Our People

Harmy Mendoza
Executive Director

Harmy holds a MA from Ryerson University and has more than 16 years of experience in the anti-violence against women field.

Priya Shastri
Director of Programs

Priya has a decade of work experience in the anti-violence against women sector in various systems and communities, including in Nunavut and the U.K.

Devika Parsaud
Membership and Communications Coordinator

Devika holds a Master of Health Policy and Equity from York University and has experience in strategic communications, policy and project management.

Premila Chellapermal
Project Coordinator

Premila has worked in the violence against women sector in multiple jurisdictions and projects and has a MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Jane Wang
Research Coordinator

Jane has experience working on whole-of-government initiatives on domestic and family violence and holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto.

Aakanksha Mathur
Manager of Public Policy, Advocacy and Communications

Aakanksha has experience working in the not-for-profit sector as a Policy Analyst and Consultant, and holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Toronto.

Jessica Pratezina
Education and Research Manager

Jessica Pratezina has a Master’s degree in Child, Youth, Family and Community Studies from the University of Victoria where she has been a researcher and sessional instructor. She has over a decade of experience in frontline social service work.

Ramona Chereches

Ramona graduated with a MSW in Romania and previously worked in foster care and international adoptions.

Amninder Sandhu

Amninder has more than 15 years of experience in personal and commercial banking, capital markets, finance, corporate planning, client acquisition and management.

Anita Ghosh

Anita is a transformation expert who has led organizational growth and change across a wide range of industries for 15+ years.

Patricia Coehlo

For the past two decades, Patricia’s education and career have revolved around her passion for human rights, which has been channeled through her work in social-service organizations in Brazil and Canada.

Usma Qureshi
Board Member

Usma is a public policy professional with 10+ years of experience in research, political analysis and program development

Brooke Huestis
Board Member

Brooke is the Vice President, Enterprise Crisis and Business Continuity Management, for Scotiabank, with responsibility for ensuring the Bank is prepared across its footprint for all potential disasters and crises.

Kristen Holman
Board Member

Kristen is a corporate lawyer who has spent the better part of her legal career to date as in-house counsel at Loblaw where she is currently responsible for supporting the Loblaw Digital line of business.