Meet our Board


Jan Wilson

Jan Wilson

Board 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.


Bill Allen

Bill Allen

Past Chair

Bill Allen is currently the managing director of the consulting firm WRA Management Group, specializing in organizational development, governance, and strategic planning with not-for-profit organizations. Bill was the inaugural President of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, an organization whose mandate it is to advocate on behalf of the tourism industry across the province. Bill spent a 33-year career with the Ontario government, the last six as Deputy Minister. Most recently he was Deputy with the Ministry of Tourism and Recreation, a portfolio he held for four years. He currently sits on a number of not-for-profit boards, including the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation and Lutherwood, a social service agency serving children and youth with mental health challenges. He is also Treasurer of the Eden Mills Community Club and Eden Mills Millpond Conservation Association. Bill lives in the rural community of Eden Mills near Guelph. He is an avid skier in the winter and cyclist during the summer. Bill holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. from the University of Guelph and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.


Romas Keliacius

Romas Keliacius

Treasurer

Romas has diverse work experience spanning several different sectors and industries. For the last 7 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.


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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 2 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.


Jeff Payne

Jeff Payne

Director

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.

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Donna Perrault

Donna Perrault

Director

Donna has worked for the City of Thunder Bay for 34 years and has recently retired.  Starting as a Recreation student she worked part-time in a variety of areas which lead to a full-time assistant supervisor position at the Canada Games Complex.  Over the years Donna moved into a program supervisor position and now is the Supervisor of Aquatics & Wellness.

Recreation has always been Donna’s calling and she has been lucky enough to work on a variety of projects and committees with numerous talented partners and organizations. Most of Donna’s career has been focused in the children and youth area. She is a HIGH FIVE trainer and has been a strong supporter of the initiative since the early beginnings.  Donna has a passion for mentoring and training staff and students.  Donna has also been able to stay connected to Confederation College as a Rec Therapy Advisory Board Member. Donna enjoys hiking, camping and taking pictures. Donna is proud to be born and raised in Thunder Bay and is happy to call it home.


Bryan Smale

Bryan Smale

Director

Bryan Smale is the Director of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing housed in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo (UW) and a Full Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Western Ontario after receiving a Master’s and B.A. in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo. He is a cross-appointed Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at UW, and is a Research Faculty Associate in both the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) and the Social Innovation Generation (SiG). He was elected as a Fellow to the Academy of Leisure Sciences in 2012. He previously served as Associate Dean for Computing and Special Projects in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at UW from 1996 to 2010 and before that was Associate Chair of Graduate Studies in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.

Bryan is currently the President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Leisure Studies (CALS) and of the Ontario Research Council on Leisure (ORCOL), and a member of the Steering Committee of Research Data Canada. He is the former Chair of the Canadian Research Agenda Task Group for the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association and the Leisure Information Network (LIN). He is the current Editor-in-Chief of Leisure/Loisir, and past editor of Ontario Geography, Recreation Research Review, and the Journal of Applied Recreation Research. He has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sport Management, the Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research, and Leisure/Loisir.