Our Team

Board of Directors

Omer Vandevyvere, Board Chair

Omer Vandevyvere, Board Chair

As a social worker with more than ten years’ experience providing support to the most marginalized members of our community, Omer’s role as the Regional Coordinator of Acquired Brain Injury Services at St. Joseph’s Health Care London, always helps him to identify and address gaps in service that may hinder appropriate and meaningful participation. The Alice Saddy Association embodies the values and philosophy around inclusion and respect that are foundational in his approach to his life and his work.


Mary Jeanne Edgar, Treasurer

Mary Jeanne Edgar, Treasurer

Mary Jeanne recently retired from managing the Clinical Trial research group in the Division of Nephrology at University Hospital in London Ontario. She was born and raised in London and is an alumni of both Fanshawe College and Western University. She is a mom and a wife and she is honoured to support the Alice Saddy Association’s mission to bring the community and the individuals supported by the Association closer together.


Wanda Litwiller, Secretary

Wanda Litwiller, Secretary

Wanda has been involved with Alice Saddy Association for many years. She likes to keep busy and enjoys volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society, Collective Kitchen as well as many different committees and events at Alice Saddy.


Linda Byers, Past Chair

Linda Byers, Past Chair

Linda is a local entrepreneur whose work includes business and relational coaching, writing and small group training to increase self-awareness with the end goal of increased individual and team productivity. Linda has enjoyed a career as a self-employed personal trainer for the past twenty-one years. She believes we all have a purpose and helping others discover and live into their life purpose is a driving force for her. Service is important and this belief is represented in many of Linda’s work and volunteer activities. People are her passion. Linda has been on the Board of Directors for the Alice Saddy Association for a little over four years, holding the position of Board Chair for two years. She enjoys working with board members and staff, when the occasion arises, and the Executive Director, Bud Carter.


Bill Morley

Bill Morley

Bill has been involved with Alice Saddy Association for many years. He likes being on the Board so his opinions can be heard. He promotes Alice Saddy Association and is a valuable community member.


Colton Atkey

Colton Atkey

More information coming soon.


Lisa Favell

Lisa Favell

Lisa lives in London Ontario where her and husband have raised two children. Lisa recently retired from Cancer Care Ontario after 33 years of service, the majority of her career was spent managing the provincial capital cancer expansion program. She participated in the planning of new facilities as well as the expansion of existing centers across 14 Ontario Hospitals. She has also had the opportunity to provide cancer planning services to other Canadian provinces and other countries through various consulting roles.


Perry Gelakis

Perry Gelakis

More information coming soon!


Brenda Ross

Brenda Ross

Brenda comes from Ontario Public Service where she held a variety of positions including project management, community management and capital infrastructure development. She managed a facilities team in the closure of Southwestern Regional Centre, within managed time frames and budget requirements.  Brenda also participated in the downsizing and closure of other provincially-operated developmental service facilities by working with various payment transfer agencies across the province. Outside of developmental services, she worked collaboratively with various provincial architects in the development  of new child care centres and women's shelters. In addition, Brenda managed operating budgets within the non-profit sector and facilitated provincial working groups.


Executive Team

Bud Carter, Executive Director

Bud Carter

Executive Director


Deb Roukema, Director of Service

Deb Roukema

Director of Service


Kathie Kelly, Director of Human Resources

Kathie Kelly

Director of Human Resources


Gail LaFreniere, Director of Finance

Gail LaFreniere

Director of Finance