Who We Are

Sarah Head, Ph.D. Candidate, Interim Executive Director

Mrs. Sarah Head is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Guelph in Family Relations and Human Development. Sarah has worked in private and public agencies that serve children and youth with a wide range of social, emotional, behavioral and developmental needs. Sarah’s primary research focuses on children and youth living within the child welfare system and their relationships with non-parental caregivers. Additionally, Sarah is interested in the intersection between child welfare services and children’s mental health services, and the lived experiences of those who access residential mental health treatment whilst living in care. Sarah is dedicated to connecting child welfare practitioners with evidence-based research and promoting the use of evidence-informed decision making in everyday practice. Sarah also has a Master’s of Science Degree in Family Relations and Human Development and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology and Psychology.

Auriole Fernandes, Program Coordinator

Auriole has been with PART for over 10 years and has a diploma in Business Administration and her certification in Project Management through Centennial College, Scarborough. Auriole was employed as an Executive Assistant with PART in 2008, a year after its inception, and has since taken on the role of Event and Program Coordinator for the organization. Auriole has had varied experience in the private sector prior to joining PART and has since taken a keen interest in the field of child welfare.


Marianna Healey, MSW, Implementation Specialist

Marianna has been supporting children, families, and community initiatives since 2010. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Psychology from Queen’s University. Her experiences include a range of clinical, research, and academic roles related to supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities. Marianna is passionate about connecting research to practice in ways that promote positive outcomes for children and families. She is particularly interested in early child development, parenting, and inclusive community programs.

Kate Bailey, MSW, Implementation Specialist

Kate is a graduate from the University of Toronto where she completed her Master of Social Work Degree. She has also earned her BA in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Kate’s experiences include clinical, research, and community engagement roles related to young people’s mental health and well-being. Kate is interested in connecting child welfare practitioners to evidence informed practices to improve practitioner relationships with children and their families. Her interests also include early childhood mental health, the use of anti-oppressive practices in the workplace, and social innovation.