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.

Staff member
40 +


0 +
from immigrant or refugee background
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Our Staff

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

Greg Letowski
Director of Employment Program, Volunteer Program, 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 Intro Program Manager
  • Aric Goodbrandson Volunteer/Mentorship Program Manager
  • Lisa Jansz Community Connections & French Services Manager
  • Maricel Roldan Bucher HR Manager
  • Meagan Botelho SWIS Program Manager
  • Ryan Croy Employment Program Manager
  • Yusur Al-Hassani Interpretation & Administrative Manager
  • Brooke Gillis Assistant Manager
  • Cassandra Sanchez Assistant Manager
  • René Mateso Assistant Manager
  • William Maitland Assistant Manager
  • Yu Sun Assistant Manager
  • Hank Tseng Database Specialist
  • Lara Solis Post-secondary Bridge Program Specialist
  • Rui Hu Executive Assistant
  • Anastasiia Seleznova SWIS, Team Leader
  • Elan Mueller SWIS, Team Leader
  • Erika Tang Team Leader
  • Fechie De Guzman Volunteer Coordinator
  • Hannah Booy Lead Instructor
  • Jackson Grier Team Leader
  • Kysha Dela Rosa SWIS, 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
  • Candy Mae De Lemos Career Coach
  • Chanmi Hwang Career Coach
  • Charles Cyiza Volunteer Facilitator
  • Chizitelu Ofomata Career Coach
  • Danielle (Junella) Mfoumou Ondo SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Dhoha Khayyat Facilitator
  • Estahil Ahmed SWIS, Facilitator
  • Hibo Mohamed SWIS, Facilitator
  • Iryna Otesanya SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Jeane Boschmann Ekk Penner Facilitator
  • Kuldeep Singh Facilitator
  • Leah Handford SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Lisa Nurgitz SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Loubna Lekikot Facilitator
  • Lovejot Singh Facilitator 
  • Mahmoud Ayesh M. Elburdiny SWIS Facilitator 
  • Maia Penner SWIS, Settlement Worker in Schools
  • Marnelle Marzo Career Coach
  • 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
  • Suhrab Frough SWIS, Facilitator
  • Sylwia Krawczyk Facilitator
  • Tingrui (Maggie) Liu Facilitator 
  • Viktor Kyryliuk SWIS, Instructor
  • Wen-Hui Tseng Support Worker
  • Ann Dobson Employer Liaison Specialist
  • Charissa Deen Research & Development Specialist
  • Elham Azadmanesh Facilitator
  • Elsy (Lizeth) Figueroa de Mendoza Accounting Assistant
  • Hajati Issa SWIS, Support Worker
  • Million Mengesteab SWIS, Facilitator Assistant 
  • Patrick Macaulay Facilitator
  • Reem Al-wiswasi SWIS, Facilitator Assistant
  • Svetlana Koos SWIS, Psychosocial Educator