FAME Board 2013-2014


Barbara J. Fraser, BBM (Hons.), Chair

As the principal of Barbara J. Fraser & Associates, Barbara helps small and medium-sized non-profits to maximize their capacity through strategic information management. With a strong academic background and over 15 years in the non-profit sector Barbara brings a wide range of skills and experience to her role as Board Chair at FAME. Barbara’s commitment and passion for FAME’s mission is derived from lived experience coping with family mental health issues.  Through her role as Chair, and a variety of volunteer roles with FAME since 2008, Barbara advocates for both FAME and a greater understanding of mental illness, its challenges and opportunities to improve how our society deal with mental illness. Barbara is honoured to represent FAME in an executive capacity.

Charleen Goodwin, Vice-Chair

Charleen Goodwin has extensive experience in the Not-For-Profit industry with the United Way at a corporate level.  In addition, Charleen has been involved with Gilda’s Club and Serve!  Charleen currently works as a consultant in the Training & Development industry leading Business Writing workshops.  She holds a degree from Ryerson University in Radio Television Arts and a Masters Certificate in Adult Learning.  Charleen is very passionate about helping others and is committed to FAME and the FAME families.

Cindy Woodcock, Secretary

Cindy Woodcock is a communications professional with more than 18 years of consulting experience in the healthcare sector. Cindy provides strategic communications counsel and support for a wide range of international and domestic clients. She is an exceptionally strong communicator, motivator and relationship builder who understands how to inspire teams towards excellence.  Cindy was employed by NATIONAL Public Relations for 18 years, but is now pursuing other opportunities in the communications arena.

Ashley Fethu, Treasurer

Ashley Fethu is a Senior Consultant at CIBC Wood Gundy with extensive experience in performance measurement and budgeting. She has been with CIBC for over 10 years occupying various progressive positions in Training & Development, and Finance. She is in her first year of a two-year Masters in Business Administration degree program.  Ashley has a passion for making a difference in our communities.   She is the event organizer for the annual CIBC Hockey Tournament to raise funds for the United Way of Greater Toronto Area.   She was also a volunteer counselor at the Distress Centre.

Dev Ramcharan , Board Member

Over the last 20 years, Dev Ramcharan has focused on implementing effective, multi-level Project Management Office organizations in both Private and Public Sectors. As a leader in the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Dev directs the Delivery Management Office and is accountable for the Strategic and key Operational project-portfolio for the organization. Dev has spoken internationally at PMI sponsored events (Cairo, Egypt, at two “Projects to the Point” conferences in 2009 and 2010, co-sponsored by the MENA Chapter, and in 2010 on the subject, “Transforming your PMO into a Centre of Excellence” at the PMI Global Conference in Washington, DC.). Dev is a regular speaker on Project Management and has a particular interest in project management in not for profit organizations. Dev also brings to FAME his experience as a family member, with loved ones who are affected by mental illness.

Lori Howard, Board Member

Lori has a passion for two things; working with families and giving back to the Mental Health community. Being a board member for FAME allows her to fulfill her enthusiasm for both!  Lori has a strong background in Mental Health with over 20 years of experience working as a Family Support Councillor for such esteemed Mental Health agencies as The Etobicoke Children’s Centre, The George Hull Centre and LAMP.  As a “FAME Family Member” she knows only too well the role that agencies such as FAME can mean to struggling families. After building and establishing a successful Home Staging and Design business for the past 7 years Lori is anxious to give back to the community and is inspired to share her knowledge of the field of Mental Health and Business. Lori is eager to share her unique perspective as a Mental Health Professional, a “Family Member of FAME” as well as a successful business owner.  Lori has a wealth of teaching, mentoring and coaching experience that she enthusiastically shares with the FAME Staff and Board Members.

Dr. Lorraine Cindy Krysac, Ph.D. (Physics), Certificate of Qualification (Industrial Commercial Institutional Electrician, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 353), Mental Health First Aid Canada Instructor (Mental Health Commission of Canada)

Cindy promotes FAME while advocating for mental health through Mental Health First Aid Canada. She brings information to the community through various media, and by activism at all political levels. She also promotes the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s new Standard: Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, particularly on construction sites in the GTA. Her second career as an IBEW construction electrician follows more than twenty years as a physics researcher, teacher, professor and program director in the university system.