Board of Directors

John Bianchin (Treasurer) is the Senior Manager, Analytics & Insight for a Chicago-based strategic supply chain and packaging services company.  He became a volunteer with JHST two years ago, participating in the employment counseling services at the organization. John joined the JHST board in 2010 and became treasurer in 2011.

 

Ann Corbold is a program coordinator and professor in the School of Public Safety and Police Studies at Seneca College. Prior to this role, she was a sergeant with the Toronto Police Service. She holds a BA in Law and Justice, an MA in Education and is currently working on an LLM in Constitutional Law.

 

Scott Fraser (Secretary) works in the publishing industry in Toronto and is committed to matters of social justice. He earlier spent eight years as an officer in the Canadian Forces and served a tour of duty as a peacekeeper in Sudan in 2008-09. Scott has an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto where he studied world history, politics and classical civilization. He joined the JHST board in September 2011.

 

Shannon Greene has worked in the field of addictions treatment for the past fifteen years. After completing her postgraduate studies in Scotland, Shannon worked extensively with opiate users in a community methadone maintenance clinic before joining the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in 1997. In 1999, Shannon was hired as part of the team for the Toronto Drug Treatment Court (DTC) program, she worked as a clinician from 1999 – 2001, then as the Court Liaison Worker from 2001- 2007 and finally as the Program Manager from 2007-2009.  Shannon currently manages the Addiction Medicine Service at CAMH.  She is a former board member for the Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals, has done extensive training internationally in the area of Restorative Justice and is currently a member of the Toronto Drug Strategy Criminal Justice Working Group.  Shannon has worked closely with the John Howard Society of Toronto for many years and is pleased to be able to continue this work at the Board level.    

 

Harold Johnson became a board member in 1997. As a past client of J.H.S., he recognized this as an opportunity for payback.  Mr. Johnson states “J.H.S. has helped me to find the right road in becoming a productive person in the society. Having served as a board member for the last 14 years, I would like to believe that I have been supportive to the board as well as the J.H.S. clients.”

  

Kevin Lamont is a graduate student at the University of Western Ontario specializing in restorative justice research. Prior to this, he has worked with the Toronto District School Board as a youth worker and overseas for the Youth Justice Agency of Northern Ireland in the Youth Conferencing Service.  Kevin has an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto in Peace and Conflict Studies and has served on the Board of Directors for the John Howard Society of Toronto since December 2010. He also volunteers with the John Howard Society of York Region. Having a strong commitment to greater community involvement in helping those in crisis, Kevin hopes to continue building on the success of the John Howard Society of Toronto by serving on its Board of Directors.

  

Robert MacLellan (John Howard Ontario Rep) is a corporate lawyer and partner in the largest law firm in Canada, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.  Rob has served on the Board of the Society continuously since 1994, most recently as President of the Board.  Rob has also been a member of the Board of John Howard Society of Ontario and he is general counsel to the Canadian International Air Show. Rob lives in Toronto, where he was born.

 

Lance T. McCready, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Urban Education at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto where he teaches courses on research methods, urban education, school and society, and gender equity. Dr. McCready was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, but earned his undergraduate degree from Carleton College and graduate degrees from University of California, Berkeley. He worked as a youth advocate, afterschool program coordinator and HIV/AIDS educator before obtaining his doctorate in social and cultural studies. Dr. McCready is an interdisciplinary social scientist whose research and writing focuses on the relationships between urbanization and education, health and wellbeing outcomes. He recently published his first book, Making Space for Diverse Masculinities, with Peter Lang Publishers. He has successfully obtained research grants from the Ford Foundation and Spencer Foundation in the United States, and Toronto District School Board, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Toronto. He is Co-Principal Investigator on the Many Men, Many Voices Evaluation Study at the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention in Toronto, and Principal Investigator of the Educational Trajectories of Young Black Men study in collaboration with the John Howard Society of Toronto. His approach to these projects combines theories of urbanization, intersectionality and social determinants of health. He looks forward to working with the John Howard Society Toronto family.

 

Stanley Mircheff (Vice-President) is a criminal lawyer.  He retired from the practice of law in 1996. He has been on the board of the John Howard Society in Toronto since 2008. Previously, he was on the boards of the Central Toronto Community Health Centre and Bellwoods Centres for Community Living.

Mary Misener is an Assistant Crown Attorney.  She started her career in criminal law as a defence lawyer and also worked at a community legal clinic, Downtown Legal Services at the University of Toronto.

 

Gus Lyn-Piluso (President) has been on the JHT board for the last seven years and has been board president for the last two. He has been a faculty member at Seneca College (Liberal Studies) since 1987 and has taught at a number of other institutions including the Graduate Department of Education at York University.  His main interests have to do with critical pedagogy, social justice, and helping students rigorously challenge popular assumptions by employing thoughtful methods of research and sound reasoning. To this end, he is interested in evidence-based methods in social services.  He has a background in psychotherapy, has a Ph.D. in education, is a certified alcohol and drug counselor and a certified gambling counselor. 

 

Steve Soloman has worked in the criminal justice system since 1986, when he started a job at the John Howard Society, having volunteered there the year before. He then went to the Toronto East Detention Centre before moving on to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, where he is currently working at Old City Hall in the Drug Treatment Court.
Working with the staff and other board members is important to Steve because the Society’s mandate is all about giving people another chance to live full and productive lives. He looks forward to continuing this work for years to come.