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Meet our leadership team and Board of Directors.


Elisha M. Laker, MSW RSW
Chief Executive Officer

Mariana Benitez, M. Ed., R.P.
Director of Clinical Services

Susan Warren B.A. R.P.
Director of Inclusivity and Community Development

Michael Prencipe, B.A.
Director of Operations

Adelle Volpone, MSW, RSW
Manager of Clinical Services

Reni Hunter
Financial Manager

Wendy Milwain
Manager of Data

Stephanie McKellar
Executive & Senior Management Assistant

Sarah Simms, MSW, RSW
HR Manager

Kerry Newman, R.P.
Clinical Supervisor

Leena Nayyar, MSW, RSW
Manager of Outreach and Community Support Services

Mahsa Ghayoumi, M.A., R.P.
Outreach Supervisor

Board of Directors 2024-2025

Debbie Kassirer – Chair
Alternative Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Principal of Beyond Conflict, a consultancy dedicated to resolving and preventing conflict in the workplace.

Vanessa Aguiar – Past Chair
Director, Human Resources & Occupational Health & Safety at Lakeridge Health Hospital.

Rubaiyat Karim – Treasurer
Registered Social Worker and Professor with over two decades of experience in the community social services sector.

Ira Teich – Member at Large
M.Sc., C.A.; Author and nation-building/development strategist for governments around the world; formerly CEO of Canada’s largest global consumer growth strategy firm.

Karen Wang – Member at Large
Adolescent Psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

Priya Khalsa – Member at Large
JD/MSW; Faculty of Law Graduate (called to the bar in 2021); Medical Student.

John Ellis – Volunteer, Policy & Planning
Formerly CEO of Family Service Ontario