Board of Directors

The North Welland Business Improvement Area is served by a dedicated group of business people, from all over the district, who represent diverse services and backgrounds.

(905) 714-1818

John Clark

Owner, M.T. Bellies and Riverstone Event Centre - Chairman

John has been feeding, serving and entertaining Niagara residents for over three decades. His sense of humour coupled with dogged determination has contributed to hospitality entrepreneurial success. He is a proud family man active in many community leadership roles. John believes in giving back and having fun along the way.

(905) 734-9900

Alanna Galeota

Director of Operations at Doral Holdings Limited - Treasurer

The Board of Management is entrusted, subject to such limitation as the by-law may provide, the improvement, beautification and maintenance of municipally owned lands, buildings and structures in the area (north Welland improvement area), beyond such improvement, beautification and maintenance as is provided at the expense of the municipality at large, and the promotion of the area as a business or shopping area.

(905) 732-8382

Mark Melloni

Owner of Urge To Purge - Director At Large

Mark Melloni is the President and Owner of Urge to Purge Inc., which he founded in 2012. Since its inception Mark has won a number of awards for both himself as an entrepreneur and his business. In 2013 Urge to Purge was awarded “Business of the Year” at the Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce’s annual Ruby Awards. Along with that award Mark’s business also won the “Eco Action Award of Excellence”. Along with being a young entrepreneur, Mark is also a Director for the Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce, President of Networking Niagara, Chair for the Welland Home Show, and 2014 Campaign Chair for the United Way of South Niagara. In April of 2014 Mark was awarded a plaque from the City of Welland recognizing and thanking him for his community involvement.

“I believe in volunteering and giving back to the community. I love my city and love everything about it. If there is any chance to make a difference, I will do it!”

(905) 732-2418

Jeff Reuter

Owner, Reuter & Reilly Insurance Brokers - Director At Large

Owner/operator and broker for Reuter & Reilly Insurance Brokers. Providing corporate insurance as well as all lines of personal insurance – home, apartment, condo, auto, cottage, boat, travel insurance as well as a life and disability division.

(905) 734-1090

Doug Watson

Owner at Online Electronics Incorporated - Director At Large

Doug Watson is the co-owner of Online Electronics, a one stop electronics retail and service store.

The two partners first opened their doors 12 years ago, and during that time they have taken a small retail computer store and have grown it to the first complete LG product line store in Niagara. Further they have gone from a two man operation to a staff of 8 full time and 11 part time staff. In addition, this past August they made the move from a 1,500-square-foot retail space to a beautiful 4,000-square-foot showroom. Jeff and Doug have a very unique delivery system. They have a partnership with the Salvation Army to deliver their product. They do not charge the customer a delivery charge, and in turn make a charitable donation themselves to the Salvation Army.


Dennis Rogers

Owner of Great Signs & Graphics - Director At Large

Dennis Rogers is the owner and founder of Great Signs and Graphics located in Welland, a graphics and printing business that can fulfill all your specialty printing needs. Starting with a team of designers, they can take your ideas and transform them into designs for campaigns and logos or for products such as Business Cards, Flyers, Banners, Vehicle Graphics, Trade Show Displays, Signs, Promotional Products, Promotional Clothing and much more.

Deb Zahra

Franchisee, Operating Partner of Boston Pizza Welland - Secretary

Long time resident and proud Welland community supporter. In business since January 2010. Loves the hospitality business and happy to greet guests and celebrate all of life’s moments with her team on Niagara Street.

Eagerly active in many community organizations, Deb is a Rotarian and Paul Harris recipient, as well as Women in Business Award, Community and Business Award 2012.

Mantra: To find and provide change and growth

Winner of the community and corporate awards at the recent 2012 Women in Business Awards.

Chad Scully

Owner of Eye Care Welland - Director At Large

Registered Optician (R.O.) / Owner of Eye Care Welland

Chad has been in the optical industry since 1987.

(905) 736-8416

Mark Carl

Welland Councillor Ward 1 - Council Appointed

Mark Carl has a strong business, management and marketing background with 4 years of experience on City Council. He is very familiar with the procedures of City Hall and City Council, as well as the current progress, issues and challenges of Welland.

(289) 821-5037

Leo Van Vliet

Welland Councillor Ward 1 - Council Appointed

During his time as a city councillor, Van Vliet has chaired several committees, including public works and tourism. He said he was instrumental in establishing inter-municipal transit for students.

Van Vliet has worked with several community organizations. He was a co-chair of the Niagara Food Festival, education director for the Canadian Institute of Management, president of Welland Volunteer Fire Co. No. 3 and a director with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

Van Vliet has volunteered for the Welland Food Drive, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, as a coach for Treelawn Baseball and served as a warden at St. David’s Anglican Church.