Board of Directors

Biography

Board of Directors  2016-2017

Alex Morosovskiy

Alex is an Annual Fund & Stewardship Director at Casey House Foundation. He brings to the Board his vast experience in Foundation & Corporate Giving, Annual Giving and Direct Response Fundraising, Event Sponsorship and Corporate Partnerships, Employee Campaigns and Community Giving Proposal & Direct Mail Copy Writing, Volunteer Committee Management, Fundraising Information Systems and Reporting, and Donor Stewardship Systems and Programs. His work experience includes working as a Resource Development Manager at United Way, Senior Development Officer at Children’s Aid Foundation, as well as Development Officer at various colleges and universities in Toronto. He is a former client and sits on the Fundraising Committee at CultureLink.

Claudia Serraino

Claudia was born in Viña del Mar, Chile and immigrated to Canada at age 5 with her parents and younger sister during the Chilean dictatorship in 1987.  She grew up in Toronto and has spent the majority of her academic and professional career working on the promotion of basic human rights.  She attended the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto where she focused on human rights and social justice.  She has been working as a staff lawyer at Downsview Community Legal Services (a Legal Aid Ontario funded community clinic) since being called to the bar of Ontario in 2009.  Claudia also worked at the Centre for Spanish Speaking People’s legal clinic during her second year of law school.  She practices in the areas of housing law and income security law appearing before administrative tribunals and Divisional Court.  Claudia has been involved in the numerous working groups within the clinic system including the New Caseworker’s Orientation and Training Group as well as Access as Justice and the Tenant’s Advocacy Group.

Cathy Katrib-Reyes

Cathy is a project management leader with over 20 years of experience working in media for such respected institutions as TVO and CBC, as well as within the cultural industry in roles with TIFF and the Ontario Media Development Corp. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Communications Studies, from the University of Windsor. She later received her Certificate in Project Management from Ryerson University. Cathy has solid expertise in launching diverse, high-impact projects such as CBC’s multi-platform health initiative “Live Right Now”, CBC’s 75th Anniversary campaign and the recently launched digital station in Kitchener-Waterloo.  As a champion of building engagement within teams, Cathy has led numerous employee-based initiatives and was the recipient of a CBC President’s Award in 2013 for her work on CBC News’ Make it Better committee.  Born in Windsor, Ontario to immigrant parents, Cathy has volunteered for CultureLink’s mentorship programs in the past. She brings her media expertise to the board and is proud to be able to contribute to CultureLink in a larger capacity.

Erich Schafer

Erich received his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and his Bachelor of Arts, Honours Political Science from Brock University. At Osgoode Hall, he volunteered with the Community Legal Aid Services Programme and the Ontario Justice Education Network.  He also received the Russell Nelles Starr Q.C. Award. He is a lawyer based in Toronto and practices labour and employment law. His work experience includes providing legal advice and representation to employers with respect to labour and employment law matters. He has been working as an Associate Lawyer at Mathews, Dinsdale and Clarke LLP since 2012.

Jessica Dargo Caplan

Jessica brings on board over 20 years of experience working in the arts and education. She earned her M.Ed at the University of Toronto and her B.A. in Art History at McGill University. She was heavily involved with the CultureLink Mentorship Program by providing many with opportunities to gain valuable “Canadian experience” at the Luminato Festival, where she was the Director of Education & Community Outreach. In her new role as Director of Public Programs and Engagement for the Koffler Centre of the Arts, Jessica develops and coordinates multi-disciplinary projects, artist talks and residencies and school programs, focused on exploring the arts through a variety of disciplines and cultures, while encouraging an appreciation of difference, dialogue and creativity.

Jorge Ortiz

Jorge is a Sales Representative & Realtor at Remax Legacy Realty Inc.; he brings to the Board his vast experience in Strategic Planning, Program Development, Community Outreach Initiatives, Budget Management, Growth Strategies, Relationship Building, Organizational Leadership, Policy Development, Public Speaking and Communication. He received his law degree from University of Cartagena and his B.A., major in Marketing from University Jorge Tadeo Lozano. He is a former CultureLink’s client.

Katherine Ge

Katherine is a Planning and Analysis Manager at Manulife Financial. She has worked in both private and non-for-profit organizations, providing business planning, financial analysis and support to Senior Management in business strategies and decision making. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University and a B.A. in Economics from Shanghai University.  As an immigrant to Canada, She understands the challenges of being a newcomer to the country.

Ferzana Chaze

Experienced educator and research professional.  Skilled in public policy analysis, knowledge mobilization, education/training and writing. Subject matter expert on issues related to immigration and settlement, diversity and social inclusion, women and families. Demonstrated expertise in leadership and governance in a variety of contexts and with diverse groups of persons: Instructors of the Chang School Interdisciplinary program, Continuing education, undergraduate and college students, Co-chair of the Policy Advisory Committee and Board Member of a settlement service agency in Peel region, and supervision of staff in an NGO.

Orla Zhu

Orla Zhu, CPA, CMA, is a financial professional with broad experience in financial analysis, budgeting, forecasting, reporting and auditing. To give back to the community as well as further her personal growth, Orla volunteers at different organizations, including sitting on a School Advisory Council at Peel District School Board, Health & Safety Policy Advisory Committee at Candu Energy Inc., and on our own CultureLink Mentorship Program. Her academic achievements include a dual degree in Administrative Studies from York University and in Economics from Northwest University, a CPA from the Chartered Professional Accountant of Canada, and a CMA from The Society of Management Accountants, Ontario.

Tasha Williams

Tasha is an HR Business Partner at BMO Financial Group. Tasha comes with extensive professional experience as a human resources professional and a project coordinator. Her volunteer and extracurricular involvement includes being a member of HRPAO and a senior mentor with Youth Assisting Youth. In addition, she also has time to sit in on a variety of committees.  Educated at Ryerson University, the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Tasha not only brings a strong HR experience to the board but also an in-depth education in the field of HR.

Tony Fiore

Tony brings a strong financial acumen to the Board.  He has been working with the Royal Bank of Canada for the past four years and is currently an Associate with RBC Capital Markets.   He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, Department of Economics and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business. Tony has been heavily involved with the Mentorship Program at CultureLink.

Wendy Horning

Wendy Horning recently retired from Wells Fargo Financial, where she was a Manager of Specialty Collections, starting in 1997. She previously worked for GE Capital as the Account Services Manager for their Auto Leasing portfolio. Wendy was a member of Wells Fargo’s first Canadian Diversity Council. Wendy first came to know CultureLink in 2000, where volunteering with the English Conversation Circle was a suitable ‘fit’. She became a board member in 2001 serving on the Board until 2005, including a short period as Chair of the Board. Wendy was on the board of Sojourn House, a refugee shelter in downtown Toronto, where she was the President up until her term on the Board ended in June 2011.

Board meetings are open to the public; meetings start at 6:30 pm at 301-2340 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON. For more information please contact Claudia Rivera at crivera@culturelink.ca