Board of Directors
We are grateful to our Board of Directors for their willingness to share their time and expert knowledge with us:
- Ramona Bonwick, Chair has six years of experience in the non-profit sector, including three years supporting workplaces in the planning and delivery of their annual charitable campaign, and four years as co-chair of leadership giving. Living most of her life with anxiety, Ramona recognizes the value of stress reduction, exercise, support, and counselling (in particular CBT) in learning to manage anxiety. Ramona is currently enrolled in the Applied Counselling Course at the University of Manitoba.
- Sarah Petty, Secretary is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Manitoba. She has worked as a co-facilitator, and volunteer for ADAM since 2013. Her research interests include the impact of anxiety on close relationships and access to mental health accommodations in the workplace.
- Dr. Jason Ediger is a private practice psychologist and clinic director of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Institute of Manitoba. He is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Clinical Health Psychology. He has a special interest in blending cognitive behaviour therapy with mindfulness-based approaches to change and coping. His practice focuses on anxiety, mood difficulties, chronic pain and health concerns in adults and adolescents. He has extensive experience with disability claims and return to work issues.
- Miguel Lecuyer has been on the ADAM Board since 2012. His involvement with the organization goes back to the early 90’s when he attended a support group for panic disorder. Miguel received his Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba and has been working in the addictions field for the last fifteen years as a counsellor, a public educator, and trainer at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba.
- Jenny Armatas has served on the ADAM board for many years. She has been involved in the social services field for more than 10 years as a social worker within various social services agencies, personal care homes, hospital mental health programs, and community health care clinics.
- Zennon Lisakowski worked for AFM for most of his career. He is currently a Workplace and Health Care Professionals Consultant. He has designed and delivered educational programs for health care professionals- most notably on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Pharmacology and Co-Occurring Disorders. He has developed programs on addictions for inclusion in the curriculums of various nursing and medical schools in Manitoba. He is the co-founder of the Committee on Alcohol and Pregnancy and has assisted in the development of the Nurses-at-Risk Committee of CRNM and the Physicians Manual. He is a past board member of Tamarack Rehabilitation Inc., and a current board member of St. Raphael's Wellness Centre.
- Arlana Vadnais has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Alberta and an M.A. in Counselling and Psychology from Providence Theological Seminary. She has worked as a mental health counsellor, advocate and educator for approximately ten years, including work in the areas of domestic violence, diversion programs for first-time offenders, and community rehabilitation. For 7 years, she worked at Student Accessibility Services at the University of Manitoba, providing accommodations, services, and supports to students with various disabilities (specializing in the area of mental health). She is currently working as the Employee Wellness Specialist with Human Resources at the University of Manitoba.
- Shanda Vitt holds a Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Manitoba and has completed her Certificate in Management and Business Administration. She has worked at the University of Manitoba since 2005 in different areas, including 7 years as an Academic Advisor. In 2016 she became a Senior Accessibility Specialist with Student Accessibility Services. Shanda’s student population as a Senior Accessibility Specialist focuses on students who have a mental health disability, students with mobility and/or physical limitations, and students who have temporary disabilities.
- Wesley Takeo-Konrad joined the board in 2018. He is also a member of the Winnipeg Public Library Board and has experience as Vice-Chair of the Wolseley School Parents Advisory Council. Wesley has Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Winnipeg. He currently works as a Consultant for Integrationworx, an I.T. and data consulting company. Previous industry experience includes: education, publishing, advertising, newspapers and telecommunications.
- Tasha Ellis owns an HR and Recruitment consulting business and volunteers on a few boards. Previously, she worked as a project consultant at ADAM, and as a career consultant at the University of Manitoba, as well as in the private sector after completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Tasha first connected with ADAM in 2003 as a participant in a CBT group, then facilitated several CBT groups as a graduate. You can also see Tasha in the ADAM video on Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
Dr. Trish Furer is a clinical psychologist and the director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at St. Boniface Hospital. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Health Psychology and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Furer specializes in the assessment and Cognitive-Behavioural treatment of anxiety disorders. Her book Treating Health Anxiety and Fear of Death: A Practitioner’s Guide was written together with colleagues Drs. John Walker and Murray Stein and came out in 2007. She has developed the QuickStart to Overcoming Anxiety large group intervention as well as group CBT programs for health anxiety, mixed anxiety disorders, and perinatal anxiety. Dr. Furer is involved in clinical teaching and supervision of Clinical Health Psychology residents and practicum students as well as graduate students in the Department of Psychology.
- J.F. Parisien is a senior manager at KPMG in the private enterprise group since 2004. He assists clients with financial statement/tax compliance and meeting their short and long-term goals. J.F. has a degree in Medical Biophysics and CA (2006) and CPA designations. He states that serving on the ADAM Board is a great opportunity to give back to an organization that focuses on anxiety, which he sees as a growing concern in our society.
- Steven Duvenaud works as a clinical therapist in the addictions field. Prior to that, he worked as a school counsellor with secondary students. Steven has a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology and is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. He specializes in working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, and co-occurring disorders. Steven uses a mix of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. Steven also has extensive experience working with individuals with disabilities at the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities, where he worked as a Vocational Evaluator for six years. Steven developed an anxiety disorder in his twenties which affected every aspect of his life. With a combination of medication and psychotherapy, Steven has continually come to better understand his anxiety, and how to live the life he wants despite having anxiety.
- Lara Price is a single mother to two young boys. She works full time as the Quality Technician at Graymont in Faulkner, MB - Graduation with Distinction, with an associate's degree in Quality Management. Lara holds a position on the Community Relations Board as the coordinator for their area. Her fundraising portfolio is outstanding, as is her knowledge for government funding and grants. Lara offers a true understanding and passion for helping people. She has a lifetime of experience with anxiety, which has driven her to focus on early detection and diagnosis of anxiety. She has researched countless tools and resources to help her on her own journey of living with anxiety. Lara is interested in normalizing the conversation about anxiety.