Background: Fundraising, Community Services and Health sector
Joined MAS: 2016
Scott Russell is the Chief Executive Officer for the Alzheimer Society of Toronto (AST.) Scott has been recognized for his innovative work to build sustainable partnership, market and fundraising to ensure the sustainable launch of the Music Project. Prior to joining the Alzheimer Society, Scott has held a number of fundraising positions in the community services and health sector over the last 10 years. Scott is passionate about inspiring innovation and reinforcing a culture of philanthropy in the non-profit sector, and has applied this to his volunteer work with MAS. He joined MAS in 2016 and joined the MAS board in 2019.
Background: Non profit sector, Jewish Communal Service
Joined MAS: 2015
Allan is a consultant and former President UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. Following a 30 year career in Jewish communal service, he established Allan Reitzes Consulting serving non-profit organizations in North America and Israel. Allan joined MAS in August 2015 in the Strategic Planning, Governance and Fundraising Practices. He joined the board in 2019.
Background: Dance, Choreography, the Arts
Joined MAS: 2017
Vivine is Founder, Executive Director and Curator for dance Immersion, an organization that presents, produces and supports dancers and dances of the African Diaspora. For 24 years this organization’s mandate and vision has provided Canadian and international dance artists with opportunities that have laid a foundation for continued growth and representation.
Background: Finance, Transfer Pricing
Joined MAS: 2016
Anthony is a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Global Transfer Pricing Services practice in Toronto. He has more than 12 years of professional services experience within the Big 4 accounting firms, advising multinational clients whilst working across the UK, Australia, and Canada. He speaks regularly at industry association conferences and other events.
Background: HR, Organization Effectiveness and Strategic Planning
Joined MAS: 2012
For over 20 years, Sue has worked as a designer and facilitator of strategic organizational and leadership change projects. She had led multiple types of large-scale organizational transition initiatives (i.e. culture change, executive and leadership development, organizational learning). Sue has held a series of senior corporate roles leading complex change initiatives and has consulted with senior executives in North America and Europe. Sue has been with MAS since 2012, working in strategic planning, leadership coaching and leadership facilitation.
Joined MAS: 2015
Nancy has worked in the field of child welfare for over 35 years. She recently retired from her role as Chief Operating Officer of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, the largest Board operated child welfare agency in North America. Nancy has experience in strategic and budget planning, policy development, government and key stakeholder relations, staff management and labor relations.
Background: Social Work
Joined MAS: 2013
Laraine Naft began her career as a professional social worker. Since then Laraine has worked as a front line staff, manager, director and executive director, primarily in the community non-profit sector, providing her with an intimate understanding of this environment.
Laraine is also a Volunteer Consultant with MAS focusing on HR and Organizational Issues.
Background: Law, Ethics
Joined MAS: 2011
A knowledgeable expert in corporate and commercial law, Howard Kaufman is currently Counsel for Fasken Martineau, a large global law firm. Previously, Howard was Vice-President, Legal & External Affairs and Secretary at Xerox Canada Inc. and was part of another national Canadian law firm. With his legal background as well as his expertise in Ethics-related matters, he brings a strong skill set to his role as Director of MAS.
Background: Information Technology, Management
Joined MAS: 2002
Steve Gittins retired from Manulife Financial in 1999, after 30 years as part of their Information Technology team, mostly in senior management roles. A leader on the internal MAS Executive team, Steve has been involved with internal assignments, including facilitation and project evaluation. He extends his dedication through his position as MAS Treasurer and IT Manager.
Background: Consulting and IT
Joined MAS: 2013
Sue Pulfer has a background in Software, IT Consulting and large-scale Consulting Operations Management and she also has a good general knowledge in the areas of Finance, HR and Marketing. After a career in IT services and Consulting, much of it at Oracle Corporation, Sue is now retired. Sue has a number of years of experience on non-profit Boards and in assisting non-profits in her areas of expertise. Sue focuses on advising in areas of IT and Strategic Planning and facilitating non-profit Board and Staff events.
Background: Non-Profit and Volunteer Management
Joined MAS in 2016
Debbi is the part time Program Coordinator at MAS. She brings 20 years of progressive experience in seniors’ housing and administration of volunteer resources. She has also been a part time Instructor in Centennial College’s distance learning program since 2009. She has a master’s degree from the University of Waterloo, and lives in East York with her family. Debbi is often the first point of contact for clients and she is responsible for helping to clarify project needs and for the overall administration of the office.
Background: Marketing Executive, Consumer Packaged Goods
Joined MAS in 2018
Luciana is a marketing executive with 16 years’ experience working for the largest CPG companies. She is an expert in developing brand and marketing strategies. She is also skillful in converting them into actionable plans according to the competitive set. She has joined the MAS leadership team as Director of Marketing
Background: Human Resources, Organizational Design, Change Management
Joined MAS: 2017
Sue has a broad range of HR, organization design and change management experience. She has a passion for working with organizations to build positive and high performing cultures with the programs and tools that enable people to do their best work. She enjoys working in challenging environments; working from a values-based approach, facilitating a common vision and principles and developing workable strategies that deliver results. She forges strong relationships with people at all levels of an organization, is pragmatic and results oriented. Sue joined MAS in 2017 and belongs to both our HR and Strategic Planning practices.
MAS is a multi-faceted team of dedicated professionals, all working together to help non-profit organizations achieve their goals. We are home to a variety of skills, experiences and knowledge coming together to provide resources and direction for your organization.