Meet our staff
Wendy Sanderson-Culley, CFRE
519-645-8855 ext. 227Open Description
Wendy’s career in the not-for-profit sector spans 16 years and she obtained her Certified Fundraising Executive designation in 2011. Wendy is a board member and past mentorship co-ordinator with the London & Region Fundraising Professionals. She is an alumna of the Up With People International Alumni organization which she credits her love of music and life-long desire to travel. In her spare time she’s Mom to a wildly creative, talented, up and coming artist!
519-645-8855 ext. 224Open Description
Rick began in radio where he had the privilege of meeting John Davidson. After a lengthy career where he worked his way up to senior management, Rick was approached by John to take on a new challenge as Managing Director of Jesse’s Journey. Rick feels it has been a privilege and honour to be part of this team for the past 13 years. He is delighted to be staying on in a reduced role with special projects for the Foundation and is looking forward to working with Wendy and the team.
Megan Zinn, CFRE
Senior Development Officer
519-645-8855 ext. 222Open Description
Senior Development Officer
Megan joined Jesse’s Journey as a volunteer in 2004 while she was a student at Fanshawe College, and joined the staff team in 2014. With 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Megan specializes in digital communications, major gift and campaign strategy, writing donor communications, and database administration. She has been part of fundraising teams in the social services and healthcare sectors, and is former President of the London and Region Fundraising Professionals. She earned her Certified Fundraising Executive designation in 2014.
Development Officer, Special Events
519-645-8855 ext. 225Open Description
Development Officer, Special Events
Solveig is delighted to be joining the Jesse’s Journey team. After graduating from the University of Guelph’s HAFA program, Solveig’s work in hospitality and client services took her throughout Guelph, Toronto, and London. Bringing with her an extensive background in catering and event planning, she is excited to be diving into the non-profit sector. When she’s not wrangling spreadsheets or planning soirees, Solveig enjoys singing, travelling, and backyard hangouts with her handsome lab, Dougall.
Database & Development Coordinator
519-645-8855 ext. 221Open Description
Database & Development Coordinator
Seana first got involved with Jesse’s Journey in 2015 when she worked as a summer intern after finishing her diploma in Business Administration in Nova Scotia. Though her time working at Jesse’s Journey was brief she knew she wanted to pursue a career in the non-for-profit sector. A year later when a position within Jesse’s Journey became available she jumped at the opportunity to rejoin the team. She is excited to put her creative and organizational skills to work.
Board of Directors
Meet the Jesse’s Journey Board of Directors
President and Founder of Jesse’s JourneyOpen Description
President and Founder of Jesse’s Journey
Inspired by his son Jesse who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at the age of 6, John Davidson founded Jesse’s Journey in 1994. After two marathon walks that took him across Ontario with Jesse in 1995, and across Canada solo in 1998, John has remained an active part of the ongoing mission to Defeat Duchenne. John was just two years old when he came to Canada from Scotland. He enjoyed a 30-year career in broadcasting – first on radio in London, then with CBC Radio and Television in Vancouver. John currently sits as President of the Jesse’s Journey Board of Directors and maintains his ongoing role as office handy-man.
Joe has spent the past 45 years building over 40 diversified companies. He retired from his insurance and financial planning practice in 2008 only to discover yet another opportunity in the form of TGA London – Premier Junior Golf which he operates today. TGA London teaches young kids ages 4 to 14 how to play golf 12 months a year but more importantly TGA programs teach kids how to become good citizens via an extensive TGA character development program.
Joe is often referred to as a serial entrepreneur having created and built successful companies in many different industries, including real estate brokerages, insurance/financial planning agencies, golf bag/sunglass design and manufacturing, home building, window manufacturing , equipment financing , specialty newspapers, property management, management consulting , sports information companies and a 25 year golf writing career have resulted in an extensive collection of first name basis contacts throughout North America.
Joe has recently retired as a Professor of Finance at the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business at Fanshawe College. He is a graduate of the Soloman Huebner School of Finance and the Canadian Initiative for Elder Planning Studies. He has studied at the University of Alberta, The American Management Association, Grant McKewan College and Harvard University plus many other organizations of higher learning.
Joe has sat on many boards and committees over the years and brings this expertise and others to Jesse’s Journey. His commitment to Jesse’s Journey is to learn and work with a view to the organization utilizing his skills, talents and contacts to assist in its continued growth.
Director and Chair - Investment CommitteeOpen Description
Director and Chair - Investment Committee
Stephen is the Chair of the Investment Committee for Jesse’s Journey. The Committee is responsible for monitoring the performance and activities of the Fund Manager for the Endowment Fund. Stephen is a CFA Charterholder with just under a decade of experience in the Institutional investment management industry. During his day-to-day he specializes in Canadian Large Cap equities, Canadian Small Cap equities, Investment Strategy, Portfolio Implementation, and Asset Allocation. He enjoys playing hockey, golf, and supporting local businesses.
