CJI Staff

Jenny Cafiso, Director

Jenny brings years of experience as programme 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.


Miriam Lopez-Villegas, International Programs Coordinator

Miriam LopezMiriam holds degrees in architecture and in international development and rural planning. She has extensive experience in humanitarian, human rights and development work both in Canada and in the Global South. Miriam has specialized in program design and results-based management with an emphasis on shelter. She 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.


Uju Umenyi, Youth and Outreach Coordinator

Uju UmenyiUju has worked with Church, youth and nonprofit organizations in Canada and the UK. She has also worked with the federal government on youth initiatives and has volunteered with a South Sudanese maternal health organization. Her Church involvement includes youth leadership. Uju’s undergraduate degree was in international relations and development studies and she has an MA in African peace and conflict studies from the University of Bradford, UK


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 lived in Zambia and Kenya before entering Canada for university studies. He and his wife worked in Lesotho as volunteers with Mennonite Central Committee from 1986 to 1993. Craig has written two books of church history—Living Words: A History of Warden Woods Church and Community Centre (1995) and Quest for Peace: An Ecumenical History of the Church in Lesotho (2009). He is currently studying theology at Regis College and also works as a copy editor.


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.




Joshua Smith, JVC volunteer

Josh SmithJoshua holds a BA honours degree in religion and culture from St Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan. He also has a certificate in Jewish studies from the Bat Kol program in Jerusalem. As a student, Joshua was active on issues of social justice, co-leading the college’s Just Youth group, an affiliate of Development and Peace. Joshua’s internship at CJI is part of the Jesuit Volunteers Canada (JVC) program.


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