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Michelle Legere – President

Screenshot 2015-11-15 13.39.15Michelle has been a Board member since 2014. She grew up in Riverview and attended the University of Toronto earning a BSc in Biology and Psychology. Michelle went on to complete her Bed at Atlantic Baptist University and an advanced certificate in resource education from Crandall University. She is married with two children and works in resource at Harrison Trimble High School.

Gary Rouse – Vice President

Screenshot 2015-11-15 13.40.19  Gary Rouse hails from the bucolic community of Corn Hill, NB. He received his early education in the one-room schoolhouse in that community and then on to Sussex, where he received his high school education. Upon completion of high school, he enrolled in the Cook program at what is now known as the New Brunswick Community College, graduating with honours. After a brief stint working in the industry, he returned to the Community College as an instructor in the Cook program in 1969. He rose through the ranks becoming supervisor and then department head. A reshuffle of positions at the College in 1997 saw Gary move to the Student Services and Marketing department where he remained until his retirement in June, 2004. He is a member of the Probus Club of Greater Moncton and the Moncton Fish and Game Association. He enjoys photography and reading. Gary is married to the former Susan Leaman; he has three children and four grandchildren. Gary has been a Board member since 2015.

Daniel McArdle – Treasurer

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Dan has been a Board member since 2010. Dan is a retired financial officer from Co-op Atlantic.   He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from St. Mary’s University, Halifax, N.S., is a Certified General Accountant and was awarded a Fellowship from CGA Canada for distinguished service to the National and Provincial Associations. He is a past president of CGA New Brunswick serving on the Board of Governors for five years.  Over the past thirty years his community service has included; member of the Board of St. Augustine’s Housing Ltd., St. Augustine’s Parish Finance Council, member of the Board with Moncton Community Residences Inc., member of the Board with St. Patrick’s Family Centre, and a volunteer coach with Moncton Kiwanis Minor Basketball.

Neil McTiernan – Secretary

Screenshot 2015-11-15 13.39.35A graduate of Moncton High School, the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and the University of Guelph, Neil is retired from Health Canada as a Manager in the science regulatory field. Over the years Neil has enjoyed raising a family with his wife Monique, being involved with youth sports, church activities and with disabled children. Neil has been a Board member since 2013.

Hugh Murphy – Past President

Screenshot 2015-11-15 13.39.04  Hugh has been a Board member since 2011. Hugh is a lawyer with the legal firm of Murphy, Murphy & Mollins in Moncton and has practiced law for over 27 years. He holds degrees in Business Administration (St. Francis Xavier University), and Law (University of Ottawa). Hugh has also been involved in various other organizations in the Moncton area including, Alliance Francaise de Moncton, Far Out East Cinema, Ecole Sainte Bernadette, Moncton Club                                      Ltd. and the Moncton Area Lawyers Association.

Ozzie Babineau

Screenshot 2015-11-15 13.39.45Ozzie has rejoined the Board in 2015 as the Parent’s Group representative. He served as a Board member from 2003 until 2012 serving also as Secretary and President during that period. Ozzie retired as the Atlantic Regional Manager for Quaker State Inc. in 2000. He is also a past President of the METS Parents Group. He is the father of Kenny Babineau who is served in METS Work Activity department.

Katherine Beers

Screenshot 2015-11-15 13.39.51Katherine currently works as an Education Support Services Coordinator in Anglophone East School District.  Previous to that, she worked with students, parents, and educators for over a decade as a classroom teacher and as a district-based Autism consultant and resource mentor.  Katherine holds Bachelor degrees in Arts and Education, and has earned Master’s degree in Exceptional Learners from the University of New Brunswick.  She has also completed a Graduate Academic Certificate in Applied Behaviour Analysis                                      from the University of North Texas. Katherine has been a Board member since                                 2014.

 Sheila Bennett

Screenshot 2015-11-15 13.39.58Sheila Bennett recently moved back to New Brunswick from Ottawa. She had moved there originally to attend Carleton University, where she graduated with a BSc in Integrated Science and then stayed for another 10 years when she became employed with the RCMP. She transferred back home to be closer to her family and friends and now works for the RCMP in Riverview. Sheila is familiar with the METS organization through her brother Marc, who has used their services for many years. Sheila joined METS Board of Directors in 2015.

Andrea Cowan

Born and raised in Riverview, N.B. Andrea graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Saint Francis Xavier University, and a Bachelor of Education at UNB. After receiving her Education Degree, she travelled overseas and taught in London, England where her passion for world travel was ignited. Andrea has worked for the Anglophone East School District at Moncton High School for the past ten years, where she has worked as both a Resource and English teacher. Over the past 10 years, Andrea has given back to the community as a coach (soccer, track and field, volleyball and basketball) as well as a Student Council Advisor at Moncton High School. She is currently a volunteer for METS Community Connections program and enjoys spending her time supporting her community.  Andrea joined METS Board of Directors in 2017.     

Kathy Heppell

Kathy is employed by La Coop Federee as a Senior HR Business Partner supporting various LCF business units throughout Canada.  Prior to this, she was employed by Coop Atlantic for 8 years in positions of increasing responsibility including Director of Human Resources.

Kathy holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick with a specialty in Human Resources and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Kathy has previously served on the Board of Directors for Support to Single Parents and was also a past committee member for Women and Wellness.  Kathy joined METS Board of Directors in 2017.

David Richard – Executive Director

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