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Robyn LeBlanc (She/Her/Elle)

Robyn is an Improvement Advisor with the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. She has a sociology background, with ample non-profit and community experience. She brings many skills in the area of critical thinking, diversity and inclusion, governance, collaborative partnership, community services, housing security, and mental health and addictions.

Josephine Nhongo-Simbanegavi (She/Her/Elle)
Vice President

Josephine is a historian, researcher and published author on women and development issues. She holds a Doctorate degree from University of Oxford, and she specializes on Africa and the Developing World. Her keen interest in issues affecting immigrant women and girls has seen her involved with several community initiatives aimed at raising effective supports for better social and economic livelihoods for new Canadians. She has been on the local YWCA Board since 2016.

Natacha Riopel (She/Her/Elle)

Natacha holds an MBA from University of Alaska - Fairbanks and is bilingual. As the Assistant Vice President of Sales & Account Management for Homewood Health in Eastern Canada, she brings experience working with the Atlantic business community, knowledge in HR and benefits as well as Marketing skills.

Caitlin Mahoney (She/Her/Elle)

Caitlin is a Senior Manager at Grant Thornton and brings many skills relating to corporate finance, accounting, and investment management.

Lindsay Meekins (She/Her/Elle)
Board Member

Lindsay is a communications consultant for Atlantic Lottery and brings her expertise in communications and public relations to the board. She holds a certification in crisis communication management and has a strong commitment to community engagement and diversity and inclusion. Lindsay was recognized for her work with the YWCA of Moncton in Future of Good's 2019 list of 21 young people reshaping governance in Canada.

Molly Hall
Board Member

Molly is an associate at the law firm Murphy Collette Murphy. She joined the Board of Directors in 2020. Molly has previously used her advocacy skills in various organizations on behalf of women and marginalized communities and is excited to continue this work with the YWCA Board of Directors.

Michelle Tupy (She/Her/Elle)
Board Member

Michelle is passionate about community and thrives on collaborating with like-minded people to effect change. Originally from Australia and an avid traveller, she considers herself a citizen of the world and volunteers her time on boards and fundraisers to help local non-profits flourish. She is currently the Chapter Director for Shelter Movers Greater Moncton.

Jenny Haché (She/Her/Elle)
Board Member

Jenny has been a Psychiatric Patient Advocate since 2016. She is also a member on different committees with the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers. She joined the Board of Directors for YWCA Moncton in 2020.

Heather Fraser (She/Her/Elle)
Board Member

Now retired, Heather managed Natural Resources for over 40 years, 30 of those being with the City of Moncton. Her passions include being in nature every day if possible, making a difference in women’s lives, and volunteering in the community, which began over 25 years ago when she chaired (and wrote the newsletter for) the Friends of TNB theatre group. She has also organized International Women’s Day events, urban forestry conferences, and outdoor recreational workshops.

Sima Eskandari (She/Her/Elle)
Board Member

Sima is a Corporate Director of Organization Development at JD Irving. Her background is in Human Resources Management & Organization Development. Originally from Iran and educated in Europe and the Middle East, she has worked with several multinational companies over the past 20+ years. She is passionate about positively influencing organizations and individuals’ development journeys. She is very active in her community, supporting women in leadership and newcomers to the province in their professional advancement.

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