Board of Directors

Executive Members

Marlon Merraro
Chair

Marlon Merraro is a well-recognized social systems architect with a clear focus on poverty reduction and addressing the social determinants of health within a dynamic framework of equity and inclusion. He brings 25 years of experience in senior leadership positions within the non-profit sector and municipal government spearheading strategic strategies and tactical methods that address complex social issues, resulting in improved and more equitable health and community services.

Mark Foerster
1st Vice-Chair

Mark is the Vice-President, Group Operations and Claims at Munich Reinsurance Company and is accountable for all aspects of claims management for both the Individual and Group life and health insurance business lines in Canada and the Caribbean; and co-leads the Group business results and client management. His team assists clients in implementing practice management enhancements, research studies and other initiatives to help achieve the best mutual results. He has over 30 years of senior management experience in the financial services industry. Mark graduated with Honours Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He also holds the requirements for the Certified Financial Planner designation and has extensive not-for-profit Board experience.

Cheyanne Ratnam
2nd Vice-Chair (Equity Lead)

Cheyanne Ratnam, B.S.W, M.S.W, is a child advocate who is also a post-secondary educator in the social services sector, and was the Phase 2 project coordinator at A Way Home Toronto (youth homelessness). Cheyanne serves on the board of directors of Scarborough West Community Legal Clinic, is a member of the Children in Limbo Taskforce, and is affiliated with multiple groups that transcend sectors and communities.

Yeugenia Kazantseva
Treasurer

Yeugenia was born and grew up in the former Soviet Union – in the capital city of Moscow. She has called Toronto her hometown since 1993. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Yeugenia worked at TELUS Communications as a Project Manager and later as Program Manager for over twelve years, focusing on business integration projects. She now enjoys a full-time career in real estate.

Yeugenia has dedicated a significant amount of time to volunteering in the charitable and non-profit sector, including organizations such as Northern Secondary School Council, the Northern Secondary School Foundation, Women’s Connections Network, WXN, and the Arthritis Society.

Gerald Mak
Secretary

Gerald Mak is currently a Portfolio Manager within the Ontario Public Service. Prior to joining the OPS, Gerald has worked in various financial and professional institutions including PwC, CIBC, RBC and Scotiabank with roles in risk, communications and technology departments.

With over 15 years in community service, he has volunteered and served on various boards and advisory committees including St. John Ambulance, City of Toronto, Toronto District School Board, Digital Media Zone, Big Brothers and Sisters of Toronto, Toronto Police Service, Ryerson University, University Health Network and Junior Achievement Ontario. Gerald is extremely passionate about his community and the well-being of others.

For his community work, he has received several awards including the Prime Minister's Canada Volunteer Award, Governor General's Sovereign Medal for Volunteers, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers and Ontario's June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism. Gerald holds a Commerce degree from the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, an Executive Master’s degree in Communications from McMaster University and has completed executive education modules at Queen's School of Business.

 

Members

CARTER, Randolph (Randy)

Randy has over 30 years of experience with Toronto Police Services. Currently, he is Unit Commander of 33 Division. He possesses an MBA from Queen’s School of Business, a BAA in Justice Studies from Guelph University and has taken Executive Leadership Training through the FBI National Academy.

Randy is currently a Board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters Toronto, Director of Senior Officers Organization, and is a Director-at-Large, Toronto Business Club- Queen’s School of Business Alumni.

CRAWFORD, Silvie

Over the span of 30 years, Silvie Crawford has held leadership roles across complex academic health science centres. Silvie has been an active contributor to many regional and provincial children's initiatives that have built strong partnerships to positively impact policy, practice and strategy to better respond to the evolving needs of organizations and communities. Silvie has participated on a number of Hospital and Community sector boards and supported organizations through teaching, coaching and mentoring in areas of quality practice, leadership and governance. Silvie has an undergraduate degree in Nursing and a Masters of Laws specializing in Health Law as well as is a surveyor with Accreditation Canada.

DOSHI, Uppi

Uppi (oo-pee) Doshi is a collaborative leader who takes the time to build strong relationships to create a positive team environment and bring people together to work towards a common goal. Uppi has over a decade of experience with building and managing programs across various sectors: CPG, Technology and Social Impact. Uppi completed her BMath from University of Waterloo and a MBA from Schulich School of Business. She has also completed a Workplace Mental Health Leadership Certificate Program. Uppi has a passion for enabling positive mental health and being part of a community where we work together to ensure children are safe and supported. She volunteers for Kids Help Phone as a Crisis Responder and previously was on the Board of Directors for Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO). Uppi is currently in the process of publishing her first book, “I am Mindful” to promote positive mental health for children.

DUTT, Catharine

Catharine is a Risk Consulting Partner in RSM Canada’s consulting services business, with extensive experience and technical expertise in financial services and risk management across a number of functions and industries.

Catharine most recently worked for one of Canada’s large banking institutions as VP and Global Head of Strategy, Planning and Operations for Internal Audit. In this role, she was responsible for the strategic direction of the global audit function, along with audit committee oversight and global governance reporting, global financial management, professional audit standards and data analytics. She also has extensive experience with global regulators and expectations for internal audit functions, having served in a Chief Audit Executive role for a U.S. national bank.

Prior to Catharine’s ten years in banking, she held increasingly senior positions for eleven years at one of the largest global professional services firms, specializing in financial institutions.

Originally from Toronto, Catharine holds a Master of Accounting and Honours Co-op B.A. in chartered accounting, both from the University of Waterloo, and is a chartered professional accountant in both Canada and the U.S.

Catharine enjoys playing golf in her spare time in Toronto and photography on her travels.

