Directors

Jackie Long, President & Human Resources Committee Chair, is an HR Executive with over 20 years’ experience in various industries. Jackie is keenly aware of the need for volunteer leaders throughout the community to support the critical work of organizations like Luke’s Place. Her work in the not for profit sector is focused on governance, board excellence, change management, and operational effectiveness. Jackie joined the board of Luke’s Place in June 2010.

Lisa Allen, Treasurer, Ex Officio President, is a Chartered Accountant and has extensive experience in providing risk management advisory, governance, and internal control auditing services. Lisa joined the board of Luke’s Place in 2007 and has over 15 years of experience as a not-for-profit board Director and Officer.

Nafisa Nazarali, Secretary, is a lawyer with Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers. She was called to the bar in 2010 and practices exclusively in the area of family law. Nafisa is committed to issues of social justice. Nafisa joined the board of Luke’s Place in March 2015.

Aparna Dixit, Director, has been working in the social services field for 7 years and in the volunteer sector for 10 years. Aparna is passionate about social justice and is seeking ways to contribute to her community while expanding her knowledge base. Aparna joined the board of Luke’s Place in June 2016.

Catherine Evans, Director, is a Vice President with Marsh Canada Ltd. She is a Registered Insurance Broker specializing in Risk Management, Privacy Liability, and Cyber Insurance. She is passionate about improving the lives of women and children. Catherine joined the Board of Luke’s Place in April, 2016.

Christine Koch, Director, recently retired after working for Toronto Employment and Social Services for 32 years. Through various roles Christine has held management level positions supporting the ongoing services to the divisions’ infrastructure, risk management and human services area. Christine joined the board of Luke’s Place in June 2016.

Sheryl (Sherry) Weese, Director, retired in 2015 after 30 years with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union as an Organizer, Supervisor and Negotiator. Sheryl also has six years’ experience with two terms as President of the Board with Bethesda Women’s Shelter. She is active in a seniors’ organization and a number of interest groups. She is committed and keenly interested to working on issues that assist women during times of crisis in their lives. Sheryl joined the board of Luke’s Place in June 2016.

Kristy Dennison, Director, is a Sales & Marketing professional with over 15 years’ experience working in the Hospitality and Event Industry. Even though she graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts – Criminology, it was evident that her passion for hospitality would be what would lead her through her successful career development. With a keen eye for detail and brand development, she has held multiple leadership roles overseeing Sales & Marketing teams in various hotels, restaurants, venues and catering companies. In her spare time, Kristy enjoys spending time with her family and contributing to the betterment of her community through various volunteer roles she currently holds. Kristy joined the board of Luke’s Place in September 2017.

Naudia Nelson, Director, is a result driven professional with extensive management experience across multiple sectors with a proven track record of delivering results. She is passionate about working with women and children who are victims of abuse and domestic violence. She has pursued this passion by actively engaging in Charities that raise awareness and assist victims of abuse. Naudia has a law degree from England and is currently undergoing the Canadian equivalency in hopes of being able to make a greater and more meaningful impact on the lives of victims in navigating through the legal system and is honored to serve on the Board of Directors at Luke’s Place. Naudia joined the board of Luke’s Place in September 2017.