Staff & Board

A team committed to inspiring students across our region

Working together for our students

Our Staff Team, Board of Directors and Board of Governors all play an important role in guiding the organization.

They make strategic decisions about our future and collectively serve as an innovative force to empower the next generation of leaders.

JA South Western Ontario Staff

Karen Gallant
President & CEO
519-439-4201 Ext. 224

Karen Chafe
Director, Programs and Operations
519-439-4201 Ext. 225

Heather J. Scott, CFRE
Director, Philanthropy
519.439.4201 x 236 

Jenne Wason
Director, Marketing and Communications | Regional Director

Alicia Gall
Community Projects and Partnerships Manager

Sheena Gosse
Program Manager – Waterloo Region, Guelph-Wellington, Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Hamilton, Niagara
519-576-6610 Ext. 3

Megan Siddall
Program Manager – Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton, Windsor-Essex, Huron, Perth, Bruce, Grey

Claudia Villatoro
Program Manager – London-Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford
519-439-4201 Ext. 223

Amma-Zaynab Ibrahim
Program Manager – JA Job Shadow Program

Head Office (London)

15 Wharncliffe Road North
London, ON, N6H 2A1

Regional Office (Chatham)  

60 William Street South
Chatham, ON, N7M 4S3

Regional Office (Kitchener)  

74 Queen Street, Unit B
Kitchener, ON, N2H 2H3
Tel: 519-576-6610

Board of Directors

JA South Western Ontario

Derek Askew

Derek Askew
Associate Vice President, TD Bank Group

Vice Chair
Brad Bishop
Professor, Financial Planning, Fanshawe College

Tabitha Schwarz
Director of Finance, Boshart Group

Luda Pradyszczuk-Pitt
Associate Partner – Tax – EY

Director Emeritus
Brad Geddes
President and Chief Executive Officer, ZucoraHome

Past Chair
Mark Russell
Sales Representative, Royal LePage Triland Realty

Board Member
Nomar Abdullah
Chief Financial Officer, FMF Metal Fabrication

mark brown

Board Member
Mark Brown
Partner, adHOME Creative Inc

Board Member
Leonard Bumbacco
Student Achievement Consultant, Waterloo Catholic District School Board

Board Member
Murray Flanagan
Advisor, Flanagan Foodservice

Board Member
Jennifer Green
Director of Competitions, Skills Ontario

Board Member
Firas Halabi
Community Manager, Libro Credit Union

Board Member
Stephanie Hayes
Partner, Gowling WLG

Board Member
Kim MacPherson
VP HR, Cowan Insurance in Cambridge

Board Member
Alex Moroz
Marketing & Family Services Coordinator, Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries

Board Member
Philippe N. Oille

Board Member
Nicole Pereira
President and CEO, Dealer Principal, Cambridge Centre Honda

Board Member
Venkat Ramachandran
Director / Sr Manager Business Architecture Trading and Asset Servicing, Wealth, TD Bank Group

Board Member
Wes Vickers
Educator, Greater Essex County District School Board

Board Member
Matt Cassidy
Associate, Harrison Pensa

This was a much-needed unit that arrived at the PERFECT time! It’s great that financial literacy is in the new math curriculum but we lack resources to teach it properly to the students. Who better to teach the kids than JA, the experts! I’d love to have you come visit my classroom next year!

– Grade 5 Teacher, JA Our Business World