CPN Board of Directors

Simmie Smith PresidentSimmie Smith, B.A, M.B.A.

President

Simmie was diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of 9 and psoriatic arthritis at the age of 20. As a board member, she is keen to pursue new strategies aimed at eliminating the devastating effects of the disease through research, advocacy and education. Her own journey living with the condition and always seeking the latest treatment plans motivates her to find ways to support and educate others. We may be diagnosed with the same condition but we all need to find a treatment plan that works best. Simmie continues to seek ways to learn more about psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and living with it.

BrendaBrenda Spinozzi

Vice-President

Brenda Spinozzi, lives in Sarnia with her husband John & 2 children Jenn & Mark. She has worked full time as a pharmacy technician for the past 29 years at Bluewater Health. Severe plaque psoriasis has been a part of her life since she was 5. She decided to join the CPN Board to help others suffering from the same condition. She says, “Having psoriasis for the past 48 years gives me a true measure of how living with psoriasis effects one’s life. I would like to try & make a difference so people living with this condition have a voice.”

Andrew GosseAndrew Gosse

Director of Fundraising and Stakeholder Engagement

Andrew is from St. John’s, Newfoundland and has had severe psoriasis for just over 25 years. Over the years he has taken part in many clinical trials in an effort to get his symptoms under control which would enable a normal quality of life. Now having been almost 100% clear for over 7 years he dedicates his free time to educating, encouraging and speaking to others suffering from psoriasis to help them achieve the same.

Christine McKarneyChristine McKarney

Secretary

Christine was diagnosed with psoriasis as an adult. After the diagnosis, she realized she had a lot to learn about the condition and the available treatments. Christine thinks that knowledge is power, and she wants to help anyone with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis learn everything that they can to live life to its fullest.

joe2016thumbnailJoe Temple, B.A.

Director

As a graphic designer, blog writer and video editor, Joe plans on educating the general public about what it’s like to live with psoriasis through captivating online content.  Being diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of 13, he has been through many hills and valleys in his attempts to combat the disease. “In addition to finding a cure, we must also strive at removing the terrible stigma that those suffering from psoriasis deal with on a daily basis,” says Temple.  He currently lives in Oakville, Ontario with his family.

Glenn HendricksGlenn Hendricks

National Executive Director

Glenn brings over 15 years of experience working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. His background in fundraising and marketing, strategy development and implementation, financial management and operations has been beneficial to the success of many organizations.

As an accomplished leader in government and stakeholder relations he has been successful in leading successful public outreach campaigns, increasing media exposure and supporting strategic partnership initiatives. With a natural talent for relationship building, he understands the importance of cultivating and nurturing important partnerships through collaborative and innovative approaches. He is oftendescribed as “creative” and embraces this idea by constantly looking for new approaches to make projects successful. He looks forward to making a difference in the lives of Canadians who are affected by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

Glenn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Laurentian University and a Masters Certificate in Public Policy from the University of Toronto and he is a certified fitness instructor with the Goodlife Fitness chain. Glenn lives in Toronto with his family.