Cheryl Himburg (President) brings a personal passion and commitment to supporting pregnant and parenting youth. With an accomplished career background in global organizations, Cheryl possesses skills necessary to define and lead strategic direction, focusing on equity and diversity, while fostering positive growth and development within the KW Community. Cheryl transitioned from her corporate career to entrepreneur, as the owner and operator of Key Element Solutions, working directly with women professionals to move beyond limiting beliefs and into the next level of themselves. She is encouraged by the future trajectory of Monica Place for Pregnant and Parenting Youth and looks forward to supporting the organization for years to come.
Pascal Niccoli (Vice-President) is a registered pharmacist and the owner of Shoppers Drug Mart at Conestoga Mall in Waterloo. He is a certified immunizer and COVID-19 tester, and accredited in the management of oral anticoagulant therapy and opioid dependence treatment. As a proud husband and father to two young children, he is passionate about Monica Place’s mission of supporting pregnant and parenting youth during some of the most challenging yet rewarding periods of their lives.
Jennifer Downham (Governance Chair) joined the Monica Place Board in the fall of 2019 and brings leadership, strategic planning, risk management and governance experience from her 12 years within the insurance industry. Jennifer graduated from the University of Waterloo, holds a Certified Risk Management designation and is a Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional. As a lifelong resident of the Waterloo Region and a new mother, Jennifer is passionate about our community and the empowerment and education of young women and the need to support them through their journey into motherhood.
Natascha Stutz joined the board of directors for Monica Place in October of 2019. She brings an extensive financial services background and is currently part of the senior management team in the lending department at Kindred Credit Union. Natascha has her honours BBA from WLU and is very involved in the Waterloo community. She brings a passion for leadership, mentoring and coaching. As a mother of 2, she identifies with Monica Place’s mission of supporting pregnant and parenting youth and seeks to be a part of the positive change that can come from this support.
Cheryl Hotchkiss (Communications and Engagement Fundraising Chair) has been working in the social justice advocacy field for over 25 years with experience ranging from local community advocacy projects to international advocacy campaigns. She started her advocacy career with a local anti-violence organization moving on to campaigning for the rights of women globally at Amnesty International Canada and then to World Vision Canada where she help build their public advocacy campaigning efforts. In her eleven years with World Vision, she led campaigns on child health, protecting children in conflict and the ending the worst forms of child labour.
Her passion is to motivate and enable Canadians to be active participants in local, national and international communities working to ensure full well-being for the least of these. She is currently living out her passion as Managing Director at Graf-Martin Communications where she helps clients attract and retain critical support for their justice driven work.
She has BA in History and Political from Carleton University and MA in Human Systems Intervention from Concordia University. She is married and is a parent to two university age children. She loves hiking, biking, roller-blading – anything that gets her outdoors.
Brescia Barker (Treasurer) has over 10 years of progressive leadership experience in various Finance roles within the Insurance industry. Brescia has a Honours BA degree in Economics, MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA). Brescia joined the Board of Directors as the Treasurer in November 2020. As a new mother to two young daughters, Brescia is passionate about Monica Place’s mission to supporting and empowering young women in our community while leaving a positive impact on their lives.
Lydia Etich works at the Black Legal Action Centre, a non-profit community legal clinic. With a B.A. (Hons.) degree in Legal Studies and Sociology from the University of Waterloo and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Manitoba, she is currently in pursuit of becoming a licensed lawyer.
Her passion for advocating for justice has fueled her drive to enter the legal field. As a client-focused advocate, she tackles every matter with empathy, responsiveness, and a strong attention to detail.
Outside of her passion for law, she enjoys spending time with family, oil painting and being an adventurous foodie.
Angela Douglas is a committed and engaged community member who is passionate about helping others. Angela brings a wealth of expertise to the board in event planning, fundraising, customer service and relationship management. Angela is a seasoned world traveller, and in her free time enjoys growing her yoga practice and spending time with her family.
Wanda, MAES, MCIP, RPP, retired from AECOM‘s Executive team as Vice President Federal Services. She brings extensive leadership, government relations, strategic business planning and partnership development experience to the Board. She is an avid volunteer having held executive positions on many not-for profit Boards and committees locally, provincially and nationally. A passionate coach, she continues to mentor many young professionals and students. She is an enthusiastic contributor to Monica Place as it aligns with her lifelong mission to promote equity, education and empowerment of women.