Board of Directors
Brian Beiles - President
For over 30 years, Brian has focused his business, consulting and training efforts on helping organizations become more effective in serving their customers, employees and shareholders. His experience has been in a wide variety of industries, where he has also held a number of senior financial and general management positions. Brian is a C.A., holds an M.B.A., and is on faculty with Loyalist College, where he conducts both consulting engagements and in-house management training programs. Brian moved to the County with his wife Sandra Goranson in 2005. Since then, he has served as Vice Chair on the Board of the Arts Council and as a member and Chair of the Jazz Festival Committee. He is very pleased to now be contributing to addressing key areas of need in the County.
Lesley Lavender - Member
Lesley Lavender started her career in the fast paced Toronto advertising market, learning the ropes and honing her impressive networking, marketing and design skills. Lesley and her husband, Tod returned to The County in 2001, settling in Tod’s home town of Wellington, where they operate several family businesses and are raising their young family. Aware of the trending shift from traditional print to web based marketing, Lesley focused on applying her considerable skills to web design and development. Her solid business background and experience is evident in her web and print work, as she creates unique, beautiful design, without losing sight of context and functionality. Lesley is a member of her children’s School Council and is active with the Prince Edward County Minor Hockey Association. As a long-time billet home for players on the Wellington Dukes Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club, Lesley has a strong connection with the youth and community organizations of The County. She is a coach in the County Clippers Basketball organization and is the Community Resource Development Coordinator with ROC in Picton. Lesley is also a certified Doula and has assisted in the births of many babies. Lesley brings youthful point of view, energy and contagious good humour to any situation.
Lenny Epstein - Member
Lenny Epstein is a filmmaker, producing, directing and writing several documentary and fiction productions which have screened at festivals and been broadcast nationally. A resident of Prince Edward County, he is an entrepreneur and principal of Epstein Creative, providing commercial video production for a wide spectrum of clients across several disciplines. He taught film and media studies at Queen's University, as well as music and digital media at St. Lawrence College. He continues to volunteer in the community and has contributed his energy to organizations such as the Bloomfield Centre for Creativity and the PEC Soccer Association. Lenny was elected to the Municipal Council of Prince Edward County representing Picton. Lenny is also representative of the Prince Edward County Municipal Council on the Board of Directors.
Beth Easton - Member
Beth Easton, MA, has over twenty-five years experience in the non-profit sector working in Canada and internationally in such areas as reproductive health, AIDS and cancer. With 15 years in executive positions, Beth most recently led grant-making, research, health promotion, and communications strategies for a national health charity. Proud of her family’s history in the County – her father was raised on a farm in West Lake, while her grandmother’s family settled and farmed in the Wellington area – she and her spouse became part time residents, before moving to Picton full-time in 2016. In addition to a growing consulting practice that includes coaching and organization development, Beth is an artist; trained as a clown, she writes and performs, including in the County’s own improv and comedy troupe “Taste That”.
Christine Winiarz Searle - Member
Attracted to and inspired by Lake Ontario island lifestyle, Christine Winiarz Searle moved to Prince Edward County in 2014 after over 30 years of experience in the federal public service. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Christine began her career conducting audits and performance evaluations of organizations supported by government grants. Mid-career, she gained valuable experience at Western Economic Diversification Canada developing and delivering programs that financed small businesses, institutes and organizations in rural and Aboriginal communities. At Industry Canada in Ottawa, Christine successfully influenced the evolution of Canadian policy frameworks to control the paperwork burden that faces entrepreneurs and inhibits small business growth. A CPA, CMA, and avid sailor, Christine has held voluntary board positions at Sail Canada, Ontario Sailing and the Nepean Sailing Club, focusing her efforts on improving financial management establishing good governance frameworks. Christine is currently a citizen member of the Prince Edward County Community and Economic Development Commission, Treasurer on the 99.3 County FM Board of Directors and Chair of the By-laws Committee for the Wellington on the Lake Residents Association. Through her consulting practice, WindSea Governance Inc., she continues to help non-profit boards in the sport, recreation and cultural tourism sectors shape appropriate governance frameworks and align resources to realize strategic outcomes. By joining the Foundation Board, Christine looks forward to contributing her expertise to benefit those in need throughout the County.
