The CWSDS team provides leadership and ensures excellence in our services and support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities from the Central West Region of Ontario, and beyond.




Kelly Philpott-Kocken, Interim Chief Executive Officer / Vice President Finance and Administrative Services

Kelly has been with CWSDS for over 36 years, holding numerous leadership roles including her current role as Vice President Finance and Administrative Services and previously serving as acting Chief Executive Officer. Kelly has been instrumental in bringing together collaborative partnerships to support CWSDS’ strategic plan and has established a strong relationship with the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. She will continue to oversee Finance and Administrative Services during this transition period. Kelly is committed to ensuring that CWSDS continues to provide excellence in the delivery of specialized services to the people we support.

Denise Mitchell, Board Chair

Denise was elected to the Board of Directors in 2017.  She has been past Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Fundraising Committee.

Her 30-year career has been focused in the area of Addiction and Mental Health where she has worked in both Clinical and Community Relations roles. Denise has worked to promote services, provide consultation and to strengthen collaboration with community partners. She has also been a strong advocate for improving services for clients and has been consistently recognized for her facilitation skills, as well as her ability to operationalize initiatives and policy.  She is pleased to be a member of such an accomplished Board and looks forward to her continued work with Central West.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors brings the skills, experience, and leadership required for CWSDS to maintain our standards of excellence. Meeting at least eight times each year, the Board members represent the diversity of the Central West community.

Board of Directors

Denise Mitchell, Chair
Monica Bettazzoni, Vice-Chair
Michael Nero, Treasurer
Andrew Falls, Secretary
Paul Bourque
Sally Elsadek
Shahroz Jafri
Diljeet Munder Singh
Susan Quinn-Mullins, Past Chair
Scott Waterhouse