Planned Parenthood Ottawa’s Team!
Our Board of Directors
A board of directors (BOD) is a governing body responsible for overseeing the organization’s high level activities. BOD’s are made up of different people, known as “directors”.
Within the BOD there is an executive committee made up of “Officers” that take on specific specialized roles. Our organization’s executive committee is typically composed of two co-presidents, a treasurer and a secretary. Our board meets at the end of every month and discusses our organization’s high level decisions. If you’re interested in getting involved in our board, see our Volunteers page!
Kathryn LeBlanc (she/her)
Kathryn is a communications consultant and the founder of LeBlanc (& co.) Communications. Her communications strategies have guided local and national non-profits, grassroots organizing, and political campaigns. As a former Parliament hill staffer, she has worked on communications, campaigns, and policy work for the past 6 years. Kathryn was a founding staff member of the Enchanté Network, where she served several leadership roles, including Director of Communications and Policy; and Interim Executive Director.
Kathryn’s passions for 2SLGBTQI+ community issues, and the field of sexual health and reproductive rights, have led her to work on a variety of campaigns, including the 2018 campaign for comprehensive sex education in Ontario and on successful government relations efforts to secure funding for 2SLGBTQI+ organizations.
Kathryn grew up on the East Coast but currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory.
Jade Sullivan (she/her)
Jade Sullivan is a feminist geographer and intersectional activist currently learning, loving, and living on unceded and unsurrendered Mohawk territory, also known as Montreal (Tiohtià:ke). After completing a BA (Hons.) of Geography and Women’s Studies at the University of Ottawa, she focused her activism on creating safe and sustainable spaces for marginalized people, using an anti-oppressive transformative feminist lens. By day, she works as a data analyst for the Canadian Centre for Community Justice and Safety Statistics at Statistics Canada and, by night, she the Advocacy and Communications Officer at Feminitt.
She is learning to use the knowledge from her Black feminist foremothers and the politics of pleasure and care, to reframe her feminist future. On her time off she is usually painting, baking gluten-free treats, gardening, recording for her podcast, or trying to get cute pictures of her cat, Princess.
Vandonna Budhai (she/her)
Vandonna is a performance measurement, evaluation, and intersectional research advisor for the government of Canada, working on skills development programming for Canada’s labour market. She holds a combines honours in communications and women & gender studies, and a masters in public administration. She has extensive research experience focusing on sexual health and gender-based violence, as well as internal management experiences such as corporate reporting and strategic planning. Vandonna was born and raised in Toronto before moving to Ottawa in 2011. She is a proud Guyanese and an even prouder dog mom.
Corina Crawley (she/her)
Corina is a cis-woman who grew up on Kenien’kehaga (Mohawk) territory, known as Montreal. Corina completed her Masters in Social Work at Carleton University and has been based in Ottawa, learning from workers as a researcher and educator, for 20 years. Before that, she was a bartender, crisis counselor, and office worker. Her work currently focuses on resisting privatization, conflict resolution, equity, and leadership development and she is learning about organizational design. Corina is a parent to two fantastic teenagers who teach her important lessons every day.
Darby Babin (they/them)
Darby is a queer, non-binary, feminist academic. They have a BA Honours in Law with a concentration in Transnational Law & Human Rights, as well as a Master’s in Legal Studies where they completed a thesis on gender-based violence and feminist pedagogy. Darby has a background in sexual assault support, gender-based violence education, and feminist research. They are currently working on their PhD in Feminist & Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa.
Katherine Muldoon (she/her)
Dr. Muldoon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa, a Senior Research Associate at OHRI, and collaborating researcher at ICES. She specializes in social epidemiology with context expertise in sexual and gender-based violence, sexual reproductive health, and sex and gender-based analyses. She has a PhD in Epidemiology from UBC, Masters in Public Health from Simon Fraser University, a BSc in Psychology from McGill University and, completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship at Columbia University with the Mailman School of Public Health. She has worked as a consultant with the United Nations, sits on the Ottawa Police Service Violence Against Women Advisory Board, and is a Content Expert with PHAC on gender-based violence.
Courtney Rock (she/her)
A community builder and storyteller, Courtney Rock has over 12 years of professional fundraising experience. Currently, the Director of Development for the Perley Health Foundation, she works to share the impact donors make in the lives of those who live, work and visit Perley Health. Passionate about her community, Courtney is proud to be a part of such an impactful organization as Planned Parenthood Ottawa.
Lyra Evans (she/her)
Lyra Evans is an environmental chemist, long-time LGBTQ, homeless, and education activist, and the first openly trans school board trustee in Canada. She has experience on the Audit committee at the OCDSB, as well as having worked and volunteered for local non-profits including Ottawa Dyke March, *Kindspace, the Youth Services Bureau, and Etc. Youth.
Beth is a government relations consultant who helps organizations work with the federal government. She has previously served on the Board for the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre and SHORE Centre in Kitchener-Waterloo, and has been lucky to learn from these organizations’ amazing leaders. Beth’s PhD in Canadian history explored the feminist pro-choice movement in Canada from 1969 to 1988.
Kate is a senior communications manager with the Ottawa Real Estate Board. With extensive experience in writing, media relations, issues management, and social media, she is passionate about giving change a voice. Born and raised in Ottawa, she holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Ottawa and a public relations diploma from Toronto’s Humber College. Follow her on Twitter: @mscommunikate. #abortionishealthcare
Heather has a heart for adventure and a head for spreadsheets. As a young student she moved from the UK, where she grew up, to the land now known as Canada. In fact, her first ever job in Canada was with the Planned Parent Federation of Canada, and she is grateful to be involved in such a meaningful way with the work of Planned Parenthood again.
Heather graduated law and has passionately taken on roles in social justice, and federal and provincial politics. As a proud feminist the promotion and advancement of women’s rights and equity have been central themes throughout her professional and personal life.
After a two-year hiatus in Jamaica with her family, Heather returned to Canada to take on a role in Operations and Finance with the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada. She is now the Executive Director and leads by the example nature gives us – empowering others to thrive.