Our Team

Our outstanding team of professionals understand immigrant and refugee issues because they’ve been there.

Our staff have academic backgrounds in education, social work, international development, and other related fields in social science.

There is a mix of university graduates, master degree holders (including BEd and BSW), and a PHD holder.

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Staff member


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from immigrant or refugee background



Our Staff

Margaret von Lau
N.E.E.D.S. Inc. CEO

Greg Letowski
Director of Employment Services, Volunteer Services, HR & Admin

Tim MacKay
Director of SWIS, RDF & IT

 Magaly Guzman De Diaz  
Director of Enhanced Wellness & Finance


  • Jennifer Tomsich Senior Psychosocial Advisor
  • Jorge Cardenas Senior IT Manager
  • Dr. Mahmud Bhuiyan Senior Manager of Research and Development and Funding
  • Alejandra Cano Service Delivery Team Manager
  • Aric Goodbrandson Volunteer Services Manager
  • Lisa Jansz French Services Manager
  • Meagan Botelho Service Delivery Team Manager
  • Misty Belcourt Service Delivery Team Manager
  • Ryan Croy Service Delivery Team Manager
  • Yusur Al-Hassani Interpretation & Administrative Manager
  • Brooke Gillis Enhanced Wellness, Assistant Manager
  • Cassandra Sanchez SWIS, Assistant Manager
  • Chloe Waters Intro Program Assistant Manager
  • René Mateso SWIS, Assistant Manager
  • William Maitland Assistant Manager
  • Yu Sun Assistant Manager
  • Hank Tseng Database Specialist
  • Dr. Renata Luiza da Costa R&D Specialist/Virtual Communication Facilitator
  • Salam Al Sayed Research & Development Specialist
  • Brian Darweesh SWIS, Team Leader
  • Elan Mueller SWIS, Team Leader
  • Erika Tang Team Leader
  • Fechie De Guzman  Volunteer Coordinator
  • Jackson Grier Team Leader
  • Karen Power SWIS, Team Leader
  • Kysha Dela Rosa SWIS, Team Leader
  • Lara Solis Team Leader
  • Melissa Funk SWIS, Team Leader
  • Muhur Asmerom Team Leader
  • Rui Hu Team Leader
  • Jayne Urfano Bookkeeper
  • Ahmad Alkhatab SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Alifiya Agarwala Career Coach 
  • Alona Oliinyk SWIS, Facilitator
  • Ameerah Andaya SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Amrit Kang SWIS, Computer Instructor
  • Anastasiia Seleznova SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Bethany Klassen SWIS, Lead Instructor 
  • Chanmi Hwang Career Coach
  • Charles Cyiza Volunteer Facilitator
  • Danielle (Junella) Mfoumou Ondo SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Dayna Handkamer SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Dhoha Khayyat Facilitator Assistant
  • Ebyan Warsame SWIS, Psychosocial Educator
  • Estahil Ahmed SWIS, Facilitator
  • Fareedah Sulaiman-Olokodana Facilitator 
  • Gina Meleika SWIS, Facilitator
  • Jeane Boschmann Ekk Penner Facilitator
  • Julie Ann Mojas Hanslip Facilitator
  • Katrina Benner SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Kayla Verot Employer Liaison
  • Kuldeep Singh Facilitator
  • Laura Neuendorff SWIS, Psychosocial Educator 
  • Lisa Nurgitz SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Loubna Lekikot Facilitator
  • Lovejot Singh Facilitator 
  • Marnelle Marzo Career Coach
  • Menna Abaza Volunteer Facilitator
  • Monika Sidorowska Facilitator
  • Nadine Atie SWIS, Facilitator
  • Nataliia (Natalie) Prylepa SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Neli Dubova  SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Oksana Klishchova SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Rashi Chhabra SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Saim Uddin Chowdhury SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Sherry Peters Career Coach
  • Suzie Zeray SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Sylwia Krawczyk Facilitator
  • Viktor Kyryliuk SWIS, Facilitator
  • Yelyzaveta (Liza) Briukhina SWIS, Instructor

  • Esteria Juanich  IT Assistant
  • Mahmoud Ayesh M. Elburdiny Support Worker
  • Suhrab Frough SWIS Support Worker
  • Wen-Hui Tseng Support Worker
  • Aisha Ali  SWIS, Facilitator
  • Basma Ali SWIS, Facilitator Assistant
  • Chizitelu Ofomata Facilitator
  • Christiane Dunia SWIS, Facilitator Assistant
  • Fatemeh Shabani SWIS, Facilitator Assistant
  • Gael Ishimwe SWIS, Facilitator Assistant
  • Hajati Issa SWIS, Support Worker
  • Hannah Booy  SWIS, Team Leader
  • Hibo Mohamed SWIS, Facilitator
  • Leah Handford SWIS,  Facilitator
  • Maia Penner SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Maryna Levchuk SWIS, Facilitator Assistant
  • Patrick Macaulay Facilitator
  • Reem Al-wiswasi SWIS, Facilitator Assistant
  • Sheillah Nyandieka SWIS, Facilitator Assistant
  • Svetlana Koos SWIS, Psychosocial Educator
  • Tetiana Butenko SWIS, Facilitator Assistant