Senior Leadership Team

Louise Paul
Chief Executive Officer
905-954-4011 x 72304
 @LouiseAPaul
 
Louise is the Chief Executive Officer at CTN and is responsible for overall strategy and operations. She has more than 35 years of experience in the health and social service sectors, including community and government settings.
 
Before joining CTN as CEO in 2008, Louise spent 10 years working in the Ontario Public Service. As Director, Specialized Services and Supports Branch, Policy Development and Program Design Division, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, she was responsible for the development of policy and program design initiatives related to children with autism and/or special needs. Louise also worked in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in the Mental Health and Rehabilitation Reform Branch, as the Manager, Program Policy Development Unit. Prior to working with the provincial government, Louise worked in the community sector in a number of progressive management positions, including as Executive Director of York Support Services Network, a CTN partner organization.
 
In addition to her work experience, Louise has extensive volunteer experience, including her current role as Chair, Board of Directors, Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services (OACRS) and as the Vice-President, Administration, Biathlon Ontario.
 
Louise has an MSW (administration and policy stream) from the University of British Columbia.


Michelle Biehler - O.T. Reg. (Ont.) Occupational Therapist 
Director, Privacy and Health Records
(705) 719-4795 x 2252
 
Michelle is the Director of ACCESS and Health Records at CTN. In this role she provides leadership and guidance for CTN’s intake and service navigation functions. She also is responsible for CTN’s shared electronic client record and serves as the organization’s Privacy Officer.
 
Michelle has more than 30 years of experience working in administration and a clinical background as an Occupational Therapist in both public and private settings.  In 2006, Michelle joined CTN as a clinical director, after six years of management experience in the children’s services sector. She was involved in the planning and implementation of CTN. Prior to this, Michelle had a successful private practice, focused on children.
 
Michelle is passionate about creating inclusive communities and creating opportunities for children and youth with special needs to truly participate in their home life, school and community. Michelle’s free time is often spent with her misbehaved dog named “Sulley” and a cat named “Boots” who keeps everyone in line.
 
Michelle is a graduate of the University of Toronto. 


 
Carolyn Gravelle - CPA, CGA
Director, Corporate Services
705-719-4795 x 2283
 
Carolyn is the Director of Corporate Services at CTN. In this role Carolyn leads the finance, human resource, information technology and information management functions at CTN, working closely with CTN’s shared service partner, the North Simcoe Muskoka Community Care Access Centre (NSM CCAC).
 
Carolyn has enjoyed working in the not-for-profit sector over the past 12 years, and was previously the Director of Finance with the NSM CCAC before joining CTN in 2013. As Chartered Professional Accoutant, Carolyn has an affinity for numbers and enjoys expanding her knowledge base to include human resource, information technology and information management expertise.
 
Carolyn is also a long-term volunteer treasurer with the Bracebridge United Church. When she’s not working, you can often find Carolyn on the water in her kayak.
 
She holds a Bachelor of Accounting Degree from the University of Calgary and is currently completing the University of Guelph's MA (Leadership) graduate degree.


 
Anchel Krishna
Manager, Communications
905-954-4011 x 72373
 @AnchelK
 
Anchel is the Communication Manager for CTN and leads the organization’s internal and external communication functions. She is also responsible for managing CTN’s government relations initiatives.
 
Anchel has more than 10 years of experience in corporate communications in the private sector and joined CTN in 2013. Her previous roles include progressive management positions with the Hudson’s Bay Company, CIBC Mellon and Purdue Pharma Canada. Her areas of specialty include strategic and organizational communications, crisis communications, writing and social media.  
 
Anchel’s preschool-aged daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 11 months old. She believes in using her communication skills to advocate for children with special needs (and the families who love them). In her spare time she writes a weekly blog about parenting a child with special needs for Today’s Parent, Canada’s top parenting magazine, and volunteers with HandiCare Int’l
 
She has a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) from Ryerson University and has completed the Strategic Communication certificate from the University of Toronto.


 
Mary Riggin Springstead - M.Cl.Sc., CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO
Director, Programs and Services
905-954-4011 x 72340

Mary is the Director of Programs and Services for CTN and responsible for all of CTN’s clinical, rehabilitation and specialized services.
 
Joining CTN in 2014, Mary previously spent 30 years with the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, a CTN partner organization, initially in a clinical speech-language pathology role followed by progressive leadership positions. Most recently she was the Manager, Child and Youth Outpatient Services and responsible for preschool speech and language, occupational therapy and physiotherapy services, along with several additional rehabilitation and medical paediatric programs. Mary was awarded the 2013 Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s Board of Director’s Award of Excellence in the Leadership category. Mary was also involved in the original planning and implementation of CTN and has always been a strong advocate for the network and ensuring that children with special needs have access to quality services and inclusive communities to enable full participation in all aspects of life.

Mary enjoys winning Scrabble tournaments and reading non-fiction books in her spare time.
 
She holds a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and an undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders, both from the of the University of Western Ontario.


 
Sandy Thurston
Director, Network Planning and Evaluation
905-954-4011 x 72328
 
Sandy is the Director of Network Planning and Evaluation at CTN. In this role she is responsible for all network and program planning and evaluation activities.

Sandy has been with CTN since the organization was formed in 2005 and spent a number of years heavily involved in the planning and implementation stages of the network. She has spent more than 40 years in planning, supervisory and executive roles in both the community sector and the Ontario Public Service, including with the Simcoe York District Health Council, Ministry of Community and Social Services, United Way Barrie South Simcoe and Burlington Youth Residences.

When anyone at CTN has a question, Sandy is often the person who can provide an answer. She is dedicated to family engagement and developing a system that provides children and families with the support they need.

Sandy has a M.A. (Social Policy) from McMaster University.
 

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