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 Manager of After-School Programs and Special Projects
  • Ryan Croy Service Delivery Team Manager
  • Yusur Al-Hassani Interpretation & Administrative Manager
  • Brooke Gillis Enhanced Wellness, Assistant Manager
  • Cassandra Sanchez SWIS, 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
  • Rui Hu Executive Assistant
  • Salam Al Sayed Research & Development Specialist
  • Anastasiia Seleznova SWIS, Team Leader
  • Elan Mueller SWIS, Team Leader
  • Erika Tang Team Leader
  • Fechie De Guzman  Volunteer Coordinator
  • Jackson Grier Team Leader
  • Kysha Dela Rosa SWIS, Team Leader
  • Lara Solis Team Leader
  • Melissa Funk SWIS, Team Leader
  • Muhur Asmerom Team Leader
  • Oksana Klishchova SWIS, 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
  • 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
  • Estahil Ahmed SWIS, Facilitator
  • Iryna Otesanya SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Jeane Boschmann Ekk Penner Facilitator
  • Kayla Verot Employer Liaison
  • Kuldeep Singh Facilitator
  • Lisa Nurgitz SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Loubna Lekikot Facilitator
  • Lovejot Singh Facilitator 
  • Maia Penner SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Marnelle Marzo Career Coach
  • Menna Abaza Volunteer Facilitator
  • Nadine Atie SWIS, Facilitator
  • Nataliia (Natalie) Prylepa SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Neli Dubova  SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Rashi Chhabra SWIS, Psychosocial Educator
  • 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, Instructor
  • Yelyzaveta (Liza) Briukhina SWIS, Instructor

  • Esteria Juanich  IT Assistant
  • Mahmoud Ayesh M. Elburdiny Facilitator Assistant
  • Suhrab Frough Facilitator Assistant 
  • Wen-Hui Tseng Support Worker
  • Aisha Ali  SWIS, Facilitator
  • Chizitelu Ofomata Facilitator
  • Elsy (Lizeth) Figueroa de Mendoza, Accounting Assistant
  • Hajati Issa SWIS, Support Worker
  • Hannah Booy SWIS, Instructor
  • Hibo Mohamed SWIS, Facilitator
  • Leah Handford SWIS, Facilitator
  • Million Mengesteab SWIS, Facilitator Assistant 
  • Patrick Macaulay Facilitator
  • Reem Al-wiswasi SWIS, Facilitator Assistant
  • Svetlana Koos SWIS, Psychosocial Educator