Fanshawe College Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of community leaders dedicating their time and expertise to strengthen the College.


The Board works to ensure the Foundation is an effective and efficient organization in pursuing donor investment and building philanthropic support for student success at the College. 


Trevor Noye, Chair

Trevor joined Jones Healthcare Group in Sept 2020 as senior vice-president, Medication Adherence.

Trevor’s mandate is to grow the global Medication Adherence business through a combination of organic and acquisition strategies. Prior to joining Jones, Trevor spent 20 years at Trojan Technologies where he held a variety of executive roles including CFO and Global Operations.

Trevor has a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Accountant. Prior to joining Trojan he spent five years in senior roles throughout the financial services industry as well as five years in public accounting.

Trevor joined the Fanshawe College Foundation Board of Directors in September 2018.

Kim Whitehead, Vice Chair

Kim Whitehead is the general manager of the Woodstock District Chamber of Commerce. The Woodstock Chamber is an advocate for positive change in our diverse business community. One of the chamber’s key goals is to strengthen relationships and contribute to building a stronger community by connecting business and community. At the chamber, Kim manages the day to day activities, events, sponsorship, membership and more. Kim served as a volunteer on the chamber’s executive committee, board of directors and communications committee before joining the chamber as an employee. 

Kim has been an active volunteer in her community, volunteering for the Canadian Cancer Society for 15 years. She spent 11 years on the steering committee for their Relay For Life, four of them as co-chair. During her tenure on the committee, Woodstock had one of the most successful Relays For Life’s in Ontario on a per capita basis.

Over Kim’s career, she has also volunteered with the United Way and the Ontario Men’s Provincial Curling Championship in 2001 and 2009 hosted by the Woodstock Curling Club.

Kim joined the Fanshawe College Foundation Board of Directors in September 2018.

Lesley Castledine

Lesley has over 20 years of progressive leadership experience in both distribution strategy and in working directly with advisors, and taking advisory practices to the next level is her passion.

In her current role, she leverages her diverse and comprehensive experience to drive

market-leading practice development strategies to help our Canada Life advisors achieve their highest levels of success.

Lesley joined the Fanshawe College Foundation Board of Directors in September 2021.

Janice DeThomasis

Janice joined the Fanshawe College Foundation Board of Directors in September 2021.

Peter Devlin, Fanshawe College President

Peter Devlin was appointed Fanshawe College’s fifth President effective September 2013.

Prior to joining Fanshawe, President Devlin served 35 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and retired commanding the Canadian Army at the rank of Lieutenant General. He has several UN, NATO and Coalition tours and his awards include Orders of Military Merit from the United States, Brazil and Colombia as well as the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross, France’s National Order of the Legion of Honour and Commander of the Canadian Order of Military Merit.

President Devlin serves on provincial and national college committees. These include the Ontario Colleges Library Service Board as past president and a member of the Colleges Ontario Committee of Presidents and serves on the Executive Committee. He is a Director on the Colleges and Institutes Canada’s Board (CICan), a member of CICan’s Presidents Leadership Network and Coordinating Committees, CICan’s International Advisory Committee, and a Director on the Polytechnics Canada Board. Peter also serves on the London Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors, the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries and is a member of the lvey Business School Leadership Council.

President Devlin received an undergraduate degree in Honours Economics from Western University, a graduate degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College and a certificate in Advanced Executive Management from Queen’s University. He has also studied at Command and Staff Colleges of the Canadian Defence Academy and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D). He received an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Military College of Canada.

Peter has been married for 37 years, and together he and his wife Judy have four children.

Sushant Haritas

Sushant is the corporate development manager for a leading technology firm where he is responsible for mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and strategy, and is leading the company's program for international expansion into Europe and Japan. He has previously worked at global consulting firms, advising governments and Fortune 500 clients in various capacities. Before this role, he was working for a public financial institution where he managed an infrastructure debt portfolio of US $3 billion with investments in energy generation and transmission assets.

Sushant has worked in various countries in multicultural environments and has played a continued role in community engagement. He earned his MBA from Ivey Business School and was awarded Richard Ivey Excellence Award for commitment towards community service and William Fuller MBA award for academic achievement and leadership potential. He obtained his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Delhi College of Engineering and holds PMP and Lean Six Sigma certifications.

Sushant joined the Fanshawe College Foundation Board of Directors in September 2021.

Gillian Kernaghan

Gillian joined the Fanshawe College Foundation Board of Directors in September 2021.

Robert Nash

Robert (Robbie) Nash was born and raised in London, graduated from Western University in 1966 and received his MBA from York University in 1967. In 1967, he landed his first job in the financial sector with London Life and in 1970 joined Nesbitt Thomson. In 1999, Robbie joined National Bank Financial where he worked as a senior investment advisor until 2019.

A Canadian national doubles semi-finalist, Robbie is an avid tennis player who has at least 15 doubles London Hunt and Country Club championships under his belt. Robbie has loved the game of golf all his life, growing up on the greens with his father, the legendary amateur golfer Jack Nash, with whom he won six Ontario Father and Three Sons championships.

Robbie is most proud of his family. He is happily married to his wife Deb and loves to spend time with his six children and seven grandchildren.

