The Stella’s Team is growing as we develop programs and engage young adults as facilitators and Peer Ambassadors. We are committed to hiring staff with a diversity of experiences, and assertively hire young adults with lived experience of mental health issues.
We have an energetic, compassionate team. Each team member is committed to values-based practice, working collaboratively, with flexibility. We strive to create bold and responsive approaches to change the landscape of young adult mental health.
The board of directors of Stella’s Place is excited to announce Nzinga Walker as the organization’s new Executive Director. Having previously served as Director of Programs and interim Executive Director, Nzinga is well known to the Stella’s Place community. We could not be more excited to have her assume the ED role permanently!
Nzinga’s knowledge of Stella’s Place programs, partners and our young adult community, will prove invaluable. Her leadership will be instrumental to the next phase of our organization’s development, which includes moving into our new permanent home in downtown Toronto, opening our doors to in-person programming and helping our community navigate post-pandemic day-to-day living.
Our Team Members
Our Board Members
Founder & Chair, Stella’s Place
Trustee, Green Sanderson Family Foundation
Donna Green has over 40 years’ experience in real estate, arts and culture, and community development. Donna is a tireless community activist and philanthropist. She is founder of Stella’s Place and Chair of the board.
Secretary & Director, Stella’s Place
Chief Legal & Risk Officer, The Hospital for Sick Children
Megan Evans is the Vice President and Chief Legal & Risk Officer at SickKids Hospital. Megan graduated from Windsor Law School with the Board of Governors Award (Gold Medal) and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1999.
Treasurer & Director, Stella’s Place
Retired Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Martha Tory was Senior Partner at Ernst & Young with over 35 years experience in providing assurance and business advisory services. She led Ernst & Young’s Healthcare, Not-for-Profit and University Industry Groups in Canada. Martha retired in 2015 and currently serves on several boards, including Stella’s Place.
Dr. Mario Cappelli
Director of Mental Health & Psychiatry Research, CHEO Clinical Director, Summit Centre
Dr. Mario Cappelli is the Senior Clinician Scientist at the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child & Youth Mental Health and the Past Director of Mental Health & Psychiatry Research at CHEO, Dr. Cappelli is also the Clinical Director of Cappelli & Associates and a Clinical Psychologist who has been in practice since 1991 working with children, youth, young adults and their families.
Principal, Navigator Ltd.
Colin MacDonald is a Principal at Navigator Ltd., where he specializes in public policy, reputation management and campaign execution. Prior to this role, Colin served as a senior policy advisor to several Ontario cabinet ministers. Colin graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a master’s degree in political science.
Managing Director, Growth Matters
Steve Wilson is the Managing Director of Growth Matters, an advisory practice working with Canadian high-growth technology companies. Steve graduated from The University of Michigan in 1987 and received his Chartered Accountant qualification in 1990.
Senior Lead Consultant, Philanthropy Partners
Melanie has extensive fundraising experience – delivering exceptional results through donor-centred strategies. Melanie is currently Director of Marketing and Communications at Camp Oochigaes and a consultant with Philanthropy Partners. Melanie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph and received an Arts Management certificate from Humber College in 1993.
“What is really lovely about Stella’s Place is that when clinical counselling ends, it doesn’t have to mean the end of mental health support. Endings can be really difficult for folks in recovery. But here, I can introduce participants who have finished clinical counselling to a Peer Support Worker, or they can come to one of our art events or other drop-in programs. They can speak with our Navigator and connect with career counselling or with other relevant community services. They can just come and hang out in the café. So there is a really important sense of community that is built here that is unique.”
Manager, Clinical and Recovery Services