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 and CEO
519-439-4201 x 224

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

Heather J. Scott, CFRE
Director, Philanthropy
519-439-4201 x 236 

Jenne Wason
Director, Marketing and Communications | Regional Director
519-439-4201 x 234

Alicia Gall
Community Projects and Partnerships Manager
519-439-4201 x 231

Sheena Gosse
Program Manager
Waterloo Region, Wellington, Hamilton, Niagara
519-439-4201 x 233

Claudia Villatoro
Program Manager
Thames Valley (Middlesex, Oxford, Elgin), Brant Haldimand Norfolk, Bruce-Grey
519-439-4201 x 232

Zoe Burness
Program Manager
Company Program and Camps
519-439-4201 x 223

Morissa Ewing
Program Manager
Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton, Huron-Perth
519-439-4201 x 238

Mandy Deelstra
Volunteer Manager
519-439-4201 x 239



Head Office (London)

15 Wharncliffe Road North
London, ON, N6H 2A1
519-439-4201
info@jaswo.org

Regional Office (Chatham)  

60 William Street South
Chatham, ON, N7M 4S3

Regional Office (Kitchener)  

74 Queen Street, Unit B
Kitchener, ON, N2H 2H3

Board of Directors

JA South Western Ontario

Derek Askew

Chair
Derek Askew
Associate Vice President, TD Bank Group

Vice Chair
Brad Bishop
Professor, Financial Planning, Fanshawe College

Secretary
Tabitha Schwarz
Chief Financial Officer, SpringTide Holdings

Treasurer
Luda Pradyszczuk-Pitt
Associate Partner – Tax – EY

Director Emeritus
Brad Geddes
President and Chief Executive Officer, ZucoraHome

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
Matt Cassidy
Associate, Harrison Pensa

Board Member
Murray Flanagan
Advisor, Flanagan Foodservice

Board Member
Jennifer Green
Director of Competitions, Skills Ontario

Board Member
Firas Halabi
Senior Manager Home Financing, Libro Credit Union

Board Member
Stephanie Hayes
Partner, Gowling WLG

Board Member
Kim MacPherson
Director of Talent Management and Organizational Development, SOTI

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

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