Jenny Cafiso, Executive Director

Jenny has been the Executive 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).

Aasish Carmen, Donor Relations Coordinator

Aasish has over a decade of experience in consumer marketing. He has worked in fundraising and communications with Focus on the Global South, an activist think tank in Asia providing analysis and building alternatives for just social, economic and political change. He has volunteered with the Missionaries of Charity and continues to volunteer with Development & Peace Caritas Canada, bikeSauce and Toronto Bike Brigade. Aasish is a computer science engineer and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from MICA (India).

Lola Moussa, Program and Database Administrator

Lola has over seven years of experience working in finance and programs management. Before joining CJI, she was the Country Finance Officer for the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Syria for five years. She then took on the role of Regional Programs Officer with JRS Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in Lebanon for 2 years, monitoring the implementation of projects in emergency response, healthcare, education, and livelihood. She holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from Damascus University, Syria.

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.

Victor Reyes, Communications Coordinator

Victor has devoted over 20 years of his life in the non-profit sector as an educator, facilitator and communications specialist. He was Program Manager at Sustainability Network and was their project lead for an initiative to foster better relationships between First Nations and environmental NGOs. He has also worked as Conservation Officer for WWF-Philippines and was involved in livelihood support for local fishing communities. Victor holds an MES in Environmental Engineering from the University of Melbourne.

CJI Staff (part-time, contract)

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 Treasurer of Peace Brigades International.

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