Board of Directors
Tricia Gueulette is the National Director of Canadian Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Services with WCG Services and leads a large, dedicated national team of vocational rehabilitation professionals to deliver quality programming for Veterans Affairs Canada and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario. She has appeared as an expert witness before the Canadian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs on the delivery of front-line health and well-being services for Canadian Veterans and her recommendations were included in their report “Improving Services to Improve Quality of Life for Veterans and Their Families”.
Tricia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Economics from the University of Victoria. She is a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP), a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) and has recently started her MBA in Executive Management specializing in Leadership with Royal Roads University.
Paul has been employed as a vocational evaluator of injured adults since December 1991. He received his B.A. in psychology from Brock University in 1996. He operates a vocational assessment consulting practice throughout southern Ontario and is on the roster of several vocational rehabilitation assessment agencies.
Paul has been active as a Director with CAVEWAS since 2006 and continues in that capacity.
He served as a Director with VRA Canada (National) from June 2013 until June 2016. He stepped down from that capacity until the legitimacy of the acting board of directors could be established by the membership, and would love to resume his role as a Director at Large to continue serving the membership. He sat on various committees and was an Executive Director. In addition, he was Chair of Information Technology and was involved in developing the current website. This has been challenging due to the complexity of the website and the number of members that need to be served. There are some “bugs” that still need to be resolved. His knowledge of what transpired so far would be vital in the continued improvement of the website.
- Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) since 1995
- Certified Vocational Evaluator (CVE) since 1998
- Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluator (CCVE) since 2016
- Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional with the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals
Paul continues to upgrade his expertise and is completing the Human Resources Management (Post Graduate program) through Niagara College.
Roselle Piccininni, CCRC, RRP, CVRPSecretary
President of the Founding Board of the CVRP in 2010. Roselle brings years of experience and dedication as a VRA Ontario Board Director continuously from 1996-2010, holding the office of Ontario President from 2005 to 2006, VRA National President from 2006 to 2008 and National Past President from 2008 to 2010.
Roselle graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science and has her CCRC certification (Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counselor) since 2006 and her CVRP from 2010. She is presently a principal at arc health management a private company providing health management solutions to the private and insurance sectors.
Roselle has continued to serve on the CVRP as a Director as a historian and active member of the Executive Committee
Diana Vissers is the founder and Director of Corporate Services for Work to Wellness Rehabilitation Inc. She leads a team of vocational professionals to support individuals with health events that interfere with work, through rehabilitation planning and disability prevention. Diana’s education and experience span across Ontario and British Columbia, the private and public sector, and one-on-one consultations to large organizations. She has collaborated and taught individuals from the WCB, private insurers, government funded vocational programs, and private corporations. As a consultant, Diana helps employers develop disability prevention and management programs. She has a passion for helping clients find their path back to health and work, and helping employers support their people.
Diana has a Master of Arts degree in Disability Management, a BA in Psychology, and is most proud of her recent development of a Workplace Wellness course for Simon Fraser University. She is a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP-F), and has been a professional member of VRA since 1998. Diana is eager to share her experiences and help motivate future leaders to innovate with their workplace health programs.
Tracey Kibble, Hons. B.Sc., D.S.W., M.Ed. (CRDS), R.R.PAtlantic Society
Tracey has been a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) and member of VRA since 2004. She completed her graduate degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies at the University of Calgary and is currently a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist with Canadian Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Services (CVVRS), supporting veterans to transition into civilian employment. Tracey’s interests include continuing education, professional development, evidence based practice and vocational interest testing.
Jennifer Chladny, B.A. (Psych), RRP, CVPDirector-at-large
Jennifer Chladny received her B.A. in psychology from York University. She began working in the field of rehabilitation in 2000 and has been a registered rehabilitation professional (RRP) since 2005 with the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA). She is a member in good standing with the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals and holds a CVP (Certified Vocational Professional) designation. She is also a member in good standing with the Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA). Jennifer is currently working as a Director with Metrics Vocational Services. In addition, she has over 20 years of case management experience, working with a diverse client base. She believes in a collaborative, client-centered approach to assist clients in attaining their various goals. Jennifer believes that engagement in valued and meaningful activities is essential to optimize well-being and improve quality of life. Jennifer is currently President of the Board of Directors with the Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Society. In addition, she sits on the National VRA Board and is the Education Committee Chairperson.
Teri Pereira B.A., RRP, RVP, CVRP, CCVECAVEWAS
Teri has 26 years of experience as a Rehabilitation Consultant to auto insurers, disability insurers, and WSIB. She is a Registered Rehabilitation Professional and a Registered Vocational Professional with The Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA), a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional and Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluator with the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (CVRP) a professional and Board member of the Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Society (CAVEWAS) and a member of the American Board of Vocational Evaluators (ABVE).
Shelley Langstaff, MDCS, RRP, MCVPAlberta Society
Shelley graduated from the Master of Disability and Community Studies program at the University of Calgary in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies from the University of Calgary, and an Intervenor for Deaf/Blind Persons Diploma from the Medicine Hat College. She has previous experience working in for-profit and not- for- profit environments with vulnerable populations and has been a member of the VRA since 2007.
