Eric Windeler

Founder & Executive Director

Eric Windeler is a father and full-time advocate for youth mental health. is the legacy of his son Jack Windeler who in March 2010, as a first-year student at Queenʼs University, tragically and unexpectedly died by suicide.

Eric started with his wife Sandra Hanington and their closest friends in May 2010. Since then, Eric has put aside his business interests and leads full-time. Eric works tirelessly to inspire discussion about mental health, especially among young people. 

In 2013, Eric received the Champion of Mental Health award from CAMIHI and the QE Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2015, Eric was honoured by Queen's University, receiving an honorary degree (LLD) recognizing his work in the field of mental health. In 2017, Eric and Sandra Hanington received the Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division) from the office of the Governor General. Most recently, Eric was selected as one of the 150 camh Difference Makers for mental health in Canada. Eric is also recipient of the 2018 Queen’s Alumni Humanitarian of the Year Award. Eric sits on the board of FRAYME, a global youth mental health best practices non-profit.

Aimee Israel

Director, Special Projects

After a year as Interim Director of Operations, I am excited to transition to a role focussed on a number of special projects and to continue to work with the amazing and evergrowing team at

Prior to joining, I graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an LLB and have worked as a corporate lawyer, both on Bay Street and at a chocolate factory.  Twelve years ago, I stepped away from a legal career to try my hand as an entrepreneur. I co-founded a health and wellness company which delivered expert led, digital content to over 15 million people across North America. In 2008, I was named one of Profit Magazines Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs. I am passionate about destigmatizing mental illness and promoting resiliency and serve on the board of the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario and Partners for Mental Health. 

When I am not in the office, I can be found on my road bike with friends or on the dock in cottage county with my husband and 3 kids.

Adrienne Weber

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations, Adrienne runs’s day-to-day operations, oversees programming, manages finance and human resources, and supports the organization’s growth and strategic development. Prior to joining, Adrienne spent time in the private sector in operations management and fundraising consulting. Adrienne holds her Honours BA in History from Concordia University and her Masters in History from the University of Toronto, and has expertise in project management, strategic development and human resources. 

Jesse Hayman

Director of Development & Communications
As the Director of Development & Communications, Jesse helps ensure that receives the funds necessary to make sure youth across Canada have the knowledge and resources to care for themselves and their peers, while amplifying the voice of the only national network of young leaders transforming the way we think about mental health.
Jesse comes to after seven years at The Movember Foundation. As part of Canada’s original Movember team of three, Jesse led the development team with a special focus on their voice and thought leadership surrounding men’s mental health and suicide prevention. 
Recognizing the lack of resources available to help people learn how to be there for others throughout their mental health journey, Jesse’s frustration has turned into action and a desire to make change across Canada. He is involved with a slew of Canadian mental health initiatives that are continuing to push our understanding and support of mental health, including leading strategy and facilitation for men’s programming at Sheena’s Place (ED group therapy clinic).
You might catch Jesse in his element on the rugby field, at the bottom of the ocean, hanging out in a canoe somewhere in the deep regions of Ontario’s backcountry, walking a stranger's dog or in the office (probably the easiest place to find him). 

Sarah Mughal

Director of Programs & Evaluation

As Director of Programs & Evaluation, I oversee the design, delivery, and evaluation of's programs. I am also responsible for our ongoing formative research and for ensuring that we're consistently aligned with evidence based practices. I hold a BA in Health Studies from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Public Health focusing on Social Inequities from Simon Fraser University. Before, I worked in Vancouver and New Orleans in child mental health policy research, youth sexual health programming, and high school suicide prevention -- so I've been encouraging tough conversations with students for a really long time.

Since the summer of 2014, I've been lucky enough to have a front row seat to our incredible growth and programmatic developments. I'm so excited to see where the future will take us, and to continue to be a part of such a wonderful team. 

Alex Johnson

Content & Communications Manager

As Content and Communications Manager, I help tell the story, and make sure that each young person in our Chapters and at our events across the country has as strong a platform, and as loud a megaphone, as humanly possible. I use all the communications tools at my disposal to amplify the work done by, and ensure that our youth leaders can continue to transform the way we (all of us) think about mental health.

