Our Board of Directors

Nancy Richard (President, Executive Committee, Building & Relocation Committee (Chair))

Nancy is a bilingual HR Professional with over 20 years of experience working as a generalist and specialist in both the public and private sectors. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management and Development from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. She has served on several committees and working groups, including Human Resources Professional Association’s Exam Validation Committee, a Critical Incident Stress Response team, a values and ethics working group, job evaluation committees, and employee onboarding and career planning speaker panels. In addition, she is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and Mental Health First Aid Trainer.


Shawna Holmes (Vice-President, Executive Committee, Community Engagement Committee (Chair))

Shawna holds a PhD in sociology and has a passion for social justice and community service. Currently working at Algonquin College, she previously worked as the Manager of Community Engagement with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, promoting the organization and its activities through fundraising and advocacy and is excited to be able to continue this work as a member of the Board.


Chirag (Chi) Gehani (Treasurer, Executive Committee, Finance Committee (Chair))

Chi holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Carleton University and is a designated Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). In addition, he has over five years of experience working in Finance, specializing in Financial Performance, Corporate Planning and Operational Investments. Having lived in Ottawa for more than a decade, Chi is looking forward to giving back to his community and aims to help support the city’s more vulnerable populations. Racial equality, LGBTQ+ social issues and animal rights are among his most passionate causes. His hobbies include hiking, pottery, and scuba diving.


Chloe Halpenny (Secretary, Executive Committee, Community Engagement Committee)

Chloe (she/her) is a proud feminist and social justice advocate passionate about a more equitable world. She works as a researcher with the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, leveraging research and evaluation to inform evidence-based social policy and programming. Outside of work, Chloe serves as a Co-Chair of Women’s March Ottawa, founding member of the Basic Income Canada Youth Network, undergraduate student mentor, and volunteer with Youth Ottawa and Dress for Success Ottawa. In her spare time, she can usually be found with a good book and her beloved rescue dog. Chloe holds a MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies (University of Cambridge), an MSc in Social Policy & Development (London School of Economics), and a Bachelor of Public Affairs & Policy Management (Carleton University).


Genevieve Malette (Executive Committee, Human Resources Committee (Chair), Building & Relocation Committee)

Genevieve is a Director of Business Development and has over 10 years of operational experience within the legal industry. She attended the University of Ottawa with a focus in Psychology and has a passion for supporting her community. Genevieve served as a bilingual crisis line volunteer by completing the required training with the CALACS Francophone d’Ottawa. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, traveling, reading and has recently joined the world of stand-up paddle boarding. 

Alexandria Bonney (Community Engagement Committee)

Alexandria holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Winnipeg. She is a passionate advocate for social justice and plans to use her law degree to affect positive social change. At uOttawa, Alexandria co-leads the Prison Law Practicum which works with students and prisoners on legal and systemic advocacy projects.  In her downtime, Alexandria enjoys gardening, cross-country skiing, and exploring world cultures through cooking.


Adrienne Fanjoy (Human Resources Committee)

Adrienne is a labour and employment lawyer. She believes law can be a tool for creating more equitable communities and is thrilled to be sitting on the board for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa. Originally from Ottawa, Adrienne obtained both her undergraduate and law degree at Queen’s University. Throughout her studies, Adrienne was an active volunteer in the Kingston community where she worked primarily with marginalized youth. She also worked as a caseworker at the Queen’s family law clinic, where she provided legal assistance to low-income individuals. In her free time, Adrienne enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and introducing herself to every dog she meets.


DeRoux Jones (Finance Committee)

Throughout his 9+ years career in community development, DeRoux’s work primarily focused on advancing local economic development and entrepreneurship in Jamaica. DeRoux has often combined economic and community development to assist at-risk women and youth in fostering wealth and job creation through entrepreneurship. His objective nature, combined with creativity, supports a results-orientated approach to work. DeRoux is also a licensed psychotherapist in Ontario. Most of his 9+ year career as a therapist has been spent working with youth and their families through school-based therapy programs and child/family services. DeRoux mainly works with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, relationship challenges, self-esteem, and trauma. Currently DeRoux works as a full-time Senior Analyst with the Government of Canada, and part-time as a lecturer and psychotherapist. Degrees in Accountings, Human Resource Management and Psychology affords him the flexibility to contribute to his community in an eclectic manner.


Feliciana Goncalves-Sebastiao (Community Engagement Committee)

Feliciana is a feminist, passionate about diversity and inclusion which she brings to her professional and volunteer work. In 2019, she obtained her MBA from the University of Saskatoon, Since joining EFSO Board of Directors at the Associate Director level in 2020, Feliciana has enthusiastically served on the Community Engagement Committee, including supporting fundraising initiatives and advocacy campaigns.


Laura Crich (Human Resources Committee)

Laura is a registered nurse currently pursuing a Master of Health Science at the University of Ottawa. She began her nursing career in emergency medicine at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital and currently works in the emergency department at the Civic Hospital in Ottawa. While living in London, Ontario she worked at a nurse practitioner-led clinic that specialized in health care for vulnerable and marginalized women and children. This work inspired her thesis research which is exploring Syrian refugee women’s reproductive health experiences in Ontario. Another research project she is working on is the mental health and lived experiences of women who access violence against women shelters in Ottawa. Laura is a proud feminist and passionate about women’s sexual and reproductive health.


Tanya Ironstone (Building & Relocation Committee)

Tanya Ironstone Locke is the executive director of the Child Welfare League of Canada. She is a former youth from care and was put into detention centers via child welfare as a young victim of trauma. She used her own experience to work on a national Globe and Mail call to action, the 2017 Unfounded series exposing the way police deal with child victims of crime, and how society continues to fail them. She works with agencies and stakeholders across Canada to build the following policies on Child welfare and family wellbeing: implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action within Child Welfare, Equitable Standards on youth Transitioning out of care, and preventing children from coming into care by addressing Societal neglect of families in poverty with actionable information through the Beyond Neglect Project.


Associate Board Member (non-voting)


Alannah McBride (Community Engagement Committee)

Alannah holds a Master’s degree in Economic Policy from McMaster University and is currently working at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. She has over 4 years of experience working in health policy and is passionate about improving healthcare quality and access for everyone, especially for vulnerable populations. She has published a report on Pharmacare with the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy where she also researched public funding for various homelessness initiatives. In her spare time, she enjoys going on adventures with her rescue dog, hiking and reading.