Dan began a public service career in 1972 and held a variety of roles with the same organization, now known as Service Canada. While working as the HRDC Director, he forged strong community partnerships between the federal government and city/county administrations. From April 2002 to March 2005 Dan was the Senior Advisor on Equity and Diversity working in Ottawa and Gatineau. Dan returned to Windsor in April 2005 and until his retirement in April 2006, served as the Director of the Greater Ontario Area for Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Of the many assignments he had while employed in the federal public service, one of the most rewarding was his leadership role with the Equity and Diversity portfolio at the regional and national levels. This work gave him the opportunity to influence positive change in the public service with respect to hiring and employment of visible minorities, aboriginals and persons with disabilities. In 2003, the President of the Treasury Board presented him with the Equity Diversity Award in recognition of his work in this area.
Dan has always sought out opportunities to serve his immediate community, through his association as a volunteer or board member with a variety of agencies and municipal organizations. From 1994 – 1997, Dan served the Windsor community directly as a City Councillor, during which time he was active on a number of municipal committees and boards. From spring 1998 until his departure for Ottawa in April 2002, Dan was a member of the Windsor Police Services Board, serving as the Vice-Chair in 2001 and 2002.
Since retiring, Dan has been involved in a variety of consulting activities, and has continued to be active in volunteer work. Dan welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the development of education and community programs through his work on the St. Clair College Board of Governors.
Dan is married to Pamela, has a son and two grandsons.
Lori Kempe is the Executive Director of Children First an accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre specializing in services for families with children from birth to six who have developmental and/or mental health challenges.
For the past 17 years, Lori has worked in children’s services in both the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent Communities. She has also been employed with the Provincial government and conducted compliance reviews for agencies in Southwestern Ontario mandated under the Child and Family Services Act and Day Nurseries Act.
Lori graduated from the St. Clair College Sign Language Communicator Program (1990) and Sign Language Interpreter program (1991). She spent five years working at George Brown College in Toronto in the Deaf Education Centre. In 1992, she was a recipient of their Board of Governor’s Award for Team Achievement. After working as an Interpreter for many years, Lori obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor and later, her Master of Social Work degree from Eastern Michigan University.
Ms. Patti France has over 26 years' experience in the post-secondary education sector. Over the past decade, she has experienced direct responsibility, at some point, for key College components (Registrar's Office, Human Resources, Student Services, Information Technology Services, Health and Safety, Facilities Management, the formal College interaction with both Unions, primary College interaction with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and all academic issues. Most recently, Patti France was appointed the sixth President of St. Clair College, commencing September 1, 2015. As President, Patti France chairs numerous College Committees, including the Senior Operations Group, which includes members of the Senior Management Team.
Ms. Patti France is Chair of Connecting Windsor-Essex and presently serves on the Board of Directors of Windsor Family Credit Union and the Windsor Regional Hospital and also sits on its Human Resources Sub-Committee. Patti also serves as a member of the Ontario Colleges Committee of Presidents.
Kevin Beaudoin has been a police officer for more than 31 years. In 1986, he began his career with the Windsor Police Service In 1989 he joined the former Sandwich West Police which became the LaSalle Police Service in 1991. Kevin has worked in several areas such as Community Patrol, Marine Unit and as the Community Liaison Officer.
In 2012, he was reassigned to the Criminal Investigations Division as Detective Sergeant. In 2016, Kevin was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant where he currently serves in Administration / Operations and Corporate Support.
Kevin is a former graduate of St. Clair College in the Law & Security Administration program (1982-1984) and was the Dean’s Award recipient. From 2010-2016, he served as a Continuing Education - Part Time Program Administrator and Instructor at St. Clair College in the Public Safety Institute.
He is a past recipient of the Rotary Club – LaSalle Centennial – Vocational Award as well as the 30 year Police Exemplary Service Medal.
Kevin has always been active in the community serving in many capacities. He is a past President of the LaSalle Minor Hockey Association and a past Board member of the LaSalle Stompers Soccer Club. Kevin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Windsor Essex Child and Youth Advocacy Centre.
Kevin firmly believes that St. Clair College provides a wonderfully enriching educational experience to all its students and fulfills a vital service to the community. He is both honored and proud to serve on the Board of Governors as a way of “giving back” to an institution / family that provided him with so much success.
Karen Behune Plunkett is a serial entrepreneur who has been a principal in five businesses as well as being recruited by the Provincial Government to create and build the Regional Innovation Centre for this region-WEtech Alliance. Ms. Behune Plunkett has been a Director as well as an advisor on multiple regional and provincial boards and task groups, and a very proud mother, wife and recipient of the 2000 International Athena Award.
Teresa has more than 15+ years’ experience in the public sector in the areas of strategic planning, change management, project management and partnership development. Currently she is the Director of the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit.
Teresa holds a Bachelor of Physical Education from McMaster University and Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business. It was at McMaster University where she cultivated her passion for lifelong learning and community service.
