Board of Directors

Lindsey George – Board Chair

Lindsey is a physician, Associate Professor at McMaster University and Clinical Director at the Hamilton Family Health Team.  Lindsey provides psychiatric care to people with mental disorders. Lindsey has served on several Boards of Directors and most recently has been a Director, Vice Chair, Board Chair and past Board Chair at the Hamilton Community Foundation.  Like many volunteers at TEAD Lindsey became involved through a personal connection, her daughter Emma is a previous instructor at TEAD.


Shawn MiddletonShawn Middleton – Vice Chair

Dr. Middleton has been a vet at the Dundas Animal Hospital since May of 2004, and became a partner in 2008. He provides veterinary care for companion and farm animals. Dr. Middleton graduated with honours in Zoology from the University of Western Ontario in April, 1998 and then went on to graduate from the Ontario Veterinary College in April 2004 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He is a proud supporter of TEAD and has provided veterinary services for all of TEADs animals when needed.


placeholder1 Sabrena Dorris – Secretary

Sabrena’s passion for horses goes back to when she began riding in grade school. She spent many years showing on the Trillium and A-Circuit along with instructing through-out University. This led her to an opportunity to teach hunter/jumper riding in Bermuda for three years as a lead instructor at a premier riding school. More recently, Sabrena is the Communications/Operations/HR Manager at the Hamilton Family Health Team. Having recently completed her MA in Communications, Sabrena brings many skills to TEAD, including years of experience supporting executives and not-for-profit boards in Hamilton.

Dale AndersonDale Anderson – Board Member


Dale has been recognized and awarded as an eHealth Champion, orchestrating a variety of transformation via eHealth and mHealth approaches. He has over 25 years of diverse computing experience and has held a number of senior management positions in the healthcare, government and insurance industries. He is recognized as a visionary and creative and strategic leader – one of his most notable accomplishments has been overseeing the development of ClinicalConnect since its inception in 2005. He has directed significant healthcare initiatives, multi-hospital information system implementations, accreditation, re-engineering, governance and regional agreements! Dale’s affiliation with TEAD has been long standing with his daughter, Sally, being a rider in the program for a number of years.


placeholder1Carol Stanton – Board Member


Carol has extensive experience with “not for profit” organizations. She is presently in her 34th year of volunteering with the Art Gallery of Hamilton. During this period, she served on the Board of Directors for 3 years as the representative of the AGH Volunteer Committee.  Carol also has past experience with governance models and Board of Directors including Hillfield Strathallan College. She taught at HSC for 27 years and continues her relationship with the College by tutoring students weekly.   During her time as a teacher at HSC, she was elected by her peers to be a faculty representative on the HSC Board of Directors. She is knowledgeable about governance policies in boards of directors.  In addition, her equestrian experience is extensive!  She has served as the DC (District Commissioner) of the former Hamilton Hunt Pony Club. This involved many meetings and collaboration with other regions in the Pony Club organization. She has owned a lovely thoroughbred gelding for 19 years and participated in jumper shows (with another rider) and dressage shows.


vivian-leeVivian Lee – Board Member


Vivian has been a long-time volunteer with T.E.A.D. Originally, Vivian was a volunteer in our riders’ program and helped with exercising the horses. Later, she spearheaded grant writing efforts with Suzanne Osborne (another T.E.A.D volunteer) that resulted in successful applications and funding from from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Burlington Community Foundation, Air Canada, the Spectrum Summer Camp Fund, and the Hamilton Community Foundation, just to name a few. Outside of T.E.A.D, Vivian is finishing her doctoral dissertation, but her passion for therapeutic riding and its benefits drives her postdoctoral research interests. Her teaching, clinical and research experience is extensive, along with her communication skills, volunteer experience and community involvement. Vivian now wants to use her knowledge and skills set, and apply them within a governance capacity. Finally, Vivian is a competitive dressage rider, and currently trains with Esther Mortimer (M2Dressage) on her spunky Canadian, Phoenix Inferno.


placeholder1Erin Harvey – Board Member


Erin has volunteered with T.E.A.D. previously, helping to exercise and train some of the horses. She has experience working with a not-for-profit school in Costa Rica, where she lived for 8 years.  In Costa Rica she was involved with fundraising and community engagement at the school for worked with. Erin also has experience with grant writing.  Erin is well adverse in the A circuit horse world as well as with thoroughbred racing.  Her family owns a stable called Kelynack Racing in Burlington – and she has been involved with running the family business in many ways over the years.


