Board of Directors

Habitat for Humanity Niagara’s Board of Directors are the fiduciaries who steer our organization towards a sustainable future, as well as ensure Habitat Niagara has adequate resources to advance its mission.

If you are interested in becoming a board member or being on one of our board committees, please contact us.

Carl Ryan

Carl Ryan

Chair

Carl is a manager at Cotton Inc. and got involved with Habitat Niagara more than 15 years ago. His commitment to move Habitat Niagara’s board towards a governance model has been invaluable. Carl is a part board member and president of Niagara Construction Association and a past member and president of the local Canadian Progress Club. Through volunteering with Habitat Niagara, Carl has seen how safe and stable housing provides a foundation for health and well-being.

Dave Drew

Dave Drew

Vice Chair

Dave has been a volunteer at Habitat Niagara’s Grimsby ReStore and construction sites for the past five years, and he also volunteers on Habitat Niagara’s the health and safety committee. Dave has worked as manager of six General Motors manufacturing factories. He has served on the board of directors for many non-profit organizations including United Way of Canada as well as local boards in Windsor, London and York, several educational advisory boards, and several horse racing associations. Dave is currently on the Town of Grimsby planning and development committee and looks forward to expanding Habitat Niagara’s reach into the community.

Harry Thorsteinson

Harry Thorsteinson

Secretary

Harry was a senior partner at Lancaster Brooks & Welch LLP. Recently retired, Harry carried on a general practice of law in St. Catharines since 1968. In 2018 he reached a milestone in the legal community, celebrating 50 years of practice. His experiences and passion for the Niagara region and its residents make him a valuable contributor to the Habitat Niagara team.

Doug Stones

Doug Stones

Treasurer

Doug is a CPA, CA and is the vice president of finance at CAA Niagara. He has previously been involved in the community with youth sports in Lincoln for many years. He was a former treasurer of Niagara Child and Youth Services (now Pathstone Metal Health) and was on the board for Niagara Squash. Doug is eager to contribute further to the community by helping to foster the goals of Habitat Niagara.

Bob Bentley

Bob Bentley

Director

Bob was the Town of Grimsby’s longest serving Mayor (15 years). He has over 24 years of experience as an elected official and has been involved with many charities, including Habitat Niagara, whether in a volunteer capacity or through fundraising efforts.

Mike Britton

Mike Britton

Director

Mike is a former elected official, was elected as the youngest City Councillor in St Catharines history in 2014 and became a Niagara Regional Councillor in 2022. Mike strongly believes in giving back to his community and serves on almost a dozen charitable and not-for-profit volunteer boards. He is also a proud member of other community groups like Rotary, The Royal Canadian Legion, and Crime Stoppers.

Tyler Davis

Tyler Davis

Director

Tyler is a CPA, CA and a manager at Root Bissonnette Walker LLP. He is currently the treasurer of Niagara Falls rowing club and was on the board for Niagara-on-the-Lake soccer club. Tyler is eager to put his skills to use and help the Niagara region gain affordable housing.

Aneta Fleming

Aneta Fleming

Director

Aneta is a local Realtor with Realty Executives Plus Ltd. Brokerage. Her past volunteer board and committee experience includes, Attractions Ontario, Niagara Association of Realtors and the Heart and Stroke Association. As an avid volunteer, you can find Aneta busy preparing food at The Soup Kitchen of Niagara Falls, helping local families and children affected with life altering illnesses with Heater’s Heroes or at one of the many Habitat for Humanity builds over the past five years.

Sherry Picone

Sherry Picone

Director

Sherry, an autodidact, has worked in the public accounting industry for 24 years and is currently a supervisor for Stern Cohen, LLP. Sherry strongly believes in giving back to her community and has been involved with various committees and clubs within the Grimsby/Niagara region over the past decade. Sherry is excited to be part of such a dedicated and passionate team and is committed to helping Habitat Niagara achieve its goals of making a difference in our communities.

Calvin Poon

Calvin Poon

Director

Calvin works as a pharmacist at Niagara Health Systems and occasionally in community pharmacies across the Niagara region. As a healthcare professional, he has seen firsthand the importance of affordable housing for the health of his patients. He also volunteers with the Niagara Workforce Planning Board and enjoys volunteer work with immigrants and students.

Aggie Tarnoy

Aggie Tarnoy

Director

Aggie has been involved in real estate and residential construction project management for 30 plus years and is currently on the development team of several under construction or newly completed Niagara condominium projects. An avid volunteer, in the past Aggie has spent many years on the Board of Women’s Place of South Niagara, Niagara Regional Co-op Housing Board, and the Port Dalhousie BIA.

Carolyn Webb

Carolyn Webb

Director

Carolyn is a professional realtor with Royal LePage N R who also serves as president of the Grimsby Rotary@Noon. Carolyn is proud to champion two Habitat home builds in Grimsby and has also volunteered with the Grimsby Benevolent Fund for the past 25 years.

Mark Carl

Mark Carl

Ex Officio

Mark brings over a decade of experience in creating various housing development and social services programs. As a seasoned professional with a history of collaborative arrangements Mark meets the needs of agencies and organizations he has worked for to ensure that the programs and services contribute to the organization’s mission and vision.

As the Chief Executive Officer for Habitat for Humanity Niagara, Mark shares his passion with Habitat’s vision: a world where everyone to have a safe and decent place to live, by engaging with the community to help families build strength, stability and independence through safe and affordable homeownership.