Susan Dusick, CFRE
519-749-6578 ext 1514
Susan Dusick is the President of the Foundation. Over the past 12 years, Susan has been instrumental in raising more than $65 million towards equipment, patient care, and services at St. Mary’s General Hospital.
Following a successful 20 year career in business development and marketing in the private sector, Susan joined the Foundation team in 2005 as Director of Leadership Gifts. She was appointed to Vice President of the Foundation in 2010 and, in 2016, Susan took succession as President.
In 2011 she received her Certified Fund Raising Executive designation.
Besides her passion for the work of the Foundation, Susan is active part of the non-profit sector where she currently serves as a Member on the Board of Carizon Family and Community Services.
Director of Leadership Giving
Julie Powell is the Director of Leadership Development for the Foundation. Julie's career progressed through 20 years fundraising with a hospital foundation and a national healthcare charity. She joined the St. Mary's team in 2017 and is thrilled to be engaged in such an important cause. Julie is responsible for managing the major gifts program at St. Mary’s. In her free time, Julie runs, cycles and loves spending time with her family in the great outdoors.
Penny is the development officer for leadership giving at the foundation. Penny has over 10 years of demonstrated fundraising with a National Health charity. Her education is in journalism where she started her career before she fell in love with the fundraising world during a volunteer position. Now with a passion for fundraising, Penny joined the team in 2018 and is responsible for supporting the major gifts program at St. Mary’s. She spends her free time with her young family and serves as an active member of the Parent Teacher Association at her son’s school.
Director of Communications & Community Engagement
Amy Dean is the Communications and Marketing Director for the Foundation. Following a lengthy career in the consumer branded products industry, Amy found herself yearning for an opportunity to dedicate her extensive background in marketing to a cause more worthy. Having joined the Foundation in June of 2015, Amy is responsible for the communications planning, promotion and advertising of all events and fundraising initiatives. In her free time Amy can most often be found making memories with her husband Simon and two daughters here in Kitchener.
Special Events Manager
Brooke Eby has recently joined the Foundation as Special Events Manager with over 15 years of professional experience in management, marketing, fundraising and event curation. A successful record of fundraising in the community, Brooke brings a fresh perspective to the special events portfolio that will continue to engage community members in supporting the needs of St. Mary’s General Hospital. Outside the office, Brooke enjoys community events, working on passion projects and anything outdoors!
Special Events Coordinator
Heidi Christensen is a marketing and events professional with over 8+ years of experience in large scale events. Her event portfolio includes major clients such Live Nation Canada Concerts and touring arena shows, Disney on Ice, Harlem Globe Trotters KW Oktoberfest Inc., TD Kitchener Blues Festival, and The City of Niagara Falls New York. Her unique career path has allowed her to move around Canada and the USA. She is happy to call Waterloo home. She passionate about supporting local organizations and colleagues know her for being highly creative, always coming up with a new approach.
Communications & Events Specialist
David Kreutzkamp, Communication & Special Events Specialist, comes to the Foundation team after seven years in the aviation for-profit and not-for-profit sectors as a senior marketing manager. David comes to the Foundation with a strong background in running special events, content creation, public relations as well as handling design work. He is excited to be the 2nd generation of Kreutzkamp’s supporting St. Mary’s General Hospital, following after his mother who worked at the hospital as an RN for over 40 years. In what little free time David has as the father of a busy five-year-old daughter he enjoys canoeing, camping, travelling and sitting down with a good book.
Jillian Vanden Beukel
Gift Processing & Office Coordinator
Jillian is returning to the St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation after having worked in the Foundation office 10 years ago during her time at Conestoga studying in Public Relations. She credits her time with the Foundation then with creating her interest in charity work. After completing her studies Jillian continued to work in the non-profit sector with companies such as Calgary Humane Society, STARS and Ronald McDonald House assisting in RaisersEdge data management. Outside of the office Jillian enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, toddler and rescue basset hound.
Currently on maternity leave
Vicki Loree, Annual Fund & Stewardship Manager, joined the Foundation team in 2013 with previous experience in not-for-profit fundraising and a background in Public Relations. Aligned with the cause, Vicki enjoys overseeing the Foundation’s busy annual Solicitation and Stewardship programs which include a lot of writing, and a pinch of design work on the side.
Currently on maternity leave
Sarah Whittall is the Foundation’s Special Events Manager. A successful track record in sales and event planning, Sarah has found her calling assisting in the creation, development, promotion and implementation of the Foundation’s signature events. Sarah also contributes to the cultivation, support and stewardship of third party events with three main objectives in mind; health education, community engagement, and raising funds to support priority projects at St Mary’s General Hospital. In her free time Sarah can be found searching for new hiking locations to explore with her fiancé and dog.