Board of Directors

On behalf of the Board of Directors I wish to welcome you to the Banyan website. Our organization has a deep and rich history serving some of the most vulnerable populations in our City.

We are dedicated to providing our community with high quality, accessible and safe programs and services. Working together with our staff of dedicated personnel, Banyan is focused on improving the experiences and outcomes of the people we serve through the delivery of our services. While many exciting projects are in progress in our organization, we are most gratified when we can offer our clients effective, safe and considerate care.

Banyan has been providing programs and services since 1978. In that time, we have acquired a diverse range of knowledge and expertise to assist children and young people in need of support and advocacy throughout the Niagara, Hamilton, Simcoe, Haldimand and Brant regions. We are known for our quick response to emerging needs and innovative approach to service.

I look forward to working with all of our partners to improve the quality of service we provide.

Jacqueline Barrett

Jacqueline Barrett joined the Board of Directors in 2015. Jackie is the Clinical Director Women’s and Infants’, Critical Care, Respiratory Therapy and Director of Clinical Informatics, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Jackie has a strong history of commitment to social issues related to children and youth and has been a member of the Healthy BirthWeights coalition of Hamilton for over 5 years. Also with a strong foundation built in agriculture is a member of the Ontario Wine Society –Niagara Chapter and a member of their executive team.

Kerry Duench

Kerry Duench is a Police Sergeant with Hamilton Police Services. CurrentBoard Chair(2015 –present) Kerry joined the Board in 2012.Kerry is also an Occasional Teacher with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB). She has volunteered at various sporting events such as the Women’s World Cup in Ottawa and the Grey Cup in Toronto. She has previously coached Women’s soccer at both the University of Windsor and St Clair College.
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Steve Kennish

Steve Kennish joined the Board of Directors in 2016 and is a second generation Tim Horton franchise owner operator. The Kennish legacy began with Tim Horton’s in 1970 when Bud and Jean Kennish opened the doors of their first franchise operating Store #2 on Concession Street in Hamilton. Steve joined the business with his dad in 1986 and now successfully owns and operates 3 franchises in the Binbrook Cayuga area. Steve is passionate about his community and strongly believes in sharing good fortune and health with those less fortunate and able. In his early career he was presented with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal that is awarded to Canadians who made a significant contribution to their fellow citizens, their community, or to Canada over the previous fifty years. Steve remains a strong advocate for the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation and the Annual Cancer Days campaigns in support of Juravinski Hospital and cancer centre. In 2013 Steve and his wife Loraine received the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Golden Horseshoe Philanthropy award in recognition of their long standing commitment and generosity to local charities. On a personal note, Steve prides himself in being a regular blood donor with over 130 donations.

Jagoda Mirceta, CPA, CMA, BA

Jagoda Mirceta, CPA, CMA, BA is a Chartered Professional Accountant at J. Mirceta CPA who joined the Banyan Board in 2016. Jagoda is a committee member and past chair of the CPA Ontario –Hamilton Committee, Board Member and Treasurer of Nikola Tesla Educational Corporation, and acts as a mentor and advisor for new entrepreneurs in Hamilton through Futurpreneur Canada.

Michael Spencer

Michael Spencer is a Staff Sergeant with Hamilton Police Services and joined the Banyan Board of Directors in 2016.A recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration and Clasp (28 years to date), Mike’s volunteer experiences includes Hamilton Highland Games, Mount Hamilton Youth Soccer, Ontario Rep Hockey League, Mount Hamilton Minor Hockey Association, Argyll andSutherland Highlanders of Canada (Pipes and Drums).

John Spatazzo

John Spatazzo has worked for the Catholic Youth Organization (C.Y.O.) since 1988 and is the current Executive Director. John has been the Executive Director since May 2007. Currently John sits on the Board of Directors at the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton since June 2014. John is the past Chair of the Youth Serving Agency Network (Y.S.A.N.) as well as a past Committee Member of the Good Shepherds Centres. John is currently volunteering and coaching for the Lawfield Minor Hockey Association and has been since 2006. John is an active member and volunteer at his church St. Margaret Mary RC.

Mike Worster

Mike Worster joined the Banyan Board of Directors in 2016. Mike is a Superintendent with the Hamilton Police Services. Past Board member and Chair of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Hamilton/Burlington, Mike has an extensive history of volunteer experience in our community including the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), Canadian Henley Regatta, and Bay Area Restoration Committee. Mike Worster is a founding Member of the Kids Cops, and Fishing Program of Hamilton Police Services.

Donna Zan

Donna Zan joined the Banyan Board of Directors in 2014 and is currently the Chair of the Quality andRisk Committee. Donna is the Director of Service at the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton.

Maria Zegarac, CPA, CMA

Maria Zegarac, CPA, CMA joined the Banyan Board of Directors in 2013 and is currently the Vice-Chair and Treasurer. Maria is the Director of Finance with Rygiel Supports for Community Living.Maria is a member in good standing of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Maria’s volunteer roles include Treasurer of a local elementary school council, Treasurer of local hockey team, Chair of the Hamilton sub-committee of the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario and Assistant soccer coach.

Rosemary Frketich

Rosemary Frketich joined the Banyan Board of Directors in 2016. Rosemary is the VP Clinical Services & CNO at Middlesex Hospital Alliance. Rosemary has an extensive work history in the health sector. Rosemary is a current member and Membership Secretary of the Croatian National Home Board of Directors, is a member of the College of Nurses of Ontario Pediatric Advisory Committee, and acts as a Health Science Inquiry Publication Peer Reviewer.

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