OPSOA Board of Directors

Photo of Colleen Kappel

Colleen Kappel, President

A multi-year member of the OPSOA Board of Directors. Colleen is currently Superintendent of Education with the Lakehead District School Board.

What OPSOA Means to Me

OPSOA is a voice for Ontario public school leaders and provides quality opportunities for new and experienced Supervisory Officers to network and collaborate with colleagues across the province. I am very proud to serve on the Board of Directors as a representative from the north and to be part of an organization that promotes excellence, equity and an inclusive education system for all students.


Photo of Colleen Russel-RawlinsColleen Russell-Rawlins, President-Elect

A multi-year member of the OPSOA Board of Directors. Colleen is currently Executive Superintendent, Learning Centre 3 - Early Years with the Toronto District School Board.

What OPSOA Means to Me:

OPSOA supports Supervisory Officers across the Province of Ontario in successfully fulfilling their professional responsibilities across many different communities and portfolios. OPSOA invests in leadership development and provides resources to assist supervisory officers to improve achievement, equity and well-being in pursuit of a world-class public education system.


Photo of Frank WileyFrank Wiley, Past-President

A multi-year member of the OPSOA Board of Directors. Frank is currently a Superintendent with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

What OPSOA Means to Me:

Leading, advocating and championing are the cornerstones which capture the essence of what OPSOA means to me. Our collective commitment and dedication to our members positions OPSOA to be a premier voice in shaping a stronger and richer public education system for every learner across Ontario. The service to our members through professional development enriches the leadership and skills capacity which are the pillars supporting a recognized world class education system. Being a part of OPSOA is an honour. We continue to build on the foundational strength of an active leading, advocating and championing organization.


Glen Regier, Treasurer



Photo of Krishna BurraKrishna Burra, Eastern Regional Director

A first year member of the OPSOA Board of Directors representing Ottawa Carleton, Upper Canada, Renfrew County, Hastings Prince Edward, Kawartha Pine Ridge, and Limestone District School Boards, Krishna is currently a Superintendent with the Limestone District School Board.

What OPSOA Means to Me:

I am very pleased and honoured to be the Eastern Regional Director for OPSOA. OPSOA is a critical voice for Supervisory Officers in Ontario and provides crucial opportunities for collaboration, networking, and supporting our collective efforts. As Supervisory Officers, we have an integral role in improving outcomes for all students by working toward improved student achievement, equity, inclusion, and well-being.


Photo of Jim CostelloJim Costello, PCODE Representative

A first year member of the OPSOA Board of Directors representing Public Directors who are also members of OPSOA. Jim is currently Director of Education with the Lambton Kent District School Board.

What OPSOA Means to Me:

To me, OPSOA represents opportunity. This association creates chances for us to share and learn with and from others across the province. Whether I have learned from someone who has a similar or different portfolio, I always have enjoyed the opportunity to learn and grow from colleagues. In many cases, the relationships and friendships that evolved from this learning have endured over the years.


Photo of Lesleigh DyeLesleigh Dye, Northern Regional Director

A second year member of the OPSOA Board of Directors representing Ontario North East, Keewatin-Patricia, Algoma DSB, Lakehead, Near North, Rainbow, Rainy River, Superior-Greenstone school boards. Lesleigh is currently Director of Education, DSB Ontario North East.

What OPSOA Means to Me:

It is a privilege to serve as a member on the OPSOA Board of Directors. Public education is one of the keys to the ongoing success of our society. Working, learning and growing together as senior leaders across Ontario will ensure this success. I look forward to being one of the Northern voices on the Board.


Photo of Karen EdgarKaren Edgar, CASSA Representative

A second year member of the OPSOA Board of Directors representing OPSOA Members at CASSA. Karen is currently Superintendent of Student Achievement with the Thames Valley District School Board.

What OPSOA Means to Me:

OPSOA has a long tradition of being the voice of public Supervisory Officers in the Province of Ontario. As an OPSOA member for nine years, I have been the beneficiary of the wisdom, the commitment, the time and the efforts of those who have gone before and served on the executive of this wonderful organization. I am honoured to have been selected to become part of the board, and look forward to this opportunity to "pay it forward."


Photo of Leila Girdhar-HillLeila Girdhar-Hill, Metro Regional Director

A second-year member of the OPSOA Board of Directors representing the Metro Region (Toronto District School Board). Leila is currently System Superintendent, Student Services, with the Toronto District School Board

What OPSOA Means to Me:

I am proud to serve on the OPSOA Board of Directors and represent Toronto's Supervisory Officials. I look forward to working collaboratively with colleagues from across the province to promote equity and inclusion and support well-being, learning, achievement and excellence for all students.


Photo of John HowittJohn Howitt, Western Regional Director

A second-year member of the OPSOA Board of Directors representing Avon-Maitland, Greater Essex County, Lambton Kent and Thames Valley District School Boards. John is currently Superintendent of Education with the Greater Essex County District School Board.

What OPSOA Means to Me:

I value the voice and credibility OPSOA has in improving educational outcomes for students in the province of Ontario. As a member, I appreciate the value OPSOA puts in the voices of the Directors and Superintendents who make up the organization and I especially appreciate the collegiality and support I receive from fellow members.


Photo of Elaine RanneyElaine Ranney, Southwestern Regional Director

A second-year member of the OPSOA Board of Directors representing Niagara, Grand Erie, Hamilton-Wentworth, Upper Grand and Waterloo Region District School Boards. Elaine is currently Superintendent, Student Achievement and Well-Being at the Waterloo Region District School Board

What OPSOA Means to Me:

OPSOA champions public education as it gives voice to Supervisory Officers and Directors across the province. By supporting the professional development and collaborative work among its members, OPSOA promotes improved student achievement and well-being. I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors.


Photo of Rita RussoRita Russo, Central Regional Director

A first year member of the OPSOA Board of Directors representing Bluewater, Durham, Halton, Peel, Simcoe County, Trillium Lakelands and the York Region District School Boards. Rita is currently Superintendent of Education, Student Achievement and Operations with the York Region District School Board.

What OPSOA Means to Me:

As a Superintendent who believes in public education and the power of service to others, OPSOA is a platform to strengthen our voice and action as leaders in the province of Ontario. I am very proud to represent the Central Region on the Board of Directors and commit to ensuring our members have the support they need to lead student achievement and well-being, ensure equity and enhance public education.