Board Members

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Hero Landry – Board Chair

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Hero Landry is the Vice President of Walker Emulsions, a division of Walker Industries. 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.

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Seher Goderya – Board Vice-chair & Governance Committee

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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.

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Tieu-Minh To – Board Treasurer & Chair, Finance Committee

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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.

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Kathy Mah – Board Secretary & Governance Committee

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Kathy is Vice-President and Legal Director at Aramark Canada Ltd. Kathy oversees all legal matters in Canada and a member of the Aramark Canada Executive Management Team. Prior to joining Aramark in 2010, Kathy practiced commercial litigation and corporate restructuring at Stikeman Elliott LLP in Toronto. However, Kathy’s first career was in social work. As a social worker, Kathy worked in adolescent additions providing harm-reduction focused addictions counselling, education and professional development training for various community programs in Vancouver, BC. Kathy’s social work practice involved helping children work through traumas such as abuse, neglect, sexual exploitation and self-harm. An interest in public policy led to applying to law school but Kathy’s heart has always remained with social work and the needs of women and children in the community. Kathy has a BSW from the University of British Columbia and a LL.B cum laude from the University of Ottawa.

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Siloni Waraich – Executive Committee Member & Governance Committee

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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.

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Cindy Loung – Board Member & Ernestine Affair Committee

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Cindy Luong is a seasoned marketing professional with experience in brand management, strategic planning, and non-profit partnerships. She currently works in Brand & Corporate Social Responsibility at Manulife, leading high-impact brand and cause marketing programs. Cindy holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. Over her career, she has developed several personal care and food category brands at respected organizations including Edgewell Personal Care, Maple Leaf Foods & Lactalis Canada.

Through her previous volunteer and personal experience, Cindy has spent her time outside her marketing profession in youth development, coaching & working specifically with girls to develop leadership and confidence through sport and the performing arts. She is honoured to support the women & children at Ernestine’s, and looks forward to contributing her expertise to this life-changing organization.

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Cristina Goncalves – Board Member & Ernestine Affair Committee

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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 from York University. 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.

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Harit Lalia – Board Member & Finance Committee

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Harit Lalia is an accounting professional working at the Canada Revenue Agency. Harit is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and a graduate of the Schulich School of Business. Harit has also worked in fundraising roles at the United Way of Toronto as a sponsored employee in 2017 and was the Community Initiatives Director of a Federal Youth Network to support community shelters in the Greater Toronto Area.

Harit is honoured to be part of Ernestine’s Board of Directors. She is excited to contribute to Ernestine’s efforts to advocate for women’s issues and end violence against women and children.

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Jennifer Shiller – Board Member & Chair, Governance Committee

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Jennifer has worked in the public sector, specifically related to community services, for over seven years. She is currently the Director 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 Faculty of Arts and Science and is a past mentor at OISE.

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Laurie Tucker – Board Member & Finance Committee

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Laurie Tucker is Director, Finance & Administration at a Toronto-based family office with a broad expertise in accounting, financial reporting, tax, financial and estate planning, philanthropy, human resources and office administration.  Laurie holds a CPA, CA designation, HBA degree from Ivey Business School at Western University, and an MBA degree from Schulich School of Business School at York University.

As a survivor of domestic violence, Laurie is passionately committed to Ernestine’s mission of supporting women and children escaping violence.

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Lynn Langrock – Board Member & Human Resources Committee

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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.

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Nerissa Ali – Board Member & Finance Committee

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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.

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Pam Sharma – Board Member & Human Resources Committee

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Pam Sharma is a seasoned HR professional with over 20 years of experience in the field. She has held a variety of positions across several industries allowing her to develop deep expertise in areas such as Talent Management, Performance Management, Coaching, Career Planning, Learning and Development and Strategic Workforce Planning. Most recently, as Senior Advisor at BMO Financial Group, Pam’s responsibilities focused on the development and movement of top talent and to ensure business lines effectively engaged in succession planning for key/ critical roles across the organization.

In her spare time, she is proud to have served as a Mentor through the Human Resources Professionals Association, in addition to mentoring via programs offered through corporate sponsorship.
Pam holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo, along with a diploma in HR Management, and she has obtained the CHRL designation.

Pam is humbled to sit on the Human Resources Committee of Ernestine’s Board of Directors to contribute to the incredible work of the shelter in advocating for, supporting, and providing resources to women and children who seek refuge from forms of violence and inequality.

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Rachel Kattapuram – Board Member & Human Resources Committee

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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.

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Tara McLenaghen – Board Member & Chair, Human Resources Committee

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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.

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Executive Director

Sharlene Tygesen – Executive Director

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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.

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Board Committee Volunteers

Cheryl Burte – Ernestine Affair Committee

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Cheryl is a marketing leader who has had a career building brands in the health and wellness space at consumer goods organizations like Johnson & Johnson and Bayer ConsumerHealth. She has held positions in Canada as well as global roles in both Germany and Switzerland.

Cheryl has been passionate about making a difference (big or small) in people’s lives throughout her professional career and seeks to do the same in her community whether volunteering at the local Respite Centre or Out of The Cold, as a Board Member at Broad Reach Foundation and now as a Committee Member for Ernestine’s.

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Elizabeth Smith – Ernestine Affair Committee

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Elizabeth Smith is a senior IT leader with over 30 years of experience in the insurance and financial services sectors specializing in leading technical teams through organizational change along with providing organizations with modernizing desktop and collaboration technologies.

In the past, she was a fundraiser and committee member for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and a volunteer with York Region Victim Services.  Elizabeth is currently a volunteer with the Spadina-Fort York Community Food Program making meal kits and distributing to homeless encampments.  Elizabeth is honored to join and excited to be appointed to work with the team supporting fundraising efforts for Ernestine’s Affair.

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Jasmin Earle – Governance Committee

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Jasmin has over 35 years of experience in the health and social service sectors in senior management, service planning, service integration, and research and evaluation. She was an instructor in program evaluation and community development at Chang School at Ryerson University, and served as vice-president of health operations at SE Health before retiring. Jasmin continues to be an active volunteer and is committed to social justice and equity.

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Laurie Lupton – Ernestine Affair Committee

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Laurie is Vice President of Accounts & Client Strategy at ext., a financial services marketing agency based in Toronto and New York. She is recognized for building, transforming and promoting leading financial services brands, including Manulife, HSBC and Merrill Lynch. Her deep financial, capital and regulatory expertise has helped to drive informed marketing strategies, strong execution and measurable results.

Laurie earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, and has completed her Canadian Securities Course and Partners, Directors and Officers Exam. More recently she earned her Diplome d’etudes en langue français and completed Ivey’s Investor Relations Program.

She is thrilled to join the Ernestine’s Affair committee.

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Sona Dhawan – Governance Committee

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Sona Dhawan is a legal counsel with extensive experience in tax planning, pensions and executive compensation. She has practiced in the financial services industry with multinational accounting firms, clerked with the Tax Court of Canada, and has taught courses for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

Sona holds a degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. She enjoys writing fiction, and hopes to be a published author someday. Sona is honored to be a part of the Governance Committee with Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter to support women and children in rebuilding their lives.

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