the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka on a number of Y Canada committees, including the national insurance program, national benefits program, employee engagement, and executive compensation review. Kate is passionate about developing leaders from the ground up, and has implemented a robust Leadership Development Program for supervisory level staff at the YMCA.  She believes that building a strong foundation is critical to developing future leaders.  Other areas of focus include recruitment and selection, coaching and performance management, employee engagement and retention, managing change, and legislative compliance.

Brian Beal, Director of Education Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
Dale Biddell, CEO United Way of Greater Simcoe County
Dan Wise, Senior Director The Learning Enrichment Foundation
David Grass, Vice President (Retired) YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka
Diana Vangelisti, Professional Planner (Retired)
Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Indigenous Chair on Truth & Reconciliation Lakehead University
Dr. Kim Fedderson, Principal (Retired) Lakehead University, Orillia
Gayle Jackson, CAO Orillia
George Vadeboncouer, CAO Town of Wasaga Beach
Glen Newby, CEO New Path
James Maxwell, Executive Director Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Orillia
Jim Whaley, Consultant
John Clarke Mackenzie Health
Kathi Wallace, Director of Education Simcoe County Public District School Board
Norah Holder, President & CEO Collingwood General & Marine Hospital
Pat Campbell, President & CEO Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital
Rev. Karen Horst St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.
Rob Armstrong, CEO YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka
Rossalyn Morrison, Senior Advisor Toront Foundation
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