Alison Archambault, President
Alison joined National Service Dogs’ Board of Directors in 2010 bringing with her a wealth of experience in corporate governance, communications and the non-profit sector. Alison is the Director of Brand and Stakeholder Engagement for Connect First Credit Union where her professional portfolio includes brand, marketing, communications and media relations.
Alison is passionate about animal welfare and helping individuals with special needs realize their full potential. She currently serves on the boards of National Service Dogs and the Southern Alberta Rottweiler Rescue (Vice Chair), she is also the Head Evaluator for the Pet Access League Society in Calgary.
Adam Saperia, Vice President
A long-time supporter of National Service Dogs, Adam joined the Board of Directors in 2016. In addition to having organized and hosted fundraisers for NSD since 2009 which have generated over $30,000 in donations, Adam brings to the Board years of experience in helping small organizations quickly grow. After receiving his MBA from the prestigious Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Adam has taken on senior management roles in the healthcare field, serving diverse patient groups with unique needs. Adam is currently the President of GrowWise Health and was responsible for developing the organization’s vision and brand.
Adam is passionate about helping those in need. Along with his work for NSD, he volunteers for a national organization that supports children with life-threatening medical conditions and supports a grassroots charity working with young adults with developmental disabilities.
Gloria Kovach, Secretary
As the former Director of Operations at Homewood Health Centre, Gloria brings an extensive background working in mental health and addictions. She is dedicated to raising awareness of PTSD and working to eliminate stigmas. She is part of the emergency services and military family.
Gloria retired from City Council after serving the citizens of Guelph for 24 years. She has contributed to numerous Boards and Commissions. She is President Emeritus of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) where she was instrumental in advancing the diverse needs of cities and communities across Canada including securing ongoing funding for enhancing infrastructure. Gloria has worked internationally in Uganda, Czech Republic, Viet Nam and El Salvador and has spoken worldwide. She has been recognized by the United Nations for her work in building sustainable communities and for her contributions to peace initiatives.
Thatcher Sun, Treasurer
Thatcher Sun is a professional accountant with more than nine years of financial accounting experience in diversified industries, including retail, manufacturing, construction, engineering, media, NPOs and education. She holds CPA and CGA designations, and is an MBA candidate at Rotman University of Toronto.
Thatcher is passionate about providing accounting expertise to not for profits that deliver true virtue to those in needs. Along with her work for NSD, Thatcher holds a leadership position in a Chinese professional accountant association. As well, she has volunteered for various organizations that supports youth.
Warren Barlow, Director
Originally from London, Ontario, Warren lives in wonderful Cambridge, with his wife and two young children. Warren works for the Region of Waterloo’s Grand River Transit as a Transit Scheduler, where he pursues his passion of active transportation alternatives. He is also currently on the City of Cambridge’s Cycling Focus Group.
In addition to his board responsibilities, Warren and his family have been puppy raisers for NSD as well as weekend sitters. Warren and his young son can often be seen looking skyward to watch airplanes flying overhead.
Lisa Callaghan, Director
Lisa Callaghan is the Vice President, Strategy, Marketing & Communications for Manulife Group Benefits and Group Retirement Markets. Lisa leads the teams responsible for developing institutional strategy, digital solutions, sales proposals, marketing and communications for Manulife’s Canadian group businesses.
Lisa has worked in the insurance industry for over a decade in both group benefits and group retirement as well as individual retail wealth, filling various leadership roles including product development, marketing, client management, operations, and strategy. Prior to her move to insurance, Lisa worked in the defense manufacturing industry, supporting a global executive team creating business strategies and organizational redesign as well as leading the global business process improvement team.
Lisa holds undergraduate degrees in Science and Physical Education from Queen’s University, an MSc in Biomechanics from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Originally from Toronto, Lisa has been living in the Waterloo Region for over two decades. She has been actively involved in the community supporting organizations that focus on education, individual development and personal growth. As a lifelong Labrador retriever owner, and a mother who will often describe her role as ensuring her children grow to become their best authentic self, Lisa is thrilled to be part of National Service Dogs. NSD’s mission, and the focus on empowering people to achieve their full potential with the support of strategically trained and certified service dogs, is closely aligned to her both her personal values and passions.
Nicki Cunningham, Director
Nicki Cunningham is a seasoned clinical leader with over 25-years in Physiotherapy. Her current professional portfolio includes Cancer Care Ontario, where she supports Ontario Primary Care Providers to screen for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers. Nicki’s extensive background includes: program development, management & evaluation and change management.
Nicki is a proud mother of two and an avid dog lover. A staunch proponent dog advocacy and their healing potential with people and families of need, Nicki is firm in her commitment to the mission and mandate of NSD.
Joan Eaglesham, Director
Joan Eaglesham is a retired municipal administrator, currently self-employed as writer and editor for her business, OnWord Communications. Her professional experience and volunteer community involvement have included Huron Shores Hospice, South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Community Foundation of Grey Bruce, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre (BC), Muskoka Heritage Foundation and Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, to name a few.
Joan’s education includes a Master of Arts in Social Policy from McMaster University and a Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario.
Joan has always been passionate about animal welfare and has seen firsthand the substantial impact that service dogs have on the lives of their partners. The two come together in NSD and she’s looking forward to being part of this vital organization.
Sandra Medeiros, Director
Sandra Medeiros is the Director of Learning Strategy and Leadership for PwC Canada where her portfolio includes leadership, coaching and relationship building programs. She has over 17-years of experience as a Learning & Development professional and previously as an audit manager. Her experience designing and delivering learning to support transformational change and business objectives, has a holistic learning focused on formal education and informal learning that takes place on the job.
Sandra’s educational background includes a Masters of Education (specializing in Organizational Leadership and Adult Education), Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and Chartered Accountant designation.
In her spare time, Sandra enjoys travelling with her husband and 2 children as well as spending time at home with her fur babies; Elvis (yellow lab) and Pebbles and Bambam (bengal cats).
Dr. Jackie Bowcott, Special Advisor
In her role as Special Advisor to NSD’s Board of Directors, Dr. Bowcott brings a portfolio of education centred around veterinary medicine. A certified DVM and owner of a small animal practice in Oxford County, Dr. Bowcott contributes her expertise to numerous animal welfare agencies including several humane societies, and Friends of the Orphans Canada.
Dr. Jackie and her husband make their home in rural Ontario, along with their children and menagerie of animals including dogs, cats, horses, cattle, and chickens.
NSD Ambassador, Robbie D. Sprules, Lord of Wrentnall, KGCStG, OHG, QEIIDJM
Robbie D. Sprules is a founding partner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Taylor|Sprules Corporation, an International Design and Branding enterprise.
He has led creative and business teams as ‘partnering groups’ within and outside of traditional and non-traditional corporate structures, and is a proponent of linked-team services. He holds a BAA in Design, an MA in Administration & Management, is a Practicing Professional Member of the IDSA (US), ACIDO, GDC, ARIDO, IIDA (NYC), a Director (Ret.) of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada, Brevet Major of the 78th Fraser Highlanders, York Garrison, Protocol Officer and Captain of the Honourable Guard & Field Units. As a keynote speaker and guest lecturer on International Brand Development and MasterLook™ strategies, he has worked with many of the nation’s most influential business and government leaders. He designed and proposed the first complete renovation of Toronto’s Union Station, has designed a number of vernacular buildings in Canada, has been appointed as Strategic Counsel for a wide number of International Corporations, and was a former part time Professor of Design (Ret.) at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Ryerson University.
The Lord of Wrentnall was a key player in raising funds for the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial, working with the Mayor of Quinte West and the Base Commander of CFB Trenton. He is a member of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.