Heidi Ahonen, RP (District 1 – West)

Heidi Ahonen was born in Finland and obtained her PhD at the University of Joensuu, and her psychotherapy training at the Psychotherapy Institute, Helsinki. In 2001, Heidi moved to Canada to work as Music Therapy Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. Since 2003, she has also been the Director of Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research. Heidi is group analyst, accredited music therapist, and psychodynamic psychotherapist specializing in trauma treatments. Her most recent training was the Harvard University Global Trauma Recovery that specializes in refugee trauma, a topic she often presents in conferences and community events. From 2009-2015, Heidi served as a Professional Member at the Transitional Council, and since 2016 she continued serving on the Registration Committee/Panels, and Discipline committee. An active researcher, Heidi has authored eight books and 100+ articles. She is also clinical supervisor and has conducted vicarious trauma workshops all over the world.

Andrew Benedetto, RP (District 7 – Central)

Andrew Benedetto is a Jungian Analyst in private practice offering psychotherapy to individuals. Mr. Benedetto is a member of the faculty of the Analyst Training Program, Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts (OAJA), and an analyst member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology.  He served as OAJA’s Chair of the Ontario Regulation Committee and has worked with colleagues from other psychotherapy modalities on issues of common interest, through the Alliance of Psychotherapy Training Institutes. Prior to training as a Jungian Analyst, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto. Andrew has served in managerial and consulting roles in both corporations and volunteer-based organizations for more than 25 years.

Steven Boychyn, Public Member

Steven Boychyn was born and raised in Oshawa, he attended R.S. McLaughlin Collegiate and Vocational Institute where he obtained his Certified Bilingual Ontario Secondary School Diploma. In 1997 he completed a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada in the Reserve Entry Training Program. Post graduation he has spent 22 years in the Reserve Force with 32 Combat Engineer Regiment as well as positions in various private and public companies across many industries.

Steven started with Celestica Inc, an electronics manufacturer, as a quality engineer. He has held several positions at Celestica in supply chain management, including Global Manager Supply Chain Environmental Engineering and has worked with plant general management and operational staff in the Americas, Europe, Eastern Europe, and South East Asia. From 2010 – 2019 Steven lead teams in various industries including Heavy Construction, Military Recruiting, Contract Furniture Manufacturing, and National Distribution of Health and Wellness products where he held senior engineering, logistics and information technology roles focusing on strategic planning, risk management, and executive leadership. Steven most recently accepted the position of National Program Coordinator with Wounded Warriors Canada, a charity delivering programs to uniformed service personnel suffering from Operational Stress Injuries.

At 32 Combat Engineer Regiment, LCol Boychyn is currently the Commanding Officer and has held staff positions such as Adjutant, Operations Officer, Recruiting Officer; has commanded 47 Field Squadron and 2 Field Engineer Squadron and been the Deputy Commanding Officer of the Regiment.  He has taken part in various Summer Manoeuvers, Exercises, has commanded the Domestic Response Troop, as well as participating in the northern response exercises such as Trillium Response.  LCol Boychyn deployed on Operation KOBOLD from Nov 2013 to May 2014 with NATO’s Kosovo Force as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Joint Logistic Support Group. While serving on the NATO tour he was awarded the Commander’s Commendation from Major General FARINA for his exceptional performance of duty. He has been awarded the NATO Non Article 5, Canadian Peace Service Medal, Queens Diamond Jubilee and Canadian Decoration.

Shelley Briscoe-Dimock, RP, President (District 3 – East)

Shelley Briscoe-Dimock obtained her Ph.D. from the School of Counselling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality at Saint Paul University/University of Ottawa.  Dr. Briscoe-Dimock is a Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Social Worker and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice.  She is a CAMFT and AAMFT approved supervisor and mentor. She provides clinical education, training, supervision and mentorship to graduate level students, therapists and supervisors.  Her masters and doctoral research was in the field of psychotherapy and she continues to build on this research to date.  Dr. Briscoe-Dimock is the Vice-President of the Institute for Self-in-Relationship Psychotherapy. She is a former member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Ethics Committee, and served as a member of CRPO’s Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) before being elected to CRPO Council in 2015. She is currently serving her second term on Council and her first term as president.

