HRI Staff

John Weekes, PhD
Executive Director

Dr. John Weekes holds adjunct academic appointments in clinical psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences at McMaster University and forensic psychology and addictions at Carleton University… [ Read full bio ]

Alysha Cooper, MSc
Data Analyst

Alysha obtained both her Master of Science in Statistics and Artificial Intelligence and Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Brain and Cognition at the University of Guelph. Her research for her Master’s thesis focused on the application of neural networks for the prediction… [ Read full bio ]

Jean CostelloJean Costello, PhD
Research and Evaluation Scientist

Jean Costello, PhD, is a Research and Evaluation Scientist at Homewood Research Institute (HRI). Since 2014, Dr. Costello has led HRI’s evaluation program, working closely with program administrators, clinicians and researchers to identify evaluation needs and … [ Read full bio ]

Heather Froome, MSW
Business Development & Organizational Director

Heather Froome obtained her MSW and diploma in social administration from the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Heather brings a wealth of experience to HRI having worked in community development for Children’s Aid Societies in Haldimand-Norfolk and Guelph, … [ Read full bio ]

Kaili Hilkewich, BComm
Development Coordinator

Kaili Hilkewich obtained an Honours degree in Commerce from the University of Guelph, specializing in Public Management and Administration.  She also completed the Project Management Certificate program at the University of Toronto.  Kaili spent over six years with the Business Planning &… [ Read full bio ]

Heather Millman, MA
Project Coordinator

Heather Millman obtained her Master of Public Issues Anthropology from the University of Guelph, and has completed several years of additional graduate research at the University of Western Ontario. Her research has focused on food, health, and traditional medicinal knowledge systems. She has… [ Read full bio ]

Bryton Parfect, BA
Administrative Coordinator

Bryton Parfect completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at Queen’s University. Following graduation, she was selected from thousands of applicants across Canada to participate in the RBC Career Launch Program where she spent a year working with RBC Wealth Management’s Brand…[ Read full bio ]

Becky Rothwell, BA
Communications Coordinator

Becky holds an Honours Degree in English, with a specialty in Rhetoric and Professional Writing, from the University of Waterloo. Having worked for 11 years as a Marketing and Communications Specialist at Homewood Health Centre prior to joining the HRI team, Becky brings a great deal of expertise in… [ Read full bio ]

Sarah Sousa, MScsousa_sarah
Senior Research Associate

Since 2014, Sarah has worked closely with clinicians and external scientists to develop and implement evaluation and research studies across HRI’s focus areas. She is a founding, core team member of the Recovery Journey Project (led by … [ Read full bio ]

Alyna Walji, BSc
Research Assistant

Alyna Walji obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Studies, specializing in Health Informatics from the University of Waterloo. Through co-op and volunteering, she gained experienced working in public health for two municipal governments. She began working with… [ Read full bio ]