Board of Directors
Jennifer Graham - Vice President, Interim President
Jennifer Graham was born with a CHD - congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA). Jennifer has been a part of CCHA since 2006. She graduated from Carleton University with a B.Sc Hon in Biology and Psychology. During her career she has held various positions including Project Manager, Computer System designer and developer, Process Re-engineering Analyst and National Trainer in the Insurance and Pharmaceutical industries.
While part of the CCHA team, she has helped organize events fundraising and social events as well as, represent CCHA at CCS Congress and various patient education conferences across Canada, the Sick Kids Family Education Days, Sick Kids Transition Nights and ISACHD symposium.
In 2010, Jennifer initiated the partnership between CCHA and the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada in their annual Walk of Life fundraiser, to raise funds for CCHA programs and cardiac rehabilitation programs across Canada, programs often used by CHD patients. Since then Jennifer has organized CCHA’s team each May and to date they have raised almost $85,000. In 2012 she was invited by the Cardiac Health Foundation to join their Walk of Life’s organizing committee.
Personally, Jennifer enjoys travelling around the world, cottaging and spending time with her family and friends.
Robbyn is a CHD patient with Tetralogy of Fallot and a Human Resources Professional. She is a graduate of Sheridan College and Lakehead University (BA). She has over 20 years’ experience in various roles within Human Resources but has spent much of her career as a Compensation Consultant. Currently, she is taking a break from the corporate world to spend time with her family and get more involved with organization’s that are making a difference.
Robbyn has been actively involved in the community by volunteering for the United Way, The Children’s Foundation, School Parent Council, and Treasurer of the girls’ softball rep team.
She lives in Guelph, enjoys reading, travel, weight training and bootcamp classes. Robbyn is married with two children.
Jennifer Michaud - Secretary
Jennifer is a CHD patient, born with aortic stenosis and recent open-heart surgery survivor and recipient of a bioprosthetic aortic valve. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta (BA) and has a background in marketing and health promotion; she currently works for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Her experience in transitioning from paediatric to adult CHD care, and her surgery and subsequent recovery have driven her passion to work with others who are affected by CHD.
Jennifer enjoys participating in community theatre, running with her dog and travelling with her husband.
Meaghan is a CHD patient, and has called Canada home for the last 18 years. Born in Sydney , Australia, Meaghan is extremely passionate about ensuring CHD patients receive quality care continue in the pursuit of excellence in patient and family centered care. Meaghan is a Registered Nurse, and is currently the Director of Cardiovascular and Stroke Programs, at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Meaghan has over 15 years of extensive management and leadership experience in health care. She has a clinical background in acute care, holds a Masters Degree in Nursing, and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Business Administration Program. Outside of her career, Meaghan is married and the mum of one child. She is passionate about fitness and has returned to competitive swimming in the Fall of 2017. Her inspiration for her return is her 13 year old daughter, who is an active competitive swimmer. Meaghan also adores gardening and fashion.
Bengy is the mother of two kids, a little boy (January 2014) and a little girl (March 2018) born with Tetralogy of Fallot with absent pulmonary valve syndrome.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, and she is currently working as an IT Analyst.
Bengy lives in Montreal and loves spending time and enjoying all the little moments with her husband and children, she likes to travel, to sing and to support people in need.
Anna is a CHD patient living with a surgically corrected coarctation of the aorta.
She holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours from Queen’s University and a Masters of Plant Science from McGill University. She has worked in a policy capacity for the federal government for over ten years.
Anna lives in Ottawa with her husband and loyal French bulldog, where she also volunteers with Famous5Ottawa, to encourage young women to pursue their goals and contribute to public life.
Lauren is a CHD patient from Toronto. She has an Honours Degree in Philosophy from the University of Guelph and recently completed her Paralegal Certificate at George Brown College. For the past ten years, Lauren has worked at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) in various roles. Her experiences growing up and living with CHD have driven her desire to raise awareness about CHD. Lauren enjoys spending time with her cats, travelling with friends, music, art, and poetry.
Jacey was born with Congenital Heart Disease. She completed her BSc in Kinesiology at the University of Prince Edward Island and received her diploma in Registered Massage Therapy at ICT Northumberland College. Jacey now works as a Registered Massage Therapist and kinesiologist in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Throughout her school years and into university, she played competitive hockey and continues to be a physically active person. She was brought up with a positive outlook on life and that anything is possible and is excited to be a part of CCHA.
Dr. Priyanka Kugamoorthy has been a life-long advocate for CHD as her journey began before she was even born. Her mother was born with Aortic Stenosis which led to her becoming one of the first women in the world to undergo an Aortic Balloon Valvuloplasty while pregnant with Priyanka; leading to her healthy delivery and setting up for the Ross Procedure to be performed 3 years later.
This piqued Priyanka’s ambition to obtain her Doctor of Medicine and eventually join the physicians that helped save her mother’s life. She currently works in the Heart and Pregnancy Program and the Inherited Arrhythmia Program within the Department of Cardiology at both University Health Network and The Hospital for Sick Children, working with high-risk pregnant women who have heart disease. She has been heavily involved in research and publications with the purpose of innovatively treating various congenital heart disease and arrhythmias in pregnant women as well as bringing community awareness from an academic perspective.
In her spare time, Priyanka enjoys creative writing, international music and submerging herself in nature by hiking with her family and being out on the water.
Brenaven (Bren) Kugamoorthy
Brenaven (Bren) Kugamoorthy is a graduate of the University of Toronto (UofT) - St. George Campus, from the Faculty of Kinesiology. He was a full-time international athlete, competing in basketball, and a part-time musician before entering UofT. He is also an advocate for CHD; stemming from his mother having Aortic Stenosis. From a young age, his mother has been advised to be as active as possible, which galvanized Bren into the sport and exercise science and research.
Bren is an active leader. With the UofT community, he has started and led many initiatives through his various positions in governance, coordination, fundraisers, course-related and nationally-related events, and has spoken at many recruitment events on behalf of the university. He is well-versed in policy changes, having represented students to advocate and enhance the curriculum, research, admission/petitions, and has immense knowledge in organizing mass-scale events, having hosted a ½ million-dollar, national university conference. Bren was also able to partake in many undergraduate research projects under the supervision of faculty professors and surgeons at Toronto Western Hospital. He enjoys training athletes at UofT, professional athletes, strength and conditioning coaching, and training Special Olympic athletes.
Outside of the realm of professional sport and academia, Bren participates in sports and exercise himself, loves travelling and being outdoors, frequents concerts and enjoys various realms of art and music.
Christelle Roy - Honourary board member
Christelle is a CHD patient with ALCAPA. She is an experienced communications professional with a background in administration and digital marketing. Previously she held positions in the nonprofit sector, namely with Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Humane Society.
Over the years she has volunteered with organizations like Canadian Blood Services, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the United Way. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and obtained a Graduate Certificate in Public Relations while working in her college’s Marketing department.
She is passionate about bringing people together, building community, and promoting wellness. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching documentaries, managing Facebook groups, and travelling.
Other board members include Karen LeComte - PAB Liaison
Read why the Board members support CCHA https://www.cchaforlife.org/news/board-members-show-their-support-ccha