Our Leaders

Karen Fleming
Executive Director
Karen became the Executive Director of Maltby Centre in 2020. Since joining Maltby she has guided the organization through a global pandemic, led the development of a new strategic plan, and has focused on enhancing Maltby’s role and relationships with the communities it serves. Karen is a Registered Nurse by background, completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Western Ontario, and completed a Master’s of Education at Brock University. Karen is an experienced senior health executive in acute care and community care. Karen is known for developing client and family focused environments that elevate the voice of the client into operations. She has developed and implemented quality improvement strategies to support best possible client outcomes. Karen believes that healthy family units ensure healthy communities. She is committed to improving access to, and the quality of, mental health and autism services for families and children/youth in KFLA and the province of Ontario. Karen is a current member of the Tollendale Village Board of Directors, and, the Mill Creek Care Centre Board of Directors. Karen has also volunteered her time with Fight 4 Freedom. When Karen isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family doing outdoor activities like kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, and biking. Karen is an avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan.
Derek Evans
Director of Finance and Corporate Services
The Director of Finance & Corporate Services oversees all finance, accounting, information technology, insurance, quality and risk, decision support and property needs of Maltby Centre. Derek has a 22 year career in accounting mostly as the senior finance staff in social services organizations. Derek holds a CPA accounting designation and an MBA from Laurentian University. Derek was part of a team at his last agency that was the first to implement a new Provincial client, accounting, reporting and information management system in child welfare. He was involved in developing system requirements and working through the challenges of a brand new system for the sector. Derek is someone who values giving back to the local community and supporting the needs of youth. Maltby’s services and the support to children, youth and families is a strong fit with him along with believing in possibilities. Derek has been involved with the Canadian Cadet Movement for more than 30 years as a cadet, volunteer and officer. As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Derek has chosen to support the youth of today to become the leaders of tomorrow. Camping, sailing, Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays along with a good Stephen King novel or interesting biography.
Karen Livicker
Director, Clinical Programs and Services
Karen's role as Director of Clinical Programs & Services oversees the operations of Child & Youth Mental Health and Autism Services. Karen has 15 years of experience working to support children and youth in education and social services. Karen has a Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree, a Bachelor of Education Degree, and a Masters of Health Administration. She worked at Maltby for over three years managing the Autism Services department before taking on the new Director role. Karen led the expansion into the Kingston community of a not-for-profit organization that works with volunteers to provide free, specialized, in-home childcare for mothers with cancer. Karen believes that by building on strengths with the right supports, everyone has the potential to learn, grow, and live their best lives. At Maltby Centre, we work with families to support them through challenging times, while empowering them with knowledge and tools to grow and succeed. Karen has volunteered over the years coaching youth sports including badminton and volleyball. She supports local initiatives such as food drives and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society. Having spent 8 years living abroad, Karen enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures. She is an avid fisherwoman in the summer and is a super fan of the Toronto Raptors.
Jan Minaker
Senior Manager, People Services
The People Services portfolio is inclusive of HR, Occupational Health & Safety, and Organizational Development. This role provides oversight for the design and implementation of human resources programs, policies and practices that promote a healthy work environment and enhances human resources to meet Maltby Centre’s strategic objectives and mission. Jan has over 20 years of progressive human resources management experience in the mental health not-for-profit field, both in hospital and community unionized settings. She has led Maltby Centre’s safe return to in-person services during COVID-19, incorporating effective change management and communication strategies resulting in positive outcomes for staff and clients. Jan successfully led the first contract negotiations for an Agency that became unionized after 25 years of operation and supported leadership team members to effectively transition to a unionized environment. Jan's values include honesty, respect, integrity, trust and inclusion which are integrated throughout Maltby Centre’s mission, vision, and values. Our vision, mission and values are consistently incorporated into the design and implementation of human resources programs, policies and practices. Jan enjoys creative interests such as crafts, clothing design, music, home improvement and party planning.
John Suart
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
John’s role is to tell the Maltby Centre story. How it works. What it does. Why providing Mental Health and Autism services is important. John has worked for more than 20 years as a communicator and fundraiser for a variety of organizations in social services, healthcare, and higher education. His family were once Autism Services clients of Maltby. He knows first hand the challenging role families face navigating the system. John shares the Maltby Centre’s vision of a community that works together to support kids and families in need. He believes that listening to the people we serve is just as important as communicating to them. John is a member of the Board of Directors for Community Living Kingston. He loves barbequing and his Xbox.

Board of Directors

Suzanne Geoffrion
Suzanne joined the Board in May 2018. Suzanne comes to the Board with over 30 years of experience working for agencies serving vulnerable children, youth and their families. As the Executive Director of the Children's Aid Society of the County of Lanark and the Town of Smiths Falls she endeavored to build a strong network of partners to ensure that integrated and comprehensive services were provided.Since her formal retirement she has been a consultant to and a volunteer in a wide range local and provincial organizations.
Sheila Kingston
Vice-president and Treasurer
Sheila Kingston started her own underwriting consulting business 2.5 years ago after a nearly 40 year career in the life insurance business. She has been a member of the United Way Cabinet as a Leadership Giving representative and currently is on the Retiree committee. In addition, Sheila is a member of the Board of Directors for CAA Club Group and serves on the Audit / Risk and Human Resources committees. Sheila was appointed to the Maltby Board of Directors in December 2017 She believes strongly in providing support for families who need help and in the work that Maltby does in the community.
Chris Herron
Christine Herron recently retired from the Limestone District School Board as the Educational Services and Safe Schools Liaison Coordinator after a 34-year career. In her previous role with the Limestone DSB, she interacted with and worked alongside many staff and administrators of Pathways (now Maltby Centre) and saw first-hand the strengths of the Pathways agency. This experience is the primary reason Christine sought a position on the Maltby Centre Board following her retirement.
Christine Noble Seller
Christine Noble Seller is a parent of a young adult with complex exceptionalities. For 15 years, she and her family accessed services at Pathways (now Maltby Centre). Christine brings her lived experience of autism and mental health, along with her experience as a former client to the board. An advocate, activist and educator, Christine is passionate about supporting families, especially those who face additional challenges.
Wendy Talbot
Wendy has a degree in teaching and a Masters in Clinical Psychology, prior to working as the CEO for NorthWest Community Health Centres in Thunder Bay for 20 years, she worked extensively with youth and families in Calgary and South River Ontario, Project Dare. As the Director of the Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School, she was able to combine her love of wilderness and experiential education. She moved to Kingston after retirement and lives with her two gentle rottweilers north of the city.
Rasha Fahim
Rasha is a Coordinator and Settlement Advisor at Immigrant Services Kingston and area, Kingston Community Health Centres. She is an educator and teaches English as a second language to newcomers to Canada. She is familiar with the Maltby Centre in this role and has helped facilitate referrals to the Centre on behalf of her families. She brings to the Board a vast knowledge of cultural challenges faced by newcomers and understands trauma within this context. Rasha is a strong supporter of the value of the services delivered by the Maltby Centre and is eager to provide service to the Board.
Julian Oliver
Julian works in the pharmaceutical industry, in the field of neuroscience and mental health. He possesses a vast knowledge and network of psychiatry and neurology clinics across Eastern Ontario. His educational background is in business with a Bachelor of Commerce and continued education in Business Analysis, Marketing and Health Science. He has past volunteer experience with non-profit organizations in fundraising and coaching. Julian views serving on the Maltby Board of Directors as an opportunity to apply his knowledge, experience and skills to make a difference in his community.

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