CJI staff

CJI staff

Jenny Cafiso, Director

Jenny brings years of experience as program coordinator at the international office of the Jesuit Refugee Service based in Rome. She has also worked as coordinator of educational animation at Development and Peace in Toronto. Jenny worked for two years in Peru with the leadership formation team of TAREA, a popular education centre working in slum areas of Lima. She has travelled extensively for work in Asia, Latin America and Africa. She holds an MA in political economy.

Miriam Lopez-Villegas, International Programs Coordinator

Miriam LopezMiriam has extensive experience in humanitarian, human rights and development work both in Canada and in the Global South. She holds degrees in architecture and in international development and rural planning, and she has specialized in program design and results-based management with an emphasis on shelter. Miriam has also developed strong interests in capacity building and gender considerations with international partners. Beneficiaries, donors and humanitarian principles are the mainstays of her motivation and commitment.

Kenneth Vaz, Office Administrator

Kenneth VazKenneth studied marketing management at Ryerson University in Toronto. His previous work experience was at Scarboro Foreign Missions and he was also on staff for the Becoming Neighbours program, a joint ministry of Catholic religious congregations to refugees and new immigrants to Canada.




CJI Staff (part-time, contract)

Craig Hincks, Communications Coordinator

Craig brings to CJI over 25 years’ experience in communications as a self-employed writer and editor. His company, Kafue Communications, is named after the river that flows through his birthplace in Zambia where he was raised. Craig and his wife worked in Lesotho as volunteers with Mennonite Central Committee from 1986 to 1993. He wrote a church history of Lesotho, published in 2009. Recently Craig graduated with an MA in theology from Regis College in Toronto.


Félix Gauthier-Mamaril, JVC Intern

Felix Gauthier-MamarilFelix has a placement with CJI through Jesuit Volunteers Canada (JVC), a program that enables young adults to work in socio-eco justice, explore Ignatian spirituality and live in community for 11 months. Previously he worked as a host and program interpreter at the Canadian War Museum and Canadian Museum of History for 4 years.  He is currently also completing an MA in Philosophy at the Dominican University College in Ottawa.


Elly Kaas, Accountant

Elly is a chartered accountant who has provided management and accounting services in the charities sector for the past 25 plus years. She has worked with Church and other groups dealing with peace and environmental issues, 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 Shenvi is a database professional who handles a range of functions related to our donor database.





CJI also outsources some work to people working on a freelance basis.