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Meet the AdoptOntario team

Meet the AdoptOntario team.


Dianne Mathes, RSW – Executive Director

Dianne Mathes was a therapist in private practice with a specialty in adoption. She has worked for the last 25 years in the area of adoption reunion, trauma counselling and attachment therapy, with counselling and retreat locations in Muskoka and Toronto.

Karisa Farinha, RSW – AdoptOntario Program Manager

As Program Manager, Karisa Farinha brings her experience in social work – including two years of child protection experience in London, England – to the AdoptOntario team. Karisa works with the team, and adoption field in creating new and innovative ways to support Waiting Children in the province through recruitment and adoption events. With over eight years as a Clinical Coordinator and ARE Coordinator, Karisa brings her insight and passion to the ongoing development of the AdoptOntario program as Program Manager. She believes that every child and youth have a forever family and that it is just about finding the right one.

Judith Craig, BSW, RSW - Senior Clinical Coordinator

Vivian McCauley, BSW, RSW - Clinical Coordinator

Sarah Blagdon - Admininstrative Assistant

Keisha Smith - ARE Coordinator

Francesco Manduca - ARE Administrative and Communications Assistant

Mary Henry - Lead Technology Manager (Product Manager)

Nofel Wasey - Technical Support Specialist