KISSI, Evelynn

Dr. Kissi is an Indigenous African tri-citizen, Black Disability and Transnational scholar of Ghana, Nigeria and Canada. Her interdisciplinary research interests intersect with Black Critical Disability, African Spirituality, Black Global Health, and Indigenous Early Childhood Development Studies and Education. Over the last 20 years Dr. Kissi has worked and continues to work in North America, Africa and Europe with not-for-profit organizations, women’s groups, education institutions, government institutions and disability advocacy groups.

LAWRENCE, Racheal

Racheal Lawrence is committed to empowering women and girls to reach their full potential. She currently holds a leadership position in the social service sector, a field she has worked in for over 15 years. She serves as a Board Member of the grassroots nonprofit Social Legacy Event Group. Racheal graduated with a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University and a Master of Arts in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies from York University. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Infant Mental Health from York University.

LINDO, Gave

Gave has over a decade of experience as a lawyer, executive, and board director within the media and cultural sectors where he has commissioned, structured, or advised on a range of projects across film, television, digital content, gaming, festivals, and live theatre. He is currently leading the content strategy for TikTok in Canada as Director of Content Programming. Previously, he led CBC’s digital content offerings including CBC Gem, CBC.ca, and CBC Kids as Executive Director of OTT Programming. Gave also served as Executive Director of the Reelworld Film Festival, worked as a business executive at CBC, and practiced media law at Fasken LLP. Gave has been appointed to the boards of a number of organizations including Ontario Creates (OMDC), the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, Obsidian Theatre Company, and Laidlaw Foundation. He currently serves on the board of the Children's Aid Society Toronto and the TO Live St. Lawrence Centre Redevelopment Committee. He is a frequent speaker on the intersection of content and innovation and holds BA, MBA, and JD degrees from the University of Toronto.

MCGOVERN, Greg

Greg McGovern is an active and passionate supporter of Children’s Aid through his work as a mentor to youth transitioning out of care into adulthood. Professionally, Greg is an innovation and transformation leader who focuses on the implementation of complex and typically disruptive technologies. Currently, Greg is the CEO and Chair of DELTAoverC, a software company specializing in developing tools that support organizational change and transformation. He is also a part-time professor of business at Loyalist and George Brown Colleges. Greg holds a master’s degree in business from Goizueta Business School at Emory University and he has worked professionally in both Georgia and New York.

MEHAN, Rishab

Rishab Mehan is an urban planner and housing policy professional currently working as Chief of Staff to the Toronto City Councillor for Beaches-East York. He has a passion for building community and helping Toronto's diverse residents thrive in the city. Rishab grew up in the UK and moved to Toronto in 2014. Outside of work he serves on the board of HOTT, a Toronto-based not-for-profit housing provider and enjoys running, reading and time with family and friends.

MUKASA, Irene

Irene has a BA from Queen’s University and a Master's of Science in Economic Policy from Bath University, UK. As a Director at NATIONAL Public Relations, Irene brings a diverse range of expertise in the areas of Communications and Marketing. Over the last 7 years she has worked with various organizations in the private and not-for-profit sector to develop and enhance their communication strategies. An avid supporter of children focused organizations, Irene also serves as a Communications Advisor for Ripple Foundation.

SCHNAPP, Marshall

Last year Marshall and his Partner adopted through CAST an amazing little boy who just turned seven. Marshall has a Bachelor of Arts, a law degree and a Master of Laws in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has 15 years of experience in dispute resolution. He started as a litigation lawyer and moved into dispute resolution; his practice includes mediation, arbitration, workplace investigation, workplace restoration, conflict/negotiation coaching, complaint handling, and facilitation. In 2017, he was appointed as the first Chair of the Complaint and Resolution Council for Student Societies at the University of Toronto. Marshall enjoys spending time with his son and partner; among other things, they enjoy being outdoors, playing tennis and traveling.

SOMANI, Salim Zulfikar

An Ismaili Muslim born and raised in Kenya, East Africa, Salim has had extensive engagement in voluntary services as member of various provincial boards including, the Economic Planning board, the Education board and Youth and Sports board, the Religious Education board etc.  He has also presented at various intimate engagement seminars to the youth on ethics and morals at various university campuses across Ontario.

Salim has a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto. He commenced his training as a Chartered Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)’s   National Offices in downtown Toronto after which he obtained his postgraduate designation of a Chartered Accountant. He currently holds a designation of a Canadian CPA and is a registered member CPA, Canada, CPA, Ontario and CPA, British Columbia. He is also qualified as a CPA in Illinois, USA. Salim currently owns and operates an accounting practice in Toronto, Ontario. He also is currently a tribunal member of CPA Ontario’s Disciplinary Committee involved in the governance function responsible for adjudication on tribunal hearings of members of the profession.

Salim has maintained various leadership positions including the more recent custodianship and representative leadership at a community center in Toronto for a period of 3 years responsible for the improvement of the quality of lives of all segments of the community including younger children, the youth, the seniors of the community and particularly for developing strategies that supported the most marginalized members of the community.

For over 10 years Salim was engaged in providing international professional voluntary services to the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) being one of the largest private development networks in world where his work involved supporting the establishment and operations of The Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance under AKDN’s network. He provided training on leadership, finance, internal audit, and leading and executing international external audits of microfinance institutions in Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique), the Middle East (Syria), Central Asia (Tajikistan and Afghanistan) and in North Africa (Egypt). Salim is currently an executive member and the Chief Financial Officer of the Willowdale Provincial Liberal Association.

Salim is also a recipient of many awards including the prevailing Ministry of Culture and Citizenship Award for multi-years of outstanding services to the community. As a central part of his life, Salim remains committed to the ethic of service to individuals, to the community, and to society at large both in Canada as well as internationally.