Our Board and Volunteers
Board of Directors:
Steven Pratt, President - Steve was born and raised in Wallaceburg and served as the Chief Executive Officer for United Way of Chatham-Kent. He has over 20 years of progressive leadership experience in both the business and nonprofit sectors with expertise in managing complex omni-channel, consumer-facing organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business with York University.
Judith Decou, Secretary - Judy is a sessional instructor at the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor. She has owned property in Chatham-Kent for many years and moved here permanently several years ago. She has an MBA and PhD and brings her strengths in Digital Marketing, Management and Information Systems to OVCLT. She has previously served on non-profit boards and in organizational leadership.
Barbara DoForno, Treasurer - A lifelong resident of Chatham, Barbara has worked in all three sectors of the community –business, government and charitable/nonprofit. She has served as a retail store manager, as a Race Relations Policy Co-Ordinator for the Chatham-Kent Police Services and as a nonprofit staff member with United Way and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Barbara brings expertise in real estate and budgeting to our small home initiative. She has also demonstrated a passion for social justice and the environment in all of her work and volunteer positions and is committed to helping make Chatham-Kent an even more inclusive community.
Marcie Ellis - Marcie Ellis is a graduate of Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Throughout her career she has worked in varying environmental science industries. Her roles within these industries have been focused in data and finance. Her passion for involvement in the community, has seen her volunteer with local hockey and special needs organizations. Her involvement with OVCLT reflects her desire that home ownership should have an affordable solution for all, and not a select few.
David Morrison - David Morrison has spent over 25 years as a Program Manager leading major projects for automotive manufacturers in Canada the US and Mexico. In addition to serving on the OVCLT board he has focused on assisting children in need locally and internationally. As a foster parent David and his wife Tracy provided a safe and nurturing environment for many at risk youth in Chatham-Kent over the last 10 years. In addition, he held board positions with RISE House International (formerly Hime for Help) in Haiti and served as President of the Canadian Relief Fund for Chernobyl Victims in Belarus (CRFCVB). David was born in Chatham, raised in Wallaceburg and resides in the area with his family.
In addition, the following volunteers have contributed specific expertise since OVCLT’s inception as key players with this initiative:
Rose Linseman: Project Manager (Intern Architect)
Ron Male: Construction Manager (Design Build/Estimator)
Shawn Douglas: Environmental Assistance
Gary Eagleson: Landscaping
Terence Johnson: Social Enterprise Investor
Karen Kirkwood-Whyte: Clerical assistance
Christine Muckle: Financial assistance
Dava Robichaud: Fundraising and special events
James Snyder: Community Development/Government Relations
Andrew Tompsett: Marketing and communications
Gary Zock: Business plan development and Life Lease Consultant