I come to with a hybrid background of arts and digital strategy, having spent a decade in the arts and culture sector as a producer and communicator. I spear-headed the first-ever digital platform for the Koffler Centre of the Arts, and led mobile-based initiatives that helped bring thoughtful conversation and artistic practice to curious Canadians. 

Through my work in digital strategy, I have become a champion of digital ethics and bring with me a consideration for how social media and online communications help and hinder the mental health of Canada's youth. I work to ensure that all of's online communications practices are respectful, community-based, honest, and impactful. 

I am honoured to be a part of this organization, one that is fundamentally changing the national conversation around mental health and empowering young people (the leaders of today, not tomorrow) to get to work and make real change. #5in5 #NoMoreSilence 

Michelle Dowling

Project Manager, Be There

Michelle is the Project Manager for Be There, an engaging web-based resource that illuminates how we can be there for our loved ones when they struggle with their mental health. 

Michelle holds a degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Ottawa and an MBA in Health Services Management from McMaster University.  Her passion for health equality is the driving force behind her work on health-related projects in Canada and abroad including affordable housing models, provision of clean drinking water, health worker education and LGBTQ+ rights. She loves to learn, create and live life in the great outdoors.


Jason Frittaion

Program Manager, Jack Talks

As Program Manager, I play a key role in ensuring all Jack Talks are well supported to have the greatest positive impact in the school environments we visit. This happens through training and coaching our dynamic speakers to effectively increase mental health knowledge and shift attitudes while embracing their unique styles and stories.

I graduated from the Honours BBA program at Wilfrid Laurier University, with Distinction, in 2011. Since then, I discovered my passion for working with others and changing the world through an array of powerful experiences. Everything from moving to the Philippines to help empower persons with disabilities, to inspiring youth and educators across Canada as a motivational speaker, to facilitating life-changing experiences abroad. In working with young people, I’ve discovered how important mental health is and how critical it can be to open up a safe space for dialogue.

In my spare time I can usually be found having good times with my best friends from high school, playing with my dog, and enjoying the latest sitcoms. I’m a corny joke enthusiast, beach volleyball lover, and shameless optimist.

Alex Lepinski

Program Manager, Jack Chapters

As the Program Manager overseeing Jack Chapters, Alex supports youth mental health advocates who are taking action to transform their communities. By building strong connections with ambitious young people, all-star teaching staff, key organizations and community service providers, Alex helps ensure that our Chapter program is as useful, accessible and impactful as it possibly can be for young people all across Canada. 

Alex completed a Masters of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship in 2012, and has since worked to develop programs and events at several youth-focused organizations. Prior to joining the team, Alex worked for WE Day and spent the majority of her time in chilly arenas rubbing elbows with performers and keynote speakers. 


Holly Stanczak

Major Gifts Lead

As the Major Gifts Lead, I help build connections with's donors and supporters.

After completing my BA in Political Science and Communications at Carleton University, I worked as a political staffer in Ottawa. I've also had the opportunity to volunteer with some amazing community agencies, as a crisis counsellor, a street outreach worker, and a facilitator for several youth leadership conferences. When I'm not working or volunteering, you can usually find me immersed in the latest political news, eating take-out sushi, or taking a walk in a nearby park - sometimes all three at once.

I'm so excited to make the move to Toronto and join's growing team as they empower youth to support better mental health.

Hillary Louise

Major Events Lead

As's Major Events Lead, I work to make sure that all our events are a remarkable experience for everyone involved and always evolve so we can continue to support the transformational work of our youth leaders.

After completing my BA in Marketing Management, I worked in the advertising industry before moving to Cambodia to pursue a career in the non-profit sector. I have since had the opportunity to work with several unique and dynamic teams supporting men's heath, as well as programs providing support to ill children and their families. With a passion for healthy living, I knew I wanted to join a team that's changing the way we think about mental health.

When I am not working or volunteering, I might be found re-charging with Netflix, battling it out on the ball hockey floor, or on a quest for the city's best gluten free cupcake.