Linda Conley - Member
From 1996 to 2013 Linda was the Executive Director of Prince Edward Learning Centre. In that role she managed an Adult Basic Literacy agency funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Part of Linda’s responsibility was to connect with the community of Prince Edward County. Linda sat on a number of committees including the Inter-Services Committee, the Poverty Roundtable, and the original Vital Signs Advisory Committee. Linda developed working relationships with all of the other social service agencies especially Prince Edward Lennox and Addington Social Services and Community Living Prince Edward,
Linda currently serves as the President of the Board of Community Living Prince Edward, A Co-Leader of the After 3 Club at Wellington Pentecostal Church and Secretary for the Church Council for Wellington Pentecostal Church and volunteer at the breakfast club at CML Snider Elementary School.
Helen Findlay - Member
Ms. Findlay is an executive with over 25 years experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Her background in both science and business has brought key strategic insight and management capabilities to established and start-up companies in both for profit and not for profit sectors. She has managed a market research and consulting business, been named as a finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards, and is an inventor on over 20 issued patents. Ms. Findlay is a founding director of the Ontario Biosciences Innovation Organization, a Director and Chair of the Governance Committee for BioTalent Canada and Past Chair of the Board of Tapestry Opera. She was a Director of the Argonaut Rowing Club and an advisor to the Argonaut Trust Committee. During almost 20 years in the County Helen has supported a number of charities, Festival Players and the Regent Theatre. Her passion is for the community and for her garden known affectionately as “Rogue Tomato Farm”.
David MacKay - Member
David arrived in Prince Edward County in 1975 when he began a career as a Teacher at PECI. He went on over the next 30 years to hold a number of roles including: Head of English Department; Coordinator of Adult Education; Vice Principal and Principal at PECI; Principal at PInecrest Elementary School; and Principal Moira Secondary School (Belleville).
Since retirement David has been involved in a number of local organizations and initiatives including: 99.3 County FM; Save Picton Bay; Standing Ovation and Music on the Mountain. In 2016/17 he was a community member on the ARC (Accommodation Review Committee) for Prince Edward Collegiate.
Debbie MacDonald Moynes - Member
Debbie always knew that working with seniors would be her career and she has been Executive Director of The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association since 1981.
Debbie has served in many sector-related boards and committees -- board of the Ontario Community Support Association; chair of the South East Community Support Network for 20+ years; a Trustee on the board of OASSIS benefit plan. She was an adjunct professor with the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Human Services Management degree program at Loyalist College in Belleville, teaching social policy and politics.
She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University and is also a graduate of the Advanced Health Leadership Program at the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.
Debbie is deeply involved in the community and her volunteer work includes Past President of the Rotary Club of Picton (1996-97), Rotary Secretary (2014-2017); Past President of the Quinte Educational Museum & Archives (which raised $50,000.00 to move the 100 year old Victoria Schoolhouse); and she is also Past President of The Regent Theatre Foundation. Debbie has been involved with the CCF Vital Signs initiatives and is pleased to join The County Foundation Board to build upon this work.
Debbie was born and raised in Prince Edward County and lives on Green Point in Prince Edward County with her husband Rick
Brian Ford - Member & Treasurer
Brian is an accomplished chartered accountant and financial professional with over 30 years of experience serving publicly traded entities as well as privately owned organizations, most recently as CFO of a public life sciences company, Telesta Therapeutics, based in Belleville and Montreal. Prior to that, Brian provided advisory services through EY and on his own through Petersford Consulting, for a wide variety of clients, primarily centered on capital/fund raising and improving revenue leverage from their revenue generating resources.
His results focused leadership and diplomatic touch enable teams to deliver on goals, objectives and strategic initiatives with full accountability and transparency. Brian’s engineered approach to problem solving, and strong analytical and communication skills enable him to connect with and engage stakeholders at all levels, whether in the boardroom, with engineers and scientists or other staff in the field, investor, banker, customer or supplier. With his multi-disciplinary skill set together with core skills in accounting, auditing, and finance, Brian brings a portfolio of experience that provides significant value at the senior management table.
Past Presidents of The County Foundation
Brian Beiles - Current - 2017 to present
Joan Pennefather - 2012 to 2017
Carlyn Moulton - 2008 to 2012