Gary Cockman, Public Member

Before retiring in 2016, Gary was a Rehabilitation Therapist and Certified Brain Injury Specialist working with First Nation populations suffering from acquired brain injury or mental health issues for 25 years. Gary is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers since its inception in 2000. Gary spent 18 years sitting on the Board of Directors and non- council committees. Gary lives in Port Frank’s on the shores of Lake Huron with his wife Wendy.

Kathleen (Kali) Hewitt-Blackie, RP (District 7 – Central)

Kali is a Registered Psychotherapist with 32 years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist, initially specializing in sexual abuse, women’s issues and eating disorders, and working from somatic and feminist perspectives. Kali works with individuals, couples, and families, focusing on relational issues to help her clients discover balance-in-relationship. Her methods are at once challenging, direct, and supportive.

Kali has completed doctoral course work in feminist psychology and community organizing at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto, a Masters degree in Somatic Psychology and Education at Antioch University, San Francisco, and a clinical internship at the Centre for Attitudinal Healing in Sausalito. Leading groups for members living with chronic and terminal illness demonstrated the impact of personal narrative in either feeding one’s development or starving it, and gave Kali the life-affirming opportunity to witness the power of cherishing life when one surrenders and faces one’s fears.

More recently, Kali completed five years of Gestalt training and is a founding member of the Gestalt Institute of Toronto Alumni Association. In 2015, Kali was appointed as a non-council committee member of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) of the CRPO, where she was recently appointed Panel Chair.

Kali has practised Aikido, an integrated Japanese martial art, since 1990, and at 5th Dan is one of the highest ranked females in Canada. She also teaches at her own dojo, Regent Park Community Aikido and has taught at Aikido at Tendokai and Naka Ima. The essence of Aikido is presence and connection which Kali aspires to in everything she does. For Kali, being present for others flows from her commitment to ongoing learning and development, both professionally and personally.

David Keast, Public Member

David Keast’s career was in policing for 35 years, initially with the Toronto Police Force, then the Timmins Police Service and lastly as a Municipal law Enforcement Officer with the City of Kawartha Lakes.

His community involvement includes participating as a Member, Board Member and Chairman/President for several community based organizations including: Police Services Board, Economic Development Committee, Community Living Association, Legion, Lions, Kennel Club, and Council Remuneration Committee.  David as a member of the Economic Development Committee participated in the creation of the Strategic Plan for Trent Hills.

He Chaired the Trent Hills Police Services Board which dealt with the provision of police services, law enforcement and crime prevention in the community while working hand in hand with the OPP on budgetary and personnel matters.

Kenneth Lomp, RP, Vice-President (District 4 – Central East)

Kenneth Lomp retired in 2016 from his position as a Professor and the Program Coordinator for the graduate program in Addictions and Mental Health at Durham College. Prior to his twenty-year tenure with the college, Mr. Lomp was a researcher and clinical coordinator at Lakeridge Health Corporation. While at Lakeridge he authored several research publications in addictions and provided clinical supervision for a multidisciplinary team of psychotherapists. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto, his Master’s degree in Psychology from Carleton University, studied Clinical Psychology at York University and pursued doctoral studies at the University of Toronto. Mr. Lomp served on CRPO’s Transitional Council and on the Council’s Competency Profiles Task Group as a subject matter expert.

Michael Machan, RP (District 8 – Ontario)

Michael Machan was born and raised near Portland, Ontario.  He attended the University of Guelph and completed an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Business in 1989.  Michael began working at Canada Trust at that time and remained with Canada Trust until 2003.  During his tenure at Canada Trust worked as a branch manager and as a relationship manager for Learning and Development.  Michael was very involved in the training needs of retail employees during the merger of Canada Trust and Toronto Dominion Bank.

Michael returned to school in 2008 to attend the University of Western Ontario to complete a second undergraduate degree in Psychology and World Religions.  This was followed by completing a Master of Arts degree in Counselling and Spirituality at Saint Paul University in Ottawa.

