Gemma Grey Hall, President
Gemma Grey-Hall joined the Board of Directors in 2005. After nine years in pharmaceutical sales, Gemma is currently working in Advancement with the University of Windsor specializing in forwarding the strategic priorities for the Faculty of Science. Gemma is studying towards a CPA designation has completed a MBA and is a graduate of Leadership Windsor Essex class 2010. In addition to her board position at West, Gemma is active in the community in areas surrounding Women’s issues and non-profit capacity building. Gemma is passionate about the programs and services that WEST offers to help ease the transition to “Canadian work experience” for employment disadvantaged women.
Ann Diab, Vice President
Ann joined WEST Board of Directors in 2011. Ann is a graduate from the University of Windsor and more recently; a graduate of Leadership Windsor Essex Class 2015. Ann is employed with BMO Bank of Montreal as a Commercial Account Manager. She believes WEST serves as a great resource offering vast programs to support for newly immigrated disadvantaged women to enter the Canadian Workforce with skills and confidence. Coming from a family who immigrated into Canada over 40 years ago; she understands and values the commitment and dedication new immigrants carry into Canada to establish a livelihood for themselves and families. In addition to her Board position at WEST; Ann is active in promoting awareness and need for inclusion and proper services for children with intellectual disabilities.
Rose Anguiano Hurst, Executive Director
Rose Anguiano Hurst is the Executive Director of Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) where she leads a team of 50 staff. Rose has served in the capacity of Executive Director at WEST since 1995. During this time, the organization has grown to serve more than 2000 women annually. Rose possesses an extensive professional knowledge and background in all aspects of non-profit program management and administration which she strengthened at WEST and previously in similar organizations.
Her greatest satisfaction at work is witnessing participants’ confidence flourish as they attain skills and find jobs where they can make enhanced contributions in society for themselves and their families. Rose is grateful to have the support of a committed board of directors and professional staff who work together to ensure the goals of the organization and the employment needs of women in our community are being addressed.
Sheila Barker, Past President
Sheila re-joined the board in January 2007 following a brief hiatus. She brings vast experience in governance, race relations, policing and quality assurance to the organization. Sheila’s expertise has been sought throughout the community and province. Her past Board and professional affiliations have been with the United Way, CMHA, The Distress Centre, labour organizations, as well as the VON and W-E Health Unit. She was seconded to Ontario Human Rights Commission, Ministry of Labour and Solicitor General to work on special projects focusing on racial relations and police services
Nadine joined the WEST Board of Directors in March 2009 and was elected Secretary June 2013 – 2015. Nadine is a nurse, with an (Hons) BA in Developmental Psychology from the University of Windsor, and a MA in Leadership from the University of Guelph. Nadine has worked for over seventeen years in health care in various roles encompassing gerontology, chronic disease management program development and access to community health care. Nadine has a passion for finding innovative solutions to holistically address needs in community health care. She currently works at the Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre. Nadine’s passion for mentorship, research and education in health care has led her to act as a clinical preceptor, mentor to young professionals and sit on various committees to impact change. In addition to her board position at WEST, Nadine has been a past member of WEST’s IWD , Human Resources and Board Nominations Committees. Nadine is currently the Chair of WEST’s Strategic Planning Committee, and a consultant in emotional intelligence and leadership development. Nadine is active in community capacity building, research-involving empowerment in the workplace and advocacy for mental health resources in the community.
Daphne has been a member of the board since 1994. Daphne has always been active in the community and has been recognized for her work with various awards; most recently, with the Leadership Award from the Windsor and District Black Coalition.
Justina has been a member of the WEST Inc. Board of Directors since 2001, and a two-term WEST Board President (2003-2007). She is also active with many other community groups and has served on other boards locally and internationally. She was the Board President of Peaceway Counseling Centre, Detroit Michigan for four years (2010-2014), and remains an active member of Issele Association of North America (IANA) Inc. since 1999. Justina is a Registered Professional Planner employed by The City of Windsor Corporation. She was the 2007 Frances Horvath Memorial Equal Opportunity Award Recipient. This award, endorsed by City council, is presented annually to the employee who best exemplifies the principles of Equal Opportunity. She was also the 2007 Female Volunteer of the Year Award recipient, 6th Clarence Williams Social Activist Awards.
Priyanka is currently with the Windsor Regional Hospital’s Regional Cancer Program as Primary Care Coordinator/Decision Support for the Cancer Screening and Prevention Program. She has a Bachelors (Hon.) Degree in Biochemistry-Biotechnology and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A), both from the University of Windsor. Priyanka is a recent graduate of the Leadership Windsor/Essex Program (class of 2015). Passionate about community involvement and leadership, in her spare time, Priyanka is actively engaged in our community through various volunteering opportunities and specifically in her current role as a member of the Board of Directors for Cystsic Fibrosis Canada, Essex-Kent Chapter, member of the Board of Directors for the Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) and more recently WEST.