Inspired by her experiences there, she has continued her service to her community through various volunteer roles. She is a Director at Today’s Family Early Learning and Child Care Centre, past Director of Welcome Inn Community Centre in Hamilton, ON obtaining a Bay Area Leadership Volunteer of the Year award.
Teresa relocated to Chatham, ON in 2015. She is honoured to be a member of the St. Clair College Board of Governors and is excited to have the opportunity to positively impact the learning and growth of St. Clair students in her new home.
Dr. Ken Blanchette is native to Essex County and has spent his entire career within health care. He earned his degree in Biology from the University of Windsor and his Doctor of Chiropractic from National University of Health Sciences in Illinois. The first 12 years of his career were spent practicing in the United States, while still residing in Windsor-Essex. In 2010, Dr. Blanchette joined the St. Clair College team in a period of significant development and growth within the health care programs. He was directly involved in the building and completion of a new $32 million dollar state-of-the-art simulation facility.
Dr. Blanchette is also actively engaged in the community as a Board Member for Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare, Board representative for the Finance Committee for Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare, and Board Member for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. He has also been elected as Co-Chair of SWAHN, (Southwest Academic Health Network) and Chairman for the Heads of Health for Ontario Colleges, as well as a panelist for the Ontario Hospital Association. Dr. Blanchette also travels the country accrediting other Colleges' health care programs.
Dr. Blanchette resides in Amherstburg with his wife Melissa and two children, Emma and Eric. He enjoys spending his free time volunteering as a hockey coach in his home town.
Marlene Corey possesses over 25 years working in broadcast media and community relations. Currently, Marlene is a Producer/Director with TVCOGECO and has been actively involved in many prominent local events such as the International Children's Games Opening Ceremonies, Windsor Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards, Municipal Election Coverage, Super Bowl Ice Festival and the Pan Am Jr. Games.
With the support of her husband Brett Corey and their two daughters Blair and Erika, they collectively volunteer and support many local charities. Marlene has volunteered or has been a board member with a variety of local agencies and charities such as; St Clair College Foundation, Transition to Betterness, Ride For Dad, Hospice of Windsor Essex, In Honour of the Ones We Love and Special Olympics.
In 1991, Marlene was awarded the CUC Broadcasting President's Award. In 2006 she was a team recipient of the Windsor District Chamber of Commerce Good Neighbour Award and in 2013, Marlene received the "In Honour of the Ones We Love" Community Award.
Marlene is committed to the vision of St. Clair College which is striving for excellence in all we do. St. Clair College is accessible and responsive to its community in pursuit of lifelong learning.
Floyd has more than two decades of experience in Adult Education in both the public and private sectors. He has lived and worked in several countries and brings a unique international perspective to his work.
He received his MBA from Athabasca University, where he specialized in international education. In addition, he has a B.Ed in Adult Education from Brock University, as well as a BA Honours degree in History from California State University. He received his language teaching certification through Cambridge University.
Prior to joining the faculty at St. Clair College, Floyd held an administrative position in the International Education Department at the college. He has also worked in faculty positions at Queen’s University and the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. Within the private education sector, he was an original founder of a language education and services company in Prague, the Czech Republic, which continues to be one of the largest companies within its sector.
Serving within his community has always been a priority for Floyd. He has previously represented St. Clair College on the Windsor Diversity Committee, sat on the Board of the College Association for Language and Literacy, co-chaired the St. Clair United Way Fund and has been an executive member of Local 138 faculty union.
Floyd is a strong believer in life-long learning as well as the promotion of academic quality in education. His decision to join the board is based on his desire to see St. Clair continue to strive for excellence in all areas. He hopes to utilize his diverse background and skill set for the betterment of the college and its stakeholders.
Nancy has over 10 years of experience practicing as a Labour and Employment lawyer with McTague Law Firm, where she became partner in 2008.
She received her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor, where she also received her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology. Between the two degrees, Nancy completed her Masters in Child Psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy where she met her husband, Dr. Andrew Taylor. Together, they have a son.
Nancy has been actively involved in giving back to the community, having previously served as a Director on the Windsor Family Credit Union Board and the Art Gallery of Windsor Board. She also served on the Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Foundation Board and was a Director with the Canadian Mental Health Association – Windsor Essex Branch Board of Directors. She has a passion for fitness and as such, is part owner of a local gym, Maximum Training Centre.
Nancy believes in higher learning and hopes to positively influence the education system locally in her role as Governor on the St. Clair College Board.
Renu earned her M.A. at McMaster University and is also a Certified Mediator and Dispute Resolution Specialist. Renu is the Employee Assistance Program and Wellness Education Co-Ordinator at the Greater Essex County District School Board. Renu is regularly consulted for her expertise in health promotion, counselling and employee relations. Renu is a passionate and influential Mental Health Advocate and is recognized for her leadership in promoting healthy and respectful work-life environments. She is also an energetic facilitator and a sought out speaker.
