Our Team

Tony Grady

Tony started working with his dad in 1986 and spent many years manufacturing custom orthotics and fitting specialty footwear. In 1997 with his wife Kelli, they purchased the store, first naming it Grady’s Shoe Tree then to Grady’s Feet Essentials.

Tony enjoys volunteering and has helped out at the warming room, Kawartha Food Share, Hospice and has even strolled George street in red high heel shoes in support of the YWCA Walk A Mile campaign. He is past chair of the DBIA and has also mentored youth in business through the Junior Achievement program.

Also a musician, you may have seen Tony perform as Elvis in support of Cystic Fibrosis Research at the Trentwinds, or in past years as choir director of St. Martin’s and St. Anne’s churches in Peterborough. Lately Tony performs with the Indian River Band alongside his brother, father and other band members.


Kelli Grady

After growing up in the Cobourg area, Kelli moved to Peterborough in Grade 12. Within a year she met Tony Grady and the rest, as they say, is history. They were married in 1993 and have two daughters.

After helping out in the Grady’s shoe store off and on over the years, she permanently joined the team in 1999. She is often found ‘behind the scenes’ as she is in charge of the computerized inventory system, ordering items and social media. She absolutely loves it when customers send photos of themselves wearing Grady’s footwear on their travels around the world – keep them coming!

Kelli has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Education degree from Trent University. She enjoys running a monthly book club and traveling to new places.


Kathy Stickwood

Kathy Stickwood

Kathy has been with Grady’s since June 2004 and manages their customer service team. Kathy came to Grady’s with 30 years of customer service experience including 10 years in management roles. Kathy is very outgoing with a bubbly personality!

Kathy and her husband Doug have 3 married children and are kept very busy attending the sporting activities of their 6 grandchildren.

Kathy began coaching figure skating in 1977 and still continues to do so. She absolutely loves the sport and says it keeps her young! She feels very fortunate to be able to coach her grandchildren & sees many similarities to when she coached her own children. This year is Kathy’s 42nd year coaching – congratulations on this milestone & enjoy many more skating memories.


Cathy Brown-Payne

Cathy Brown-Payne

Cathy joined the Grady’s team in January of 2003 after 30 years of managing in both retail and direct sales.

For over 15 years Cathy has been a dedicated and valuable member of the team and has been an integral part in the growth of the store.

Still rockin’ at 72, Cathy is an accomplished local musician and currently plays in several bands including multiple Peterborough New Horizon Bands. For many years Cathy and Tony have also been performing with The Indian River Band having fun and raising money for many local charities.

Cathy enjoys traveling and in January 2014 and 2016 went to Cuba to perform with the Peterborough New Horizons Band!


Tracy Annis

Tracy joined the Grady’s team in July 2015 and brings with her a passion for helping people and providing great customer service.

Her hobbies are riding motorcycle with her husband, cooking, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Tracy also has a passion for natural health care which includes people and horses. She looks forward to continuing her education in this field in her spare time.


Elizabeth Moody 

Elizabeth joined the Grady’s Team in January 2016 and is really enjoying being part of such an amazing team.

Elizabeth has completed 2 business diplomas at Sir Sanford Fleming in Accounting and Human Resources. After graduating she was lucky to find a health and safety contract position at a local paper and was able to create a safety program for them.

She is very active in the arts community in Peterborough having taken part in shows with The Peterborough Theater Guild, St. James Players, Motley Collective, The Theater on King and Cordwainer Productions. Elizabeth was very excited to take on the role of Fiona in Shrek the Musical with the St. James Players. Besides the arts she loves spending time with her family and reading.



Theresa Thibadeau

After working for Grady’s in 2003-2005, Theresa returned from Belleville to share her years of experience working in customer service with us. Whether it be with shoes, jewelry, bedding or doing your taxes, she realized that working with people and helping them make the right choices, is what she enjoys the most. We’re happy to have Theresa back with our team here at Grady’s!

Other adventures she has enjoyed over the years: white water rafting, Edge walk at CN Tower, Mexico, Scuba certification in Jamaica, skydiving, and returning to Peterborough often because it has always felt like home.


Jess Watson

Jess joined Grady’s in May 2017. Jess is currently working towards her Bachelor of Health Science in Kinesiology at Trent University.

Aside from work and school, Jess coaches and competes in archery including traveling to Quebec for the Canadian Nationals and France last fall with Team Canada for the World Championships.



Kay Peters

After living in Toronto for many years, Kay raised her family here in the Kawarthas in what was once her family’s cottage. It’s a place she will forever call home.

She enjoys live music, cooking, and lakeside bonfires with family & friends. Kay is also currently working to improve her knowledge of wine…  a pleasurable pursuit indeed!



Brenda Bunker

Brenda joined Grady’s in December 2017 after thirty-three years in the teaching profession.

Brenda’s goal in her retail career is to meet the individual needs of Grady’s customers, as she was accustomed to doing in the classroom.

In her leisure time, Brenda enjoys singing with the Lakefield Singers community choir and is an avid swimmer. She also enjoys gardening and reading.


Catherine Mullin

Catherine has worked in the customer service field her entire life. She started in the operations side of banking followed by the disputes, fraud and anti money laundering departments.  Afterwards she went to work at LHSC in London drawn again to serving customers and employees of the hospital.  During her time there she also worked at Rocky’s Harley Davidson in London.

Catherine was lucky to spend about a year and a half in Abbotsford BC working with her daughter on her organic farm.  She loved working outside the majority of the time and learned so much. In June of 2018 she then moved to Peterborough. This brought her closer to her son and his family, and the opportunity to meld two of her loves: customer service and great shoes!



Tara St. Jean

Tara joined the Grady’s Team in October 2018. In addition to working part-time at Grady’s, she works full-time as an Executive assistant.

Tara was born and raised in Peterborough and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trent University where she studied History and Political Science. She also has a diploma from Fleming College in International Trade. Tara brings with her 15 years of experience in a retail environment.

In her spare time, Tara enjoys running, reading, knitting, traveling and spending time with her niece.


Cindy Campos

Cindy is a full-time Psychology student at Trent University. She joined our team in February 2017 and is very grateful to be a part of the family here at Grady’s.

In her free time she enjoys watching movies and taking long walks outdoors. She is a member of the Trent Fashion Society which holds major fashion shows to raise money for the local Youth Emergency Shelter (Y.E.S.). She is also a member of Sigma Psi Alpha which raises money for Lupus Canada.



Lori Welbourn

In Memoriam – Lori Welbourn
A valued member of the Grady’s Feet Essentials team from 2013 to 2015. She is greatly missed by both staff and customers.

Lori absolutely loved her job and would come in each day full of energy and ready to serve our customers with a caring and open heart. She took great joy in helping people find the perfect footwear and loved demonstrating the features of her favourite purses. She had a passion for shoes and handbags and was like a kid in a candy store whenever we received shipments of new items!

Outside of work, she adored her animals, particularly birds, and often shared photos and videos of her parrots and other beloved pets. She leaves behind her husband Stephen, daughter Elaine and every one of us here at Grady’s who loved her dearly. Our hearts will forever miss her.