The board members of Fit Active Beautiful Foundation are from Southern Ontario, who are committed to empowering youth girls to reach their full potential, and grow into strong, confident women.
Dr. Leanne Gosse, Chair
Leanne holds a PhD in social and personality psychology from Brock University and an MA in Social and developmental psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. She also completed a SSHRC Post-Doctoral research fellowship at the University of Waterloo in industrial-organizational psychology, with an emphasis on organizational justice. Leanne’s areas of scholarship include human rights and people with intellectual disabilities, the psychology of justice, eye-witness recall, and forgiveness. Leanne currently works as a Professor in the Community and Criminal Justice Degree Program at Conestoga College and as a Consultant in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Leanne is active in the community, volunteering with Autism Services Waterloo Region, Friends of the Crime Prevention Council, St. Johns Ambulance, and working as Assistant Race Director of the Hamilton Road2Hope Marathon.
Sharon’s passion is driven by first hand experience that, despite the circumstances surrounding us, we each have the capacity within us to be change agents in our lives and community. Sharon started FAB in 2009 to plant the seed of “I CAN” in the minds of girls facing poverty, or other barriers, one 5K run at a time; helping to develop the confidence and goal-setting skills necessary for each of them to lead an empowered life.
Cherie Harthun, Treasurer
Cherie Harthun is a certified chartered accoutant. She has put herself through school while working full-time and raising her two children here in Hamilton. Cherie brings to FAB a passion for fitness and running. Cherie has competed in the Ontario Ultra Series, finishing 3rd overall in her age category on 3 different race seasons. In 2012 Cherie’s running accomplishments were recognized when she earned a spot on the Canadian National team where she competed in the 24 hour World and European Championships held in Katowice, Poland.
Cherie loves spending time outdoors with her husband and children, inspiring them to have a love of fitness and respect for the environment.
Kelsey Boyer’s passion is people; she spent 10 years working in the hospitality industry before transitioning to business development/recruitment in the technology sector. She is now co-managing a boutique technical recruitment firm where she is responsible for overseeing multiple technology teams.
Kelsey has been involved with FAB since its infancy in many capacities such as Events volunteer, Coach, Coach Recruiter and now board member. She is also involved with another organization in Toronto called Future Possibilities for Kids (FPK) where she leads and supports a group coaches who support children and youth in their development of a goal of contribution towards their communities.
Kelsey is a huge health, fitness and recreational sports advocate playing ice hockey growing up and now co-ed floor hockey, has competed in multiple half marathons and marathons, basically lives at F45 training and also holds various fitness certifications. Kelsey is very excited to bring her passion and experience to FAB and finding more ways to empower youth girls to grow into strong, confident women.
Marianne Vrbanic has been an employee with City Of Hamilton, with the Recreation Division for over 25 years. During this time with the City, Marianne has held a number of progressive roles that include: organizing and providing grass roots community recreation programs as well as the promotion of the Hamilton Fit for Life philosophy of well being, active living, and creating opportunities that enhance life long wellness. Marianne is a certified Fitness Instructor, who enjoys outdoor sports, leisure activities and sharing these moments with her daughters.
The need to enhance and embrace the entire person at a young age is what FAB does; this is a stepping stone to life long wellness.. Courage, determination and pride is what all girls are made of, FAB just strengthens those qualities…”
Kathy leverages her 25+ years of Executive Leadership in the Corporate world to support Boards and Non Profit organizations to fulfill their missions. Known for ‘getting things done’ Kathy inspires a culture of achievement and is passionate about the outdoors and supporting women in leadership. She holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and undergraduate degrees in Commerce and Psychology. An avid cyclist, hiker, kayaker, snowshoer and former runner, Kathy enjoys quality time with family and friends at the cottage in Ontario’s beautiful Kawartha Lakes.
A proud Hamiltonian, Donna has spent the majority of her career in Sr. Sales Leadership positions within the advertising and marketing sector. Most recently, Donna returned to her beloved Hamilton from Ottawa where she was VP Sales & GM of a printing and packaging company. In her spare time you’ll find her at the gym, hiking, hot yoga or reading a great mystery novel. A past volunteer at the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice, HHSC and Nova Vita Domestic Violence Centre, Donna looks forward to contributing to the success of our FAB family.
Jessica is a Licensed Investment Representative of the Byrne+Cohen group at the private client division of BMO Nesbitt Burns. Upon graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University, she started working at BMO Nesbitt Burns and has been there over 9 years.
Jessica is ecstatic to be a part of the FAB Board and to devote her free time supporting girls to achieve their dreams and ambitions!
When not working, Jessica is an avid runner having completed two full marathons and countless charity runs. She also continues to play soccer; a passion since childhood, and enjoys being outdoors with her husband Matt and their Husky/ Shepherd Pup named Scherzer.