Nadine Manroe-Wakerell, President
Nadine joined the WEST Board of Directors in March 2009 and was elected Secretary June 2013 – 2015, Vice President in 2019, and President in 2022. Nadine is a nurse with an (Hons) BA in Developmental Psychology from the University of Windsor, a MA in Leadership from the University of Guelph and graduate of Leadership Windsor -Essex. Nadine is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders with over 20 years of health care leadership experience in organizations including the Alzheimer Society, Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), and the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). She is currently a Director, Clinical Practice at a local Community Health Centre.
Nadine is also the inaugural WEST Inc. Strategic Planning Chair at Women’s Enterprise Skills Training, Member of the Quality of Care Committee at Windsor Regional Hospital and Board of Directors at Family Service Windsor – Essex.
Inspired by her lived experience, mentors and the resilience of others, Nadine has been an advocate in strategically bridging the gap in healthcare and social services for the most marginalized in our community.
Nadine believes it is an honour to serve , also that is important that we impart our knowledge and resources as good stewards into our community to create and sustain impactful change and improve the lives of others.
Lisa Shulman, Vice President
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.
Ann Diab, Past 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.
Helena Palma-Kurek, Treasurer
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.
Gemma Grey Hall, Director
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.
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
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.
Sabrina DeMarco, Secretary
Sabrina DeMarco is a seasoned community and economic development professional. During her career she has held several progressively responsible roles relating to business and entrepreneurship and has had the privilege of working alongside hundreds of startups and dedicated entrepreneurs to help them succeed. As executive director of small business and entrepreneurship development at the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, Sabrina provides strategic direction and oversight of the region’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre and works collaboratively alongside public and private partners to foster and support economic growth through business and entrepreneurial activities.
Sabrina attended the University of Windsor where she obtained an honours bachelor of arts degree in sociology as well as a certificate in business administration from its Odette School of Business. She also holds a human resource management certificate and has completed a two-year economic development program at the University of Waterloo. Sabrina brings a wealth of community development experience and has an exceptional track record in planning and executing projects, events and business development programs.
Sabrina is a member of the Economic Development Council of Ontario and Economic Development Association of Canada, and she currently serves on several boards and committees in the community.
Maria Ford Conliffe
Maria Ford Conliffe is president of Ford-Conliffe & Associates, a Human Resources consulting firm. Maria retired from Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan and has over 30 years of human resources experience. Maria has a passion for service. She is a member of the Board of Directors of WEST and participates in several of WEST’s educational and training programs as a workshop presenter, advisory board member and speaker. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Toronto Chapter.
Maria is from Windsor and presently resides in Farmington Hills, Michigan with her husband Darryl.
Jessica Watson is an employee with the City of Windsor since 1998, currently employed in The Planning & Building Department as the Secretary-Treasurer, Committee of Adjustment. IN 2018 Jessica was named the Annual Fran 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. Jessica is a Leader of the recently council endorsed City of Windsor Corporation Diversity and Inclusion Initiative; and a member of 3 Employee Focus Groups.
Currently, Jessica serves as President to the Board of Directors for Latchkey, Daycare and Learning Center where she has been on the Board of Directors since 2015.
Jessica joined WEST because she loves the support they offer to newly immigrated women who are seeking opportunities to enter the workforce. WEST offers support in many facets and offers programming for education, child care and truly helps define and develop women the resources they require in training to gain confidence and allow for a complete integration within our Community to gain future career success. As a community mentor, she loves being part of such a dynamic non-profit organization to bring forth her own personal and professional experiences.
Additional education and certifications; Legal Assistant Diploma from St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology, Municipal Administration Program Certification – AMCTO -2016 (Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario), Art of Supervision Certification from the University of Windsor, Odette School of Business.
Jessica’s interests include writing poetry, and mentoring young single moms. I find passion in being that individual that can offer my own personal experience and resources to help guide individuals in a positive manner to gain personal achievements.
Dr. Felicia Lawal
Dr. Felicia Lawal is a public health scholar-practitioner and registered nurse whose passion and focus is on improving health outcomes, taking into consideration the social determinants of health. Dr. Lawal has over 20 years of healthcare experience, and has worked in various leadership capacities in both acute care and community settings.
Dr. Lawal is also the founder and chair of ProHealth and Poverty Alleviation Initiative, a nonprofit organization founded in 2018 to lead social change through health education, health promotion, and poverty alleviation initiatives.
Over the course of her professional career, Dr. Lawal has had the opportunities to interact with diverse individuals and population groups from various sociocultural backgrounds, leading her to be acutely aware of the unique challenges faced by priority populations, and the pressing need for services to address inequities-such as the services provided by WEST in our community.
Rose Anguiano Hurst, Ex-Officio
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.