Siloni Waraich – Board Chair
Siloni Waraich has a background in stakeholder management and strategic communications in both the public and private sectors. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Business Administration. Siloni’s political experiences as a former School Board Trustee, and as a former President of a provincial political party, have solidified her passion for advocacy. Since joining the Board in 2015, Siloni has had the privilege of chairing the Governance Committee and is currently the Chair of the Ernestine’s Board of Directors. She is excited to continue to advocate for women’s issues and lead a valuable organization that endeavours to end violence against women and children.
Seher Goderya – Board Vice-chair & Governance Committee
Seher Goderya is a commercial real estate lawyer at Dentons Canada LLP, a full service law firm in downtown Toronto. Seher holds a business management degree from York University and a law degree from the Osgoode Hall Law School. She is a long-standing volunteer with the Ontario Justice Education Network, where she has been involved with educating and mentoring high school youth in the practice of law. Seher has always been committed to eliminating violence against women and children, and is proud to be associated with Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter and its dedicated members.
Tieu-Minh To – Board Treasurer & Chair, Finance Committee
Tieu-Minh To is a senior financial professional with progressive experience in financial management, reporting and risk management. She is Assistant Vice President, Finance at Tarion Warranty Corporation with accountability for the finance and accounting functions. Tieu-Minh is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a graduate from the University of Waterloo. As Treasurer and a member of the Finance Committee, Tieu-Minh strives to support Ernestine’s in achieving its mandate through prudent financial management and sustainability.
Samantha Ash – Board Secretary & Governance Committee
Samantha Ash is an international development professional with a background in women and children’s rights. She is currently Senior International Programs Officer for UNICEF Canada where she manages the requirements of multi-million dollar government grants. Prior to joining UNICEF Canada, Samantha worked on children’s rights and women’s issues for Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage and Humans Rights Watch. She holds an Honours BA is International Development Studies from McGill University and a Master’s in Political Studies (International Affairs) from Queens University. Samantha joined the Ernestine’s Board in 2017 and is thrilled to be working with an organization that does so much to address violence against women closer to home.
Jennifer Shiller – Executive Committee Member & Chair, Governance Committee
Jennifer has worked in the public sector, specifically related to community services, for over four years. She is currently a Manager of Stakeholder Relations at Tarion Warranty Corporation. Prior to Tarion, she was a senior political advisor on health and community safety, with responsibilities for such areas as public health, health promotion, mental health and addiction and women’s health. Previously, Jennifer was the lead advisor on consumer services, not-for-profit law, and government agency oversight including board governance. She holds a Master of Science in Climate Change and Bachelor of Arts in Human and Environmental Geography. Jennifer is a long-standing and active volunteer at the University of Toronto. She serves as alumni ambassador at the Faulty of Arts and Science and is a past mentor at OISE.
Cristina Goncalves – Board Member & Ernestine Affair Committee
Cristina Goncalves is a talent acquisition professional with a Canadian software company that has a purpose and mission to help create successful futures. Throughout her career Cristina has worked with leading organizations in the post-secondary and private sectors. She loves to help organizations find the top talent and individuals to accelerate their careers.
Cristina holds an Honours BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies from York University. Her studies sparked her love for learning and working in the community. Over the years, Cristina has held various volunteer roles and most recently was a Committee Member of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and a Coach for Girls on Board for G(irls)20. Cristina joined the Ernestine’s Board in 2017 and is thrilled to be working with an organization that is committed to helping women and children rebuild their lives.
Hero Landry – Board Member & Ernestine Affair Committee
Hero Landry is the general manager of Walker Environmental- OCR in Toronto. Hero holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. Hero has worked in remote Northern and Arctic environments in leadership roles within both corporate and healthcare fields; often alongside First Nations and Inuit populations . Hero is excited to contribute to Ernestine’s vital work supporting women and children through participation on the Board of Directors
Jennifer Altosaar – Board Member & Governance Committee
Jennifer Altosaar is the Manager of the Toronto Network of Specialized Care at Surrey Place Centre. She has worked in Developmental Services in Toronto for over 20 years working with adults with a developmental disability. Jennifer feels privileged to be able to engage with the community to enhance and build systems to better support those with special needs. She has always championed for those who cannot always speak for themselves and considers herself an advocate and agent of change. Jennifer is encouraged by the difference Ernestine’s has made in the lives of Toronto women and children and is pleased to serve on its board.
Julia Nanos – Board Member & Chair, HR Committee
Julia Nanos is a labour and employment lawyer at Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP in Toronto. Her practice includes human rights, wrongful dismissal litigation, collective bargaining and labour relations. Prior to joining Hicks Morley, Julia worked at the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she focused on the issue of discrimination in employment, particularly HIV/AIDS discrimination in developing countries. She holds a law degree from the University of Western Ontario, where she volunteered at the London Family Law Courthouse, assisting unrepresented litigants in family law disputes. She also holds a B.A. in Law and Society from York University, with a focus on human rights and social justice issues facing marginalized communities. Julia is honoured to sit on the Board of Directors of Ernestine’s, and to contribute to the important work it is doing to support women and children fleeing violence.
