Council Member Biographies
Jennifer Anderson received her Bachelor of Science in Education in Speech Pathology in 1995 from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. She then went on to receive her Master of Science in Audiology from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton, England. She worked for over 10 years in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), where she held a variety of managerial and clinical roles at both community and teaching hospital level. These included managing the introduction of the universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program for three London Boroughs and being Chair for the Children’s Hearing Services Working Group during her time at the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Addenbrooke’s). Since immigrating to Canada, she has been providing diagnostic services to the ENT Associates and rehabilitation services at Helix Hearing Care in Barrie. More recently she has served as a Professor for the Communicative Disorders Assistant post-graduate course at Georgian College, Barrie. She has enjoyed teaching, assisting in professional development, and providing mentorship throughout her career (to students and practicing clinicians in the UK, Canada and Australia).
Elected Professional Member (AUD), District 5
First Elected: 2015 (AUD, Vice President of Council)
Tara Barber has 19 years of experience working as a Speech Language Pathologist in Northern Ontario. After graduating from Northern Michigan University with her M.A. in Speech Language Pathology, Tara began her career in Thunder Bay, Ontario, providing services to school age children in remote locations north of Lake Superior. In 2004, she relocated back to her home town of Kenora in order to continue providing services to the pediatric, school age, and adult population in underserviced North Western Ontario communities. Tara currently works for the Keewatin Patricia District School Board, a board that covers a geographic area the size of France and two time zones! Tara spends her summer months enjoying camp time on the Winnipeg River with family and friends, and her winter months at Kenora’s Mt. Evergreen Ski Club as a volunteer and member of the Board of Directors. Tara has been a part of various CASLPO committees as a non-council member for several years.
Elected Professional Member (SLP) District 4
First Elected: 2018
Karen Bright graduated with her M.H.Sc. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto in 1981 and worked at Kingston General and Hotel Dieu hospitals (now Kingston Health Sciences Centre) until retiring from her position in September 2017. Over the course of her career she has provided both acute and ambulatory care services to people of all ages with a variety of communication disorders. In 2007, she became the Professional Practice Leader for Allied Health at Hotel Dieu, representing over 15 regulated and unregulated professions, consulting with them and their respective colleges and chairing the Professional Practice Council. In addition, she chaired a tri-hospital inter-professional working group to select and develop the standard documentation methodology for use in the Kingston hospitals and led a hospital wide implementation of the best practice guideline for ambulatory falls prevention as part of the Hotel Dieu Hospital Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) candidacy requirement. For the last ten years, her clinical role was focused exclusively on voice assessment and treatment as a member of the Hotel Dieu/Queen's University Voice Clinic. She served as a non-Council member of the CASLPO Discipline Committee from 2007-16.
Elected Professional Member (SLP) District 1
First Elected: 2017
Tina D’Agnillo has over 25 years of experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist. After graduating from Wayne State University in Michigan, she began her career in Windsor, providing speech and language services through the CCAC Program. At the John McGivney Children’s Centre, she was supervisor of the pre-school speech and language program, and coordinator of the early language parent training program. As an SLP in an education setting, Ms. D’Agnillo served on committees which developed speech-language and literacy service protocols for the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board. In her community, she is an active volunteer and the chair of an annual fundraising campaign for cancer research. Ms. D’Agnillo currently operates a private practice, which was established in 1999. Her main professional interests are the development of initiatives which support Speech-Language Pathologists, and the promotion of quality of service.
Elected Professional Member (SLP), District 3
First Elected: 2014 (SLP, Vice President of Council)
Lynn Ellwood is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, and Coordinator of Clinical Education at the University of Toronto. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Western Ontario, and her M.H.Sc. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto, as well as her M.B.A. from the Henley Business School of Reading University. Lynn brings clinical experience in a broad range of settings, from acute care to community-based, and in both public and private sectors. Past professional titles include Senior Speech-Language Pathologist, Clinical Practice Leader. She has mentored volunteers, students and clinical peers and remains clinically active with a small private practice. She joined the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto in 2003, where she manages clinical courses and teaches academic courses. She is an active member of the Canadian Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education Committee for the Canadian Council of University Programs, as well as the Ontario Council of University Programs in Rehabilitation. Lynn is a long-standing member of both the national and provincial professional associations. She has chaired the Awards Committee for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada, and currently advises the Exam Item Writing Sub-committee.
