Board of Directors

The operation of the Children’s Aid Society of Algoma is overseen by the Ministry of Children, Community & Social Services (MCCSS), and its operating budget comes from the provincial government. The Children’s Aid Society of Algoma is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, which is formed by a diverse group of community members who meet on a regular basis. The Board’s primary responsibility is to provide governance for the Society and to ensure accountability to the province and to the community.

The Board consists of up to eleven (11) elected members, two (2) appointed representatives of indigenous people, and any other appointed representatives required by the Child and Family Services Act. Each member is elected for a three-year term.

You are a volunteer who can support the Vision, Mission, and Values of the Society, are interested in advocating for the needs of children, and are committed to assisting the Society in its efforts to provide quality services for the children and families in the Algoma district. You are over the age of 18 and can commit to a three-year term.

We are committed to recruiting a Board that is representative of the population we serve. We have identified the need for Board Members who fit one or more of the following: LGBTQ2S+, newcomer, persons with lived experience, persons from a marginalized group, persons who are First Nations, Inuit, or Metis, Black Canadian, Francophone, Asian or Muslim. We are also committed to creating an accessible environment for all. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

The Board of Directors represents all stakeholders of the Society in governing the organization to achieve excellence in all children, youth and family services offered. They work as a collective to achieve the Society’s Vision, Mission, strategic directions, and annual outcomes, while ensuring the Society operates consistent with all statutory and regulatory requirements and Board Policies. Board Members are expected to attend regular meetings and serve on committees.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our Board, please contact our office at

Sean Sparling


Nuala Kenny


Sherri Cleaves

2nd Vice President

Ms Cleaves is the Manager of Environmental Operations for PUC Services Inc. She has worked with PUC for the past 5 years in the City of Sault St. Marie and within the District of Algoma for over 23 years.  Previously she was also a Director of Health Protection and Promotion with Algoma Public Health and worked across the district of Algoma in numerous programs ranging from safe food and water to healthy babies and children’s programs. She has an understanding of the needs in Algoma district and has added a different perspective in her role on the board since 2017. Ms. Cleaves is part of the Quality Performance committee and has been part of the executive committee the last few years. Ms. Cleaves is currently the second Vice Chair.

Ann Cuzzolino

Ms. Cuzzolino has been a member of the Society and a Board Member since 2013 when she was appointed to fill a vacant term on the Board of Directors.  During her time with the Board, she has participated on the Board’s Quality Performance Committee, and for the past couple years has been on the Executive Committee as the Society’s Secretary.  Ms. Cuzzolino is a retired Registered Dental Hygienist from Algoma Public Health.

Michelle Sayers

1st Vice President

Ms. Sayers is one of our Board appointed representatives of indigenous people. She is a Professor at Sault College and has previous Board experience as a Board Member with Phoenix Rising.  She has knowledge of child welfare as she has previously worked with both the Children’s Aid Society of Algoma and Nogdawindamin.

Marc Coletti


Shelley Watt Proulx

Veronica Ogochukwu Udensi

Senior Management

Tracy Willoughby

Executive Director

Krista Budau

Director of Service

Mary Jean Chartrand

Director of Service

Peter Niro

Human Resources Manager

Peter is a seasoned Human Resources leader with over 25 years of progressive experience in the Public Sector. He has dedicated his career to practicing a contemporary approach to Human Resources/People and Culture administration.

He holds a B.A in Psychology along with a Business Diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University. In addition, he holds a Human Resources Certificate from Sault College.

Dirinda Evans

Finance Manager

Dawn Dubois

Lead Counsel