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 grandsons Max and Landon 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!

Lisa Arp – Community Engagement Director

We are grateful for the incredible experience and knowledge that Lisa brings to the team 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.  She sure has loads of energy and enthusiasm!

Diane Taylor – Finance


Rita Maier – Facility Coordinator

As a life-long Community Volunteer, Rita Maier fell in love with Heartland Forest in 2007.  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!

Christine Bissonnette – Events and Volunteer Coordination


Alex Thatcher – Work Experience Coordinator


Ali Plato – Day Program Coordinator


Reed Rosiana – Day Program

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.


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