Dolores Steinwall 

President and Executive Director

Dolores had a long and successful career with Bell Canada and was a Senior Project Manager, PMP at the time of her retirement. In August 2014 she was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer in her breast and lymph nodes. Although she is now cancer-free, she has lymphedema in her right arm and side. She is very passionate about helping others with this condition. Since 2015 she has been a volunteer on the Sunnybrook Patient Family Advisory Council, and in 2016 she began to volunteer at Wellspring. While doing this work, she has raised awareness and advocated on behalf of patients.

Dolores joined the LAO as a Director in April 2019, and was appointed president in August 2019. 

1st 3-year term as of April 20, 2019

LAO Board of Directors

Rob Caparelli


Term start date 2019-04-01 - Term end date 2025-03-31

Rob Caparelli currently works with one of Canada's largest private mortgage services companies (CMLS Financial) as an Assistant Vice President focusing on commercial mortgage lending. His firsthand experience in dealing with this terrible disease (his father had severe secondary lymphedema in both legs and his abdomen) has motivated him to do anything he can to help spread awareness and more importantly, to help find a cure for it. He believes his current position at CMLS, and degree in Economics, while also playing Junior A/NCAA hockey, has provided him the opportunity to learn how to effectively & efficiently use his time and more importantly how to allocate resources in order to see that they are utilized to their fullest potential in ultimately finding a cure for this disease.

2nd 3-year term as of April 1, 2022

Adriana Muth

Chair and Advocacy Director

Term start date 2021-09-01 - Term end date 2024-08-31

Adriana came to Canada thirty years ago, with her family. An Electrical Engineer back in Romania, she decided to change careers in her new home country. She obtained an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, followed by a CPA designation, and embarked on a successful career in Finance/Accounting with various public, multinational companies. In 2017, while surgery alone was able to resolve her cancer issue, the whole experience made her decide to take early retirement. In 2019, her passion for travel found her taking a long walk with husband and friends, right after the overnight flight: By evening, she discovered cellulites and swelling in her right leg, later diagnosed as lymphedema. Back in Canada, she started treatment, but at the same time she realized the difficulties faced by lymphedema patients in finding information, help, and understanding of the disease. All that determined her to join the LAO and try to further the cause of people living with this condition, like her.

Howard Lastman


Term start date 2022-07-25 - Term end date 2025-07-24

Howard Lastman currently works as a Legal Secretary. Howard is also a Lawyer and has been called to the Bar in Ontario after completing the Bar Admissions Course and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) at Osgoode Hall Law School (graduating with a scholarship in Patent Law). Howard has also completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Schulich School of Business with a joint specialization in Finance and Accounting. He has worked as a Tax Collections Officer at Canada Revenue Agency (collecting income tax, payrolltax, and GST/HST) and as a Co-Op. Student-in-Accounts at the Office of the Auditor General ofCanada (worked in the examination phase of a value for money audit of the GST). Howard once served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Free-Net Inc. Lastly, Howard has lived experience with primary lymphedema.

Debra Heming

Term start date 2022-09-06 Term end date 2025-06-30

Debra Heming has over thirty-seven years of experience in Home Health Care in Canada.  Debra started her Home Health Care career with Doncaster Medical.  Doncaster Medical was acquired by Shoppers Home Health Care and Debra continued her successful career with Shoppers Home Health Care, a division of Shoppers Drug Mart.

Debra has held many positions with Home Health Care, including Store Manager, Sales Representative, Sales Management, Operations Manager and District Manager.

Currently Debra is a National Accounts Manager for Sigvaris Group Canada. SIGVARIS GROUP is committed to helping people feel their best with high-quality and innovative offerings in medical compression therapy. Every day. Worldwide. Our portfolio caters to a wide range of different needs and indications.

Debra is responsible for Complex Care and Lymphedema within the Sigvaris Portfolio.   Debra recognises the need to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of LE patients and wants to contribute to make that happen.

Angela D. Hunt
Term start date 2022-09-01 Term end date 2025-06-30

Registered Massage Therapist since 2003.

Certified Athletic Therapist since 1994.

Working with Lymphedema clients for the last 10 years aa a MLD Therapist and an ADP Authorizer.

Nancy Scagnetti, R.N., R.M.T., C.D.T.

Term start date 2022-09-01 Term end date 2025-06-30

Nancy Scagnetti has been a health practitioner for over twenty years. Her career began as a Registered Nurse (RN) working both in the hospital and community settings. In 1997 Nancy returned to school to study Massage Therapy and graduated in 1999. 

Along with two partners, Nancy opened a multidisciplinary clinic in North Mississauga. This clinic has a wonderful team of eleven practitioners. During the past number of years, Nancy has begun to focus her practice on treating patients with Lymphedema and chronic swelling issues in a more local setting. Along with treating, Nancy is also a certified fitter and ADP vendor in the sale of compression garments, mastectomy garments, and breast prosthetics.

