LAO Board of Directors

Dolores Steinwall 


Dolores had a long and successful career with Bell Canada and was a Senior Project Manager, PMP at the time of her retirement. In August 2014 she was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer in her breast and lymph nodes. Although she is now cancer-free, she has lymphedema in her right arm and side. She is very passionate about helping others with this condition. Since 2015 she has been a volunteer on the Sunnybrook Patient Family Advisory Council, and in 2016 she began to volunteer at Wellspring. While doing this work, she has raised awareness and advocated on behalf of patients.

Dolores joined the LAO as a Director in April 2019, and was appointed president in August 2019. 

1st 3-year term as of April 20, 2019

Rob Caparelli


Rob Caparelli currently works with one of Canada's largest private mortgage services companies (CMLS Financial) as an Assistant Vice President focusing on commercial mortgage lending. His firsthand experience in dealing with this terrible disease (his father had severe secondary lymphedema in both legs and his abdomen) has motivated him to do anything he can to help spread awareness and more importantly, to help find a cure for it. He believes his current position at CMLS, and degree in Economics, while also playing Junior A/NCAA hockey, has provided him the opportunity to learn how to effectively & efficiently use his time and more importantly how to allocate resources in order to see that they are utilized to their fullest potential in ultimately finding a cure for this disease.

1st 3-year term as of April 20, 2019

Mary Zawadzki

Mary Zawadzki is a Certified Professional Cancer Coach who comes from eight years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, and is someone who cares deeply about fostering a positive community engagement. Throughout her social support practice, she engages in counselling clients at various stages of their healing journeys from a trauma informed lens. Her experience in crisis management allows her to confidently support clients and for them to be heard and validated in their experience. Mary uses her practice skills in the areas of providing empathetic support, active listening, problem solving and compassionate care to clients seeking services. Mary has work experience in managing Volunteer Peer Support programs, education services, and patient navigation for those with Secondary Lymphedema, specifically for the skin cancer patient community in Canada. 

Ann DiMenna

Ann is currently the Clinic Director and owner of Markham Lymphatic Centre, a multidisciplinary clinic located in Markham, Ontario. Ann brings expertise from a wide variety of therapy settings, including hospital, home care and private practice orthopedic settings.  Ann is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, where she received a degree in Biochemistry, as well as the University of Toronto, where she

received a degree in Physiotherapy.  Ann has extensive expertise in treating complex injuries and managing complex health issues with precise problem-solving skills. Over the years, Ann has continued to add to her clinical expertise with post-graduate training in orthopedic manual therapy, McKenzie back care techniques and many other courses.  In 2008, Ann completed post-graduate training in Combined Decongestive Therapy and is fully certified to treat patients with lymphedema.  She has developed and taught post-graduate continuing education courses including a Head and Neck training course.  She is a sought-after public speaker for lymphedema associations, hospital staff, patient education sessions, international conferences and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.  One of Ann’s most recent accomplishments was writing the book “The Complete Lymphedema Management and Nutrition Guide”, which is designed to educate patients about self-management strategies.  She looks forward to working with patients from near and far to help them learn to manage their lymphedema and take back control of their symptoms!

Sophia White 

 Sophia found her passion with lymphatics over 10 years ago when she began working in custom fitting at the retail level. Since then, Sophia has expanded her knowledge by becoming a Certified Lymphedema Therapist as well as well as annually continue her learning. Sophia has been employed as a National Clinical Advisor of Lymphology with Essity Canada for 5 years now and continues to share her passion with healthcare professionals, fitters and patients.  Her Role with Essity Canada allows her to advise and provide recommendations for complex lymphedema cases, educate, and ultimately be a resource for Canada.

Janet Vanderveen 

Janet is a former Public Library Manager with over twenty years experience in a Public Library setting. She focused on a range of services always pursuing the newest initiatives with a focus on customer service, community engagement and continuous learning. Janet has secondary lymphedema in her arm and trunk as a result of breast cancer treatment. She is pleased to assist the LAO in building awareness of lymphedema and to advocate for the community

Adriana Muth

Adriana came to Canada thirty years ago, with her family. An Electrical Engineer back in Romania, she decided to change careers in her new home country. She obtained an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, followed by a CPA designation, and embarked on a successful career in Finance/Accounting with various public, multinational companies. In 2017, while surgery alone was able to resolve her cancer issue, the whole experience made her decide to take early retirement. In 2019, her passion for travel found her taking a long walk with husband and friends, right after the overnight flight: By evening, she discovered cellulites and swelling in her right leg, later diagnosed as lymphedema. Back in Canada, she started treatment, but at the same time she realized the difficulties faced by lymphedema patients in finding information, help, and understanding of the disease. All that determined her to join the LAO and try to further the cause of people living with this condition, like her.

Board of Director Opportunities

Are you interested in serving as Volunteer Board Member of the Lymphedema Association of Ontario (LAO)?  The Board of Directors acts in a position of trust for the lymphedema community and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization. The Board guides the development of services and programs in response to community need and sets the tone of responsible stewardship to ensure policies, procedures and performance are upheld. 

We are actively in searching for new Directors to help govern our Association as we begin a period of transformation. 

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from those living with primary lymphedema.  As well as from individuals living in Northern Ontario, London/Sarnia and the Ottawa region.  Our hope is to work alongside individuals that have a strong desire to help promote the awareness and education of lymphedema for residents of Ontario

The details:

  1. The Board of Directors for the LAO is comprised of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 Directors. Directors serve as volunteers with remuneration for expenses related to long distance telephone calls or travel for required board meetings.  Applications are being accepted from interested members of the lymphedema community to fill vacancies as they arise.

  2. All Board Members must be members in good standing of the Lymphedema Association of Ontario.

  3. Directorship is available to those living with primary or secondary lymphedema, family members and their caregivers.

  4. Health professionals who are NOT in private practise are also eligible and very welcome. As an alternative, if you can give us some of your time, we are forming an Advisory Board.

  5. Regular meetings of the Board are held six to eight times per year, via teleconference. In addition, there is an annual full day planning meeting usually planned in the Spring (at the beginning of our fiscal year). We may also require in person meetings as required.

  6. Each Director is expected to participate in at least one other committee of the Board (e.g. Advocacy, Awareness, Events & Communications, Finance, Governance (Secretary) ) and is also required to attend the National Conference organized by the CLF when held in Ontario. The annual conference, to answer questions to interested people about our membership, programs and services.

  7. A Board term is three years, renewable for one consecutive term.

  8. Previous Board experience is not a requirement but would be beneficial.

  9. Time commitment is approximately 10 hours a month, varying on activity.

Please contact us at to request more information or to receive a Board of Directors application.  The successful candidate will gain valuable board experience and an opportunity to build their network, competencies and skills in a not-for-profit organization.

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