Board of Directors
David Lee, Board Chair
David Lee, has been the Financial Director of the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre since 2004. He has many years of experience working within his current Not-for-Profit organization. David is a chartered accountant and a member is good standing with the Chartered Professional Accountants Association (CGA/CPA) since 1992. David brings strong financial and business experience.
David has come to our Board with the wish to contribute to the organization that assists youth with their mental health needs. He sees this as an important role within the community that he can contribute to.
Kristen Parks, Vice Chair
Kristen Parks is a mother of four kids with a huge passion for supporting and advocating for mental health services for children and youth. Mental Health support for children is one of the reasons Kristen is a Trustee with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.
On the School Board, Kristen is on the Special Education Advisory Committee, the Equity and Inclusivity committee, the Mental Health Leadership Team, and the Indigenous Education Advisory Committee. Kristen is proud to be a woman in STEM and a Civil Engineering Technologist, she is the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Monument Geomatics & Estimating Inc. in Quinte West.
Kristen focuses a lot of her energy toward advocating for adequate mental health supports and is excited to be on the Board of Directors and contribute in a meaningful way as the new Vice Chair.
Steve Goetz, Treasurer
Steve Goetz, Director of Performance Optimization at the South East LHIN, works closely with health service providers within the South East region. This includes managing, monitoring and evaluating the health service providers’ performance to ensure organizations are meeting standards set out within accountability agreements and reaching the goals defined by the Ministry of Health and the LHIN.
Steve holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and Information Systems, as well as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation from the Institute of Management Accountants.
Andy Coxhead, Secretary
Andrew (Andy Coxhead) is a retired Army officer with experience in military operations as well as Public Relations. He started a second Career in 2006 in Post Secondary Education working with Sheridan College, Algonquin College and now Loyalist as the Chair of Health, Human and Justice Studies. Andy is a caring community member who is excited to share his experience with CMHS.
Andy is enthusiastic about sitting on the CMHS Board of Directors and hopes that he can make a meaningful contribution.
Kavita Gandhalikar, Director
Kavita Gandhalikar is a Registered Physiotherapist with special interest and training in providing Pediatric Physiotherapy. For more than a decade she provided clinical Physiotherapy services in various settings and has also worked as an Honorary Physiotherapist at a Foster home for children in India.
Her passion for Pediatrics and for making a positive impact in the lives of children with special needs encouraged her to set up her own clinical practice – Belleville Healing Hands – Pediatric and Adult Physiotherapy Inc. Her vision with operating her clinical practice is to spread the growth and awareness regarding the scope of Pediatric Physiotherapy and also making the same more accessible for children with special needs in and around Hastings county.
Other than her work Kavita absolutely enjoys creating moments of fun and learning with her family – both indoors and outdoors!
Peter Wright, Director
The Honourable Mr. Justice Peter Jeffrey Wright was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in 2002. Peter has experience as an Official Guardian Representative, assisting children in conflict with the law.
Peter has demonstrated a commitment to public service both professionally and personally within our community. He is the recipient of 10 and 15 yr volunteer achievement awards from the Premier of Ontario for service to the community.
He has joined our board to help make life better for the youth within our community who need understanding and care.
Robert Waldon, Director
After almost 40 years’ working across Canada in major project management, negotiation, mediation, community engagement and non-profit boards, Bob recently “graduated to 100% volunteer status”. A husband, parent, runner and lifelong volunteer, Bob is collaborative, inquisitive and a relationship-builder who wants to draw on that experience to support progress in youth wellbeing, the environment and Reconciliation.
From personal experience as a mediator, parent and volunteer in youth restorative justice, Bob learned firsthand that the wellbeing of families is a pillar of healthy communities. He looks forward to being a part of Children’s Mental Health Services’ mission to help children, youth and their families cope with life’s challenges in the communities that they serve.
Lesley Lavender, Director
Lesley Lavender is the Executive Director of the Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce. She is the key representative and advocate for business owners and employers in the community. Providing leadership and direction to the achievement of the PEC Chamber’s mission and objectives, she acts as a liaison among members, the board of directors, staff, volunteers, government, and partners.
Lesley is a dedicated volunteer, giving her time to various special interest groups and organizations. She enjoys a good Crave TV binge, but most often spends her time attending her children’s athletic and academic commitments.
Grace Whyte, Director
Grace is currently a student at Queen's University enrolled in psychology and gender studies. Grace was a student trustee on the Hastings and Prince Edward District school board, and a part of the Mental Health Leadership team and Equity and Inclusivity committee, which has given her some valuable experience.
Grace is extremely passionate about being involved in the community and providing youth perspective wherever possible!
Jeff Radford, Director
A recent graduate from The University of Ottawa. Jeff studied Criminology and Communications for 5 years while playing on the Men’s Varsity Rugby team. Jeff has since moved home and found employment with the Belleville Police Service.
As someone who was born and raised in Belleville, Jeff has a passion to give back to his community and get involved with the youth wherever possible to help them find their path in life. Jeff considers himself an open-minded individual who is always trying to listen and learn from individual and group interactions while contributing his ideas wherever possible.
In his spare time Jeff volunteers within other local organizations and enjoys spending time with his friends, playing sports, training mixed martial arts, arm-wrestling, and travelling.
Children’s Mental Health Services (CMHS) is seeking new Board Members with a passion for children and youth and who care about their mental health and wellness, within our communities.
We are looking for people with skills that can contribute to the organization and to the vision of building a better system of service for children and youth across Hastings and Prince Edward Counties (HPE).
Our Board supports the vision of collaboration with other not for profit Boards to help improve the overall system for children and youth within HPE.
If you are interested in joining our Board please complete the following Board Application Form and submit it to email@example.com
Meet the CEO
Susan Sweetman, CEO
Susan has been the Chief Executive Officer at CMHS since 2015.
Susan came to CMHS with vast Human Service experience, spanning across the country and various field.
Susan’s initial background with children was as an Early Childhood Educator, studying at Loyalist College. She then shifted to the field of Child Protection, completing a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Regina in 1997. Susan held various progressive positions in Regina, North Bay and Ottawa, throughout her fifteen year career within Child Protection. She was also a trainer with the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, teaching forensic interviewing skills to police and social workers across the province.
Susan was also called upon to be an Expert Member of the Senate of Canada’s Roundtable on Sexually Exploited Youth in Conflict with the Law. As a result, amendments were made to Criminal Code sections related to the Age of Consent, Sexual Exploitation and a new section created related to Internet Luring of children.
Susan completed a Master of Public Administration at Queens University in 2004, pursuing her love of policy and leadership.
Returning to the Quinte area in 2005, Susan initially assisted the courts as a Family Court Clinic Assessor, then accepted the position as Executive Director at the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre and was seconded to DND to develop National Accreditation standards for all MFRCs. In 2013, Susan completed a Masters of Laws at York University.
In 2015, Susan joined the team at CMHS, wanting to return to her clinical roots in social work. Seeing the great need within the community and the challenge ahead for the Mental Health sector, Susan assumed the challenge of seeking Lead Agency status for CMHS within the first three months on the job. In 2017, Susan continued her education, completing the Public Sector Executive Leadership program at the Rotman School of Business.
As a lifelong learner, Susan is committed to always improving the work she does with children and youth because “kids deserve better!”