Paul Kitchen: Chair of Board
Paul Kitchen lives in Rothesay, NB, just outside of Saint John. He retired after 29 years as the Head of School of Rothesay Netherwood School, in 2016. Paul graduated from U of T and taught at Ridley College School and St. Andrew’s College for six years before becoming the Head of RNS for 29 years. Paul continues his work with independent schools as an Onsite Coordinator during school accreditation visits. Paul’s mother was diagnosed with WM in the late 1970’s and passed away in 1983.
Paul was diagnosed with WM in 2014, was treated with Velcade, Dexamethasone and Rituximab for a four month regime and subsequently did two years maintenance treatment. Recently, he went back on “watch and wait” as his IGM has been increasing over the last 16 months. He joined the Board of WMFC in 2018, and was elected Chair in May of 2019.
Betty McPhee: Co-chair
Betty is presently a high school teacher for the Toronto District School Board teaching deaf students in American Sign Language. Betty has also served as the Executive Director of Durham Deaf Services – a non-profit organization providing programs and services to support the Deaf community. In other positions she was involved in advocacy, community and organizational development, program development, strategic planning, communications, fundraising and curriculum materials development. Betty was diagnosed with WM 17 in 2002. Just a few months after her diagnosis, she found the Oakville Support Group – the only WM support group in Canada at the time. Shortly after, she joined the board as Vice President (now Vice Chair) and is now the Toronto Support Group Leader and WMFC Support Group Liaison.
David Johnston: Secretary
Dave lives in Toronto and has been retired since 2006 after working 52 years in the life insurance industry as an actuary, first with a life insurance company where he was chief actuary, and later at Assuris, which ensures the payment of guaranteed policy benefits of insolvent life insurance companies. Dave’s diagnosis of WM followed a routine medical check-up in 1998, showing a low haemoglobin count, and two years of tests for other possible causes which were all negative. He has been a WMFC Board member since 2011 and Secretary of the Board since 2012, and served as Treasurer from 2013 to 2018.
J.A. Clancy: Treasurer
Clancy is a business development professional with extensive leadership experience in the IT & Telecommunications sector. He has worked for global multinationals such as AT&T and Cisco Systems, as well as assisted to launch new companies and services into the market. Most recently Clancy was Sr. Market Development Manager for Cisco, supporting TELUS on a newly launched Automated Mobility Management SaaS platform. Clancy is a creative and strategic business leader with a track record in team collaboration, building partnerships and driving results. Previously Clancy served as the Fundraising Director for Repletion Public School. In 2016 he began to serve as a Board Member in support of the WMFC and in 2019 accepted the role of Treasurer for the organization.
Raffaela Mercurio: Board Member
Raffaela Mercurio is a retired elementary school primary teacher with over 30 years of experience teaching with the Toronto District School Board. She is currently doing supply teaching and tutoring. She is also the co-author of a wordbook called Word Wiz that beginning writers can use as a tool to gain competence and independence in writing. When Raffaela was first diagnosed with WM in late 2011, she began regularly attending the Oakville support meetings. She found the meetings very helpful in her WM journey. She became a statutory member in 2014 and then became a member of the board in 2016. She helps organize support group meetings, educational forums and fundraisers. It is her way of giving back to WMFC for all the support given to her over the past years.