Breanna RoyCroft, President
Breanna joined the Board of Directors in 2018, bringing with her extensive experience in the not-for-profit and healthcare industries. She received her Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in 2010 and spent time working in Ottawa in various capacities on Parliament Hill. This includes a contract with the Canadian Foreign Service in India, where her work included the research and development of the Human Rights Report for the region. After leaving Ottawa, Breanna leveraged her government experienced to support not-for-profits focused on healthcare and education. She spent time developing the corporate engagement and grants department with the We Charity group.
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.
Lisa Callaghan, Secretary
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.
Pauline Pasetka, Treasurer
Pauline was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2019, and currently services as the Board’s Treasurer. Pauline is a Chartered Public Accountant (CPA, CMA), with senior-level experience in finance and management, having held CFO or director roles for several companies, both in publicly traded and privately held structures. Pauline’s work spans many areas including strategic development, corporate transactions, treasury, reporting, and corporate governance. Pauline is currently focused on various philanthropic endeavors in addition to volunteering at NSD. She lives in Langley, BC, with her husband and their Labrador retriever, Pippy.
Alison Archambault, Past 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 Marketing, Communications and Sales for Calgary Zoo 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.
Colin Merrick, Director
Colin has over 25 years of business experience in developing corporate strategy and company culture. With a deep background in Human Resources he has led a variety of functional teams in the areas of Environment, Health and Safety; Corporate Communications; Information Technology, Finance/Accounting, Marketing, Building Services and Sustainability. Prior to joining Newalta, he held executive positions with Black Diamond Group Limited, Pace Oil and Gas and Deloitte. Colin is a Business Administration graduate from Mount Royal University and holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, California. He is a strong believer in giving back to the community and along with volunteering for several organizations he has over 10 years of not for profit board experience having served as both a Director and Board Chair.
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.
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).
Leslie Smith – Director
Leslie has over ten years of experience in marketing and account management. She has worked in automotive, not for profit, real estate and sports and fitness industries leading projects ranging from $5K to $1.2 million. Leslie currently works with MobileXCo as an Account Executive, Client Service. She has previous board experience working on a youth centric community service group in her community.
Nauman Durrani, Director
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.