Our Staff

Our Executive Director
Ashleigh Presenger, M.Ed, B.Ed, HBA (is on maternity leave)

Interim Executive Director
Valerie Charlie, RECE

Our Board of Directors
The Board of Directors for Mahmowenchike Family Development Centre is comprised of volunteer members who are dedicated to the quality of care and education provided by Mahmowenchike’s staff. The Board meets monthly to discuss issues directly involving our two centres.

Our Kitchen Staff
Evan Nummikoski
Albina Derosa

Administrative Staff
Joy Vanasse, BA Psychology

Our Program Staff
In accordance with the Child Care & Early Years Act, Mahmowenchike is staffed by qualified Early Childhood Educators or those with equivalent training. Each staff member must also have up-to-date First Aid and CPR certification.

Redwood Avenue – St. Vincent school

Joy Vanasse, BA Psychology

Infant Program
Brandi Kuoppa-Aho, RECE
Madison Middlebrook

Toddler Program
Julie Groccia, RECE
Melanie Nguyen

Preschool Program
Ana Suarez, RECE
Rhiannon Roy

School Age Program
Robyn Fraser

Georgina Avenue – St. Ann school

Valerie Charlie, RECE

Toddler Program
Laura Forneri, RECE

Preschool Program
Amanda Brizard, RECE
Kate Pickett, RECE

School Age Program
Valerie Swan, RECE

Supporting Staff
Brandon Donio
Chantelle Chretien
Marissa Thomson
Erika Desselss

Student Placements
In addition to the regular staff of the centre, throughout the school year, Confederation College students who are studying Early Childhood Education are welcomed into our programs to complete their placements. This benefits not only the students and the staff, but the children, as students bring in a new perspective and new ideas for educational activities within the program.