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
  • Aric Goodbrandson Volunteer Services  Manager
  • Lisa Jansz French Services Manager
  • Maricel Bucher HR Manager
  • Meagan Botelho Service Delivery Team Manager
  • Misty Belcourt Service Delivery Team Manager
  • Ryan Croy Service Delivery Team Manager
  • Yusur Al-Hassani Administrative Manager
  • Chloe Waters Intro Program Assistant Manager
  • René Mateso SWIS, Assistant Manager
  • Cassandra Sanchez SWIS Specialist
  • Renata Luiza Da Costa Research & Development Specialist
  • Romulo Schembida Marketing Specialist, Employment Services
  • Salam Al Sayed  Research & Development Specialist
  • 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
  • Erika Tang Admin Facilitator
  • Fady Gerges Admin Facilitator
  • Jayne Urfano Bookkeeper
  • Jeane Boschmann Ekk Penner Admin Facilitator
  • Julie Ann Mojas Hanslip 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
  • Bethany Klassen, SWIS Instructor 
  • Chanmi Hwang Career Coach
  • Charles Cyiza, Volunteer Hub Communication Facilitator
  • Danielle (Junella) Mfoumou Ondo SWIS French Facilitator
  • Dayna Handkamer SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Dhoha Khayyat Service Delivery Team, Facilitator Assistant
  • Dmytro Khelai Employment Services, Facilitator
  • Ebyan Warsame SWIS, Psychosocial Educator
  • Estahil Ahmed SWIS, Facilitator
  • Fareedah Sulaiman-Olokodana SDT Facilitator 
  • Gina Meleika SWIS, Facilitator
  • Kayla Verot Operations Office, Volunteer Facilitator 
  • Keffa Minda SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Laura Neuendorff  SWIS Psychosocial Educator 
  • Lisa Nurgitz SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Lovejot Singh Service Delivery Team Facilitator
  • Melissa Funk SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools 
  • Marnelle Marzo Employment Services, Career Coach
  • Menna Abaza SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Nahla Abdelwahab 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
  • Rui Hu Operations, Facilitator
  • Saim Uddin Chowdhury SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Sherry Peters Employment Services, Career Coach
  • Suzie Zeray SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Viktor Kyryliuk SWIS, Facilitator
  • Yelyzaveta (Liza) Briukhina SWIS, Facilitator

  • Esteria Juanich  IT Assistant
  • Mahmoud Ayesh M. Eburdiny Admin Support Worker
  • Monika Sidorowska Operations Office, Administrative Assistant
  • Suhrab Frough SWIS Support Worker
  • Wen-Hui Tseng  Admin Support Worker
  • Aisha Ali  SWIS, Facilitator
  • Basma Ali SWIS, Facilitator Assistant
  • 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
  • Maryna Levchuk SWIS, Facilitator Assistant
  • Nadine Atie SWIS, Facilitator
  • Nataliia Hetman-Pyliavska SWIS, Support Worker 
  • Reem Al-wiswasi SWIS, Facilitator Assistant
  • Sheillah Nyandieka SWIS, Facilitator Assistant
  • Svetlana Koos SWIS, Psychosocial Educator
  • Tetiana Butenko SWIS, Facilitator Assistant