Board of Directors

Our skilled and multi-disciplinary Board of Directors are passionate about providing hope for children and families, and healing hearts and bodies throughout the world. The vision and direction they give to Hope and Healing International is clear and compelling.

Brenda Ben

Brenda Ben (Board Chair)
Brenda is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has spent the majority of her career in the insurance sector in a variety of capacities. She is currently VP, CRM and Business Solutions at a major Canadian insurer. Brenda has a passion for service has been a member of the Hope and Healing International Board since 2014. She has also served on several other charity and non-profit boards. Brenda and her husband Michael spend time in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo where they support a Congolese-run orphanage, school, and health clinic. They live in Waterloo and have two adult daughters.

Leah Bartlett
Leah is the chief of pediatrics and co-medical director of the pediatric program at Royal Victoria Health Centre in Ontario. She completed her medical education at McMaster University and her residency at Queen’s University. Leah has a variety of special interests in pediatrics including pediatric complex care, Down syndrome, and diabetes. Her work has extended beyond Canadian borders through her interest in international work, which has led her to both Haiti and Kenya. Currently, she is a pediatrician in Barrie, Ontario and Kenya. She lives with her family in Barrie, Ontario and is an avid horseback rider.

Robert E. (Bob) Evans
Robert E. (Bob) Evans has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has four decades of experience in finance, investments and accounting, primarily as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings. Bob is Board Secretary and serves on the Finance and Audit Committees. He is also a Director and Secretary of Nia Technologies Inc. and Chairman of Rundle College Education Foundation. Bob’s favourite chapter in the Bible is Matthew 6 – he often finds himself inspired by its profound message. He and his late wife Kate have a son, Jack, who works in Toronto in the same downtown office building where Bob began his career over 40 years ago.

Wayne Feasby

Wayne Feasby
Wayne Feasby is a 25-year member of Williamson Automotive in Uxbridge, working as the General Manager of the Leasing Division and most recently as Operations Manager. He has served with a number of organizations in a volunteer capacity including The Rick Hansen Foundation, Whitchurch-Stouffville Mobility Transit, Whitchurch-Stouffville Accessibility Advisory Committee, and the Whitchurch-Stouffville Downtown Development Committee. Wayne is a graduate of Yale University and has a BSc in Administrative Science.

Don Gerke
Don is a Senior Advisor at EPCOR Utilities Inc. and has over 25 years of financial, regulatory, human resources, and operational experience. He has a Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Don brings a wealth of experience as a member of the Hope and Healing International Board. He has served as a board and committee member in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Don lives in Edmonton with his wife and daughter.

Ruth Kuelker

Ruth Kuelker
After the experience of living in developing countries where medical needs were extensive, Ruth was drawn to the lifesaving work of Hope and Healing International. Ruth has worked as a Registered Nurse for over 30 years, including four years of service in Mozambique and Rwanda. She currently works as a tele-triage nurse for Alberta Health Services. Ruth lives in Calgary with her husband and two daughters.

Harry Reinders
Harry is a Partner and General Manager of RM Construction, providing rehabilitation and restoration of streams, rivers and lake shores. Harry has served on church and school boards helping to develop a faith-based environmental organization, and is a founding board member of CANIECA (Canadian International Erosion Control Association). Harry has always had a heart for the hurting and those left behind. He and his wife live near Guelph, Ontario and have 5 adult children, and 3 beautiful grandchildren.