Renu has served as a past Board member on various organizations, including Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor, the Leamington Family Health Team, and the Windsor-Essex Community Health Centre. Currently Renu serves on the Executive of the India Canada Association’s Board of Trustees.
Renu takes great pride in being an engaged community member and is the recipient of several awards for her professional and volunteer activities. She particularly enjoys her role as Mentor to nursing students in their final year completing their community placement rotations under her supervision.
As a champion of lifelong learning Renu is looking forward to serving on the Board of Governors of St. Clair College.
Renu has been a resident of LaSalle for the last 31 years. She is married to Shalin and has 2 adult children, Radha and Akhil.
Pat has over 36 years of progressive experience across various energy industries and government. In his current role as Manager, Regulatory Research and Records for Union Gas, he oversees the strategic regulatory research function and administration of franchise agreements across the province.
Pat received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lakehead University, an Applied Management Techniques certificate from Seneca College and a Canadian Institute of Management certificate from York University.
Pat believes in giving back to the community and stays active in numerous volunteer roles. He is a past lead organizer for the Chatham Terry Fox Run for cancer research and continues being part of the organizing team. He is a past member of the Entegrus Powerlines Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Entegrus Inc. Board of Directors. Pat is currently a member of the Regulatory Affairs Steering Committee at the Ontario Energy Board, regularly leads events for the Business Women’s’ Network at Union Gas, and is a past co-chair of the Ontario Energy Association’s Utility Sector Committee.
Pat fundamentally believes in the value of education and has ensured that all of his children have had an opportunity to pursue post-secondary education. Pat’s youngest of four daughters, Stephanie, is currently enrolled at McMaster University in the Medical Radiation Sciences program. In his role as Governor on the St. Clair College Board, his goal is to positively impact the college experience for students, staff and community stakeholders as a whole and to raise the profile of St. Clair College within Chatham-Kent.
Pat and his wife Tina live in Chatham.
Bob Renaud is retired from Chrysler Canada (now FCA) where he held the position of Vice President, Public and Government Affairs and was a member of the Board of Directors. He previously held positions of increasing responsibility within Chrysler in both Canada and the US including Vice President, Parts, Service and Engineering and Vice President, Marketing in Canada. Following his retirement, Bob was the Executive in Residence at the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business for five years. He holds a BA and MA from the University of Windsor.
Bob is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Windsor Regional Hospital (Past Chair). He has also served on many Boards and Committees in the past including the Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex (Chair), the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, the United Way Windsor-Essex (Chair), Windsor Essex Development Commission, Windsor-Essex Community Foundation, the ESC LHIN Governance Advisory Council (Co-Chair), the Windsor Downtown Business Improvement Association, the Canadian Automotive Association Advisory Board, Go For Health and CCRetirees.
Bob is married with two sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.
He is honoured to be associated with St. Clair College as a Board Governor and being able to contribute to the success of the College in achieving its Mission and pursuing its Vision.
Egidio (Gid) Sovran CPA, CA has over thirty years experience in public accounting. Gid was born, raised and educated in Windsor completing a Master’s of Business Administration in 1975 at the University of Windsor. He sincerely values civic engagement; currently serving on various boards and foundations including as Commissioner on the Windsor Utilities Commission and Chairman of the WUC Audit and Finance Committee, Chairman of the Diocese of London Finance Committee, Board member on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor - Essex Foundation and the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association Foundation.
In the past, Gid served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hotel - Dieu Grace Hospital (HDGH) and of the Audit and Finance Committee. He was a founding member and the first Chairman of the HDGH Foundation.
Involvement in higher education is similarly very important to Gid. He taught at the University as an Assistant Professor for three years in the Faculty of Business Administration and continued as a sessional instructor for 18 more years.
Gid loves to travel but most of all loves spending time with his family. Married to Liliana for 38 years, they have three children, two of whom are physicians at Ontario universities and one of whom is a pharmacist in Windsor. They all serve their respective communities with pride after their father’s example. The addition of three grandchildren only bring further joy to Liliana and Gid.
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Maureen has 30+ years in the public sector, working as a laboratory technologist and then later in the realm of Appraisals with the British Artiques Roadshow. Constant learning is a must and so she understands the important role that St. Clair College plays, not only in the local community but world-wide.
Serving on the Board of Directors of United Community Credit Union, driving for the Canadian Cancer Society and serving on the Governance Taskforce of Libro Credit Union has allowed Maureen the opportunity to stay actively involved with her community.
She is a lifelong resident of Essex County and a St. Clair College Alumni. Married to her husband Doug for over 40 years, together they have 2 sons, 2 daughter-in-laws and 5 grandchildren.
Maureen is pleased to have the opportunity to serve on the St. Clair College Board of Governors and is looking forward to the challenges and learning experience that this position will present.
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