905.984.8684 / 1.800.773.9843

Staff & Board of Directors

Directors

Vanessa, Talia & Jackie under a Triumvirate model, oversee agency operations along with individual departments. This shared model of leadership allows for community-based decision making and seeks to flatten organizational hierarchies.

Vanessa Fyfe
Director of Administration &
Home Support Services
vanessa@positivelivingniagara.com
905-984-8684 x 111

Talia Storm 

Director of StreetWorks Services tstorm@positivelivingniagara.com

905-984-8684 x 128

Jackie Barrett-Greene

Director of Education, Support
and Volunteer Services

jackie@positivelivingniagara.com

905-984-8684 x 110

Staff

Administration

Main Office 905-984-8684  |  Email: info@positivelivingniagara.com

Debbie Coman

Administrative Assistant

dcoman@positivelivingniagara.com

905-984-8684 x 110

Katie Komunjar

Administrative Coordinator

kkomunjar@positivelivingniagara.com

905-984-8684 x 125

Keegan Langelaan

Communications & PR Coordinator

klangelaan@positivelivingniagara.com

905-984-8684 x 132

StreetWorks and Consumption & Treatment Services

CTS Main Desk 905-984-8684 x 311
NSP Main Desk 905-984-8684 x 130

Myrtle Stage
Supervisor of Consumption & Treatment Services
mstage@positivelivingniagara.com
905-984-8684 x 312

Keira Knowles

Supervisor of StreetWorks kknowles@positivelivingniagara.com

905-984-8684 x 116

Ashley Verwey

System Navigator averwey@positivelivingniagara.com 

905-984-8684 x 142

Krystal Marriott

System Navigator kmarriott@positivelivingniagara.com

905-984-8684 x 129

Madison McNeil

System Navigator mmcneil@positivelivingniagara.com

905-984-8684 x 118

Hannah Zettler-Graca

StreetWorks Outreach Worker hzettlergraca@positivelivingniagara.com

905-984-8684 x 143

Shawn Montreuil

StreetWorks Outreach Worker smontreuil@positivelivingniagara.com

Taylor Beckett

NSP Harm Reduction Worker tbeckett@positivelivingniagara.com

905-984-8684 x 123

Support, Education & Volunteer Services

Home Support Desk 905-984-8684 x 136 Home Support Cell Number 905-380-5109

Jennifer Lamothe

Supervisor of Home Support Services

jlamothe@positivelivingniagara.com

905-984-8684 x 115

Dodany (Dave) Orozco

Case Manager dorozco@positivelivingniagara.com

905-984-8684 x 131

Darryl Dyball

Community Development and Education Coordinator – Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance

ddyball@positivelivingniagara.com

905-984-8684 x 120

Meagan Cook

Community Development and Education Coordinator – African Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS Ontario

mcook@positivelivingniagara.com

905-984-8684 x 113

Sarah Burtch

Community Development and Education Coordinator – Women & HIV/AIDS Initiative

sburtch@positivelivingniagara.com

905-984-8684 x 127

Sara Escarraga

Migrant Agricultural Workers Program Coordinator

sescarraga@positivelivingniagara.com

905-984-8684 x 126

Chris Allan

Volunteer Coordinator

callan@positivelivingniagara.com

905-984-8684 x 134

board of Directors

Rand Meshki, Chair

A nearly lifelong resident of Niagara, Rand Meshki returned to the area to join a law firm of personal injury lawyers in St. Catharines. Rand’s legal practice enables her to fulfill her passion for assisting injured people and their families and empowering them to overcome some of the most challenging times of their lives.

 

Rand works exclusively on behalf of injured individuals and their families in injury cases of all types from Orthopaedic Injuries to Traumatic and Catastrophic Brain Injuries, as well as Fatality cases.  Prior to law school, Rand graduated from Western University in 2009 with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree specializing in Kinesiology. Following that, she completed a Master of Arts degree in Applied Health Science at Brock University in 2011. While completing her law degree at the University of Windsor, Rand worked as a caseworker at the Community Legal Aid Clinic and volunteered at the Essex County Diversion Program through Probono Students of Canada, to help improve access to justice in Windsor. Rand excelled in law school, graduating in the Top 7% of her class in 2014. As a former varsity tennis player, Rand loves playing tennis in her spare time. She also enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing beach volleyball and soccer.

Carlene Gutierrez, Vice-Chair

Carlene is a resident of St. Catharines who she cares deeply about her community and giving back. Carolyn has been in healthcare for most of her career where she has led multi disciplinary teams that focus on making healthcare accessible for every community member. Carolyn has a Masters Degree in Applied Health Sciences from Brock University and most recently completed a post grad certification through York University in Human Resources where she is a member of the Human Resources Professional Association

Jane Masenda, Treasurer

Jane Masenda graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting Control Systems. She emigrated to Canada eleven years ago and settled in St. Catharines. Jane has worked with various organizations (both for profit and non-profit) and has experience in accounting, budgeting and administration. A great team player, Jane is always ready and open to try new and innovative ways that promote efficiency and effectiveness.