Academic Member (SLP)
First Appointed: 2018
Kimberly Eskritt obtained her Master of Clinical Science degree in Audiology from Western University in 1995, and her clinical Doctorate in Audiology from Salus University in 2007. Originally from Ridgetown, Ontario, Kim has practised in Sarnia for over 22 years. In addition to private practice, Kim is also an associate Professor for the Communicative Disorders Assistant post-graduate certificate program at Lambton College, Sarnia. Over the years, Kim has been an active member of various professional organizations, serving as a Board member of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA), as well as serving on various CASLPO committees as a non-Council member.
Professional Member (AUD), District 3
First Elected: 2017
Elizabeth Fitzpatrick is a Full Professor in Audiology and Speech-language Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She is also a Senior Scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. Elizabeth joined the University of Ottawa in 2007 after completing doctoral studies in population health. Before her university career, Elizabeth worked for more than 20 years in clinical and management positions as both an audiologist and listening and spoken language therapist. Her clinical research interests are related to interventions and outcomes in both children and adults with hearing loss, and cover the spectrum of hearing disorders. Recent studies have been focused on audiological results from newborn hearing screening, the trajectory and impact of mild and unilateral hearing loss in children, children with cochlear implants, and systematic reviews on spoken language development in children. Her research is primarily supported by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She was the Editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology from 2012-2015 and is currently an Associate Editor with the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. She has contributed to various projects with professional and parent associations including Speech-Audiology Canada, the A. G. Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language and Voice for Hearing Impaired Children.
Academic Member (AUD)
First Appointed: 2017
Elissa Flagg earned her Master of Health Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Toronto in 2012. Since then, she has worked at The Speech & Stuttering Institute in Toronto, serving as both a clinician in the children’s speech program and as a research scientist/program evaluator. Prior to entering the field of speech-language pathology, Elissa earned her PhD in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002, with a focus on syntax and neurolinguistics, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Medical Imaging, UHN/U of T, focusing on the neural processing of speech. Elissa also taught undergraduate linguistics courses and supervised graduate students in applied linguistics before becoming an SLP. Elissa is a clinically certified member of Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) and holds an Adjunct Lecturer appointment with the Department of Speech Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.
Elected Professional Member (SLP) District 6
First Elected: 2019
Satpaul Singh Johal of Brampton, Ontario has over 20 years of professional experience in communications, public relations, counselling, immigration and translations. This encompasses research and analysis, story development, program editing, anchoring radio and TV programs. As an interpreter/translator, he specializes in legal terminology. Since 2002 he has been a News and Talk Show Host on Canadian Community Channel TV & Radio.
Mr. Johal holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Additionally, he has completed an Immigration Law study program at Humber College, Toronto. He has participated in media delegations with two Canadian Prime Ministers and the Premier of Ontario travelling to countries, including India, Japan, China, Thailand, and Sri Lanka. Being an established journalist, Mr. Johal contributes regularly with his detailed editorial columns in different newspapers. He served as a member of Correction Canada’s Ontario Regional Ethno-cultural Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2013. He was appointed a member of CAC in 2014. Mr. Johal’s core skills and competencies include advocacy, communications, public relations, conflict resolution, counselling, facilitation, negotiation and mediation.
First Appointed: 2015
John Leitch, of Pembroke, Ontario is a retired teacher, department head, consultant and principal. He has had over 39 years in education, at all levels from elementary to high school. As such, he has worked with Speech-Language Pathologists and children with special needs his whole career. As Principal, he has facilitated numerous case management conferences involving children with special needs including many with speech and auditory disorders. He is an advocate of a multi-disciplined approach for planning and delivery of services to children in need.
Mr. Leitch has volunteered with the John Howard Society, Development and Peace, the Canadian Cancer Society and various other justice organizations. He has contributed as a writer on several textbooks including the acclaimed 'Exploring Leadership and Ethical Practice Through Professional Inquiry'. Mr. Leitch holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education and additional Qualifications in Leadership with the Ontario College of Teachers.