Frank has served on the Board of Directors of Jesse’s Journey since 2013. In addition to his role on the Board, he is a member of the Research Funding Advisory Committee and of the Major and Planned Gifts Campaign Committee. Frank is currently the co-owner of Windmill Plastics Ltd., a privately held injection molding company where he heads up business development and leads a team of over 100 employees. Prior to being an entrepreneur, Frank worked for specialty pharmaceutical company Paladin Labs, where he held a number of leadership positions, including: Director of Consumer Healthcare, Vice President International Operations and Vice President Commercial Canada. Frank has also worked for global strategy consulting firm Oliver Wyman, where he led client and consultant teams in North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. His mandates focused on commercial and market entry strategy, cost reduction and strategic planning. Frank’s diverse business experience also includes time as a Manager within the McDonald’s franchisee network and also as a market researcher for global market research firm Ipsos. Frank holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Bishop’s University and a Masters in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.
Peter is a retired broadcaster who has been on the Jesse’s Journey Team since 1998. He has served as President of the Board and currently sits as a Board Member and a member of the Executive Committee.
Dr. Lisa Hoffman
Director and Chair – Research Funding Advisory CommitteeOpen Description
Director and Chair – Research Funding Advisory Committee
Dr. Lisa Hoffman is chair of the Jesse’s Journey Research Funding Advisory Committee, leading a team of researchers, Duchenne parents, and external reviewers through the rigorous annual granting process.
Dr. Hoffman obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000. She was appointed as a Lawson Imaging Scientist in the Fall of 2009, and as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medical Biophysics, Western University (Fall 2009) and Anatomy & Cell Biology, Western University (Spring 2010). Capitalizing on the breadth of her multidisciplinary experience, Dr. Hoffman’s current research interests lie in Molecular Imaging and Cell Therapeutics for the treatment of both the skeletal and cardiac manifestations of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).
Following his call to the bar, Michael practised at a well-regarded law firm in Waterloo, specializing in the areas of Civil and Municipal Litigation. He joined Holmes & Kocheff LLP, located in Tillsonburg, Ontario, as a partner in July 2015. Michael’s areas of practice include: Real Estate, Wills and Estate Administration, Business Law and Civil Litigation. He has advocated before the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal.
Michael obtained his Honours Bachelor of Arts (with distinction) from Wilfrid Laurier University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa School of Law, where he was awarded the Council of Canadians Administrative Tribunals Award for excellence in administrative law. Michael was the Editor-in-Chief of the law school newspaper and summered as a legal research assistant.
Michael, his wife Amanda and their two children are proud residents of Tillsonburg. Michael is an avid fan of multiple cursed sports franchises and is an underwhelming, but enthusiastic squash player.
A long-time friend and supporter of Jesse’s Journey, Brenda Lausanne has over 25 years of experience in marketing communications. Brenda is currently Product Information Creation Specialist at StarTech.com, an innovative manufacturer of over 3,000 connectivity products with operations in 15 countries. Formerly, she served as Marketing Communications Manager at Info-Tech Research Group.
Well versed in digital and traditional marketing, Brenda has created marketing programs for many Fortune 500 companies including Pfizer and Petro-Canada. For many years, Brenda was Associate Creative Director and Senior Writer at MC Group, an Ogilvy company owned by WPP, a world leading communications firm.
Ted has been proudly associated with Jesse’s Journey since 2003 through a charitable event in the Burlington area called Eric’s Amazing Race. This family run event has generated approximately $215,000 for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research over the past thirteen years. He and his wife Heather are committed to working to ‘Defeat Duchenne’ on behalf of their nephew Eric and the many other boys they have had the privilege of meeting through the years.
Ted is proud to be a Jesse’s Journey board member since January 2015, and looks forward to advancing our mission to eradicate this disease. In addition to his involvement with Jesse’s Journey, Ted has spent the past twenty six years with Metroland Media in the advertising field, specializing in print and digital marketing solutions. He is a proud father of three boys and in his spare time is an avid hockey fan and love music. Ted thanks John and Jesse Davidson for their inspiration.
Al has served on the Jesse’s Journey board of directors since 2001. He and his wife Anne are parents of two boys, Dale and Dennis, who both faced Duchenne muscular dystrophy and passed away as young adults. As Al says, “we will not be happy till we defeat it.” Al has been a volunteer with Jesse’s Journey for more than 20 years, having met John and Jesse as they were on their journey across Ontario. He and Anne also joined Grandpa Bob on his 4,000km Walk for Louie in 2014.
Director and TreasurerOpen Description
Director and Treasurer
Colin holds the role of Treasurer for the board as well as sits on the Executive Committee. Colin is a CPA Chartered Professional Accountant who specializes in the field of financial statement audits. He has a wide range of experience across many different industries including not for profit. He enjoys traveling, soccer, golf, and supporting his community.
Jeffrey Preston, Ph.D., is a professor of Digital Marketing at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario and a disability & culture corresponded on AMI Accessible Media Inc. A long-time advocate and motivational speaker, Jeff’s first book, The Fantasy of Disability (2016), focuses on the intersection of disability, subjectivity and culture.
Perry is new to the Board but not to the story of Jesse’s Journey. As a colleague of John’s in the 90’s at CFPL-TV Perry participated in the Ontario walk in ’95 and has supported the cause ever since.
For the last 18 years Perry has dedicated his life to non profit work in support of children. He’s a fundraising executive skilled in strategic planning, individual giving, corporate partnerships and event planning. His career has led him to work across North America, Europe and Australia with children’s hospital Foundations. His current work is with Variety – the Children’s Charity Ontario raising funds to transform the lives of children through inclusive physical activity.
Perry and Nicole live in London and are parents to four children.