Board of Directors

Our Current Board of Directors:

Grace Patenall, (Chair) is a mother to a daughter and 2 sons. She has been practicing law for 20 years and, when she is not taking her children to one of their many extra-curricular activities, enjoys exercise, reading and spending time outside.  She cherishes time with her family and loves being part of the East York community.  Grace joined our board in 2012.


Stefanie McPherson, Secretary is passionate fundraising leader with an eye for strategic brand alignment.  For over a decade, she has managed corporate relationships with some of SickKids’ largest partners, driving engagement and fundraising results to further the mission of SickKids. She has extensive experience in developing retail and cause campaigns, inspiring employee groups and consumers alike, through national programs and local activations.  Today, she leads the Core Corporate Team at SickKids Foundation, working with companies to activate their purpose, deliver positive business impact and transform child health.  Stefanie holds an Honours Business Administration Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.  She attended EECC programs when her children were babies and joined our board in 2014.

Daniel Segal, Treasurer is a father of two young children residing in the Woodbine-Danforth area for more than 8 years. He is a entrepreneurial millennial with an interest in real-estate. Daniel is CPA-CGA and is the director of HandyTax Inc., a tax service for disabled Canadians and their families.  Daniel joined EECC’s board in 2015.

Meredith Briglio first joined the EECC community as a participant, attending programs with her two children. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). In her spare time, Meredith enjoys staying active, cooking and eating delicious food with her family and friends. She joined the Board in May 2017.


Rachael Owen-Worden is a mom to a 8yr old girl and 5 yr old boy. Both kids have enjoyed the programs at EECC. Rachael has been a Realtor in the GTA for over 16 years. When she has a spare minute she enjoys baking, crochet and reading. Rachael joined the board in 2018.


Vanessa Stevenson has been attending EECC programs since 2016 and joined the board in May 2018. She is a mother of three and a full-time lawyer at Intact Insurance. In her spare time, Vanessa reads for her monthly book club, travels, and spends time with her family.



Tina Lines  is parent to an active seven year old. She has worked within the not-for-profit sector for more than 15 years, and specializes in program and fund development. She is passionate about child-centered programs locally and internationally.  Tina joined our board in 2014.





Anastasia Zaver is a senior marketer that enjoys the diversity of juggling projects from copywriting and design, events and PR, and everything in between. She became fond of living in East York in just a few short years, volunteering at numerous organizations in the area. With a passion for travel and adventure that came to a halt during the pandemic, and now with a young daughter attached to her hip, she turned her focus on discovering her own end of the city which led her through the doors of the East End Children’s Centre. Shortly after, in May 2022, Anastasia officially joined our Board.
Kathryn Terrill is a local grandparent, who volunteers for multiple organizations providing food based programs. Kathryn joined our board in October 2021.
Mandy Vaughan is a mother of two boys and brings a decade of brand management in kids and family sector. She has a BA in Communications from Wilfrid Laurier University and studied Children’s Media at Centennial College. Mandy is very passionate about community and helping others. She joined EECC’s board in May 2022.

Rita Renaud is the mother of an infant. She has been attending EECC program and joined the board in May 2022. She works as a sales compliance regulator within the financial and securities industry. During her spare time, she enjoys travelling, meditating, reading and learning new languages.

Anna Warren is a local parent who joined EECC’s board in October 2021. Her photo and bio are coming!
East End Children’s Centre welcomes new board members Kathryn Terrill (back row, third from the left, appointed September 2021), Mandy Vaughan (back row, first on right, elected May 2022), Rita Renaud (front row, first on left, elected May 2022),  Anna Warren (missing from photo, appointed Sept 2021) and Anastasia Zaver (missing from photo, elected May 2022). Farewell and thank you to Daniel Segal (back row, second from left), Sarah Shody (front row, second from left) and Rosalyn Wise (missing from photo).