 

As an active volunteer in the community, Jane for the past ten years, cooked and served meals to the homeless through the Out of the Cold program. She has also been a volunteer with other local entities, including Habitat for Humanity Niagara. Homelessness and poverty reduction are issues that are very close to Jane’s heart and she would like to see these challenges aggressively addressed in a holistic manner.  To help her recharge, Jane enjoys good food, nature and travelling.  Family and friends are very precious to Jane.

Adeola Awogbemi, Recording Secretary

Adeola Awogbemi is a Research and Development Consultant with about 2 decades’ experience working with non-profits in Africa. With a background in Political Science, her experience cuts across Health, Education, Livelihoods, Gender, and Governance. Her specialties include Monitoring & Evaluation, Project Design & Management, Advocacy & Campaign Management, Capacity Development, and Election Monitoring. 

 

Adeola is an activist, mentor, trainer, and avid volunteer with extensive experience designing and implementing educational, gender, capacity building, leadership and mentoring programs. She has also provided strategy, capacity building and conducted evaluation studies on development projects for donors like Voice 4 Change (V4C), Christian Aid (CA), Women 4 Women International (WFWI), Encompass LLB, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Women Win), and others.  Adeola has an “M.Sc degree in Political Science” and other certificates in, “Participatory Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation (PPME)”, Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR, Netherlands; “Building Assets and Agency for Citizen-Led Development (Asset Based Community Development)”, “Advocacy: Increasing Citizen’s Voice and Agency” and “Women’s Leadership in Community Development”, from the Coady International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada; “Meta-Evaluation” International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) and “Gender and Development, Future Learn by Deakin University.  Adeola is the immediate past National Publicity Secretary, Nigerian Association of Evaluators (NAE) and currently, Director of Development, Skillcity Institute.

Carolyn Dyer, Director

Carolyn is a Niagara resident and has lived here for the last 15 years, developing a deep love and appreciation for the Niagara community. Having completed her Bachelors of Kinesiology and Masters of Arts in Applied Health Sciences degrees at Brock University, Carolyn decided to put down roots in Niagara.  Professionally, Carolyn is currently part of the HR team at Niagara Region and a member of the Human Resources Professional Association with formal education in HR Management from York University who thrives on the ability to support clients in achieving their HR goals. Prior to this, Carolyn led an interdisciplinary team at a local Community Health Centre who serviced marginalized populations, where a passion started in being part of a system that removed barriers to care and led to this constant desire to collaborate with community partners to continually address health equity. With formal training in quality improvement, Carolyn is constantly finding ways to improve ‘systems’ or processes to achieve greater outcomes. Finally, having worked in various healthcare systems from public health to the community, it has motivated Carolyn in wanting to be part of the positive change in the client experience and in the overall community. Personally, Carolyn finds solace in Mother Nature, where she is often hiking with her beloved dog.

Deborah Richards, Director

Deborah is a psychotherapist, clinician and consultant in private practice in Fonthill, Ontario. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. She has numerous publications and presents at conferences both nationally and internationally speaking on vulnerable populations. In 2018, she became the recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Victim’s Services in Ontario for her work with victims of violence and people who are marginalized and vulnerable.

 

Deborah is a life-long resident of the Niagara Region and has 4 amazing children. In 2019, Deborah’s beautiful son Jay lost his life to an opioid addiction. Because of the loss of her son, she brings a personal story to the table as a parent and mother. She has a passion to change and alter the stigma attached to those individuals who have a substance use disorder.

Julie Evans, Director

Born, raised, and living in Niagara, Julie Evans is a Registered Social Worker who enjoys working with some of our communities most vulnerable populations. Graduating from Sheridan College in 1999, with her Correctional Diploma, she spent some time working with youth, in group homes settings, working in shelters and completed a student placement, in the role of a Correctional Officer, with Niagara Detention Centre. Julie worked for many years with Family and Children Services of Niagara.

 

During her years working with FACS, she gained a passion for this work and returned to school to complete her BA in Social Development Studies, her Bachelor of Social Work Degree and graduated with her Masters of Social Work, in 2018. Julie has worked with Community Addiction Services of Niagara, and works in a relief position as a Mental Health Counsellor with CMHA Niagara’s, Urgent Support Services Program. Just over five years ago, she began working with Niagara Region Mental Health as a Social Worker, in a pilot program, within the shelter system. Julie is currently the Social Worker with Niagara Region Mental Health’s, Assertive Community Treatment Team. In her spare time, Julie loves to travel, spend time near water, further her skills and enjoy outings with friends and family.

Corey Dutcher, Director

Corey Dutcher is a dedicated resident of Niagara, who embodies the spirit of volunteerism and advocacy within the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Corey has demonstrated exceptional commitment and leadership in furthering positive awareness and inclusivity across Niagara with being involved in the Welland Pride and Indigenous crosswalk creations.

 

Corey currently serves as the Chair of the Welland 2SLGBTQ+ Advisory Board, where his strategic vision and collaborative approach have been instrumental in advancing initiatives that promote diversity and equality. He also plays a vital role as a Board Member of Positive Living Niagara, Chief of Police Inclusion Council and the Niagara Region’s 2SLGBTQ+ Advisory Committee, contributing valuable insights and perspectives to support these organizations’ missions.

Meghan Marchand, Director