2016 - 2017 OHEA Executive Team
Chair - Michele McAdoo, P.H.Ec.
Michele joined the OHEA executive in 2003 and is the current Chair of the association. She has also served terms as President, V.P. Communications and Secretary-Treasurer.
Michele McAdoo graduated from Ryerson University in 1994 with a degree in Food, Nutrition and Home Economics after receiving a diploma in food management from Kemptville College. Michele is a Professional Home Economist and Culinary Food Expert with over 20 years of experience in a corporate culinary test kitchen in the consumer packaged goods industry. Her most recent role was managing the development and execution of content for a corporate food website. Michele is an accomplished spokesperson with experience in front of the camera, as well as behind.
Since growing up on a beef farm in eastern Ontario and helping with gardening and food preparation, Michele developed a strong appreciation of where food comes from and learned the importance of eating locally. She attributes her 8 years of 4-H for developing her passion of different foods. Michele is a certified aerobics instructor. Michele is also the current co-chair of the Ontario Home Economists in Business Association. Michele resides in Toronto and is an avid traveler, eating her way around the world.
Secretary / Treasurer - Mary Johnston B.H.Sc., B.Ed., P.H.Ec.
Graduated from the University of Guelph in 1968 with her B. H. Sc., then attended the Faculty of Education at the University of Toronto for her B. Ed. Mary taught Home Economics/Family Studies at the secondary level for 10 years in Oshawa and Hamilton. Mary has been an active member of Hamilton Home Ec. Association and Ottawa Home Ec. Association as well as a professional member of Ontario Home Ec. Association since inception.
In 1980, Mary joined the staff of Health Canada; first in the Nutrition Evaluation Section and then with Field Operations of Health Protection Branch. In 1987 she took a position in Health Promotion within Health Canada where she applied her skills to research and knowledge development related to promotion of health for children (0 to 18). From 1997 until 2002 she was Senior Research Analyst in the Division of Childhood and Adolescence, and was noted for innovation in translating and disseminating research findings to transform policy, program and practice. She was responsible for the Canadian component of the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children Cross-National Study with 43 countries involved.
From 2002 to 2011, Mary managed the FASD Initiative within the Public Health Agency of Canada, during which time, strong working relationships with provinces and territories, researchers and professional and stakeholder organizations were established. Since retirement, Mary has been volunteering on the Research Management committee of the NeuroDevelopmental Network, and as Secretary/Treasurer of Ontario Home Economics Association. In addition Mary volunteers with Guides Canada as a Community Guider and a Pathfinders Leader.