Catelyn Brett

Community Fundraising Lead


As Community Fundraising Lead, I work to ensure receives the funds necessary to support its programs and network of student leaders who are making positive and sustainable change to youth mental health in Canada. My goal is to help our generous supporters make an impact in an engaging and meaningful way.

After finishing my Bachelors of Fine Arts, Specialized Honours degree from York University, and the Fundraising Management program at Ryerson University, I started working in nonprofit organizations right away. I have spent the majority of my fundraising career working to fund mental health care, research and awareness. I am beyond thrilled to be working with the spectacular team at

In my free time you can usually find me snuggling my cats Alfie and Fynn, doing something active, or most likely eating. I love to cook, bake and find new restaurants in the city that I love and have always called home!


Laura Callaghan

Grant Writer

As Grant Writer I support’s Major Gifts Lead in seeking and building rewarding partnerships with grant makers.

I have a degree in International Development from University of Toronto, and field experience as a program assistant with a microfinance organization in Sri Lanka, and as a sexual health advisor for a women’s education initiative in India.

Locally I have worn many hats, including working as a political science research assistant at the University of Toronto, providing administrative and donor management support for the Ontario New Democratic Party, developing content and copy for UOSSM Canada, and volunteering as Logistics Director for Not Just Tourists (a volunteer-run organization that delivers surplus medical supplies to clinics in need around the world). I also volunteer as a crisis line counsellor with a sexual assault clinic.


Kate Thomas

Program Lead, Jack Summit

As Program Lead, I’m responsible for running our national Jack Summit as well as supporting each of our regional summits in communities across Canada. I also have the privilege of working with our network representatives and ensuring their voices are heard both internally for program design and externally in mental health advocacy efforts across the globe. I’m incredibly excited to be a part of such an amazing team and to have the opportunity to work with so many amazing young people across the country! 

I have a BA (Hons.) in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University and a Master of Public Health specializing in social and behavioural health sciences from the University of Toronto. When I’m not working, you can find me managing my cat’s Instagram account, wandering the city with friends in search of Toronto’s best pizza, and re-watching old seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. 

Pratik Nair

Knowledge Translation and Evaluation Lead

My name is Pratik Nair and I am the Evaluation and Knowledge Translation Lead here at In this capacity, I conduct evaluations, analysis, and produce deliverables (reports, presentations) to inform our programs. In addition, I’m consistently updating our evidence base with the latest research so we’re keeping abreast with science and best practice. My approach to this kind of work involves informing practice with theory, and reimagining theory in light of practice.

I hold a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Toronto and have conducted evaluations on programs and policy for children’s television, health services in Ontario municipalities, and harm reduction services in South America. After initial experience founding and managing a mental health education campaign, I found myself drawn to an uncharted field of health promotion, where much further work was to be done to educate, destigmatize, and advocate.

Outside of work you can find me being active, reading, or cheering on your Toronto Maple Leafs.

Taylor Montgomery

Chapter Coordinator

As a Chapter Coordinator, I support the young leaders engaged in our Jack Chapter program at high schools, colleges, and universities in Ontario and Québec.

I graduated with a BA in Sociology from Carleton University. Since then, I’ve worked in early childhood education, support services for youth with food allergies and with students who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. Volunteering with Special Olympics Ontario and Ronald McDonald House also allowed me to meet and work with a wide variety of people from all walks of life. All these experiences have been nothing but inspirational and have led me to want to continue working with inspiring young leaders in Canada who are trying to break the stigma surrounding mental health in their communities!

In my spare time, you can find me relaxing with Heather’s latest pick, taking in any type of live music or exploring everything Toronto has to offer! 

Steph Pietrantonio

Talks Coordinator

As Talks Coordinator, I support Jack Talks speakers across Canada through coordination and training, as well as helping with the overall growth of the Talks Program.

Throughout my university experience, I realized the importance of addressing the stigma surrounding mental health, especially in an environment where youth face a variety of external pressures and stress. I began to educate myself on mental health and mental illness and noticed how others also wanted to learn more and talk about these issues. After completing a B.A. in Political Science and History from McGill University, I volunteered with the Halton Multicultural Council, providing support and resources for new immigrants in the community. I was also very fortunate to travel to various countries with friends and family, collecting incredible memories and stories along the way!

