Our Board Governs the School
The Montreal Oral School for the Deaf is governed by a Board of Directors. This expert team of volunteers provides leadership, stewardship and guidance to the school. All of our Board members share a passion for helping children to listen and speak.
Geoff Warren, President
Charles River Laboratories
Geoff Warren has been a member of the MOSD Board of Directors since 2008 and has held the position of President since 2012. He joined the MOSD after serving as a member and then chair of the Willingdon Elementary School Governing Board. Mr. Warren has spent the majority of the last two decades in senior management positions in highly regulated contract research organizations (CROs) that provide services to the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. During Mr. Warren’s operation of a construction management consulting firm, he observed the ways in which the MOSD provided children with hearing loss to superior services. Mr. Warren has a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University.
Honora Shaughnessy, Vice-President
Honora Shaughnessy has been a member of the Board of the MOSD since 2010. A graduate of Concordia and McGill Universities, she had a long career at McGill University serving in a number of senior administrative positions, most recently as Senior Executive Director of Alumni Relations. She is currently working as an Independent Consultant for non-profit organizations. Throughout her career she was involved in many professional and community organizations, where she held a number of executive positions. In addition to her service on the MOSD, she sits on the Board of the Council on Palliative Care and has been a volunteer for the MUHC, McGill University and the Mount Royal Tennis Club.
Annie Sorich, Treasurer
Charter Fund, Inc.
Annie Sorich is an experienced strategist and investor with expertise in market development and analysis, philanthropy, and education. She currently is the Vice President, Strategy at the Charter School Growth Fund (CSGF), a non-profit fund working to transform education in the United States by investing in innovative charter school networks that offer outstanding educational options for under-served students. She is proud to be a part of the MOSD's efforts to provide an outstanding educational experience to students with hearing loss. Annie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College and received an MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Sonia Basili, Secretary
Sonia Basili joined the Board of Directors after witnessing how the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf was able to help children with hearing loss reach their potential. Ms. Basilli is a certified Human Resources professional in the province of Quebec (CRHA) and a graduate from McGill University (B.Sc. Psychology) and the University of Ottawa (M.Ed. Counselling). She brings an international and multidimensional background with knowledge in psychology, human resources and startup companies to the Board. Her objective is to enable the development of this institution with a fresh perspective on serving the community.
Jeniene Phillips Birks, Director
Emmy Award Winning Broadcaster
Jeniene Phillips-Birks is the recipient of an Emmy Award and two Edward R. Murrow RTDNA Awards for her work in writing, producing and directing stories using video. A former news anchor, network television director and producer for the New York Times Company, Phillips-Birks received a Bachelor of Arts, Honours from Queen’s University and a Masters of Science in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Her service at the MOSD began shortly after she witnessed the superior skills of MOSD staff members when her child was diagnosed with hearing loss. Phillips-Birks co-chaired a half a million dollar fundraising campaign and benefit for the organization in 2012. Phillips-Birks currently serves as Secretary on the executive of the MOSD Governing Board. Her efforts to support the children with hearing loss were recognized in 2014 when she was awarded the YMCA Pip Award for outstanding community service.
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Nancy D’Elia is a former high school and elementary school teacher and the owner of several day care centres in the Montreal area. Her passion for children drove her decision to serve on the MOSD Board of Directors. Ms. D’Elia has served on the board since 2005.
Richard Haddad is a longtime member of the MOSD Board of Directors. He began his service at the school after his two children were diagnosed with hearing loss. Mr. Haddad has served on governing boards at the Lester B. Pearson School Board both at the elementary and secondary levels. In addition, Mr. Haddad sat on the Special Needs Advisory Committee, also of the Lester B. Pearson school board. Involved in the community, he is a Director of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet 690 Lakeshore Squadron. Mr. Haddad has been instrumental in helping the school obtain funds to support its psycho-social department.
Rita S. Karakas
Canada World Youth
Rita Karakas is President and CEO of Canada World Youth-Jeunesse Canada Monde. She has 30 years of experience in the government and non-governmental sector, and a track record of organizational transformation at recognizable institutions including Save the Children Canada, YWCA du/of Canada, Oxfam Great Britain, and TV Ontario. Ms. Karakas sits on the International Advisory Board of the McGill Institute for the Study of International Development. Raised in Montreal, she have been active with community groups and organizations promoting the well-being of Quebec’s English and Allophone communities. Ms. Karakas joined the MOSD Board of Directors in 2014.
Annette Perry has 30 years experience as a social worker for children with special needs. As a child with profound hearing loss, Ms. Perry was among one of the first MOSD students to become successfully integrated into a neighbourhood school. Her respect for the MOSD’s groundbreaking former principals, Dr. Daniel Ling and Dr. Nan Philips inspired her decision to serve on the Board of Directors. Ms. Perry has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University and a Bachelor and Masters in Social Work from McGill University. She served as Board Secretary from 2010 to 2012 and she continues to participate actively in various Board committees.
Keurig Green Mountain
Pina Piccolo has been serving on the MOSD Governing Board as Treasurer since 2011. She is the Senior Director of Finance at Keurig Canada. Ms. Piccolo became involved with the MOSD in the spirit of giving back to the community. She is dedicated to supporting the MOSD’s mission of empowering children to hear and be heard. Ms. Piccolo is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a graduate of McGill University.