Jenny Cafiso, Director
Jenny has been Director at CJI since 2003. She brings years of experience as International Programs Coordinator at the Jesuit Refugee Service based in Rome. She has also worked as Coordinator of Educational Animation at Development and Peace in Toronto, and she worked in Peru with TAREA, a popular education centre working in slum areas of Lima. Jenny has travelled extensively for work in Asia, Latin America and Africa. She holds an MA in Political Science and a post-graduate diploma in International Humanitarian Assistance.
Mercedes Arango-Vasquez, International Programs Coordinator
Mercedes has over five years of experience working in the area of social and economic development. Before joining CJI, she was a Program Officer for the British Embassy in Lima, Peru, monitoring the implementation of projects in healthcare, education, sustainable living and renewable energy. Mercedes is a lawyer and holds an MA in Ethics and Business – Sustainable Development and Responsible Investment from Cergy Pontoise University, France. She is also a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM).
Pieter Niemeyer, Outreach Coordinator
Pieter has 17 years of congregational ministry experience, which incorporated both pastoral care and local social justice initiatives. He served as a reservist for 20 years with Christian Peacemaker Teams and has extensive experience in leading learning tours to the Middle East. Pieter has also volunteered in sub-Saharan Africa, in community accompaniment and in teaching high school in Swaziland. He has a Bachelor of Education from York University and a Masters of Divinity from Tyndale Seminary.
Kenneth Vaz, Office Administrator
Kenneth brings experience working at Scarboro Foreign Missions in Toronto. He has also worked for the Becoming Neighbours program, a joint ministry of Catholic religious congregations to refugees and new immigrants to Canada. Kenneth studied Marketing Management at Ryerson University.
CJI Staff (part-time, contract)
Craig Hincks, Communications Coordinator
Craig brings to CJI over 25 years’ experience in communications as a writer and editor. He was born in Zambia and educated in Zambia and Kenya before entering Canada for university. He worked as a volunteer with Mennonite Central Committee in Lesotho for 7 years and wrote a history of the churches in Lesotho, published in 2009. Craig graduated with an MA in Theology from Regis College in Toronto in 2017.
Elly Kaas, Accountant
Elly is a Chartered Accountant who has provided management and accounting services in the charities sector for the past 30 years. She has worked with church and other charities dealing with peace and environmental issues and serving homeless people, prisoners, women and youth. Currently she is on the board of the Catherine Donnelly Foundation and is Treasurer of Peace Brigades International.
Krishnanand Shenvi, Database Administrator
Krishna is a database professional who manages CJI’s donor database, using Raiser’s Edge.
CJI also outsources some work to people working on a freelance basis.