Board Memebers

Ron Trajano, Chair

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.

Shahan Aaron

Shahan graduated from Mohawk College, McKeil School of Business in 2017 with a Diploma in General Business and received an Accessibility Leadership Award. Shahan is part of the AODA Advisory Committee and BUILT Environment Committee at Mohawk College. He is also the V.P. Public Relations for a local Toastmasters Club. As a frequent user of DARTS and a new Board Member, Shahan hopes to be a voice for the Community with DARTS.

Jessica Brennan - Past Chair

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

Johanna Charczuk

A graduate from Mohawk College School of Nursing in 1988, with a diploma in Registered Nursing, Johanna spent her career at the then Henderson Hospital in the department of emergency care. Retired in 1998, Johanna enjoys music, cooking and socializing with friends. After years of being an avid DARTS subscriber, Johanna joined the Board of Directors in 2017 in hopes of advocating for herself and others.

Shirley Glauser - Treasurer

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.

Bruce Craig

Having been handicapped his whole life with personal experience with wheelchairs, crutches (high school), braces, prosthetics, canes and now scooters, he is well acquainted with the challenges of transportation and freedom of movement as it relates to quality of life. His working career was with the mid and large size companies in sales and marketing followed by his own small office services business (now retired). Over the years, Bruce has had many volunteer and leadership roles in non-profit and local organizations.

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 the disabled.

Paula Kilburn

Paula has been involved in Advocacy for persons with vision loss for the past 26 years. She has held many leadership roles such as the Chair of the Hamilton CNIB Board of Directors and recently Chair of the ACPD Transportation Working Group for the City of Hamilton. Paula has been a user of DARTS since 1990 and knows how important an alternative reliable service is to those who are not able to use conventional transportation.

Kim Nolan - Vice Chair

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.

Peter Lesser

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

Tom Manzuk

A retired Chiropractor, Tom is a dedicated team player as evidenced by his decade-plus commitment to City Council’s Advisory Committee for Persons with Disability, service on every Sub-Committee, including Transportation and BUILT Environment. His leadership skills have previously been proven on the Executive of the Hamilton Chiropractic Society. Politically active at all three levels of government, he has a unique ability to balance advocacy and governance.

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.