Mary FinstadMary Finstad – Board Member


Mary is currently the Principal as Bennetto Public School, in Hamilton, Ontario.  She is dedicated to enhancing the lives of all students through providing opportunities for our children to develop their abilities and discover their strengths. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a commitment to quality educational experiences, equitable opportunity and strong leadership.  As a Principal in a diverse community, Mary has strong communication skills, capacity building and a clear understanding of our special education pathways.  Having extensive experience in a high needs school, she developed the necessary skills to manage numerous issues at one time, support students and families at risk and communicate success and concerns to stakeholders in a timely manner. Mary has also had the opportunity to lead and participate in a number of committees within the District School Board.

img_0305 Eilyn Rodriguez – Board Member

Eilyn has set a career in developing and implementing continuing professional development for physicians and with that, she brings a variety of skills to TEAD including program development and management, fundraising, networking and stakeholder relationship-building. Originally from Venezuela, Eilyn is a chemical engineer by training and once in Canada, she completed a Master of Applied Sciences at the University of Toronto.

Eilyn’s interests include event management, adult education/curriculum development, leadership development, and knowledge exchange to transform research into education. In her free time, Eilyn enjoys cooking, running and practicing yoga and meditation, as well as walking two stubborn bulldogs.

Past Board Members


teresa_laFaveTeresa LaFave – Treasurer


Teresa LaFave has been volunteering with TEAD since December 2010 starting as a side walker.  Since this time, she has had the pleasure of working with many of our riders, instructors and staff both in and out of the arena.  Over the past few years, she has been a part of the golf tournament, March Fundraiser, December Horse Show and our annual Ride A Thon. Her teenage son, Taylor started volunteering last summer as part of the summer camp program.  They continue to volunteer with the weekly classes and as of September 2012 have been the Thursday night feeders.  With her business background in life insurance, Teresa brings many assets and skills to the table and is thrilled to share her enthusiasm and dedication with TEAD.  Teresa feels being a part of this wonderful team of dedicated volunteers, staff and, of course, our riders has been fulfilling and an absolute joy.


Dave MitchellDavid L. Mitchell – Past Chair


David is as he puts it a semi-retired Farmer and Politician. He was Glanbrook’s last Deputy Mayor and Regional Councillor before amalgamation and then served for 10 Yrs. on Hamilton City Council. He was also a 4th generation Local Dairy Farmer where he was known for embracing new technology and installed the first Computerized dairy feeding system in Canada. He is a past AALP grad ( Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program) grad from the University of Guelph as well as Bay Area Leadership program in Hamilton & Burlington. He has received many awards over the years including Hamilton Wentworth Farmer of the Year as well as one of the 7 honoured as Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers twice in his career. David looks at TEAD as an organization that offers our disabled clients an opportunity to experience life to their fullest and is a very unique and a valuable organization to have in Glanbrook, Hamilton. He has served on the TEAD Board since leaving Politics and served as interim Ex. Director while restructuring and is currently the Vice Chair of the Board.

Susan Goodman – Board Member


Susan is an experienced leader in government and community agencies in the health and social services field.  She has thorough knowledge of key program areas and operational issues with a proven track record in group facilitation, project management, strategic planning and program design and implementation. She is currently the President of Policy Planning Plus Inc. which helps to launch and manage new projects, develop operational and governance policies, conduct reviews, and facilitate board development sessions.  Previously, she was the Executive Director for Hamilton-Wentworth District Health Council.  Susan also currently sits on the Board of Directors of Lynwood  Charlton Centre Foundation and the Hamilton Council on Aging.  She is a founding member of the Hamilton Community Foundation’s Women 4 Change Field of Interest Fund, and a member of the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board.

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