Board of Directors
Glen Walker BA., BSW., RSW., Executive Director
Glen is a social worker by training with over 25 years of experience in community clinical service within the developmental services sector. He established specialized clinical services in South Western Ontario and assisted in the development of the Community Networks of Specialized Care.
He has also worked for the Ministry of Community and Socials Services in the Developmental Services Branch and at the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care as a Senior Policy Analyst. Glen has been in private practice lecturing on the treatment of individuals with a dual diagnosis and positive behavioural interventions. He was formerly on the faculty at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario in the developmental services program.
Glen has been the Executive Director of Positive Living since 2011. In this capacity, he has been involved in several community based research projects which explore the impacts of support on individuals with HIV.
Ken Mackenzie, Chair
Ken MacKenzie was born and raised in Niagara Falls Ontario and is the Executive Director of a local non-profit charitable organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. Ken started at the organization as an addiction counsellor over 20 years ago working on the front line where his lived experiences led him. After 2 years he was promoted to program manager and later an executive position. Ken has been the Executive Director since 2010, supporting significant change and growth in the organization. Of particular note, the organization opened the first women’s recovery support home in Niagara in 2014. Ken believes in the value of peer support and the importance of the community offering a full continuum of services based on the individual’s readiness to change. With his extensive knowledge of substance abuse and addiction, Ken has participated as a collaborator and partner with organizations in the Niagara community. In his spare time he likes to spend time around his home with family and friends, traveling with Lisa to sunny warm places or out on their motorcycle together.
Rand Meshki, Vice-Chair
A nearly lifelong resident of Niagara, Rand Meshki returned to the area to join a law firm of personal injury lawyers in St. Catharines. Rand’s legal practice enables her to fulfill her passion for assisting injured people and their families and empowering them to overcome some of the most challenging times of their lives. Rand works exclusively on behalf of injured individuals and their families in injury cases of all types from Orthopaedic Injuries to Traumatic and Catastrophic Brain Injuries, as well as Fatality cases. Prior to law school, Rand graduated from Western University in 2009 with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree specializing in Kinesiology. Following that, she completed a Master of Arts degree in Applied Health Science at Brock University in 2011. While completing her law degree at the University of Windsor, Rand worked as a caseworker at the Community Legal Aid Clinic and volunteered at the Essex County Diversion Program through Probono Students of Canada, to help improve access to justice in Windsor. Rand excelled in law school, graduating in the Top 7% of her class in 2014. As a former varsity tennis player, Rand loves playing tennis in her spare time. She also enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing beach volleyball and soccer.
Jane Masenda, Treasurer
Jane Masenda graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting Control Systems. She emigrated to Canada eleven years ago and settled in St. Catharines. Jane has worked with various organizations (both for profit and non-profit) and has experience in accounting, budgeting and administration. A great team player, Jane is always ready and open to try new and innovative ways that promote efficiency and effectiveness. As an active volunteer in the community, Jane for the past ten years, cooked and served meals to the homeless through the Out of the Cold program. She has also been a volunteer with other local entities, including Habitat for Humanity Niagara. Homelessness and poverty reduction are issues that are very close to Jane’s heart and she would like to see these challenges aggressively addressed in a holistic manner. To help her recharge, Jane enjoys good food, nature and traveling. Family and friends are very precious to Jane.
Judith Rossman, Recording Secretary
Judith received a BA from York University in Theatre and English and a BED from the University of Toronto. Before retiring, she spent 34 years as a teacher and guidance counselor with the DSBN. She started the first gay/straight alliance while on staff at centennial secondary school. Judith worked tirelessly trying to bring equality to all students regardless of their sexual orientation, religion, race or color. Making sure that everyone is respected is a life long goal of hers. Judith previously sat on the board of CASON. She has 2 creative and kind sons. Daniel is an entertainment journalist living in NYC. He is currently writing for many magazines, completing his first novel, and is having a few short stories published. Noah unfortunately lost his battle with opiates in 2012. Noah worked hard at trying to make this world a kinder, gentler place for everyone. For the past few years Judith has been volunteering as a receptionist at Positive Living Niagara. In her spare time, she enjoys the theatre, music, baking, and working with a group of moms who have also lost children to the opiate crisis. This group works to get rid of stigma towards addiction and to make it easier for others to navigate through life when you find yourself or loved ones caught in this emotional world of drug addiction.
