Our Team

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 – Forest Discovery Program Director

Lisa brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Heartland including: Environmental Conservation Certificate from Guelph University, Certified Interpretive Guide, High Five Certification, Certificate in Museum Studies and Forest School Teacher as well as 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 leading the forest discovery team!

Helena Nieuwland – All Abilities Program Director

Helena has a diploma in Social Work from Niagara College specializing in youth services. Heartland’s passion for all ages – all abilities is seen in our Day Program, Work Experience Program, Wood Shop and Active Adults and we are grateful for Helena’s excellent leadership and administrative abilities. Offering a safe environment to learn and a chance to further individual hobbies and workplace opportunities fuels her. Her outside interests include spending time with the people she loves and watching a good movie!

Jann Nicolas – Finance Support

Jann’s background in accounting services started many years ago in the banking industry. During that time, she also started a Small Business consulting company for 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. Although Heartland Forest isn’t Jann’s only business client, she works with the team to help keep Heartland’s unique environment in motion!

Rita Maier – Facility Services Rental Support

As a life-long Community Volunteer, Rita Maier fell in love with Heartland Forest in 2004.  Her participation in planning the 1st Annual PumpkinFest brought her face-to-face with the positive, emotional impact this facility provides people from all walks of life.  Rita brings organizational excellence, as well as innovation and contagious energy to her contract role at Heartland!

Lisa Nieuwland – Day Program Coordinator

We are grateful for the incredible experience and knowledge that Lisa brings to the program including Therapeutic Riding Instructor; Day Camp Leader; Summer Day Camp Instructor, Station Leader for School Field Trips and Group Outings, Arts & Crafts Instructor and One-on-One Work Experience/Rehabilitation Worker.  In addition to the Day Program, Lisa leads the Active Adults program here at Heartland. She and her group of seniors enjoy healthy snacks, social time and getting active each week both indoors and out. She sure has loads of energy and enthusiasm!

Reed Rosiana – Abilities Programming

Reed 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 Reed’s spare time, he loves to go outdoors, focus on his art, and play the drums in his band, Pixel Planet.

Bob Moody – Woodshop Supervisor

Bob has been a part of the Heartland family since 2004 when he volunteered as the lead carpenter for the construction of the tree house. Bob graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters in Technical Studies, and has 32 years of Woodworking teaching experience and 15+ years of experience as a construction carpenter.  The goal for the wood shop is to remove barriers and increase equitable access to participation in community life through the development of knowledge and skills as well as provide meaningful work.  Bob is committed to this! In his spare time, Bob loves to read a good novel and watch his grandson play baseball.

Taylor Burciul – Special Projects

Taylor has a long history here at Heartland Forest. Her sister Sydney Burciul was the inspiration behind her Opa’s (Dan Bouwman) decision to bring Heartland forest to fruition. She has completed her Bachelor of Social Work Degree at Laurier and is currently completing a Masters in Social Work at University of Toronto. Taylor assists Heartland Forest in a variety of ways including event and memorial program coordination. Taylor also runs her own Labour and Birth Doula business called Blissful Birth Doula Services. Additionally, Taylor enjoys painting, golfing and fishing in her spare time!