Board Memebers

Jessica Brennan, Chair

Jessica has many years of experience in political advocacy and in organizational development. She has held many leadership roles, including Chair of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and President of the United Way Burlington, Hamilton-Wentworth. Having a disabled sister, Jessica is aware of the challenges faced by persons living with disabilities.

Carolann Fernandes

A retired educator for the blind, Carolann has dedicated herself to equitable access of programs and services for youth, seniors, ethno-cultural communities and newcomers. Since retirement, she has served on numerous committees and boards benefitting seniors and newcomers at both the local and provincial level.

Melissa Folk

Melissa has been a Recreation Programmer at St. Joseph’s Villa in the Adult Day Program since 1999 and works as liaison and advocate for their clients. Melissa works regularly with DARTS and Accessible Transportation Services arranging more than 20,000 rides per year to and from the program for approximately eighty clients daily.

Kristina Haynes

Kristina holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University. She is familiar with challenges faced by persons living with disabilities and has a great deal of experience with DARTS as a caregiver. Kristina is a volunteer helping those suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Shirley Glauser

Shirley is a tireless advocate for senior’s issues. She has been on the Board of Directors for the Older Adult Centres' Association of Ontario's, the Hamilton Seniors Advisory Committee, the Ancaster Community Services Board, the Steering Committee for the Council on Aging, was a school board Trustee, was the recipient of the Hamilton Senior of the Year in 2012 and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2014 Shirley received the O.A.C.A.O.'s Person of Distinction Award.

Peter Lesser

Peter has over 15 years of community development as well as board and not-for-profit experience. Peter has facilitated numerous work shops and conferences on not-for-profit organizations, board management and team motivation.

Linda Meerveld

Linda is a Certified Ergonomist and Registered Kinesiologist. She is working in disability management, assisting injured workers to safely return to work, and has developed injury prevention programs and procedures for employers.

Mimma Musitano

Mimma comes to us with 40 years of professional experience supporting people with disabilities. She works at Community Living, an organization supporting cognitively disabled adults living in the community. Community Living makes up 30% of all DARTS ridership, having 29,000 rides per year.

Kim Nolan

Kim is a graduate of the Gerontology Program at McMaster University and is also a member of the City’s Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities. Kim is a longtime user of DARTS and brings hands on knowledge of the challenges faced by the disabled. She also has an extensive knowledge of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act legislations.

Gary Ostofi

A Community Activist, Gary has served on a number of Boards and Committees seeking equity for all. He has a lot of experience riding as a caregiver on DARTS.

Madelaine Steller-Cain

As the Executive Director of Hamilton’s Caroline Place Retirement Residence, Madelaine works closely with elderly persons dependent on specialized transit. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, Nursing degree from McMaster University and is an active Rotarian.

Ron Trajano

Ron works to provide services and supports for people with disabilities in a senior management position for a development services agency. He is the Director of Supports and Services for Rygiel, has served on the Accessibility Advisory Committee for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and is a current member of the Developmental Services Transportation Committee.