Chief Executive Officer
905-773-4779 x 72304
Karen is the Chief Executive Officer at CTN. In this role, she is responsible for the overall management and direction of the network. A champion of innovation, her leadership focuses on creating an inclusive culture that embraces change and continuous improvement, while keeping children, youth and families at the centre of decisions.
Karen has over 25 years of leadership experience within the Government of Ontario. Most recently, she was the Director, Central Region for the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, where she managed over 200 staff and provided leadership and oversight to an expansive service delivery system for children, youth, adults and families.
Karen is an authentic and collaborative leader with a deep understanding of the social services system in Ontario. She brings exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, along with strong business intelligence and political acumen to the network.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Karen is married and a proud mother of a daughter who is studying in Western Canada and a son with special needs. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, skiing and researching her next travel adventure.
Karen holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from Ryerson University and has participated in a number professional education programs, including the Public Executive Program at Queen's University.
Michelle Biehler - O.T. Reg. (Ont.) Occupational Therapist
Director, Health Records and Clinical Infrastructure
705-719-4795 x 2252
Michelle is the Director Health Records and Clinical Infrastructure at CTN. In this role she provides leadership and guidance for CTN’s shared electronic client record as well as privacy, inclusivity and training. She also serves as the organization’s Privacy Officer and has the lead for CTN’s implementation of Coordinated Service Planning – a component of the provincial Special Needs Strategy.
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 “Huxley” who keeps everyone in line.
Michelle is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has recently completed the Public Sector Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Management, 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, information management and evaluation functions at CTN, working closely with CTN’s shared service partner, Markham Stouffville Hospital.
Carolyn has enjoyed working in the not-for-profit sector over the past 14 years, and was previously the Director of Finance with the North Simcoe Muskoka Community Care Access Centre before joining CTN in 2012. As Chartered Professional Accountant, 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 compled the University of Guelph's MA (Leadership) graduate degree.
Director of Strategy, Communication and Engagement
905-773-4779 x 72373
Anchel is the Director of Strategy, Communication and Engagement for CTN and responsible for strategic and operational planning, internal and external communications and engagement strategies with key CTN stakeholder groups.
Anchel has more than 15 years of experience in corporate communications in the private sector and joined CTN in 2013 as Communications Manager. 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 is also very familiar with CTN through her lived experience as a parent. Her oldest daughter has cerebral palsy and has been receiving services from CTN through partner agencies for the last several years. In her spare time she writes for national and international parenting publications.
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 University of Western Ontario.
Kinark- Caregivers Converse Support Group - "Advice to my Younger Self"
Research has shown that caregivers of children with autism experience challenges that can lead to stress and isolation. Finding the time to care for your own physical and mental well being, meet others, and speak about your experiences can be challenging. Facilitated by our social worker, our caregiver support group aims to empower caregivers of children with autism by creating a safe space where you can share your experiences, as well as gain understanding and support from other caregivers with similar experiences.
Kinark- Caregivers Converse Support Group - "Making Time for Me! (Ages 11 – 15)"
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