Robert joined the Fanshawe College Foundation Board of Directors in September 2021.

Russell Reil

As community manager at RBC, Russell Reil is responsible for the general management of four branch locations in London, Ontario. Key mandates include client experience, development of employees and integration of business line partners.

Russell joined RBC in 2018 and prior to this had 16 years of experience at another financial institution and held a broad array of responsibilities. He has significant experience across all aspects of retail banking including advisory, operations, strategy and leadership.

Russell is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion and has led Employee Resource Groups (ERG) focused on Indigenous employees and their allies, as well as young professionals. He is currently co-chair of an ERG in Southwestern Ontario for caregivers within RBC called iCare.

Russell holds a Business Financial Services diploma from Fanshawe College and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) as designated by FP Canada. Russell is married with two children and lives in London, Ontario.

Russell joined the Fanshawe College Foundation Board of Directors in September 2021.

Derek Thomas

Derek has been the director of tennis at the London Hunt Club for the past 34 years. He has also been the director – SDC Capital Corp. (Mortgage Investment Co.) for six years.

Derek joined the Fanshawe College Foundation Board of Directors in September 2021.

Mojdeh Cox

Mojdeh Cox is an impact and results oriented community builder and leader. Her dynamic 10+ years of experience working in co-visioning, co-designing and executing political and issue-based advocacy campaigns, and her social policy work equipped her with the analysis and practices needed in community-based leadership roles designed to bring people together. She credits the discovery of her passion and work to Fanshawe College as an alumnus. Mojdeh believes that a supportive, inspiring organizational culture where there are shared values and goals is how cross-functional teams in complex systems thrive. Most recently, her thought leadership on radical accountability has been nationally recognized in her tenure as President and CEO of Pillar Nonprofit Network.

Laura Elliott

Laura Elliott served as Director of Education and Secretary with Thames Valley District School Board from 2013 - 2019, prior to her retirement in September 2019. Previously she served as Executive Superintendent of Program Services with Thames Valley DSB, Superintendent (secondment) Student Success/Learning to 18 with the Ontario Ministry of Education: Manager of Membership Records with the Ontario College of Teachers; and Superintendent of Education with the Durham District School Board. With a career in education spanning more than 35 years, she was committed to the education of elementary and secondary students as a foundation for college success.


Laura has also served on the Executives of both the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) and the Public Council of the Ontario Directors of Education (PCODE), President of the Ontario

Public Supervisory Officers ' Association (OPSOA), and member of the University of Western Ontario Senate. She will be assuming the role of Chair, Board of Governors for Ontario Tech University in September 2022.


Currently, Laura is the Executive Director for the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE). Prior to September 2022, she served in the role of Facilitator for the Supervisory Officer Qualification Program for OPSOA, a Liaison Team Member with CODE for the School College Work Initiative, and a Consultant for the Ontario Education Services Corporation.


Laura holds a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University, a Master of Education in Educational Administration and Bachelor of Education, both from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science from Western University. She has also studied with the Rotman School of Management, Ivey School of Business. and most recently with the Institute of Corporate Directors. Laura is committed to her on-going learning, especially in Indigenous and Human Rights.

Donovan Francis

Donovan is founder and managing lawyer at GOOSELAW™ Immigration Law Firm with offices located in London and Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

He leads a team of lawyers and immigration support workers dedicated to helping billion-dollar multinational corporations, Canadian and foreign-owned startups as well as medium-sized companies seeking work permit support for their foreign employees or wishing to create a Canadian startup for immigration purposes. He also leads his team in supporting individuals and families to effectively navigate the Canadian immigration process. He has worked as a business immigration lawyer at global corporate immigration law firm, Fragomen, where he advised a diverse portfolio of clients, including global corporations and Fortune 500 companies. He has also served as head of communications and marketing within a division of global engineering firm, Worley.

Donovan is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario and has been admitted to the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. He is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers. Under appointment under The Notaries Act, RSO 1990, Donovan is a certified Notary Public & Commissioner.

A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada, Donovan holds a Juris Doctor (Law degree) and a Master of Arts degree in Communications and Technology (MACT) from the University of Alberta, Canada. He is also a proud alum of the University of The West Indies (Mona) in Jamaica.

Donovan has held positions on several boards and committees in Ontario and Alberta.

John Lessif

John is married to Elizabeth and resides in the town of Tillsonburg. He successfully owned and operated McDonald’s Restaurants in Oxford County prior to retiring. He has been recognized for his many accomplishments, including Town of Tillsonburg Citizen of the Year, McDonald’s Restaurant Franchise Golden Arch recipient, Queen’s Jubilee Volunteer award, Lifetime member Children’s Aid Society of Oxford and Fanshawe Honorary Diploma. John and Liz believe in the importance of giving back to their community through volunteering and philanthropy. John has served on a number of non-profit boards, and recently they were lead donors in a matching funds campaign to equip the Orthopedic Clinic in the Tillsonburg and District Memorial Hospital, and are a Fanshawe Legacy donor. He is a former Mayor of Tillsonburg, past president of the Tillsonburg Chamber of Commerce, and previous director of Tillsonburg Hydro, to name a few examples of his leadership roles in his community.