Kelly Evans joined The Community Foundation as the Executive Director in September of 2013.  A native of Halifax, she and her family moved to Greater Saint John in 2007. As an established community developer, project manager and advocate for priority populations, Kelly has held senior positions within the public sector, most recently within the New Brunswick health care system. She is also the former Executive Director of the Community Health Promotion Network Atlantic (CHPNA). Kelly is a part-time professor within the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Acadia University, a Bachelor of Health Education degree from Dalhousie University and a Master in Adult Education degree from Mount Saint Vincent University. Kelly is President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, New Brunswick Chapter.  She and her family live in Quispamsis.


Trisha Erb joined The Community Foundation as Executive Assistant in December of 2017. She is a New Brunswick Native and alumnus of NBCC Saint John. She began her career working with the Saint John Sea Dogs for six years as the Office Manager while also serving as the Coordinator for the Sea Dogs Foundation. With a move to Calgary, AB in 2011, Trisha served as Executive Assistant to Bob Nicholson, then-President and CEO of Hockey Canada, and later in Edmonton when Nicholson became CEO and Vice-Chairman of the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. Most recently, she worked with the Corporate Security Department of J.D. Irving, Limited in Saint John, NB. Trisha lives in Hampton, NB.


Board of Directors

John L. Travis
is an Investment Advisor and Branch Manager of CIBC Wood Gundy's Saint John office. A Saint John native, John was educated in Rothesay and later received a BBA from UNB Fredericton. He is an active volunteer for a variety of Saint John community associations including the Saint John Board of Trade, The Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative, the Rocmaura Foundation, the New Brunswick and Canadian Curling Associations and Chair of The Stan Cassidy Foundation. John and his family live in Rothesay.


Michelle Thibodeau Coates is spokesperson and public affairs representative for Canadian Blood Services Atlantic. She is a communications professional with more than 15 years experience in the not-for-profit and health-care sectors. She joined The Community Foundation in 2013 as a member of the fund development committee. She officially joined the foundation’s Board of Directors in January 2014.  Committed to helping others and creating opportunities for residents of Greater Saint John, Michelle strongly believes in giving back to her community and has volunteered her time to various local not-for-profit organizations.

John Lawrence, CPA, CA, CGA
is a Chartered Accountant with Belyea Colwell & Associates. A graduate of Acadia University, John holds both CGA and CA designations. During his time in Nova Scotia, John was Treasurer for the Wolfville Historical Society & Randall House Museum and served on the Board for Kentville’s Relay for Life. John is currently involved with local charitable organizations including the Shining Horizons Therapeutic Riding Association, the Prince Charles Elementary/ Middle School breakfast program, and the Greater Saint John Community Foundation. John and his family live in Rothesay, NB.


Dr. Michael Simon is a practicing physician, and Past President of the Saint John Medical Society, Medical Staff Organization and the New Brunswick Medical Society, General Practice Section. After studying at Saint Francis Xavier University and Dalhousie Medical School, he returned to Saint John in 1989 to open a Family Practice. Michael also serves as the Undergraduate Clerkship Coordinator for Family Medicine at both Dalhousie and Memorial Medical Schools, and as the weekly Medical Columnist for CBC.


Joseph Brooks has recently retired as a Human Resources Manager for Rogers Communications, Atlantic Operations and Service. A graduate of the New Brunswick Community College, in 1997 Joe took on the role of treasurer for fledgling group which today is the Human Resources Association of New Brunswick. Today his involvement with non-profit groups includes his Church and The Community Foundation.



Robert (Bob) Crowley CPA CA is VP Finance with the Northrup Group in Saint John. Originally from St. John’s NL he has lived in Quispamsis since 2001 with his family. He has served on the Board of the United Way of Greater Saint John for seven years as campaign chair, Board member and Board chair. During this period he was also involved in the development of its current strategic plan, Vision 2020. He was an active member of the PSSC at KVHS in the Valley for 8 years. He is currently Treasurer of the Saint John Theatre Company. Bob is also committed to his church and is co-chair of the Quispamsis United Church Council, sits on Ministry & Personnel Committee and represents his church at Saint John Presbytery.


Harry Daley is the Job Developer at Saint John Learning Exchange. Born and raised in Saint John, Harry graduated from UNB Fredericton's Renaissance College with a degree in Interdisciplinary Leadership. He has dedicated his professional life to community development and has assisted in the start-up of a number of non-profits both locally and internationally. He is currently the Chair of the Youth Vital Signs Committee, a member of the granting committee, and will become a director of the board in 2016.




Cathy Fawcett is a founding partner at the law firm of Godbout Fawcett.  Born and raised in Saint John, she obtained a degree in Business Administration from UNBSJ and her law degree from UNB.   Cathy has been an enthusiastic volunteer throughout her professional life with varied organizations including Key Industries, Scouts Canada and her profession’s governing body, the Law Society of New Brunswick.  Cathy and her family live in Grand Bay – Westfield. 




Kristin Ross is a Social Worker with the Department of Social Development. She was born and raised in St. Thomas, Ontario, and educated at Dalhousie University (BA), St. Thomas University (BSW) and Wilfred Laurier University (MSW). With almost six years on the CUPE 1418 sub-local executive, she is actively involved in the Labour Movement- most recently as the Chairperson of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour Young Workers Committee. Kristin is also passionate, both personally and professionally, about Wellness with a focus on Workplace Wellness.



Chris Pearson is President of Acadia Broadcasting Limited. He moved to Saint John in 2015 after spending close to 30 years working in the radio industry in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Chris grew up in the Annapolis Valley; located along the Bay of Fundy. He has extensive volunteer experience and a history of building strong partnerships with community organizations such as the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore – which organizes fundraising initiatives to help purchase hospital equipment. Chris and his family live in Rothesay.



Heinz Schaerer has lived in Rothesay for over 20 years and has volunteered his time with many organizations in the Saint John and surrounding area.  He is currently employed with Bumble Bee Seafoods International as Vice President of International Sales.  The job involves extensive travelling.  Heinz has an Honours Business (Sales Management) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and Diploma in Asian Studies from Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan.  He is currently involved with the Kennebecasis Valley Oasis Youth Centre, Rotary Club of Saint John, Saint John Boys & Girls Club Endowment Fund and Outreach at Saint David’s United Church.



Honorary Legal Counsel


Gerry McMackin is a senior partner at Stewart McKelvey. He is an active community volunteer, having served on the Rothesay Town Council for nine years and is a past President of the Union Club. He is a long-serving Governor and former Chair of Rothesay Netherwood School and is a director of the Wiggins Home. Gerry is a former Vice-Chair and Secretary of The Greater Saint John Community Foundation and serves as its Honourary Counsel. He also served on the Board of Directors of Community Foundations of Canada for eight years. In recognition of his community service, Gerry was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2003 and the Paul Harris Fellowship Award in 2007.  On the occasion of the Foundation’s 40th Anniversary in 2016, the Board established the Gerry McMackin Fund. This fund, which supports a wide variety of charitable causes throughout Greater Saint John, is in recognition of all Gerry has contributed to the Foundation.