Support Team

Executive Director
Anna Jurak
Phone: (519) 981-1329

Anna has a bachelor of science degree in biology, a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a business diploma. Her background is eclectic, with past employment and volunteer experience in business, law, education and health. She brings all this knowledge and experience to running the programs and operations of BIAWE.

Caregiver Support Group Facilitator, You Are Not Alone Group Facilitator
Danielle Bridges
Phone: (519) 981-1329

Danielle’s background is in Social Work where she has obtained a Master of Social Work degree.  In her professional background she has experience working with people who are living with a brain injury, mental health, addictions, and homelessness.  She is currently employed at the Erie St. Clair LHIN.

Social Coordinator, Young Adult Group Facilitator
Rebeca Robinet
Phone: 519-981-1329

Rebeca has worked at a local long-term care home for almost 8 years as a Personal Support Worker and is currently in her final year of the Social Service Worker- Gerentology at St. Clair College. She is excited to be the Social Coordinator because she gets to share her passions for creativity and helping others with a group of amazing people.

Volunteer Coordinator
Carolyn Basily

Carolyn is persuing a bachelors in Behaviour, Cognitive and Neuroscience at the University of Windsor. Prior to being the Volunteer Coordinator, she volunteered for BIAWE for several years as she found a passion in helping those with her time.

She is happy and excited to be a part of the BIAWE Support Team since she can share her experiences and specialities with volunteers.

You Are Not Alone Facilitator
Sandra Herrera

Sandra Herrera graduated with her Masters of Social Work from the University of Windsor. Sandra brings with her years of experience in the field of Social Work providing children, families and individuals support and guidance as an advocate and an agent of support and change. Sandra has worked with individuals who struggle with mental health, addiction, homelessness, and trauma. She has many years of experience working with individuals who present with complex trauma and dual diagnosis. She is excited to begin this journey with BIAWE and support community members within Windsor and Essex County. 

Art Coordinator
Rachel Olsen

Rachel Olsen is a Legal Assistant at Wunder O’Brien Personal Injury Law and has been on the Education Committee and Board of Directors at BIAWE for two years.

She has a passion for painting and the arts and has had a webcomic series for fifteen years. Rachel looks forward to sharing her love of painting with the wonderful group of clients at BIAWE. 

Art Coordinator
Christine Paris

Christine Paris is a Windsor based visual artist, an educator, and a writer – who loves to explore colour and who is always looking for ways to use art to engage the community in a worthwhile cause.

“For me, my artwork is about freeing myself enough through artistic expression to try to find an alchemy between the colours, the feeling of the colours and how they can express my human and ethereal experience in this world.”

Cooking Class Coordinator
Niina Lobbestael

Niina is a  Registered Dietician with more than 13 years of experience in nutrition and public health. She also has a Master’s degree in Gastronomy and Creative Food Education from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy; and an associate degree in the culinary arts.

Niina believes that people deserve to have support from experts in the field to help them make proper choices when it comes to their essential nutrition, and choices that are personalized for their bodies, lifestyles, and beliefs.

Client Services
Ali Caputo

Ali is currently in the process of obtaining her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Windsor. Ali’s professional background is with individuals who struggle with mental health, addiction, and homelessness. Ali currently works at IRIS Residential Inns and Services to further support individuals living with a persistent serious mental illness.  

Ali’s goal while at BIAWE is to help bridge the gap many individuals face in the community when trying to access help. Ali is here to support and connect you with the people, programs, and services you need to enhance your life!