Meet our Board




Jeff Payne, Chair

Jeff has over 20 years of progressive public and private sector experience. With an educational background in political science, legal studies, and public administration, Jeff brings a breadth of experience and skills to the PRO Board of Directors, having previously held Director roles in the municipal sector, supporting programs related to emergency management, freedom of information and privacy, information management, communications and in the role of Municipal Clerk. In his current role as Deputy CAO and Director of Corporate Services for Credit Valley Conservation Authority, Jeff is responsible for the program areas of information technology and information management, property and land management, conservation areas (parks) operations and programming, corporate communications and marketing, education and outreach along with the corporate finance portfolio. As an active member of the local community, Jeff’s volunteer activities have included minor hockey, supporting school councils and the United Way. Jeff also served as the Vice-Chair of the Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Board of Directors, where he held the roles of  Chair of the Governance Committee, Chair of the Quality Committee and as a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. Currently Jeff is a member of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) Parks Task Group and he also serves as a member of the Conservation Ontario Insurance and Risk Committee.



Jan Wilson, Past Chair

Jan has been involved in the field of recreation for over twenty-five years. She obtained her Bachelor of Human Kinetics Degree from the University of Windsor and went on to complete her Master of Arts Degree in Sport and Recreation at the University of Western Ontario. After a six-month contract with the Canadian Intramural Recreation Association, Jan worked with the London YM-YWCA in the areas of youth and adult fitness and recreation. She then headed back to Windsor to work in the Parks and Recreation Department as the Recreation Coordinator of Seasonal Facilities and Special Services. In 2003, Jan was appointed to her current position, leading the Recreation Department under the Community and Protective Services Unit. Jan is responsible for overseeing recreation programs and services delivered through community centres, aquatic facilities, arenas, sports fields and special event sites. Jan is also active in volunteering with girls and women's hockey and working with students in the recreation field.



Romas Keliacius, Treasurer

Romas has diverse work experience spanning several different sectors and industries. For the last seven years, he has worked in various roles in the Recreation Division at the City of Hamilton. This portfolio covers strategic planning, identifying operational efficiencies, performance measurement and project management. Prior to joining the City of Hamilton, Romas spent time working with the City of Mississauga in the Transit Division and for a global pharmaceutical company. He has also spent time as a volunteer consultant for a variety of non-profit organizations in his community. Romas holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University and a Master of Environment and Business from the University of Waterloo and is a certified Project Management Professional. Romas lives in Hamilton with his spouse and children and enjoys spending time camping, hiking and fishing.


Kyle Barber

Kyle Barber, Director

An extensive career with the Canadian YMCA movement, Kyle brings more than 12 years of CEO experience with the YMCA of Oakville and the YMCA of Northumberland. Kyle also worked in a series of progressive health and fitness roles with the YMCA of Greater Toronto at the North York YMCA and Metro Central YMCA branches. Kyle has served as CEO, YMCA of Oakville since 2013.


Juanita Bueschleb

Juanita Bueschleb, Director

Juanita has been a practitioner in municipal recreation for over 30 years and most recently worked for the City of Brampton as Recreation Supervisor, Central Services with a wide range of experience in program development, delivery, and support. She recently joined Goldfish Swim School in the role of General Manager.

Juanita is the Past President of the Lifesaving Society Ontario and Past President of the Drowning Prevention Research Centre Canada. Juanita served the Lifesaving Society Canada in a wide variety of portfolios including Area Chair and as chair of numerous committees including First Aid Services, Aquatic Management Training and Area and Affiliate Services and chairing National Leadership Revisions. She has served on the Society’s board of directors for the past 10 years. Juanita is an experienced trainer both in the water and out and has worked with groups across the province and country.


 
Aaron Karmazyn

Aaron Karmazyn, Director

Aaron Karmazyn has been a parks and recreation professional for over 20 years working in municipal parks and recreation management with Richmond Hill, Aurora and most recently the rapidly growing Town of East Gwillimbury. As General Manager for the Town of East Gwillimbury Community Parks Recreation and Culture Department Aaron leads a team providing  a full range of Parks, Facility, Program and Event experiences and services.  Aaron and his team have achieved a number of industry leading awards and acknowledgments. 

Aaron has a Degree in Parks and Recreation Management from Dalhousie University where he also played Junior and Competitive Varsity Hockey for the nationally ranked Dalhousie Tigers. Aaron has several certifications from the ORFA, AMCTO and most recently a Parks and Recreation Management Certification from PRO in partnership with the Schulich School of Business.

Aaron is an active volunteer whenever possible with the Southlake Regional Hospital and Habitat for Humanity. Aaron also has a very active recreational lifestyle and continues to play hockey and golfs as much as possible with family and friends. Aaron and his family live in Newmarket and his children Ben and Zoe are both competitive swimmers.



Kari Lambe, Director

In  a recreation, event planning and hospitality career that spans twenty-three years, I have connected my professional know-how with my personal passions.
As Manager of Community Services for the Town of Gananoque, I lead a diverse portfolio that ensures all municipal facilities, including recreation, parks and trails meet the needs of the community. This includes providing services through recreation, our municipal marina, special events, tourism services, and economic development.
As Director of Community Services for the Town of Huntsville I successfully led the restructuring of the Community Services Division from a traditional Parks & Recreation format to a division focused on service delivery, new initiatives including revenue generation, operating efficiencies and recruitment of key staff members.
From June 2008 to June 2010, as Director of Operations at Deerhurst Resort, I mapped and executed that intimate executive retreat otherwise known as the G8 Summit of World Leaders.
After specializing in recreation leadership at Fanshawe College, I fine-tuned my skills in recreation, sales, conference, and special events management at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Fairmont Winnipeg, with a stop in between in the Cayman Islands.
My large-scale events expertise met my love of sports while managing the venue for the Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships, the Ironman Muskoka 70.3, and Good As Gold, a fundraiser for Canada's national women's hockey team.
When I am not immersed in my role as Manager of Community Services, you'll likely find me lacing up my hockey skates, going for a run, or possibly headed for the softball diamond.