I knew that I wanted to follow a career in the non-profit sector and began by working with different organizations that focused on addressing social issues. During this time, I developed a passion for learning more about local issues and, after attending a Jack Talk, I knew that this was an organization I wanted to be a part of.

I love spending time with close friends and family exploring the sights and tastes of Toronto and can often be found with a coffee…or slice of pizza in hand!

Jessie Brar

Talks Coordinator

Jessie Brar was a Jack Talks speaker for the 2016-2017 year, before transitioning to her role as a Talks Coordinator. As a Talks Coordinator, Jessie supports the growth of the Talks Program by helping with training, coordination and program logistics. 

Jessie graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor's of Psychology in 2016. She is an active public speaker and mental health advocate. She is passionate about mental health and youth leadership. Jessie is consistently working with many organizations such as the Central Ontario Leadership Seminar, The Mental Health Spotlight and to help youth develop their voice.

Through her own lived experience, she learned the importance of having mental health conversations and found her passion working in this space. Prior to, Jessie worked as a writer for mental health columns at The Tempest, Brown Girl Magazine, The Collaborative for South Asian Mental Health at CAMH and many more. She can now be found in the office working hard, playing with the office dogs and handing out snacks.


Carla Sutton

Development Coordinator

As’s Development Coordinator, I support the fundraising side of the organization as well as the communication and partnership initiatives that develop and strengthen our position in the mental health awareness space! 

I'm an east coast girl who now calls this big city home. After graduating with a degree in Business – Marketing from St. Francis Xavier University (got the gold ring to prove it!), I spent some time in the for-profit sector before deciding that non-profit is where I belong. I am so excited to be supporting an organization that is growing so rapidly, and leaving amazing change in its wake!

When I’m not coordinating here at, you can find me hanging outside (between the months of May-Oct), listening to a good podcast, or singing a tune! 

Oliver Karmel-Shann

Communications Coordinator

As the Communications Coordinator, it’s my job to amplify the voice of our amazing network of 2,500+ young leaders, and spread the word on all the rad things they’re accomplishing (no small task, they’re accomplishing a lot!). I also handle anything and everything SOCIAL MEDIA! That means: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, MySpace, Friendster, Google Plus, Digg etc.

I studied a Bachelor of Writing at the University of Canberra (yes, that’s a real degree you can take and it’s awesome). Thank goodness it was a real degree because it’s led me on a wild adventure to Canada, and in turn to Jack is such a warm and inviting place to be (the polar opposite of your ridiculous Canadian winters, pun intended), and I couldn’t be happier here. 

When I’m not working I enjoy lounging, listening to an almost inappropriate amount of music and pretending to be having the worst time as my girlfriend ‘forces’ me to watch Grey’s Anatomy. I also love to read and write (you know, the basics).

Kaylah Krajnc

Summit Coordinator

As Summit Coordinator, I help plan the national Jack Summit, and I support the development and growth of Regional Summits by guiding community organizers through the planning and coordinating process. My goal is to make the coordinating process for these organizers as smooth and enjoyable as possible - positive planning makes for a successful event! I'm looking forward to helping grow the National Summit, and supporting coordinators in planning even more Regional Summits. 

I have a B.Sc (Hons.) in Conservation Biology and Psychology from the University of Toronto. I'm particularly interested in the concept of applying behavioural psychology to encourage folks to collaboratively build positive communities around values such as sustainability and mental health. Throughout my university career, I was involved in several initiatives that strove to de-stigmatize mental health on campus - I had many conversations with students about simple ways to prioritize daily wellness and health such as trying out a fitness class or doing arts and crafts!

Outside of work you can find me at a fitness class, dancing, or reading! 

Margaret Shaw

Administrative Coordinator

As the Administrative Coordinator, Margaret supports all staff and makes sure the office is running smoothly. She has worked for several small, innovative organizations in the not-for-profit sector, and is delighted to be working to help improve the mental health of Canada’s youth.