Kate Alexander, Director
Kate is currently the Public Engagement and Membership Officer with a national HIV organization that works to ensure that the lessons learned from the global response to HIV/AIDS are utilized by Canadian organizations to improve prevention, care, treatment and support work in Canada. In her role, Kate manages communications with their members, maintains its online presence and is involved in a number of HIV-related projects both nationally and internationally. Kate is a single mom of two small children, a proud member of the LGBT community and an avid cyclist.
Carline Gutierrez, Director
Carline was born and raised in a small town in Niagara, and although she resides in Hamilton now, Niagara will always feel like home. Carline’s passion for caring and helping others guided her decision to attend McMaster university and obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, graduating in 2009. Her love for children grounded her 11 year nursing career in paediatric medicine, surgical and ICU settings. With a drive to further education she received her Master of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner degree in 2015 and for the last five years has worked with overweight and obese children and families in making positive healthy lifestyle changes. Her work has been enhanced with multiple leadership roles including co-chair of the Ontario Pediatric Bariatric Network and steering committee member of Meant 2 Prevent: A type 2 diabetes –prevention initiative for children and youth. In her spare time, she enjoys staying active, spending time with family and embracing being a new mother.
Alicia Marshall, Director
Alicia was born and raised and continues to live in St Catharines. She spent most of her working career in restaurant management, setting up and organizing the opening of new restaurants. After years of struggling with addiction, including five treatment centres, counselling and 12 step programs Alicia got clean and has been free from active addiction since 2010. Alicia currently works full time providing home care to seniors and also works part time in a group home with developmentally disabled adults. “My life would not be what it is today, if it wasn’t for the help and hope of others”. Alicia appreciates being on the Board of Positive Living Niagara, to give hope to those who need it the most.
Kristen Mueller Carrigan, Recording Secretary
Kristen received a Masters of Biomedical Sciences from the University of Guelph in 2009. Kristen has extensive experience studying susceptibility and immune responses to HIV through her employment in a research lab setting. Currently, she is involved on several projects to further understand the sexual transmission of HIV and how female sex hormones, or hormonal contraceptives, may alter female immune responses and susceptibility. Kristen has also been involved in many administrative and policy development initiatives. Through her work, Kristen has developed a passion for understanding and furthering women’s health and serving the HIV community.
Matt Woods, Director
Dr. Matthew Woods (PhD) has always been interested in the battle between the human immune system and infectious diseases. His passion led him from his home in Niagara to Western University in London Ontario, where his interest for HIV and the immune system began. In 2009, he graduated with an Honours Specialization of Microbiology and Immunology and completed a thesis on HIV infection. Matthew continued his passion for HIV research and completed his PhD studying alternative treatment strategies against HIV infection. His scientific research has been recognized nationally and internationally. Currently, Dr. Woods is a healthcare consultant working with hospitals nationwide to develop effective diagnostic strategies for infectious diseases. Matthew’s dedication for combating HIV/AIDS has motivated him to spread awareness and information about the disease and to help improve the livelihood of people in the HIV/AIDS community.
Become a Member
Positive Living Niagara has had an exciting year of development and transformation.
We invite you to join us as a member.
Your membership demonstrates your commitment to our community by supporting our mission of providing innovative and proactive approaches to education, harm-reduction models of prevention, and support strategies for those affected by HIV.
With your support and the support of our community partners we can continue to improve the lives of those impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Membership terms run from April 1 – March 31 with a fee of $10.00 per year. Clients of Positive Living Niagara who would like to become a member may request to have this fee waived.
Please consider an additional donation to Positive Living Niagara while completing this membership to assist us to more effectively support or community. Charitable receipts will be issued for any donations.