Elisabeth Graham – Executive Director
With a degree in Administrative Studies in the area of Human Relations and Social Organization, Elisabeth brings a wealth of personal experience and expertise in the fields of disability and business management to the team. She and her husband Peter live in Queenston with two of their children, Zach and Jacob. She is delighted that her daughter and son-in-law, Ally and Matt and grandson Maxson live nearby.
Lisa Staton – Education and Camp
Lisa brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Heartland including: Environmental Conservation Certificate from Guelph University, Certified Interpretive Guide, High Five Certification and Nature and Wilderness Survival training. Prior to coming to Heartland Forest, she had many years of experience with Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority as an interpretive guide at Balls Falls. Her face lights up when she is interacting with the kids – we are glad she is part of the team!
Jann Nicolas – Finance Support
Jann arrived in Nov 2014 to help with the financial aspects of Heartland Forest. Her background in accounting services started many years ago with working 20 years for a bank at various branches across Canada. During that time, she also started a Small Business consulting company for the those who work in the Arts – fashion, theatre, professional photographers and fine arts. A unique group of individuals that require a special perspective regarding their needs. It’s this perspective that brought Jann and Heartland Forest together. The consulting business has evolved over time and a later in life decision had Jann attending college to obtain a diploma in Social Services. After graduation, Jann was hired as an instructor and then moved into the Financial Administrator position. Although Heartland Forest isn’t Jann’s only business client, she works with the team to help keep Heartland’s unique environment in motion!
Reed Rosiana – Abilities Programming
Reed recently graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. While at Brock, Reed volunteered for the Special Needs Activity Program every week, and soon found that he loved it. Soon after graduation, he found his home at Heartland! In Reeds spare time, he loves to go outdoors, focus on his art, and play the drums in his band, Pixel Planet!
Kirsten Koyle – Forest Discovery Program Coordinator
Kirsten is an Ontario Certified Teacher and is working towards a Masters Degree in Education. She also has many High Five Certifications along with years of experience of working with children. As a former Forest School Educator Kirsten is a believer in play-based learning and the power of the natural world as a teaching tool. She is a high-energy, positive thinker and is excited to be a part of the Heartland Forest Family.
Helena Nieuwland – Work Experience
Helena has several years of education, as well as experience in social work. Specializing in youth services, this made Helena a perfect addition to the Heartland team! Every day, Helena works side-by-side with our work experience program, offering them a safe environment to learn and a chance to further their workplace opportunities. Her interests include spending time with the people she loves and watching a good movie!
Bob Moody – Woodshop Supervisor
Bob has been a part of the Heartland family since 2004. Bob graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters in Technical Studies, and has 32 years of Woodworking teaching experience. In his spare time, Bob loves to read a good novel and watch his grandson play baseball.
Jill Ferri – Woodshop
Jill is a wonderful addition to our Heartland Woodshop family! After attending Niagara College for Carpentry, Jill decided that there is no one better to work for than herself! She has had over 10 years of owning her carpentry business! Having two kids under the age of four, Jill admits that she does not have much spare time! When she does find it, she loves to explore nature and all it has to offer!
Taylor Burciul – Parent/Partner Liaison Niagara Prosperity Initiative Summer Camp Program
Taylor has a long history here at Heartland Forest. Her sister Sydney Burciul was the inspiration behind her Grandfather’s decision to bring Heartland forest to fruition. She is studying in her final year of her Bachelor of Social Work Degree at Laurier and plans to apply for a Masters in Social Work. She has Social Service Worker and Human Services Foundations Diplomas from Fanshawe College. Taylor is currently working as the Parent/Partner Liaison, and camp administrator for the Niagara Prosperity initiative. She is also supporting the summer programming with behaviour management and parental communication.
When Taylor isn’t working at Heartland she is running her own Labour and Birth Doula business named Blissful Birth Doula Services. She has volunteered her labour and birth coach services in Costa Rica while working with the Indigenous Cabecar women of the rainforest. Additionally, Taylor enjoys painting, golfing and fishing in her spare time!