YWCA Board of Directors
Karen Gilmore, Chair
Jessica Franklin, Vice- Chair
Marie-José Ouellet, Vice- Chair
Susan Kennard, Secretary
Yulena Wan, Treasurer
Marina Banister, Edmonton, AB
Peggy Chen, Richmond, BC
Jessica Franklin, Toronto, ON
Karen Gilmore, Vancouver, BC
Jessica Joss, Lethbridge, AB
Beth Lyons, Fredericton, NB
Sereena King, Saskatoon, SK
Yasothini (Yaso) Mathu, Brandon, MB
Susan Kennard, Banff, AB
Kate Nelischer, Toronto, ON
Marie-José Ouellet, Québec City, QC
Brittany Tibbo, Ottawa, ON
Kim van der Woerd, Vancouver, BC
Yulena Wan, Ancaster, ON
National office staff
Maya is a diversity specialist with 22 years of experience in a variety of sectors in public policy development, public health, adult education and social work.
Raine Liliefeldt is a communications professional and relationship builder with over 16 years in the nonprofit sector built on a solid background of event planning and sales in the corporate sector.
Lisa Blackburn is a senior finance professional with diverse experience, including with not-for-profit organizations, public companies and a regulatory organization.
Andrea Dannecker is the Project Manager, Executive Office. She coordinates the Executive Office and supports the Board of Directors, Board committees as well as membership committees and is part of the organizing committee of the Annual Membership Meeting.
Sydney Piggott (she/her) is a dynamic, results-oriented program manager and researcher with professional experience in international development, corporate social responsibility, youth empowerment, and gender advocacy.
Anjum Sultana has nearly ten years of experience working in the fields of community development, strategic communications and advocacy to facilitate social action and systemic change.
Isabel Pérez-Doherty is a multilingual development strategist with over 15 years experience in data-driven fundraising and supporter engagement.
Priscila Kallfelz is a corporate communications and event planning professional with over 15 years of experience in both internal and external communications, from research and analysis to planning and implementing strategies in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.
Tamara Akopcan supports the Finance and Fundraising departments. Before joining the YWCA, she worked with Tourism Québec/Destination Québec, as Director of Media Relations and office manager for six years.
Erika Yoshida has been working in the women’s services sector for over two years, during this time she worked in shelters for women fleeing violence and Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto.
In her role, Jenny supports the planning, execution and evaluation of projects. Jenny Cloutier brings over 4 years of front-line service working with diverse women seeking social services, quantitative and qualitative social research and policy skills and is fully fluent in French and English.
Stephanie has an undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research from Western University in London, Ontario. She has a MA in Women and Gender Studies from Mount Saint Vincent University and Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
From direct service, to policy advocacy, to philanthropy, Jennifer (she/ her) has a history in the social change sector in Canada and beyond. Jennifer is skilled in accessible communications, policy analysis, storytelling, and strategic knowledge.