MADD Toronto Board of Directors

Everilda Ratnakumar

President

Everilda began volunteering with the MADD Toronto Chapter in 2009. Everilda previously served on the Toronto Chapter Board of Directors as the Volunteer Coordinator from 2011-2013 after which time, she became Toronto Chapter President. Her interests include public awareness and various fundraising initiatives. Eva is currently employed by the City of Toronto after having completed a Master’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy.

Jason Weichel

Secretary

Jason has been a volunteer with the MADD Toronto Chapter since 2010 and joined the MADD Toronto Chapter Board of Directors as a Member at Large in January 2015. Jason was previously awarded the MADD Canada Victim bursary and currently sits on the MADD Canada Bursary selection committee. In 2001, Jason’s mother, Dorothy Weichel, was killed by an impaired driver. Volunteering with MADD was a helpful way for Jason to deal with his grief. In 2011, Jason helped create the Ryerson University student club Stop Impaired Driving Student Association, which remains active. Jason currently serves as the Chapter Secretary.

Jen Simon

Treasurer

Jen joined the MADD Toronto Board of Directors as a Member at Large in July, 2014. She currently serves as the Chapter Treasurer and Fundraising Co-lead and had previously served as the Chapter Secretary from 2014-2016. Jen’s interests include policy development, fundraising, public awareness, and education. Jen is currently employed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration.

Benjamin Davoodi

Volunteer Coordinator

Benjamin Davoodi is currently employed in the private sector where he specializes in Risk Management and Health and Safety. Mr. Davoodi sits on the MADD Toronto Chapter Board of Directors as Volunteer Coordinator since 2017. Road Safety has always been a cause Mr. Davoodi has been passionate about. Mr. Davoodi has hosted numerous educational seminars throughout the province of Ontario on topics such as impaired driving, forensic reconstruction analysis, and behavioral science. Educated at Centennial College in Criminal Psychology and Behavior, Mr. Davoodi is a graduate of the M.L.E.F program. Mr. Davoodi’s interests include volunteering, golfing and teaching.

Michael Curran

R.I.D.E Coordinator

Michael began volunteering with the MADD Toronto Chapter in 2011. Since 2014, Michael has been the Chapter’s Volunteer R.I.D.E Coordinator as well as a Member at Large. After learning that impaired driving was the leading criminal cause of death in Canada; Michael started volunteering with MADD with the hope of helping to further the MADD mission, which is to stop impaired driving. With an interest in Chemistry and Physics, Michael’s future goal is to educate the public on the science behind impairment with the hope of discouraging impaired driving and improving traffic safety.

Bernard Wong

Member at Large

Bernard joined the MADD Toronto Board of Directors as a Member at Large in July, 2014 and currently serves as Fundraising Co-lead. Bernard is an avid volunteer. He is a Board Member at Delisle Youth Service where he also serves on the Finance Committee and Executive Committee. Bernard was the former Event Chair for the North York’s Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Bernard is a Management Consultant with a focus on Financial Services. He has a MBA and a Bachelor of Applied Science.

Romi-Lee Sevel

Member at Large

Romi-Lee served as Treasurer on the MADD Toronto Chapter Board of Directors between August 2012 and June 2016. With her experience as a Chartered Professional Accountant working in public practice, Romi-Lee has the necessary skills and expertise to help meet monthly financial reporting requirements and guide the Chapter in making appropriate financial decisions. Romi-Lee chose to serve on the Board in order to play a role in helping to stop impaired driving and to support the victims of this violent crime. Romi-Lee looks forward to continued collaboration with volunteers, donors, sponsors, and victims to create the change we need to eradicate impaired driving. She currently serves as a Member at Large on the MADD Toronto Chapter Board of Directors. With a passion for governance and accountability issues, in her current term, she intends to lead the board towards compliance with governance best practices.

Carolyn Swinson

Director of Victim Services, Toronto Chapter
and Regional Director for Ontario East,
MADD National Board

Carolyn has been a volunteer with MADD Canada for over 20 years. She has held many roles in the organization including President of the MADD Toronto Chapter, President of MADD Canada from 1999 – 2001 and Chair of the National Board. Carolyn currently provides support to many victims in the Toronto area. She does many media interviews for MADD, she speaks to students at the TIPSY program, and to groups of impaired drivers at “The Missing You” and “Springboard” programs. She has received many awards for her volunteer work including a Governor General Caring Canadians Award, two Queen’s Jubilee Medals, Ministry of Transport Award for Road Safety, and MADD Canada’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Carolyn has been committed to MADD’s mission “To stop impaired driving and to support the victims of this violent crime” after the death of her eldest son Rob. Rob was killed by an Impaired driver almost 12 years to the day after his grandfather had also been killed by an impaired driver.

Leigh Rosar

Director of Marketing and Fundraising

Leigh Rosar has returned to the Toronto Board for a second term as of September 2016 as Director of Marketing and Fundraising. With over 20 years of experience in the areas of Marketing, Strategic Planning, Corporate Partnerships and Sponsorships, Leigh is working with the board to develop an on-going sustainable strategic plan for the chapter to meet it’s marketing and funding needs.  Leigh has spent the majority of her career in the shopping centre industry and is currently the Director of Retail Marketing and Specialty Leasing for Oxford Property Group; providing strategic direction and oversight to Oxfords Canadian Shopping Centre and Office Retail portfolio in the areas of marketing, speciality income, and retail innovation.

Barbara McLean

Member at Large

Barbara is a senior police leader with 28 years of experience with the Toronto Police Service. She has extensive experience and a proven track record in policing, public safety, community engagement, policy development, strategic planning, fiscal accountability, and leadership development. Barbara recently joined the Board as a Member at Large. She wants to use her policing experience to give back to the community and further the MADD Canada mission. Barbara’s interests include victim support, policy development and public awareness and education about this preventable crime.