Staff and Board

Learn more about the people guiding the William H. Donner Foundation.


Our staff members are responsible for the foundation’s operations.

  • A headshot of Amy Buskirk.

    Amy Buskirk

    Program Director

    Amy Buskirk became program director of the William H. Donner Foundation in 2021, after working for over 20 years for the Donner Canadian Foundation, where she continues in that role. She serves on the board of Environment Funders Canada as secretary and as chair of the program committee. She earned a BA in History from the University of Michigan and an MSc in Economic and Social History from the University of Oxford.

  • A headshot of Deirdre Feeney.

    Deirdre Feeney

    Manager of Operations

    Deirdre Feeney has worked for the William H. Donner Foundation since May 2002. Currently, she is the Manager of Operations. Prior to joining the foundation, she worked in management at several Fortune 500 companies, specializing in client services. In her off hours, Deirdre enjoys hiking and basically any outdoor activities.

  • A headshot of Helen McLean.

    Helen McLean

    Executive Director

    Helen McLean is the executive director of the William H. Donner Foundation. She also holds that role at its sister organization, the Donner Canadian Foundation. She previously held senior positions at the Toronto Community Foundation, Ketchum Canada, and Arts and Communications Counselors.

    A former director of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, she currently serves on its finance committee. She recently completed her term as a director of the Mabin School. Helen has an MBA from York University’s Schulich School and a BAH from Queen’s University.

Board Officers

Our board of trustees and its officers provide oversight of the foundation’s granting, finances, and management.

  • Dillon Roy


  • Anita Winsor


  • Christopher Roosevelt


  • David Donner


Board Trustees

  • Alexa Donner

  • Alexander Donner, Esq.

  • Ava Donner

  • Deborah Donner

  • Joseph Donner III

  • Timothy E. Donner

  • Stephanie Hanson

  • Ashley Lainhart

  • Sharon Winsor Lainhart

  • Brittany Roy

  • Aaron Spencer

  • John Spencer

  • Kaila Spencer

  • Hunter Spencer

  • Parker Spencer

  • Robert Spencer

  • Shane Spencer

  • Suzanne Spencer

  • William Spencer

  • Athena Washburn

  • Sophia Washburn

  • Cristina Winsor

  • Curtin Winsor, Jr.

  • Devon Winsor

  • Monica Winsor

  • Rebecca Winsor

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