Lorris Herenda - Executive Director
Lorris Herenda, M.Sc. is the Executive Director of Yellow Brick House operating in its 34rd year. She joined Yellow Brick House in 2004 and has led the agency through an expansion of services almost doubling the number of women and children served on yearly basis. She is responsible for overseeing forty plus employees, ensuring smooth operation of the two shelters, second stage housing project (Reta’s Place) and the community based counseling services, serving over 5500 women and children in 2011. In addition to the operational aspect, Lorris is the co-chair of the York Region Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee and is a tremendous advocate for the rights of women and children.
In 2012 and 2008, she won the Province of Ontario award “Leading Women, Building Communities” for her exceptional community leadership to improve the lives of women and girls in Ontario. In 2009 she won the award from the Town of Aurora for her outstanding contribution as an individual in the community. In 2011 Yellow Brick House won the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Achievement Award for non profit organization.
Board of Directors
The Yellow Brick House Board of Directors significantly impacts the work of the organization. The Board is deeply committed to the effectiveness of the organization and to making a contribution towards its goals.
Norine Graham-Robinson – Chair
Norine is a licensed pharmacist with over twenty year’s professional experience including community, residential and long term care pharmacy as well as corporate management.
Charles Scott – Treasurer
Member of the Board Operations Committee. Charles is a Principal at Grant Thornton LLP, a national accounting and business advisory firm that he has been with for almost 20 years.
Dylan Marando is a public policy advisor. He has worked in both the public and private sectors, most recently as a Senior Advisor to the Premier of Ontario.
Dylan has served on the Boards of Schools for the Children of the World and Yellow Brick House. He has also been an active volunteer with the Mackenzie Health Foundation.
Member of the Fundraising Committee. Mark Hart has been in financial services for over 20 years and operates a boutique firm as Principal of NCompass Financial Inc. Prior to this, Mark held executive roles at major financial institutions in both Canada and the US.
Amanda is a corporate community investment professional. As a Community Affairs Specialist at The Home Depot Canada, she supports the fundraising, grant making and charitable partnership activities of The Home Depot Canada Foundation, the charitable arm of The Home Depot Canada.
Julie holds the CHRP designation and has 23 years of HR experience with broad expertise in both established businesses and start-up companies. She has a proven ability to link organizational culture and employee engagement with the overall health of the business, and is viewed as a change agent by driving continuous improvement. She has held the roles of Vice President, Human Resources for both DHL Express Ltd (Canada) and Shaw Communications Inc. As well, she was the Canadian Practice Leader for the Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) division within Hewitt Associates, supporting Bank of Montreal and Air Canada.
Ralph is a retired executive with more than 35 years’ experience in the technology and consulting industries. Ralph is an active volunteer and serves on several other not-for-profit Boards in York Region.
Laurel has a background in both social work and medicine, and has worked for many years in both family practice and emergency medicine. She was the Clinical Director of the Outpatient Substance Abuse Program at North York General Hospital and was Chief of Staff at St. George’s Hospital in Alert Bay, B.C. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia. She has had a longstanding interest and involvement in women’s health issues.
Sangeetha Chandru – biography forthcoming
Become a Board Member
For information on our Board of Directors or to inquire about how to be nominated as a member, call 905-709-0900 or 1-800-263-2231, ext. 2233 or e-mail us at email@example.com