Your Foundation Team


Person SmilingLisa Talbot, CFRE  Executive Director of KidsAbility Foundation | 519-886-8886 ext. 1201  

For over two decades, Lisa has been helping individual donors, corporate partners and community leaders find their philanthropic purpose to support local children and youth realize their potential. A Leadership Waterloo Region alum, she is responsible for the comprehensive strategic direction and development program that includes her accountability to the Foundation Board of Directors. Lisa proudly leads a dedicated team of professionals committed to helping one child at a time to thrive. She invites conversations about all aspects of the Foundation’s work, including philanthropic giving.


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Jenna Allan
  Executive Administrative Assistant | 519-886-8886 ext. 1293

Jenna balances her focus between assisting the Executive Director and supporting Foundation Board Members and standing committees. She is responsible for the Foundation’s compliance with legislated and charitable sector standards and manages various bursary funds and team member health and safety processes. To request a media/speaking engagement with the Foundation, please connect with Jenna.


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Laura Boyle  Finance Manager | 519-886-8886 ext. 1359  

Laura is responsible for the accounting and financial administration of the organization. This includes financial reporting and disbursement activities. If you have financial or audit questions, please connect with Laura.

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Paige Phillips
  Senior Development Manager | 519-886-8886 ext.1202

Paige nurtures relationships with leadership donors and community members who love and share the values of KidsAbility. She is passionate about working with individuals to identify their philanthropic interests and guiding them in their engagement to strengthen KidsAbility’s mission. Contact Paige if you wish to make a difference in the lives of children, youth and their families and a lasting impact on Waterloo Region and Guelph Wellington.

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Peter Tan
  Database and Development Coordinator
 | 519-886-8886 ext. 1453

Peter has worked in database administration for many non-profit organizations and brings a decade of industry expertise and his passion to his role, including as an advocate for children and youth. Peter excels at developing, overseeing, organizing, storing, and analyzing our data and data systems. He ensures that each step is managed with the utmost security and confidentiality, and in a timely manner. Every day, Peter strives to make an impact to the organization and to the community.

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Elaine Tustin
  Communications and Marketing Officer | 519-886-8886 ext. 1298

Elaine is a copywriter, content writer and digital marketer. She develops and leads the Foundation’s marketing and communications strategies and initiatives to support its fundraising goals. She delights in working with clients and their families to share inspiring stories of how they found hope and support thanks to KidsAbility services, along with highlighting how caring supporters make a difference every day. If you have a story you’d like to share, please connect with Elaine. 

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Julia Twynstra
  Data Assistant | 519-886-8886 ext. 1278

Julia is a key resource for our team in our gift acceptance program, providing data analysis to assist in financial reporting. She is also responsible for processing and tax receipting donations, bringing a wealth of knowledge from her former career in banking. If you wish to make a donation or have questions about your tax receipt, please connect with Julia.

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Sarah Witmer
  Senior Development Manager | 519-886-8886 ext. 1203 

Sarah focuses on how the Foundation can be more involved within the community and how businesses and corporate partnerships can engage to make a direct and meaningful difference for kids and families. She works with supporters to imagine what their philanthropic legacy can become primary through a gift in one’s Will. For inquires about legacy planning, partnership, sponsorship, and employee engagement opportunities, please connect with Sarah.

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Alison Zimmermann
  Visual Communications Specialist | 519-886-8886 ext. 1200 

Alison sets KidsAbility's brand design standard with a keen eye for colour and concept. She brings her vast career experience as a graphic designer to create crisp and contemporary creative and is responsible for all marketing designs and visuals in print, web, social and product. She deploys her creative thinking to advance KidsAbility's digital marketing activities as the social media specialist. For inquiries about logos, recognition, and marketing collateral, please connect with Alison.