Board of Directors

Phyllis Santone

Founder, Board President

Current Job Title: Small Business Owner, Chocolate Concepts Inc.

Phyllis began Alternatives in 1998 as Alternatives Integrating Special People. With a combination of efforts with a collective group of families, Chocolate Concepts Inc. provided financial support to begin Alternatives as an incorporated private not for profit organization. Alternatives was incorporated in 2002, and Phyllis joined the board in 1999, separating Chocolate Concepts Inc. as a separate retail entity. The two still work in conjunction providing an environment that hosts work skills training.

Phyllis’ specialties and interests:
• Small business operation
• Management and operations
• Job identification and role specifics
• Creating new partnerships
• Maintaining current partnerships
• Fundraising
• Special event planning and execution

Sheldon Spring

Vice-President

Current Job Title: Senior Partner; Goldman, Spring, Kichler & Sanders LLP Solicitors and Barristers

Sheldon attended the University of Western Ontario Law School and now practices real-estate law in the following areas: acquisitions, land development, condominium and subdivision registrations, land and construction financing, real estate joint ventures and co-tenancies, condominium and subdivision sales to home buyers.

Sheldon’s specialties and interests:
• Contract review and negotiation
• Condominium documentation preparation
• Join venture and co-tenancy preparation and negotiation
• Real estate purchases and sales
• Land development contract preparation

Sheldon Spring

Vice-President

Current Job Title: Senior Partner; Goldman, Spring, Kichler & Sanders LLP Solicitors and Barristers

Sheldon attended the University of Western Ontario Law School and now practices real-estate law in the following areas: acquisitions, land development, condominium and subdivision registrations, land and construction financing, real estate joint ventures and co-tenancies, condominium and subdivision sales to home buyers.

Sheldon’s specialties and interests:
• Contract review and negotiation
• Condominium documentation preparation
• Join venture and co-tenancy preparation and negotiation
• Real estate purchases and sales
• Land development contract preparation

Danny Mauti

Treasurer

Current Job Title: Chairman, Metro Group of Companies

Danny’s specialties and interests:
• Strategic Planning
• Customer Service
• Business Planning & Development
• Mergers and Acquisitions

Ron Gruenberg

Secretary

Current Job Title: Retired

Ron graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from York University, with that went on to work for Canada Customs where he additionally received French training. Ron spent the majority of his career in Consumer & Corporate Affairs, which was later subsumed under the Competition Bureau. Retiring in 2009, Ron now is a dedicated board member of the York Support Services Network, where he is currently Chair, and Alternatives.

Ron’s specialties and interests:
• Analytics
• Investigating
• Detail orientated
• Legalities
• Consumer based competition analysis
• Experience as Union Local President and member of two school councils

Ron Gruenberg

Secretary

Current Job Title: Retired

Ron graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from York University, with that went on to work for Canada Customs where he additionally received French training. Ron spent the majority of his career in Consumer & Corporate Affairs, which was later subsumed under the Competition Bureau. Retiring in 2009, Ron now is a dedicated board member of the York Support Services Network, where he is currently Chair, and Alternatives.

Ron’s specialties and interests:
• Analytics
• Investigating
• Detail orientated
• Legalities
• Consumer based competition analysis
• Experience as Union Local President and member of two school councils

Kimberley Gadwah

Director

Current Job Title: Head of Philanthropy, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders

Kimberley Gadwah is a development strategist who thrives on supporting programs driven around social impact, humanitarian relief and capacity building. In her current role as Head of Philanthropy at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders, she leads the Philanthropy division of the Canadian fundraising department, with a focus of raising private funds to support 400+ humanitarian missions in 70+ countries.

During Kimberley’s 15 year portfolio in the charitable sector, she has successfully developed and delivered optimal fundraising strategies for national and international immigration, refugee, settlement programs, poverty alleviation projects, children’s charities and health care organizations. Her areas of specialization include developing and implementing best practices for sustainable programs for marginalized and displaced populations; targeted fundraising campaigns, ongoing revenue generation and organizational growth plans.

Kimberley is a champion of building inclusive societies and is committed to vision of Creating Alternatives – to transform the landscape of social services by developing integrated support systems and community resources that are optimal, accessible and sustainable.

Espo Ariganello

Director

Espo Ariganello

Director

Pat DiFrancesco, CPA, CMA

Director

Current Job Title: Sr. Financial Analyst, Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.

Pat has been in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years in various roles within finance. He is a two time Circle of Excellence award winner, in recognition of his accomplishments. Pat is very involved in the Caledon Senior Hockey League where he sits on their Executive.

Pat’s Specialties and Interests:
• Strategic Planning
• Budget Development and Management
• Coaching and Mentoring
• Providing balanced oversight in support of Contract Negotiations

Victoria Mancinelli

Director

Victoria Mancinelli

Director

Mark Colella

Director

Rishi Patil

Director

Rishi Patil

Director

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