Our Instructors

The Chang School’s instructors bring applied expertise to every course. The instructors in the Certificate in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector are experienced, knowledgeable, and understand the diverse and growing nonprofit sector and the range of nonprofit organizations in Canada. They have direct, practical, and hands-on experience with their subject matter and give students a meaningful learning experience.

Current Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management instructors include the following:

Melissa Abramovitz, B.A.Hr., M.A., Adult Training and Development, Cert., has a Master's degree from OISE/University of Toronto specializing in diversity education and conflict resolution education and a Graduate Diploma in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University. As a certified adult educator, Melissa continually strives to incorporate her values into her teaching process. This entails the creation of safe and inclusive learning environments that honour the inherent wisdom of the participants. Experience as an instructor at Ryerson University teaching Diversity and Conflict Resolution (CINP 914) and Conflict Resolution and Dispute Negotiation (CINT 905) has taught Melissa that educating around issues of diversity requires a sense of humour, resiliency, and a flexible approach. It is these qualities that allow her to guide learners/participants through a curriculum that is designed to challenge our deep rooted assumptions. Melissa is a founding Director of the Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) and the recipient of the 2007 Ryerson Teaching Excellence Award for The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.
Caryl Arundel, MSc (London School of Economics), MPA (Queen's University) is an experienced instructor who has developed and taught courses in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management program including strategic planning; organizational effectiveness; critical issues facing the nonprofit sector; as well as courses on local government and social policy. Caryl works as a policy and management consultant specializing in projects in the nonprofit and public sectors. Her consulting work includes research and policy analysis; governance; organizational review and development; engagement, facilitation and training; and, strategic planning and program review with large and small nonprofit organizations including Family Services Toronto, the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Heart and Stroke Foundation (Ontario), and the Canadian Index of Wellbeing. Caryl has about 20 years of experience in municipal government in Toronto and London, England, in senior positions in housing, child care, social policy and planning, housing development and operations, organizational and operational analysis, and political support to the Mayor of York and the Chairman of Metropolitan Toronto. She has served on a variety of voluntary boards and associations and is a currently a member of the board of directors of Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities and a member of Lambda Alpha International (land economics), the Ontario Nonprofit Network and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada.
Junie B. Facey is a change agent with several years of leadership experience, a personal philosophy of teaching and learning, and a commitment to developing leadership skills in others. Contributing to the shaping of grassroots organizations, multi-sector community health services, and network initiatives, Junie also contributes to organizational/board governance activities including nominating, board development, programs, quality and risk, and strategic planning committees. Since 2011, Junie has been a member of Ryerson's Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management program teaching CINP 910 Strategic Planning and CINP 913 Leading Through Change. She recently joined the team teaching in the Public Administration and Governance program delivered in partnership with the First Nations Technical Institute. Additionally, Junie is a contracted faculty with Cestar/Lambton College in Toronto's Health Care Leadership programs and is the appointed Program Coordinator of the College's Health Programs. Junie has earned a Masters of Health Studies with a focus on leadership and organizational development from Athabasca University, a Bachelor of Social Work with a Minor in Public Administration from Ryerson University, and has acquired a range of related training and development. Junie is also a registered social worker.
Allison Hillier is a Learning and Development Consultant and Senior Instructional Designer who focuses her work on building better bridges between organizations, the people that fuel their development, and the society they exist within. Her work centres on helping organizations and individuals achieve new growth targets through designing and implementing for-profit and not-for-profit training initiatives. Allison has more than ten years' experience in the post-secondary education sector, eight years of organizational development and consulting experience both in the for-profit and not-for profit sectors and more than two decades of small business planning, ownership and consulting experience. She thrives on realigning relationships between the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Allison holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, both from Athabasca University.
Samantha Jones is a consultant and interim executive with over 15 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. She has worked with many leading Canadian charities including: the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Kids Help Phone, Pathways to Education, the York University Foundation, and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. She is known for leading teams through periods of change, developing winning marketing and fundraising campaigns, and negotiating sustainable strategic partnerships with the corporate sector. She is also an active volunteer in the sector, currently serving on the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Toronto Chapter Board of Directors. She holds a MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, a BA from McGill University and recently completed her Certified Sustainability Practitioner designation.
Martha McGuire, MSW, C.E. with almost 30 years of experience as a program evaluator, brings a strong commitment to supporting high quality evaluations that make a difference. She has worked across a number of sectors and is known for her ability with multi-disciplinary projects. She combines this with experience in organizational and program development. She has worked with a variety of populations including homeless people, First Nations, children, and those with disabilities. She was president of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) and received the CES award for contribution to evaluation in Canada. She is recognized for her contribution to the development of core competencies for evaluators. Most recently she has moved into the international arena, conducting evaluations of United Nations programs as well as those provided by non-governmental organizations.
Mwarigha Muliwa is the general manager for Peel Living, a municipal nonprofit housing organization. He has previously worked at Toronto Community Housing Corporation and the Social Planning Council of Metropolitan Toronto. His professional training is in urban planning and his experience in leadership management and program development primarily derives from the nonprofit sector. Mwarigha is an instructor in the Intro to the Nonprofit/Voluntary Sector course and has extensive policy and research work experience in the areas of social planning, human rights, and immigrant settlement.
Amy Padro earned a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies, specializing in Political Science, Women's Studies and Religious Studies from York University in 2006. Since her studies, Amy has focused her professional career in government relations, advocacy, and public policy primarily in the public health and health promotion sector. Amy has taught CINP 911 Advocacy and Governmental Relations in The Chang School's Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management program. Through her teaching, Amy aims to bridge the gap between theory and real world practice. Demonstrating the application of theory to complex, real-life case studies enables an in-depth understanding of both the skill and the art that is involved in successful advocacy and policy development. Amy is also the author of several articles and textbook chapters focusing on the development of successful policy options and has led several workshops on policy development and successful advocacy for the public sector.
Ted Richmond holds a Master's degree in evaluation and policy analysis from OISE/University of Toronto, as well as a BA in Sociology from York University (Atkinson). He has an extensive professional background in immigration and settlement research and policy work, and has served in a volunteer capacity on numerous community boards and advisory committees as well as with many community-academic research partnerships. Ted also has considerable experience in the field of adult education, having taught computer-based skills upgrading to adults for many years. He is frequently called upon to provide keynote addresses and to organize training sessions or facilitate workshops at academic, government, and community policy conferences. His research and policy interests include the service and equity implications of changing ethno-racial demographics, the restructuring of funding for community services, and community-based approaches to program evaluation. Ted's professional experience in policy and research includes employment in the NGO sector, academic research consortiums, the private foundation sector, and the Ontario government.
Gina Vergilio, a sessional instructor in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management Certificate program, is a subject matter expert in the areas of nonprofit financial management, risk management, governance, and charitable compliance. Gina has an extensive 30+ year career as a senior manager, leader, trainer, and consultant. Since 2005, Gina has operated her own consulting firm, working exclusively with charities, nonprofits, and other social purpose organizations to improve their capacity and achieve their missions. As a senior manager in the corporate sector, she directed the strategic growth, operational performance, and financial sustainability of some of Canada's largest organizations. Gina has been selected to work in capacity building partnerships with all levels of government, as well as major non-government funders such as Ontario Trillium Foundation and United Way. She currently sits on the board of several nonprofits and actively volunteers in the sector. Gina’s priority as an instructor is to demystify complex subjects so the associated concepts are learnable by all, irrespective of their experience, education, or role in the voluntary sector. She brings current, practical examples and case studies from her consulting work to enrich the learning experience.