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LAO Board of Directors
On a 3-Year Term as of March 7, 2016


Pouya Arefi1 • Richmond Hill


Given the rising prevalence of lymphedema in Canada (close to 16% of all cancer patients in Canada), I seek to play an active role in advocating of resources and increasing access to essential services for those effected  by the condition. I would like to engage and lobby for action that could fund for and support access to health services without burdening those in need. 

1st 3-year term as of September 24, 2017

Liisa Morley • Hamilton

Vice President • Communications Officer

Liisa Morley is a Communications Specialist at PCL Constructors Canada Inc., Canada’s largest construction contractor. Thanks to her career as a professional communicator, Liisa has developed a sound understanding of the healthcare environment in Ontario, having led communications for the development and opening of a $759K hospital and cancer centre in St. Catharines. Diagnosed with primary lymphedema at the age of 20, Liisa has a personal interest in raising awareness of the condition and treatment of lymphedema, in the hopes of helping others grappling with this disease.

1st 3-year term as of March 7, 2016

Ben Ciallella • Markham


Ben is a Managing Director at the National Bank of Canada and lists his strengths as financial, leadership and strategic thinking. Ben first contacted the LAO for help in supporting a family member who has lymphedema. He subsequently became a board member in 2013 as Board Treasurer as a way of giving back to the lymphedema community. Ben is seeking to continue to serve on the LAO.

2nd 3-year term as of March 7, 2016

Debbie Ciotti-Bowman • Dundas

Director - Advocacy Committee

Debbie is a cancer survivor and has lived with leg lymphedema for 8 years after cancer surgery to remove the inguinal basin of lymph nodes of her left leg. She is married with 4 children between 17 and 26 years of age. She has her BScN from McMaster University. Debbie’s main concerns revolve around the lack of provincial health care coverage for the physical management of lymphedema and overall lack of awareness of this difficult condition. She also would like to see an increase in funding for molecular research into lymphedema in Canada, as clarifying the molecular knowledge of the condition is the pathway for new treatment development to take place.  Debbie strongly believes in keeping an inquiring, open mind as treatment options evolve and progress. 

1st 3-year term as of March 7, 2016

Charlotte Schultz • Markham

Director - Advocacy for Education

I am a retired RN and a three time cancer survivor.   I have had lymphedema since 2010 and I am concerned and upset about the lack of medical care and research funding for post-cancer treatment and in particular issues related to lymphedema. In my experience most MD's are not knowledgeable about lymphedema diagnosis and treatment. I feel that LAO can act as both a resource for lymphedema sufferers and as an advocacy group to raise awareness of lymphedema among the public, medical and political communities and I look forward to participating in that work.

1st 3-year term as of March 7, 2016

Ana Stosic • Oakville

Secretary - Events Committee

Ana is currently working on completing her Master in Science, specifically in the field of cancer genetics, at Sick Kids Hospital with the Faculty of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. Her exposure to various medical conditions for which there is a lack of awareness and recognition drove her to join the LAO in hopes of bringing change in the field of lymphedema. Her background in research, science, and medicine, as well as her skills attained in numerous volunteer positions, will cater and assist the work of the LAO, bringing awareness to the condition through fundraising and events.

1st 3-year term as of June 19, 2018

Tony Wight • Toronto

Director - Awareness Committee

Retired after a lengthy career with an IT multinational, and having acted as the principal caregiver for a close family member suffering from secondary arm lymphedema, Tony wants to help the LAO achieve its important goals of early lymphedema awareness and treatment services guidance. Based on his proximity to the relative suffering from this debilitating condition, he recognizes there is an urgent need in Ontario for further patient, caregiver and health care provider education as to what to watch for, where to seek immediate help and the availability of required financial assistance. He believes that his service as Charter President of a Rotary Club and his many years of service in that organization will also help prepare him to assist the LAO in its critical work.

1st 3-year term as of June 19, 2018


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