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 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.