First Appointed: 2019
Pam Millett is an Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education Program at York University. Prior to completing a PhD in education in 2006, she was an educational audiologist in school boards and schools for the deaf in Ontario. Her areas of research are in educational audiology, deaf and hard of hearing education, auditory learning in the classroom and accommodations for students with hearing loss at the post secondary level. She teaches courses in language and literacy development for deaf and hard of hearing learners, educational audiology and classroom amplification at York, as well as graduate courses in educational assessment and quantitative research methods. She chaired the Canadian Interorganization Steering Group for the development of the Canadian Guidelines for Auditory Processing Disorder in Children and Adults: Assessment and Intervention. She has served as a non-Council member on CASLPO committees and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA), and was awarded Honours of the Association for OSLA in 2015.
Professional Member (AUD), District 2
First Elected: 2018
Robert Metras is a seasoned business leader who has worked as a senior marketing executive in insurance and technology sectors in Canada and the United States. He has experience in government and industry relations and has served in a federal minister’s office as a policy advisor as well as leading the public affairs portfolio for a health profession in Ontario. He has served on a variety of Boards and community organizations as well as being an elected municipal official. He resides in Cambridge, Ontario.
First Appointed: 2019
Donna Mooney of Mallorytown worked for most of her career as an Assessor with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). She also worked previously for the Leeds and Grenville Board of Education. Donna received her A.I.M.A designation in 1991 from the Institute of Municipal Assessors in cooperation with Fanshawe College. As a Property Valuation Analyst, she has valued and defended property values at the Assessment Review Board level for over 30 years. Donna enjoys travelling and volunteering locally and overseas; including with the United Way. She is also a dedicated Sunday school teacher and most recently a teacher and assistant at the Ocean Academy High School in Belize.
First Appointed: 2016
Melanie Moussa-Elaraby of Toronto; is a published author of a fictional novel and a short story for a literary magazine in India. Currently working on several new literary works, Ms. Moussa-Elaraby is also a world traveller. Formerly she was employed in private and not for profit settings in an administrative capacity. Educated as a Law Clerk, she has over five years’ experience working with health regulatory colleges. Ms. Moussa-Elaraby holds her Associate Level, Law Clerk certificate from the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario.
First Appointed: 2014
Ruth Ann Penny is a veteran educator, having been a teacher, principal, consultant, recruiter and leadership trainer. She has worked in both public and private settings, latterly focusing in the areas of marketing, admission, communication and continuous improvement. Ms. Penny sat on the Governing Council of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) from 2006 to 2012 and was Vice-Chair from 2009 to 2012. She has served in the areas of Quality Assurance, Standards of Practice and Discipline and chaired the Accreditation Committee at OCT. Ms. Penny is the Director of Community Relations at Upper Canada College.
First appointed: 2013
Véronique Vaillancourt, a fluently bilingual audiologist from the Ottawa region, has been working as a research agent at the Hearing Research Laboratory of the University of Ottawa since graduating with her master’s degree in 2002. The research group’s main interests target direct applications for improving communication in hearing-impaired individuals, particularly noise-exposed workers. Over the last 10 years, she has also enjoyed teaching courses in the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology program. Her dedication and efforts to promote student learning were recognized by being given the Excellence award for part-time professors at the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2009.
Professional Member (AUD), District 1
First Elected: 2013
Shari Wilson, of Toronto, is a former Marketing Manager and has over a decade worth of experience marketing consumer packaged goods. Ms. Wilson has been an active community volunteer for the past twenty years, serving as a Board Member, Treasurer or Chairperson for a wide range of organizations in the fields of education, health care and social justice. Ms. Wilson holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from York University.
First Appointed: 2012
Yvonne Wyndham has over 25 years of experience as a Speech and Language Therapist. She trained, graduated and worked in London, UK, within paediatric clinical and community settings for two years before immigrating to Canada. Yvonne has a wide range of experience, working in School Health Support (now CCAC) and Peel Preschool Speech-Language Services as well as two school boards. She works currently with the Toronto District School Board as a field SLP. Yvonne is a member of her department’s Technology and Public Relations Committees and was also a long time member of her department’s Professional Practices Committee. Yvonne has been a volunteer for various charitable institutions. She is a board member of a charitable organization that aims to promote and develop the work of specific community agencies which support and inspire urban youth to lead lives free of violence. Yvonne was also a BBC Canada voice-over artist for six years. Her professional interests include the ongoing promotion, development and maintenance of quality speech-language services within our evolving profession.
Professional Member (SLP) District 2
First Elected: 2015