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

Kirby Borgardt  Director of Operations & SWIS

Tim MacKay Director of Research and Development

 Magaly Guzman De Diaz  Director of Finance

Greg Letowski  Director of Administration, HR & ES

  • Jennifer Tomsich Senior Psychosocial Advisor
  • Jorge Cardenas Senior IT Manager
  • Dr. Mahmud Bhuiyan Senior R&D Manager
  • Alejandra Cano Service Delivery Team Manager
  • Lisa Jansz French Services Manager
  • Maricel Bucher Service Delivery Team Manager
  • Meagan Botelho Service Delivery Team Manager
  • Misty Belcourt Service Delivery Team Manager
  • Yusur Al-Hassani Administrative Manager
  • Aric Goodbrandson Operations Office Assistant Manager
  • Chloe Waters Intro Program Assistant Manager
  • René Mateso SWIS, Assistant Manager
  • Ryan Croy Employment Services Assistant Manager 
  • Cassandra Sanchez SWIS Specialist
  • Romulo Schembida Marketing Specialist, Employment Services
  • William Maitland Executive Assistant
  • Yu Sun Outreach/Media Specialist 
  • Brian Darweesh SWIS Team Leader
  • Brooke Gillis Operations Office, Team Leader
  • Elan Mueller SWIS, Team Leader
  • Fechie De Guzman  Operations Office, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Hank Tseng Admin, Team Leader
  • Jackson Grier  Employment Services, Team Leader
  • Karen Power SWIS Team Leader
  • Kysha Dela Rosa SWIS, Team Leader
  • Lara Solis Employment Services, Team Leader
  • Muhur Asmerom Operations Office, Team Leader
  • Echo Du Admin Facilitator
  • Erika Tang Admin Facilitator
  • Jayne Urfano  Bookkeeper
  • Jeane Boschmann Ekk Penner Admin Facilitator
  • Kuldeep Singh Admin Facilitator
  • Loubna Lekikot Admin Facilitator
  • Sylwia Krawczyk Admin Facilitator
  • Ahmad Alkhatab SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Alifiya Agarwala Employment Services, Career Coach 
  • Alona Oliinyk SWIS, Facilitator
  • Amrit Kang SWIS, Computer Instructor
  • Anastasiia Seleznova SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Danielle (Junella) Mfoumou Ondo SWIS French Facilitator
  • Dhoha Khayyat Service Delivery Team, Facilitator Assistant
  • Ebyan Warsame SWIS, Psychosocial Educator
  • Estahil Ahmed SWIS, Facilitator
  • Fady Gerges SWIS, Facilitator
  • Fareedah Sulaiman-Olokodana SDT Facilitator 
  • Gina Meleika SWIS Facilitator
  • Hermon Gidey R&D Specialist Assistant
  • Halle Heim SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Kayla Verot Operations Office, Volunteer Facilitator 
  • Laura Neuendorff  SWIS Psychosocial Educator 
  • Lucky Gill SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Lovejot Singh Service Delivery Team Facilitator
  • Markus Stahl SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Marni Golebioski SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Melissa Funk SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools 
  • Marnelle Marzo Employment Services, Career Coach
  • Menna Abaza SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Nahla Abdelwahab SWIS Facilitator
  • Neli Dubova  SWIS Facilitator 
  • Nora Ampomah Operations Office, Volunteer Hub Communication Facilitator 
  • Oksana Klishchova SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Saim Uddin Chowdhury SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Suzie Zeray SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Yelyzaveta (Liza) Briukhina SWIS, Facilitator

  • Chanmi Hwang Career Coach Assistant
  • Esteria Juanich  IT Assistant
  • Monika Sidorowska Operations Office, Administrative Assistant
  • Sherry Peters Career Coach Assistant
  • Suhrab Frough SWIS, Support Worker
  • Tony Mateso,  IT Assistant
  • Wen-Hui Tseng  Admin Support Worker
  • Aisha Ali  SWIS, Facilitator
  • Basma Ali SWIS, Facilitator Assistant
  • Bogdan Tkachuk SWIS, Facilitator Assistant 
  • Christiane Dunia SWIS, Facilitator Assistant
  • Fatemeh Shabani SWIS, Facilitator Assistant
  • Hajati Issa SWIS, Support Worker
  • Hannah Booy  SWIS, Team Leader
  • Hibo Mohamed SWIS, Facilitator
  • Kate Zha SWIS, Facilitator Assistant
  • Leah Handford SWIS,  Facilitator
  • Mohamed Behi SWIS,  Facilitator Assistant
  • Nadine Atie SWIS, Facilitator
  • Nataliia Prylepa SWIS,  Facilitator Assistant
  • Nicholas McDonald SWIS, French Homework Tutor
  • Rashi Chhabra SWIS,  Facilitator Assistant
  • Reem Al-wiswasi SWIS,  Facilitator Assistant
  • Rui Hu Operations, Facilitator
  • Sheillah Nyandieka, SWIS,  Facilitator Assistant