Michael presently works for Family Services Ottawa where he is the Director of FSEAP (Family Services Employee Assistance Program).  Prior to Family Services Michael worked at Saint Paul University as the Director of the Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre.   Michael was instrumental in the process from which Saint Paul University achieved recognition status with the CRPO.  Additionally Michael owns and operates a small private practices with 4-6 clients per week.

Michael has been involved with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association’s National Capital Region Chapter 2011 and has contributed with many roles including President.

Miranda Goode Monastero, RP (District 5 – South West)

Miranda Goode Monastero is a Registered Psychotherapist in private practice, working with individuals and families since 2011.  Miranda blends her Humanistic training with Relational Gestalt for a unique, experiential approach in her practice.

Prior to training as a Psychotherapist, Ms. Goode Monastero studied Psychology and Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.  She enjoyed a long, distinguished career as a Brand Strategist in the Advertising industry for 20 years.

Judy Mord, RP (District 2 – North)

Bio coming soon.

Keri Selkirk, Public Member

Keri Selkirk has held management and leadership roles in Ontario not-for-profit and healthcare organizations including her previous role as the inaugural Executive Director at the Thames Valley Health Team. Keri is currently a Senior Consultant at the Centre for Organizational Effectiveness. A past president of the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario, and current member of the South West Area Committee for Legal Aid Ontario. Keri holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph, a Master of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is currently enrolled in a Master of Law at Osgoode Professional Development, York University. In the past, Keri has been a lecturer at the Health Sciences Program in the Faculty of Health Studies, Western University, and has volunteered her time at the Canadian Diabetes Association, Habitat for Humanity Heartland and St. Joseph’s Health Care London.

Jane Snyder, Public Member

Jane Snyder attended Ryerson University in 1982 to take Fashion Design and Merchandising. After 1.5 years at Ryerson, she switched to York University to obtain her B.A. Economics in 1986. Jane worked in the marketing and advertising field till 1990 as an Account Executive. She worked on many ad campaigns for the pharmaceutical and food industries.
In 1991, Jane moved to Whitby and began with Snyder Construction. With many roles over the years, Jane became part owner and Director of Operations and Director of Health & Safety. Over the years, Jane has taken over 30 courses in health and safety, has the designation of Health & Safety Officer in Construction and works on implementing right practices and procedures in construction.
Also in 2007, Jane received her diploma in Holistic Nutrition and in 2012, MA in Health Nutrition Education. Jane has also continued to own her own private practice in nutrition consulting, part-time. At present, she does speaking engagements for Health & Wellness in construction related to Health & Safety. Jane is also involved in Health & Safety in local committees and College committees for the past years, and sustainability in her local community.

Radhika Sundar, RP (District 6 – Central West)

Radhika Sundar RP, RMFT-SQ is a Registered psychotherapist and Registered marriage and family therapist in private practice in Mississauga. She completed her clinical supervision training at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, recently, and offers clinical supervision in Mississauga.
Radhika graduated in psychology at Annamalai University in India, and has worked as a school psychologist, and later as an overseas student advisor in India and Malaysia. She completed her Couple and family therapy training at the Jewish General hospital in Montreal in 2015. Radhika has worked with immigrant and refugee families from south Asia and represented the community in the advisory committee for diversity at Batshaw youth and family services in Montreal. In addition to clinical work, Radhika runs meditation groups in Brampton. She writes articles about acculturation, biculturality and immigration.

Kathy Zhao, Public Member

Kathy Zhao held a Bachelor’s of Chemistry in 1989. After that she worked as a chemical engineer for a large Petrochemical company in China. Kathy immigrated to Canada in 2000 with her family. She received an honour’s diploma of Career and Work Counsellor from George Brown College in 2003 and worked as an employment consultant with the Toronto District School Board, assessor with VPI Working Solutions, and an employment counsellor with Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Center. She completed her Master’s of Education from University of Toronto in 2014. She operated a career consulting firm from 2016 to 2018. She was president of Mississauga Mandarin Association from 2007 to 2012. She ran for Public School Board trustee twice in 2010 and 2014 for Mississauga Municipal election.