Current Board Members

Dr. Adam Newman, Chair

 Adam has worked as a family doctor in Kingston caring for pregnant women since 1996.  In 2000 he started work in a methadone clinic and  began looking after pregnant women with substance use disorders. In 2011 he and other clinicians at KGH established the first rooming-in program for babies born to opioid-dependent mothers in Ontario. Since 2015 he has worked in private practice devoted to patients with addiction, including pregnant women. Adam is married with two children currently attending university.

Cara Chesney, CPA, CA

Cara Chesney, CPA, CA is a partner at a local accounting firm where she regularly works with local businesses and non-profits. She serves as the treasurer for the organization.

Maggie Hogan

Maggie has been living in Kingston and working as a visual artist for the past 20 years. She also works as a psychotherapist and operates her own private practice.


Michael Portigal

Michael is a recently retired Strategy and Project Execution Consultant with managerial experience in the resource industry. His is looking to employ this skills in giving back to the commumity.

Kendra Link

Kendra is a Community Dietitian.  Originally from Prince Edward Island, she now calls Kingston her home.  She works passionately within the framework of the social determinants of health, with a keen interest in maternal and child nutrition.

Susan Young, M.Ad.Ed.

Susan Young, M.Ad.Ed., is a Life Coach and Mindfulness Facilitator with a private practice in Kingston, Ontario. Susan Young has worked as a feminist activist in the anti-violence community for many years. She brings extensive knowledge and experience of Boards along with a deep passion and commitment to support women in recovery with children.

Perri van Rossem

 Perri  is a Yoga Therapist in private practice. Prior to her career in Yoga she worked in Kingston as a fundraising consultant for many organizations including; The United Way, Easter Seals, The Boys & Girls Club and Rotary Kingston, to list a few. Blending her skills and experience in fundraising, business management and the healing arts, Kingston House of Recovery for Women and Children is a perfect fit.

Perri believes that no one is beyond healing, and it takes a community to help provide safe and inclusive spaces for those seeking support to recover from substance use issues. Mothers need their children in order to heal, Children need their mothers in order to grow. The mother child bond is crucial for healthy development of both. Perri hopes to bring together the Kingston Community to support this inspired vision.

Tina Tom

Lousanne Rode

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