Shari Lichterman, Director

As Director of Recreation for one of Canada’s largest cities, Shari leads a portfolio that includes community centres, arenas, a 5,000 seat stadium arena, community development, sponsorship, food service, golf courses, tourism and all areas of recreation programming.  In addition to having obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Carleton University) and both CPA and CMA accounting designations, Shari has two decades of experience in the field of recreation.  Previously, she served as Vice President – Eastern Operations at Canlan Ice Sports Corp, the largest private sector owner and operator of recreational ice sports facilities in North America.  In this role, she had financial and operational responsibility for ice and multi-sport facilities in Ontario, Quebec and the United States. 

Prior to her experience at Canlan, Shari Lichterman was an owner and the Director of Operations for Firland Management, LLC, a consulting and management company that specializes in ice arenas and recreation facilities, working with both public and private clients.  She was responsible for the oversight of projects, budgeting and forecasting, business plan development and many other areas of operations for this US-based company.  Her previous work experience includes food service, health and fitness operations, sports camps, aquatics, golf and other sports programming.

Originally from the Ottawa area, she lived and worked in a number of US cities prior to returning to Canada several years ago.  Shari currently lives in Mississauga with her husband and two children. 



Darryl McWilliam

Darryl McWilliam, Director

Darryl’s experience in municipal recreation started as a volunteer in aquatics, which provided his first employment opportunity at 14 years of age working as a pool attendant with the City of Mississauga.  Darryl currently leads a team responsible for marketing and promotions, customer service and business analysis. Through Darryl’s leadership, the Town of Oakville has introduced an e-customer feedback system using the framework created by PRO – Measuring Customer Value and Satisfaction.   Darryl holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Kinetics from Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish Nova Scotia.

Darryl has also supported the Lifesaving Society as a volunteer in the areas of Lifesaving Sport and Critical Incident Management.  Currently, in his spare time, Darryl is an active Hockey Coach for his two daughters who keep his family busy enjoying the benefits of recreation year round.



Lori Mambella

Lori Mambella, Director

Lori’s career in sport and recreation started as a high-performance athlete representing Canada on the international stage in rhythmic gymnastics for 5 years. She was the recipient of the 1982 Ontario Achievement Award for excellence in sports. She went on to pursue post-secondary education at Laurentian University, Durham College, Georgian College and most recently the University of Toronto.

She has worked previously as an Events Director at the former Ontario Sports Centre, Recreation Programmer for the City of Barrie, Area Coordinator for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Marketing Manager for a retail pizza chain and as the General Manager of the 2012 Ontario Winter Games. She is currently the Manager of Programs and Cultural Services in the Parks, Recreation and Culture Services Department at the City of St. Catharines (her hometown) where she oversees staffing and programming at two community centres. She also sits on the Steering Committee for the Healthy Kids Community Challenge for the Region of Niagara and is the Chair of the Meridian Centre Community Suites Allocation Committee. Lori is proud to be a High Five instructor and enjoys guest instructing periodically at both Niagara College and Brock University.

Promoting physical literacy and community involvement is her passion. She regularly attends yoga and loves to play golf. To refuel after an active day, she enjoys harvesting vegetables from her garden and whipping-up hearty Italian dishes.



Katie Misener, Director

Katie Misener is an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. She received her PhD in Kinesiology (Sport Management) from Western University after receiving a Master’s from the University of Windsor and a B.Kin from McMaster University. Her primary research focuses on the capacity and social impact of nonprofit community sport organizations, with a particular focus on how capacity can be enhanced to support sport service delivery and foster social engagement through sport. Katie's research interests also include the role of sport and recreation organizations in community health promotion, and creating collaborative value through interorganizational relationships. She has published research articles in the Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, Leisure Sciences, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and the International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics. She works closely with community organizations in her research and teaching and volunteers on the Youth and Recreation Committee for the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation. Katie lives in Conestogo and enjoys an active lifestyle with her family through hockey, dance, skiing, swimming, and local theatre.



Jeff Pafford, Director

Like many in the industry, Jeff's passion for parks and recreation was first sparked with various jobs as a student working as a playground supervisor, parks sumer student and outdoor rink attendant.  He has continued to work for the City's Leisure Services Division in various, progressive roles, culminating with the Director of Leisure Services position in 2017.  As Director, Jeff is responsible for the areas of Arenas, Cemeteries, Parks and Recreation, providing leadership to the Division's 90 full time employees, 800 part time staff and 300 volunteers.

 

A graduate of Laurentian University's Commerce program, Jeff has also obtained a Masters Certificate in Municipal Management and was part of the first cohort of the Northern Leadership Program obtaining a Certificate of Leadership from Laurentian University.

 

When not at the office, Jeff and his family enjoy the numerous parks, playgrounds and recreation facilities in Greater Sudbury.  He also volunteers with local grass roots sports, coaching with the Sudbury Playground Hockey League, Sudbury Minor Baseball and the Sudbury Youth Basketball League.