About Our Board

We meet monthly as a full board and members oversee governance, communications, investment management and more.

Michael Smith

Board Chair  Dr. Michael Smith is a retired University Professor and Dean, with a lifelong interest in education and learning. He is experienced in strategic planning and financial management. He is a proud father of four, and lives in Picton. From his own childhood experiences, he is passionate about helping young people excel in life.


Tom Harrison

Vice Chair  Tom is the Director, Faculty of Law Program in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility at Queen’s University. He has 15 years of experience in senior legal, public governance and university positions. Tom believes in public service through commitment and support to community organizations. “My perspective on youth development, experiences as a social worker, teacher and community volunteer are closely aligned with the values and mission of ROC. I am happy to contribute as a board member.”



Bill Barrett

Board Treasurer  Born in Toronto, Bill and his family moved to the County in 1965 to operate a family summer resort business, from which he has since retired. He graduated from Queen’s University in 1975. Bill and his wife Mary Ann are actively involved in marriage ministry at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Bloomfield. He has proudly served on the ROC board as treasurer since 2009.

Megan Jaquith

Board Secretary Megan is a Senior Consultant in Quality & Performance with the South East Local Health Integration Network and has been in health system and program planning for over five years. She holds a graduate degree in Public Health from Queen’s University and has a strong interest in health promotion and rural health. She is actively involved in her church and enjoys quilting, cooking, baking and sport.



Paul Robinson

Board Member  Paul is currently semi retired after working 49 years for various companies in Hamilton and Belleville as an Industrial Millwright. He has been involved as a Christian mentor for approximately 15 years in Bath, Kingston, Joyceville and Warkworth federal penitentiaries, and is regularly involved with his church as a member of a prayer team, several seasonal productions and also as a mentor to others in his church family. Paul was a trainer with the Wellington Dukes Junior A hockey team for 12 years. Along his wife, he has billeted hockey many players during the season.

Gayle Jessup

Board Member  Gayle works as a project manager with prior experience as a human resources manager, with a keen understanding of organizational and individual needs. She is best known for her leadership and mentorship of young professionals.  Gayle has given 25 years of service to the Girl Guides of Canada as a Unit Leader (all levels) and Commissioner, volunteered as a hockey team trainer, and was an office manager for provincial and federal electoral candidates. Gayle enjoys cooking, quilting, travel, the outdoors and is always looking to learn new things.

Chris Braney

Board Member   Chris has had the privilege of serving with two school boards as a Trustee and Vice-Chair. First elected as a Trustee from 1994–1997 with the Scarborough Board of Education, Chris served as Vice-Chair. With a young family started in 1998, and a short break from politics, Chris was elected again as a Trustee representing the City of Pickering in 2006. Chris also served as the Durham District School Board’s Vice-Chair from 2011-2017, and is now in his third term as a Trustee with the DDSB. Chris is well known for his successful track record of accomplishments that addresses school community engagement, and relationship building. He is also an enthusiastic and creative leader who has brought new ideas, and experience the many community Boards he’s served with. Chris spends a majority of his time residing in Hillier enjoying and working on the family farm and vineyard, Cold Creek Vineyards.

Bob Mason

Vice Chair  Bob is a retired Professor of Geology and Geological Consultant from Kingston, and was a board member and chair of the Marthas Table Community Program in Kingston before moving to settle in the County. He has a lifelong passion for exploring, teaching and learning, and is committed to supporting initiatives that open up opportunities for young people to fulfill their potential as members of society, irrespective of their circumstances.

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