Claire Benson-Mandl, Director, Disability Management - WCG ServicesBC Society
Claire is an expert in catalyzing health and wellness gains on both individual and organizational levels. By engaging people where they are, with a custom blend of empathy, humour and situational insight, she readily identifies the barriers preventing progress, and guides the way forward with respect, accountability and unflagging energy.
Claire has over 19 years’ experience in helping people improve their psychological and physical wellbeing. Claire achieved her BA (Psychology) from Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and has worked in the field of occupational rehabilitation since 1997. She completed her professional training in psychology in Australia in 1999, and worked as a registered Psychologist in the fields of occupational rehabilitation and health psychology in Sydney, until returning to Canada in 2004. Since being back in Canada, she has continued to enjoy working in the field of occupational rehabilitation and disability management, and she has extensive experience working within unionized environments. She has served as the President of the BC Society of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada since 2015.
Claire has a passion for singing, and is currently an active member of Espiritu, a mixed vocal ensemble. She is busy raising her young daughter with her partner, Natalie, and gives back to the community through ongoing volunteer commitments. Claire loves living on the North Shore of Vancouver, and embraces all that the area has to offer.
Kathy Potts, HSW, RSW, RRP, CCRC, CVPSaskatchewan Society
Kathy has worked in the field of disability management for 22 years. As a Rehabilitation Consultant, Kathy has worked in both in the private and public sectors developing return to work plans to assist individuals back to gainful employment. She has also managed a long term disability plan and worked as a consultant providing guidance on how to develop cost effective and efficient return to work programs and services.
Kathy understands return to work from both the employee and employer perspectives. She understands the challenges employee face when returning to work and the time it takes to educate managers and supervisors on the return to work process. She is currently working with her Director to once again enhance the return to work services offered through SaskPower.
Kathy currently facilitates a monthly workshop for her employer educating managers and supervisors on their role in the return to work process and their obligations under duty to accommodate. She believes it is important for all individuals who want to work be given the opportunity to be at work in some capacity. The challenge is figuring out what that looks like and how does it fit with a workplace.
Kathy ’s experience extends to:
- Return to Work Planning
- Management of short and long term disability
- Management of WCB claims
- Coordinating Accommodations across the Corporation
- Vocational Assessments
- Transferable Skills Analysis
- GATB and COII Vocational Testing Certification
Kathy’s passion is demonstrating to managers and supervisors that a well-planned and thought-out return to work plan can be successful and employees, if given a chance, can return to meaningful and productive work.
Lisa Borchert BA., RVPManitoba Society
Lisa is a Registered Vocational Professional (RVP) through the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada. (VRA) She is also a professional Career and Employment Counselor with a combined 16 years’ experience coaching diverse individuals moving into meaningful employment. Lisa is currently the President of the Manitoba Chapter of VRA Canada.
Lisa’s focus is always on the client – overcoming barriers, creating solutions and achieving results. Lisa has extensive experience providing the following services:
- Vocational Assessments (1/2/3 point)
- Transferable Skills Analysis
- Career Exploration / Career Development / Return to Work planning
- Developing job search strategies and supporting clients through the job search process
- Employment maintenance
- Creating effective resumes and cover letters
A Certified Trainer / Adult Instructor, Lisa is an Instructor in computer and job search classes through the Winnipeg School Division Continuing Ed. Lisa has written and trained courses as part of the management training program for the Manitoba Customer Contact Association, and facilitated workshops in life skills, job search, interview skills, skills analysis and an interactive women’s self-esteem seminar.
Continuing education includes Professional Leadership and Development, Adult Learning and Literacy and Conflict Resolution. A double Bachelor’s degree in English and History provide a strong background in writing and research.
Ravi PersaudOntario Society
Ravi is a graduate of the York-Seneca rehabilitation Services Certificate Program. He graduated from the program with High Honors. He has a B.A. Psychology Degree from York University and possesses an Adult Education & Staff Training Certificate from Seneca College.
He is currently a Registered Rehabilitation Professional RRP in good standing with VRA Canada and a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVP). He is currently employed at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and has held many positions for the past 20 years ranging from working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Caseworker, Claims Adjudicator, Quality Improvement Specialist in the Labour Market Re-entry Program (LMR), a LMR Provider Management Specialist managing WSIB Provider Contracts in the quality assurance of the WSIB LMR Program in Ontario when LMR was outsourced between 1999-2010. Current he is in the role of a Work Transition Specialist in the Work Reintegration Branch assisting injured workers in transitioning back into the workforce.
For the past 10 years he has enjoyed teaching in the York-Seneca Rehabilitation Services Certificate Program. He teaches the Rehabilitation Process Course. As well, he teaches in Seneca’s Rehabilitation Certificate Distance Learning Program. His most recent contribution to this Program was writing a new course manual for the Canadian Health and Welfare Policy course.
Further to his professional involvement and promotion in the field of rehabilitation, he has sat as an active member for several years on the York-Seneca Rehabilitation Services Advisory Board, providing valuable input on industry changes in vocational rehabilitation and making positive recommendations and contributions to the program to further the professional. He has been a guest speaker for the program and helped to promote and champion new students to become involved in the field of vocational rehabilitation.
Ravi continues to be enthusiastic about being a part of the Ontario VRA Board serving as President and he looks forward to contributing and providing valuable insight to the Board in support of promoting and providing effective and ethical delivery of professional rehabilitation services throughout Ontario and across Canada.