About

Board of Directors

My Furniture Bank is fortunate to have the services of a dedicated group of volunteers who provide leadership and strategic direction to the organization.

Nina Douglas
Chair
Nina graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A. Hons. in Crime and Deviance, Sociology and Psychology. Nina is a litigation law clerk with a law firm working in both Burlington and Oakville. Nina is committed to community volunteerism and has volunteered in various capacities over the years. She is currently in the last year of her six year term with Armagh.
Alwyn de Melo
Vice-Chair
Alex Vitorino
Treasurer
Alex currently works as a Financial Analyst at a material handling subsidiary of a Japanese conglomerate. He graduated with a B. Comm. International Accounting and Finance degree and is a CPA designation candidate. Alex is passionate about financial education and adding meaning to the numbers. After spending 2 years as the Accounting Administrator at the Mississauga Furniture Bank, he is excited to help facilitate the difference this organization makes within our community.
Lileath Claire
Secretary
Lileath Claire is a Senior Information Technology leader with 20+ years cumulative experience in driving business process engineering and service delivery across multiple industry sectors. She holds a Master of Science degree with specialization in Logistics & Global Supply Chain management from the University of Liverpool. A passionate advocate for the disadvantaged and homeless, in volunteer roles she gifts her project management, mentoring and leadership skills. In corporate and charitable environments, she is guided by a philosophy of commitment to service. A natural ‘Servant Leader’, her mission is to enrich the lives of individuals, build better organizations and ultimately create a more just & caring world.
Carolina Vitorino
Director
Carolina Vitorino is a Political Science graduate from McMaster University; specializing in issues such as human rights, international security, and public policy to name a few. In 2015, she completed a Volunteer Management Leadership Certificate through Humber College. Currently she is a Producer & Brand Engagement Ambassador for Coextinction who are working to save the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales, Chinook Salmon and Salish Sea ecosystem. In addition to the Mississauga Furniture Bank, Carolina donates her time to the Human Rights Committee for the United Nations Association of Canada in Toronto, and as a Community Consultant for MP Sven Spengemann on the issue of plastics in our oceans and lakes. Carolina is passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of others, as well as our earth.
Chris Jean-Marie
Director
Chris has worked as an IT consultant throughout the GTA for the past 20 years. Sharing this vast wealth of knowledge, Chris advises and supports the IT directive for MFB. A longtime volunteer within his Mississauga community, Chris believes that we are stronger when we work together! With this in mind, MFB enables Chris to reach outside of his home base in Mississauga and share his contributions to a wider community that includes all of Halton and Peel Regions.
Richard Newman
Director
Richard is currently a full-time outreach caseworker for the Salvation Army Lighthouse in Oakville, and has worked for the organization for 10 years; he has a diploma from Everest College specializing in addictions and community service. Richard holds a relief position as a youth worker at Eva’s Satellite which serves the homeless youth population in North York, and has also worked for the organization for 10 years. Richard considers his work with the homeless population as his personal calling, and finds it not only empowering for himself but also for those he serves. Richard’s passion for the work and given nature is the fuel that keeps him going. “We can’t save the world, but we can provide individuals with the tools, and resources to make change”
Stacy Yanchuk Oleksy
Director
Stacy is the Director of Education for a Canadian non-profit charity. She has a Master’s degree in Family Ecology, is a professional Coach and has served on boards throughout her career.
Moiz Moueen
Director
Moiz works as a Senior Financial Analyst for a home inspection franchise company. He has prior experience in business development, accounting and finance, both in north America and middle east. He has completed his MBA from Brock university and prior to that his bachelor’s in finance degree in Switzerland. He is passionate about the Japanese Philosophy of “Kaizen” or continuous improvement and uses it in all aspects of his life. Outside of work, Moiz works in making a difference in people’s lives and regularly participates in charity/fundraising events.
Kathryn Palangio
Executive Director
Kathryn is a graduate of York University with a degree in Psychology. After many years of working within the manufacturing sector, Kathryn took a few years sabbatical to dedicate her time and attention to her family. During this hiatus from work, Kathryn was grateful to experience the unforgettable rewards received through volunteerism. When it was time to return to work, she knew that the not-for profit industry was where she could dedicate her passion for family and community. The understanding that sharing what we have and what we know can truly help change lives for the better, is what motivates Kathryn in the community and in the industry.