Eric Lieder, M.B.A.

Term start date 2024-01-01 Term end date 2025-12-31

Eric is a senior finance and business executive with over 20 years of large project infrastructure experience making critical decisions in financial, strategic, operations, information technology, and human resources.After years of working for large corporations, Eric is Co-Founder of LARIC Capital, offering consulting for real estate, energy, and infrastructure projects.  Eric has been instrumental in raising committed financing for numerous projects ranging in size from $50 million to $2.5 billion. 

After 40 years of searching for the underlying cause, Eric’s mother was diagnosed with primary lymphedema.   Motivated by his mother’s advocacy, Eric wants to help raise awareness so that timely diagnosis and optimal treatment can occur for this condition.

Patrice Millaire, LL.B., M.B.A.

Directeur Général/ General Manager, Medi Canada Inc.
Term start date 2024-02-08 Term end date 2027-02-07

Patrice Millaire is a highly accomplished professional with a diverse background in law and healthcare leadership. Patrice holds a law degree from Sherbrooke University, was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1999, and earned an MBA from HEC Montreal.

With over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Patrice has held various leadership roles, demonstrating exceptional expertise and dedication.

Serving as a board director of the Lymphedema Association of Quebec (LAQ) from 2022 to 2023, Patrice has made significant contributions to healthcare advocacy and policy development. Since 2019, Patrice has been on a personal mission to improve the quality of care for lymphedema patients.

Byron MacPhee

Managing Director, Juzo Canada Ltd.

Co-Director | Term start date 2024-02-08 Term end date 2026-02-07

With over 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Byron MacPhee has held several senior leadership roles, demonstrating expertise in sales, marketing, and operations.

For the last ten years, Byron has been the Managing Director of Juzo Canada Ltd. since its incorporation in 2014.  Their core business involves the development, manufacture, and sales of compression therapy aids. This role has kept him in close collaboration with physicians, therapists and partners in the areas of Lymphology and Phlebology.   Byron is proud of working with the members of his team to develop effective business planning and then recognizing the success of their hard work.

Prior to joining Juzo Canada, Byron held the position of Vice President of Sales-USA for Sigvaris based in Atlanta, Georgia.  In his eight years in this position, he had an excellent history in developing sales strategies with consistent annual sales growth. 

Byron has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

Kim Gladman

Territory Manager | Medical Education Liason, Juzo Canada Ltd.

Co-Director | Term start date 2024-02-08 Term end date 2027-02-07

Kim was a MLD therapist for 20 years before joining Juzo Canada in 2020. Her expertise in Lymphedema treatment combined with her passion for promoting the benefits of compression garments established her as a leader in her field. She has published many articles, facilitated seminars for both patients and clinicians and continues to be an active spokesperson and champion for Lymphedema awareness. Kim's extensive knowledge and dealer experiences as a therapist and certified fitter is a perfect complement to support Juzo’s mission as a market leader in the development and distribution of top-quality lymphedema products.

Board of Director Opportunities

Are you interested in serving as Volunteer Board Member of the Lymphedema Association of Ontario (LAO)?  The Board of Directors acts in a position of trust for the lymphedema community and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization. The Board guides the development of services and programs in response to community need and sets the tone of responsible stewardship to ensure policies, procedures and performance are upheld. 

We are actively in searching for new Directors to help govern our Association as we begin a period of transformation. 

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from those living with primary lymphedema and those from all over the province.  Our hope is to work alongside individuals that have a strong desire to help promote the awareness and education of lymphedema for residents of Ontario

The details:

  1. The Board of Directors for the LAO is comprised of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 Directors. Directors serve as volunteers with remuneration for expenses related to long distance telephone calls or travel for required board meetings.  Applications are being accepted from interested members of the lymphedema community to fill vacancies as they arise.
  2. All Board Members must be members in good standing with the Lymphedema Association of Ontario.
  3. Directorship is available to those living with primary or secondary lymphedema, family members and their caregivers.
  4. Health professionals are welcome to join the Board or the Advisory Committee.
  5. Regular meetings of the Board are held monthly via Zoom. In addition, there is an annual full day planning meeting usually planned in the Spring (at the beginning of our fiscal year). We may also require in person meetings as required.
  6. Each Director is expected to participate in at least one other committee of the Board (e.g. Advocacy, Awareness, Events & Communications, Finance, Governance (Secretary) )
  7. A Board term is three years, renewable for one consecutive term.
  8. Previous Board experience is not a requirement but would be beneficial.
  9. Time commitment is approximately 10 hours a month, varying on activity.

Please contact us at to request more information or to receive a Board of Directors application.  The successful candidate will gain valuable board experience and an opportunity to build their network, competencies and skills in a not-for-profit organization.

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