Maria Ford Conliffe
Maria Ford Conliffe is Principal of Ford-Conliffe & Associates, LLC a Human Resources Consulting firm which offers leadership and diversity training.
Maria retired from Ford Motor Company as Manager of Equal Employment Planning in January 2016. In this role, Maria was responsible for ensuring Ford Motor Company’s compliance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Affirmative Action regulations and advising on application of Title VII Equal Employment Opportunity laws. Maria joined Ford in 1985 and held several Human Resources leadership positions in manufacturing plants and corporate offices.
Some of Maria’s community commitments include serving as a charter member of the first Canadian graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. serving the Windsor, Ontario community, past Ford Motor Company liaison with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Walk for Education, and Youth Program Leader at Trinity Episcopal Church in Belleville, Michigan. Maria is a corporate mentor to business school students as part of Wayne State University’s Business School Mentor program in Detroit.
Maria grew up in Windsor and attended Marlborough Public School and J.L. Forster Secondary School. She holds graduate certificates from George Brown College and Ryerson University in Toronto. Maria also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Education from Wayne State University. In addition, she holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Marygrove College, Detroit.
Maria lives in Farmington Hills, Michigan with her husband Darryl Conliffe. They have two daughters, Aditi Conliffe-Vance and Adia Conliffe who live in Georgia and Ohio respectively.
Lisa Shulman has worked at Bell Media Radio & TV since 2007, where she puts together marketing & advertising plans for businesses in Windsor & Essex. In 2001 Lisa launched the WEST Childminding program from ground-up, and since she has had a passion for the organization. In her spare time, Lisa attends many community events and represents AM800 plus the sister stations. Lisa is married to her husband Jeff of 9 years and they have two young children, Max and Talia.
Nicole is currently the general manager of the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance and Student Centre. Nicole holds a B.A of Commerce, Masters in Human Resources and Organizational Development and her SHRM-CP certification. In addition to her board position with WEST Nicole also sits as a board member for the Windsor Volunteers for Literacy Foundation and Financial Fitness credit counselling services. Fuelled by her love of public speaking, communication skills and her eagerness to assist learners, Nicole has taught introductory public speaking seminars and workshops throughout the city as well as courses through St. Clair College. Currently Nicole continues to work as a workshop facilitator and in addition is the Vice President of the Windsor Toastmasters club.
Rebecca currently works as a Property Manager for commercial real estate. She has a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from the University of Windsor, a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and she has a Civil Mediation Certificate from Oakland County Mediation. Rebecca has been involved in her community for a number of years thru on the Board of the India Canada Association of Windsor-Essex County (ICA), as a Big Sister and mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex, volunteering with the Downtown Mission of Windsor and now most recently with WEST.
Helena Palma-Kurek came back to the Board of Directors as a treasurer in 2016, after a period of 3 years. Helena is a former client for WEST, she participated in the LINC, ELT and MTP programs. After participating in the MTP program, Helena obtained her CPA-CMA accounting designation with other WEST clients. Helena has strong experience in the accounting field she held a position as an Assistant Controller in Telefonica (the largest telecommunication provider in South America) for over 7 years, she also worked in banking, public administration, non-profit and manufacturing industry. Currently, Helena is working as a Plant Accountant at Syncreon for over 3 years. Helena is passionate about the programs and services that WEST offers to women to achieve their employment goals. Helena is married to her husband of 12 years and they have two children.
Anne Waters is the President and CEO of Anne’s on the Avenue Ladies Fashions. For the past 30 years Anne’s on the Avenue has been serving the Women of Windsor and Essex offering beautiful clothing and accessories while providing excellent customer service. Past Chair and board member of the former Better Business Bureau of Windsor and Essex County. Past director of the Canadian National Better Business Bureau. She served on the Board of Directors for the Woman’s Economic Forum, Windsor Executives, and the Tecumseh BIA. She founded and served as President of the “Up on the Avenue Merchants Association. Currently Anne is a member of the Windsor Essex Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Economic Forum, Windsor Women in Business.
Jessica Watson is the Legal personal for Streets and Alley closures and conveyances in the Planning & Building Department at the City of Windsor. In 2018, Jessica received the Fran Horvath Memorial Equal Opportunity Award and is currently a Leader of the City of Windsor’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative as well as, 3 Employee Focus Groups. Currently, she is the President of the Latchkey, Daycare and Learning Centre, Board of Directors. As a community mentor, Jessica loves being a part of the dynamic not-for-profit organization WEST, where she has the opportunity to bring forth her own personal and professional experiences. Jessica’s interests also include poetry and mentoring single moms to aid them in achieving personal success.