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Our People

Meet the staff at Interval House Hamilton


Executive Director

The Executive Director is an employee of Interval House of Hamilton and implements, directs and executes the Board of Director’s annual business plan. She ensures that the vision, mission and values of Interval House of Hamilton are fully embraced in all its work. The Executive Director is the community spokesperson for the agency and is responsible for the agency, including, but not limited to: financial sustainability and reporting, program and service delivery and all human resource issues.



Director of Programs and Services

The Director of Programs and Services reports to the Executive Director. Her duties include all matters of programming and the services of the organization.


Manager of Community Programs

The Manager of Community Programs reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the day to day operations of all community / outreach programs including: the design, implementation, and evaluation of our “Stages of Change” community and in-house counselling programs. This position ensures our work is responsive, innovative and evaluated.


Resource Development Coordinator

The Resource Development Coordinator reports to the Executive Director. Her duties include all matters of community relations, staff relations, fundraising, marketing, and communications.


Operations and Accounting 

The Operations and Accounting role reports to the Executive Director. Her duties include all matters of finance and building operations.

Meet Our Board

Mark MacDiarmid


Mark is a business graduate from Brock University and spent his career in the private sector.  Prior to his recent retirement, Mark was a partner in a chain of furniture retail franchise stores in the Hamilton, Burlington, and Toronto regions. Mark believes in giving back and has volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and with Grimsby Benevolent Fund.  Mark brings business experience, financial acumen, leadership skills, and a positive attitude and has served on the IHOH board since 2018. Mark is the current President and provides leadership to the board of directors.

Dr. Will Harper


Dr. Harper- is a medical doctor, researcher, clinical educator, and Associate Professor of Medicine working at McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences since 2002. He has been involved in medical care and education, clinical research trials, clinical guideline development, medical licensing adjudication, as well as university and hospital leadership. In addition to his role on the board of directors, Dr. Harper is the board’s treasurer and serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee.

Dr. Mag Gardner

Vice President

Dr. Gardner has enjoyed a range of roles in Ontario including teacher, secondary principal, education officer and superintendent. More recently, she has served as a consultant, facilitator, coach, and speaker for more than ten countries around the globe. She has failed at retirement twice but has not lost hope. Dr. Gardner holds a doctorate in Leadership and Administration from OISE/UT. Additionally, Dr. Gardner is the Vice President of the Board of Directors, a member of the Governance Committee and a board ambassador.

Carolyn Rankin-Boutin


Carolyn is the Executive Director at the Centre for Diverse Learners, an organization that aims to support and empower neurodiverse students. Prior to her work in the not-for-profit sector, she owned and operated her own educational service company. She holds a bachelor’s degree from McMaster University and her Bachelor of Education from Trent University. She volunteers as co-Executive Director at Hand Up Toronto providing food and resources for families facing food insecurity. Carolyn is a dedicated member of the board and currently holds the position of secretary.

Jeanine Risk


Jeanine graduated from the Child and Youth Worker program, launching her career in the social services field before transitioning into healthcare. For the past 22 years, Jeanine has been dedicated to Hamilton Health Sciences, where her journey evolved from frontline roles to leadership positions. Currently immersed in a leadership role, Jeanine leverages her experience and expertise in healthcare while pursuing an MBA to further enhance her skill set and contribute to the continuous improvement of healthcare practices. Jeanine’s diverse background reflects a commitment to supporting individuals’ well-being and advancing within the dynamic field of healthcare. Jeanine is currently the Chair of Governance Committee.

Scott Hayes


Scott has been in law enforcement for over 25 years and is currently a serving police officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police stationed in the GTA. He has a master’s degree in law from Osgoode Hall Law school, is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from ASIS International and has an Associated Business Continuity Professional (ABCP) designation from DRI International. He is grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community by sitting as a director with so many talented people on the Interval House of Hamilton board.  He hopes he can assist with making the Executive Director’s vision of expanding the services of Interval House come true. Scott balances his role on the board with his active involvement on the Finance Committee.

Jennifer Swan


Jennifer has been a family law lawyer for the past 13 years. She is currently a partner with Swan & Saenz LLP and has been practicing family law in Hamilton since 2014. Jennifer is very involved in the Hamilton legal community and sits on the Family Subcommittee (a committee within the Hamilton Law Association) and the Hamilton Community Liaison and Resource Committee as the Hamilton representative for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Jennifer obtained her Juris Doctor law degree from Bond University in Queensland, Australia and was called the New South Wales bar in Australia in 2009. Jennifer returned to Ontario and was called to the bar in Ontario in January 2011. Jennifer also obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) majoring in Political Studies and Developmental Studies from Queen’s University in 2005.

Dr. Maureen MacDonald


Dr. MacDonald is serving her second term as Dean of the Faculty of Science at McMaster University. In addition to leading the Faculty of Science, Dr. MacDonald is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Director of McMaster’s Vascular Dynamics Lab. Dr. MacDonald is internationally recognized for her research excellence in exercise physiology.  Dr. MacDonald, who became the first woman to lead the Faculty of Science, has supervised more than 200 undergraduate and graduate students and her commitment to students was recognized with a national mentorship award from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. Dr. MacDonald received her Honours BSc in Chemistry from Acadia University and her MSc and PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. She is a member of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Physiological Society, and the European College of Sport Science.

Sarah Edwards


Sarah has over twenty years of experience as a family law lawyer in Hamilton. She is currently Senior Legal Counsel at the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton and has been a lawyer representing this organization for twenty-one years. Sarah is very involved in the Hamilton legal community and sits on several committees including the Hamilton Law Association Family Subcommittee, Hamilton Joint Community Liaison and Resources Committee of the Family Court and the Bench and Bar Committee of the Family Court. In addition, she is Vice Chair of the Organization of Counsel for Children’s Aid Societies. Sarah obtained her Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University in 2000 and was called to the Bar in 2002. She also obtained her Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor in 1996 and obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts (History) from the University of Western Ontario in 1995. Sarah brings her experience and expertise to both the board, as well as to the Governance Committee.

Connie Smith


Connie is an award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker, teacher, consultant and community volunteer. As a director at Interval House of Hamilton, she is also our community ambassador. Prior to joining us, she served on the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Board, the Elizabeth’s Concert of Hope for ALS committee, co-chaired the United Way of Hamilton-Halton 2011 Campaign and co-hosted the McMaster Children’s Hospital Celebration telethon for 17 years. Connie is the recipient of Rotary International’s Paul Harris Medal, the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, a member of the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction, Mohawk College’s Alumni of Distinction, and the Order of Ontario. Connie was the first woman to join the weekday anchor desk at CHCH-TV Hamilton where she became a household name and face for more three decades and hosted Canada’s first “Always Good News” show on CTS (Yes-TV).


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