Canada Board of Directors

Kris Riseling

Board Chair

Kris is a Physiotherapist at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital in Kingston, Ontario where he practices in the area of outpatient orthopaedic injuries and ergonomics. After graduating from the Co-operative Kinesiology program at the University of Waterloo, he attended Queen’s University for Physiotherapy, graduated and stayed in Kingston to work at St. Mary’s with injured workers. He enjoys teaching and mentoring physiotherapy students from around the world. Over the past several years, he has been involved with the Wheels Project, in conjunction with BethanyKids, at Joytown Special Primary School in Kenya. He has worked with the Joytown therapy staff and helped with wheelchair fitting and repair work for the children. Kris is married to his wife, Johanne, who is an oncology nurse, and has three sons. He also has a daughter and son-in-law who live in Kitchener.
Ivan Stewart

Ivan was appointed to the BethanyKids Board of Directors at its inauguration in September, 2001.  Ivan currently serves as President of the BethanyKids International Board.

Ivan lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada where he served as the Medical Director for Providence Manor Home for the Aged; Consulting Palliative Care Physician for the Palliative Care Medicine Group of the South-Eastern Ontario Health Sciences Centre (Kingston); a member of the Attending Staff of the Combined Departments of Family Medicine at the Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital; and a member of the Attending Staff at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital (Kingston).  He is a member of the Palliative Care Association of Ontario and the College of Physicians of Canada.

Ivan received the Dorothy Ley Award for Excellence in Palliative Care in 2001.  He has served on the Boards of Directors for Navigators of Canada and the Ontario Theological Seminary.  Ivan and his wife, Kitty, have been married for 41 years.

Bob Kallonen
Bob was appointed to the BethanyKids Canada Board in June 2011. He is the President of Amica Mature Lifestyles and BayBridge Senior Living, a company dedicated to the goal of developing world-class communities committed to fostering fulfilling lives for seniors and operates Retirement Homes across Canada.
Kerri Regan
Kerri is an Associate Director in the Centre for International Management, Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada where she has worked since the summer of 2004. In her current position, she is responsible for a portfolio of international opportunities for graduate students at Smith. This includes a Master of Finance program in Beijing, China, international exchange programs available to masters students as well a host of double degree opportunities. Kerri has a Bachelor of Business degree and is currently completing her Master of Education from Queen’s. Her desire to be involved with BethanyKids’ mission began following a trip to Kenya in 2010 where she was able to see the ministry of the organization first hand and she has been involved in supporting fundraising efforts since that time. She joined the BethanyKids Canada Board in September 2015.
Dan Poenaru

After several years as Medical Director for BethanyKids Dan has relinquished that position and is providing consulting services to BethanyKids from Montreal, Canada.

Following medical school studies in Toronto, Canada, he trained in general surgery at McGill University, then in pediatric surgery at the Université de Montreal. He has also earned a Masters in Health Professions Education through the University of Illinois in Chicago and a Doctorate in Health Strategy & Management from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He has practiced academic surgery for 10 years in Kingston, Canada, then for 12 years in East Africa, and since 2015 in Montreal.

Dan’s roles in Africa include: clinical & medical educational consultant for BethanyKids, research committee chair for the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS), dean of Université Shalom Faculté de Medicine, director at large of the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS), and educational consultant in the Horn of Africa. His areas of interest are academic global pediatric surgery, equity in provision of surgical care for children in low-resource settings, patient-centered care, faith issues in clinical practice, and medical education.

Dan is married to Dita who is a nursing clinician and educator. The Poenarus have two adult sons.

Joy Wee
Joy is one of the founding members of BethanyKids in Canada and has been involved since 2003.  She is a specialist physician in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation with a practice in Vancouver, and has a passion for maximizing societal participation of persons with disabilities, fostering their full inclusion.  She completed professional training at McGill, the University of British Columbia, Queen’s University and Simon Fraser University, and has been on faculty at Queen’s University and the University of British Columbia.  She was appointed Board Advisor on Rehabilitation in 2009, and has been involved in the Wheels Project from its inception.  She has been engaged in the global mission field since 1992.
Brendan Browne
Brendan is the Superintendent of Special Education Services with the Halton Catholic District School Board in Ontario. He has been a teacher in the classroom and in Special Education, Vice-Principal, and Principal before assuming his current role. Brendan is an Adjunct Professor in the Masters of International Education program at Charles Sturt University, and previously taught in the Masters of Education program at Brock University. Brendan earned his BAH and BEd degrees from Queen’s University, his MEd from the University of Toronto, and his PhD from Brock University. Professional and academic interests include special education, equity, inclusion, and invitational educational leadership. Brendan is a co-author of the book “Leading for Educational Lives: Inviting and Sustaining Imaginative Acts of Hope in a Connected World” published by Sense Publishers. Brendan lives in Toronto, ON with his wife Sarah and daughters Fiona and Orla.