Our Board of Directors
Laura Mattila, President
Laura is Director of Clinical Programs at Sault Area Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. She previously held leadership positions in Toronto at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) as Director of Operations and Planning for Education and at the Hospital for Sick Children, including Manager for Safety Reporting, and Manager for both the Centre for Brain and Behaviour and the Psychiatry and Adolescent Medicine programs. She obtained her Honours B.A. (Sociology) and M.A. (Sociology of Health and Mental Health) from the University of Toronto. Laura also serves on the Board of Directors for Our Place, a community organization that provides recreational skills-based programs for people living with mental health challenges. Laura joined the Board in 2016.
Dr. Mona Kornberg, Vice-President
Mona is a Consultant with over thirty years experience in employment equity, training, strategic planning and community development. She has held senior management positions and worked in the public and private sectors in Ontario, Nunavut, Bolivia and Nicaragua. She has served on numerous Boards and authored several articles relating to women in the workforce including the first comprehensive survey of effective recruitment practices for women and minorities in the Fire Service. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Mona has been, and continues to be, an advocate for women in the workforce. Mona joined the Board in 2016.
Shelley Howsam-Scott, Treasurer
Shelley is an accounting and finance professional with over 12 years of
experience in financial management, planning and controllership roles, primarily in the food services industry. She earned the Certified Management Accountant designation following a business degree from the Ivey School of Business at Western University. After a career break to raise her children, Shelley turned to Times Change when she decided to relaunch her career and has utilized several of the services. As a client, Shelley understands the significant impact the services at Times Change can have in helping women achieve their employment goals. Shelley joined the Board in 2016.
Aviva Levy, Secretary
Aviva works at the City of Toronto on housing programs and policy. Since joining the City in 2011, Aviva has worked on social policy development, research and program delivery in the social assistance and housing arenas. She is thrilled to contribute to the board at Times Change by fulfilling the organization's mandate to support women's employment. Aviva holds a Master of Public Policy (University of Toronto) and a B.A. (McGill University). Aviva joined the Board in 2016.
Michelle Martin Johnson, Director
Michelle is a public service leader with over 10 years of experience in healthcare and the nonprofit sector. Michelle is currently the Knowledge Management Officer for Ontario Trillium Foundation where she is focused on enabling community development through knowledge sharing across Ontario's nonprofit sector. She also serves on the steering committee for the Feminist Art Conference (FAC). Michelle holds a B.A. Honours Women's Studies and Sociology degree from York University. She is a committed social justice advocate and also an emerging visual artist, with a Certificate in Art and Visual Design Skills from OCAD University. She joined the Times Change board to help create meaningful change in women's lives. Michelle joined the Board in 2016.
Karen McCrank, Director
Karen McCrank is the Lead Coordinator for Career Education at the Career Centre, University of Toronto St. George Campus. She has also worked in various areas of student programs and services, including international education, service-learning and graduate education. Karen first connected with Times Change in 2004 while completing a research paper for her Master of Education in Adult Education and Community Development at OISE U of T, and she is looking forward to contributing to the organization as a member of the board. Karen is a committed member of the community who is particularly passionate about celebrating the strengths of women and helping them navigate the challenges they face in the labour market. Karen joined the Board in 2016.
Janet O'Grady, Director
Janet has been a human resources professional with the Ontario public service for over 25 years. She is currently leads the development and launch of enterprise HR strategies and policies to support organizational effectiveness. She has championed initiatives relating to respect and mental health to enable staff to thrive in the workplace. She holds an Honours B.A. (Psychology) and an MBA. She looks forward to contributing to the goals of Times Change. Janet joined the Board in 2017.
Almeera Khalid, Director
Almeera is currently a student at the University of Toronto St. George campus pursuing a double major in Ethics, Society, and Law along with Criminology and Socio-legal studies and a minor in Political Science. She has previously held leadership positions with Amnesty International (AIUSA). She is currently an executive at the University of Toronto Hart House Social Justice Committee and has been involved with other student groups driving for change. Almeera is an advocate for women in the workforce and looks forward to help fulfill the organization’s mandate to support women’s employment. She joined the board in 2018 as part of Girls(20)’s Girls on Boards campaign to get more women on boards. She looks forward to offer her experience and perspective to Times Change. Almeera joined the Board in 2017.