Board of Directors

MRFC founder, Kathryn Blain

Kathryn is the Mother of two children, Stepmother of three children and Grandmother of six children. After leaving a career as a financial planner, she became involved in the interior design business. She decided to expand upon this career and opened a furniture store in 2001, along with her husband Don who was a retired Platoon Chief from the Kitchener Fire Department. In addition to that she is a residential contractor, dealing with a wide range of projects from basements, kitchens, bathrooms and total renovation of entire houses, taking them, from creating the design concept to implementation, hiring and supervising the trades and seeing each project through to completion.

Her proudest accomplishment has been being a Mother, a role that, for her, embodied the essence of her being. In 1995 she was shaken to the core of her existence in the sudden death of her son Michael Longo age 19 from Meningococcal Septicaemia. The loss of Michael in her life channels so much of how she lives her life and what energy she puts into the various aspects of her life. As a symbol of her love for him and who he was as a person, Kathryn is the Founder and Past Chair of the Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada and currently serves in the role of Executive Director. It is her desire that people learn from her experience and it is her hope that no family needs to suffer the pain of losing a family member to vaccine preventable meningitis. It is also her prayer that in her lifetime she will see an end to this insidious disease.  Kathryn is also a member of the Founding and Steering Committee of CoMO (Confederation of Meningitis Organisations)

MRFC Chair, Greg Hum

Greg was born in Toronto and lived in Ontario until the age of 16. His family then moved to Hong Kong where he attended high school.Upon completion he returned to the University of Toronto and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Greg then began a career in institutional fixed income that has spanned 20 years. First trading bonds with Scotia Capital Markets in Toronto and London, later with Shorcan Brokers Ltd and is currently working with TSX Private Markets.

He is the father of two girls. The youngest, Trinity, was lost to meningitis at the age of seven. After Trinity passed, Greg wanted to improve awareness of this deadly illness and to honor the life of Trinity. With the help of family, friends and the Bay Street community . . . funds have been raised in support of the MRFC. Greg has joined the Board of Directors, and in 2016 has assumed the role of Chair. With his finance background and life experiences, Greg brings a valued skill set to the Foundation.

MRFC Medical Advisor, Dr. Ron Gold

Dr. Ronald Gold was born in the United States. He received his BA (1957) and MD (1962) and MPH (1967) from Harvard University. He trained in pediatrics at Boston City Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, and St. Mary's Hospital Medical School, London between 1962-66. From 1968-71, he was research medical officer at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research where he directed the successful field trials of the meningococcal vaccine. From 1971-79, he was in Department of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut Health Center and studied meningococcal vaccines in infants and children.

From 1979-96, he was Professor of Pediatrics and Head of Division of Infectious Diseases at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. His research has focused on the management of bacterial meningitis and the evaluation of childhood vaccines. He served on many advisory committees including the National Advisory Committee on Immunization; Infectious Diseases and Immunization Committee of the Canadian Paediatric Society; Immunization Monitoring Program, Active [IMPACT] of Canadian Paediatric Society; Committee on Infectious Diseases of American Academy of Pediatrics; and the Immunization Subcommittee of the Ontario Infectious Disease Advisory Committee.

He retired in 1996 and is a part-time medical consultant to Sanofi Pasteur Canada advising on its vaccine research programs. He has been a Senior Medical Advisor and a member of the Board of Directors of the Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada since its inception. Dr. Gold has also been a member of the Founding and Steering Committee of CoMO and has served on the Board of Directors of CoMO as a Medical Advisor.

MRFC Treasurer, Ben Lehmann

Ben was born and raised in the Kitchener - Waterloo area. He currently lives in Waterloo with his wife Melissa and children Emma and Matthew. Ben attended the University of Waterloo where he completed the School of Accountancy and graduated with a Bachelor in Accounting and an Honours Arts degree. He went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant in 2000.

He is currently the vice-president of finance at Rebellion Media. Previously Ben worked at Pharo's Life, Deloitte & Touche as well as a Waterloo based software company.

Ben serves as the Treasurer of the Meningitis Research Foundation and was a member of the Michael Longo Classic organizing committee. He has also volunteered his time with Junior Achievement. He is looking forward to working with the Meningitis Research Foundation to expand their national presence and to organize the wrist band fundraising campaign.

MRFC Technical Advisor, Karen Mayfield

Vice President, Shareholder (CRA), 

Managing Director and Treasurer of eSolutions Group - Karen Mayfield, C. Tech., MCSE

Managing Director of Conestoga-Rovers & Associates' (CRA) eSolutions Group, Karen Mayfield has 15 years of experience in networking and project management and is responsible for many projects, including overseeing eSolutions' development of new technologies and the delivery of services to their clients. Karen has overseen many software development projects including environmental compliance software, website management tools, and e-learning tools. Her diverse role involves network infrastructure, graphics, website design, programming, and Internet services.

Karen is a Civil Technologist (C.Tech.), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and in addition to her long career in information technology, she is a member of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) and has judged for the Economic Developers Council of Ontario's Ontario Marketing Awards. Karen's community involvement includes an active and involved role as a Board Member and Technical Advisor for the Meningitis Foundation of Canada. She has also served with CoMO as a Technical  Advisor and as a member of the Conestoga College's Play The Classic and the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo's Business Excellence Awards committees.

MRFC Secretary, Michael Redfearn

Coordinator, Ontario Catholic eLearning Consortium

Digital Literacy Consultant, (Owner) Michael Redfearn Consulting

A father of five children, former high school teacher, school district K-12 technology coordinator and eLearning contact - Michael is a founding director of the Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada. He serves as the MRFC Secretary, coordinated the annual Michael Longo Classic golf tournament and auction (2000-2005) and in 2013 started the World Meningitis Day CN Tower EdgeWalk fundraiser. Involved since the inception of the MRFC in 1998, Michael was approached by Kathryn Blain to join the organization, as he was Michael Longo's teacher at St. David Catholic secondary school in Waterloo before his death. Michael is currently serving as an Americas representative on the CoMO Governing Council.

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