The Waterloo Regional Block Parent® Program is guided by a
dedicated group of volunteers who make up the Board of Directors.

Chair Person — Tara Mondou

Tara has been an integral part of the Block Parent Program since June 2009. Tara’s on-going passion for building child-safety and active transportation programs has resulted in a successful partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society and Active & Safe Routes to School Waterloo Region; whose mission is to implement Walking School Bus programs across the Region. Tara is the author of, “Little Girl in the Mirror” and was also the recipient of the Bernice Adams Memorial Award 2018 for Communication/Literary Arts.

Past Chair Person- Jackie Gerlofsma

Jackie joined the Block Parents Board of Directors in the fall of 2015. Jackie has worked with the Board, its partners, and key stakeholders in redeveloping the Program’s strategic objectives and brand awareness. Jackie is a Strategic Advisor for the Ontario Public Service, and lives in Cambridge with her husband and 2 young daughters.

Treasurer and Funding Coordinator — John Czubak

John joined the Block Parents Board of Directors in the fall of 2012. John is a Manager at PwC in Waterloo, holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is a Chartered Accountant. He is responsible for providing leadership in funding planning, budget preparation, and fundraising initiatives. John recalls seeing the signs on his walk to school in his childhood and feeling safe as a result, and wants to work towards bringing that feeling back to our community.

Secretary — Natasha Roffel

Natasha joined the Block Parents Board of Directors in April 2017. As a new homeowner, Natasha wants to contribute to an integrated and open community in the Waterloo Region and bring new life to the old saying “it takes a village to raise a child”. Natasha is a CPA, CA and CFE who currently works at Deloitte Kitchener in Financial Advisory. Natasha will contribute to the Board’s funding and administrative teams.

Volunteer Coordinator— Lindsay Irvine

Lindsay joined the Block Parent Board of Directors in October 2018. As the parent of a young child, Lindsay recognizes the important role that safe and healthy communities play for children to grow and thrive. She is a graduate of the Humber Fundraising and Volunteer Management program with 10 years’ experience working in the non-profit sector, and currently works for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

Block Parent Coordinator — Deb Stillar

Deb joined the Block Parents Board of Directors in March 2019. She was drawn to the Block Parent Program because as a child, she got lost on her way to a new babysitter and went to a Block Parent home for help. She is a graduate of both the Radio and Television Broadcasting Program, as well as the Human Resources Certificate Program at Conestoga College. Deb had a career in radio prior to joining the Waterloo Regional Police Service where she has spent the last seventeen years in Human Resources.

Community Outreach Coordinator — Thomas Hemming

Thomas recently joined the board in March of 2019 and has taken an active role in volunteer recruitment and community outreach. Thomas is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, a CPA, and currently works as Accounting Manager at Owl Child Care. He too remembers the Block Parent signs on houses on his walks home from school when he was young and is hoping to work towards keeping communities safe, healthy, and connected.

Volunteer Website Coordinator— Navjyoti Upadhyaya

Nav joined Block Parents as Website Coordinator in February 2017, and has assisted in upkeep of the Block Parent’s official website since then.She has a Masters degree in Computers and Advanced diploma in Business – Marketing from Seneca College. She moved to Kitchener from Toronto a year ago and this is a small effort to give back to the community she lives in.

Minutes of Board Meetings are available to any interested party. Please submit your request in writing by sending an email to

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