Lynn Langrock – Board Member HR Committee
Lynn Langrock is the Vice President, Human Relations and Corporate Affairs at Bimbo Canada/Canada Bread Company, Limited, a division of Grupo Bimbo. In her current role, which she assumed in 2015, she has overall leadership in safety & wellness, real estate, pension and benefits, compensation, labour relations, leadership and corporate affairs. Lynn has held a number of progressive positions in General Management and Human Relation functions in a variety of public and private industries and companies including: Maple Leaf Foods, The Economical Insurance Group and the Government of the Northwest Territories.
Lynn has functional expertise in employee and labour relations, strategic workforce planning, leadership and organization development, communications, talent management, training and development and mergers and acquisitions. She is a highly-effective and high-energy change agent who leverages strategic and tactical management skills to excel in demanding and dynamic environments while remaining focused on pragmatic sustainable HR solutions. Her current role is that of a strategic business partner who understands the business issues and partners with functional leaders to support them as they drive to find the best methods of achieving their business objectives.
Lynn volunteers for and sits on the Board of Directors of Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter that provides a safe place for women and children fleeing violence.
Lynn graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts specializing in Urban Studies. She then went on to pursue a Masters of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University specializing in Human Resources. Lynn and her family are avid travelers and enjoy spending their free time between their family cottage in rural Nova Scotia and other international adventures.
Nerissa Ali – Board Member & Finance Committee
Nerissa is a CPA, CGA, designated in 2011. Nerissa graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and majored in Accounting and minored in Finance. She has 15 years of full time working experience in accounting, finance and related fields.
Nerissa was born in Toronto and raised in Scarborough in a low income family household. At a young age she was introduced by her family to fundraising for children’s homes and has participated in raising funds for various charities in recovering countries. Ernestine’s is especially important to Nerissa as it supports the most vulnerable members of society.
Rachel Kattapuram – Board Member & HR Committee
Rachel Kattapuram is a labour and employment and corporate associate at Dentons Canada LLP in Toronto. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. During law school, Rachel volunteered with Justice for Children and Youth, a legal aid clinic which provides services for young people under 18 and homeless youth under 25 in Toronto. Currently she is a mentor with Laws in Action within Schools, an educational program which supports high school students in Toronto. Rachel is honoured to sit on the Human Resources Commitee of Ernestine’s Board of Directors and to contribute to its important and much needed work with women and children.
Tara McLenaghen – Board Member & HR Committee
Tara McLenaghen is a consultant with RiskBusiness Services, offering her expertise on operational risk management to the financial services industry globally since 2004. She also brings business and executive leadership experience earned in a long career with RBC and holds an MBA from Queen’s University specializing in Finance. Tara has been involved with Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter since 2009, both on the Board and through personal fundraising campaigns, and is delighted to return to the Board in 2018 after a few years absence.
Zhaoyun (Sabrina) Wang – Board Member & Finance Committee
Sabrina Wang is a financial services professional with years of experience working in the banking industry. She holds a HBA degree from Richard Ivey School of Business – Western University. Sabrina is currently an Account Manager in Commercial Banking, helping entrepreneurs grow and expand their businesses. Sabrina previously was an active member of Women in Capital Markets. She has a passion for supporting women in both career and life aspects. Sabrina is honoured to join the Ernestine’s Board and is looking forward to contributing to the important work it is doing to support women and children who have experienced violence, and to support them in rebuilding their lives.
Sharlene Tygesen – Executive Director
Sharlene Tygesen’s 25 years at Ernestine’s have been fueled by her passion to help women and children create new lives free from violence and abuse. She became a Co-Lead in 2008 and eventually was appointed Ernestine’s first Executive Director in 2014. Sharlene sits on the Board of the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 in recognition of her significant contributions.
Board Committee Volunteers
Ellen Zhivulin – Finance Committee
Ellen Zhivulin is a finance and accounting professional holding a CPA, CGA designation and a degree in Business Administration from York University. She has held several progressive roles at Tarion and is currently an Underwriting Analyst focusing on risk assessment and registration compliance.
Ellen joined the Finance Committee in 2019 and is honoured to support Ernestine’s in achieving its mission.
Marjorie Aikenhead – Finance Committee
Marjorie Aikenhead is a financial services professional with a background in finance, holding a Bachelor degree in Business Management and Organizational Studies from Western University. She is currently an Account Manager in Commercial Banking, partnering with local businesses to support their growth. Marjorie joined the Finance Committee in 2017 and is excited to be supporting Ernestine’s in its efforts to provide assistance to women and children escaping violence.