Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of Mothers to Daughters. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.
Christmas 2022 Team Gathering
Meet The Board of Directors
Chair and President
Francine is a Finance Professional who wears empathy as a crown, which fuels her genuine interest to connect with others and authentic urge to propel them further.
Her exposure to the financial sector built a foundation to understand corporate and life cogs. Her confidence to embark fearlessly into the entrepreneurial path stems from her upbringing, where being a follower was never an option. Through M2D, she strives to connect women from all backgrounds and encourage them to give back and shape future generations of women that will lead unapologetically.
She works tirelessly at becoming a better connector, strategist, opportunity giver, creator, and fierce advocate for women
Meet The leadership Team
Hayley Miller, Community Engagement & Social Media Leader
Hayley is a driven and compassionate individual who is dedicated to making a positive impact in the world. She pursued her passion for helping others through completing a Bachelor of Social Work at Toronto Metropolitan University.
In the fall, she will continue her academic journey by pursuing a Master’s in Social Work at the University of Toronto. She plans to specialize in children and their families, hoping to make a meaningful impact on their lives. In her spare time she volunteers with various other organizations, including a dog rescue and a mental health hotline.
Kaveri Gupta, Programs Experience Leader
Kaveri is a 3x certified Salesforce professional and currently serve as a Senior Salesforce Administrator/Systems Analyst for Shoppers Drug Mart Specialty Health Network. Besides, she has extensive experience leading Agile Delivery Teams as a Project Manager and implementing complex digital transformation projects for clients from diverse sectors. Kaveri is a PMI-certified project management professional, a certified SAFe Agilist, and a Scrum Master. She holds an MSc in International Management from University of West London.
Outside of work, she is a dog lover and has an interest in learning new languages - currently working on improving her French language skills. As a nature lover, Kaveri enjoys hiking and exploring the bounty of natural beauty around her during her spare time. She also enjoys making positive contribution to the community and actively volunteer for causes which are close to her heart.
Cigdem Djamgouz, Community Coach
Cigdem has over 8 years of experience in HR. She specializes in professional coaching, organizational development, recruitment, and employee relationships. Having worked with start-ups and well established companies, Cigdem provides her individual and corporate clients with a customized approach to meet their unique needs.
Cigdem is a certified Cognitive Behavioral Coach accredited by the ICF. She also holds degrees in human resources management, and economics, as well as a Master of European Business.
Meet The Advisory Team
Loretta Levinson, Strategic Partnerships
Throughout a research-based career in Marketing and Business Development, Loretta has continued to wield a rare talent for identifying opportunities to build brands and organizations via persuasive storytelling and innovative program creation. Bringing a laser focus on exceeding the objectives set out, Loretta has a strong track record of delivering exceptional results for such leading organizations as Procter & Gamble and Molson Coors Beverages. Flexible and with a commitment to ongoing marketing excellence, Loretta has adapted her skills over the past 6 years to the professional development and networking arena, currently focusing on curated content for Toronto-based Strategy Institute’s pivot of 20 annual B2B conferences from in-person to virtual execution.
Shaira Ahmed, Director, Brand Awareness & Community Engagement
Shaira is an accomplished marketing professional with hands-on experience directing end-to-end campaigns and creating strategies to achieve growth. Equipped with over 10 years of extensive experience in Retail, Healthcare, IT, and Financial industries, Shaira additionally has an MBA in Strategic Management and Business & Sustainability from the Schulich School of Business.
She is a proud mother of a baby girl and is passionate about purpose-driven missions which provide opportunities to create positive environmental and social impacts. Apart from creating meaningful change, she loves spending time with loved ones, travel, food, literature, and art.
Zaynah Marar, Legal Counsel
Zaynah is an entrepreneur, an immigration lawyer and a proud mother of her two-year-old son.
Zaynah founded her law firm, Marani Law LLP, with her sister nearly 10 years ago, and now acts as the Managing Partner and Immigration Practice Lead. She routinely advises multinational companies on their global mobility needs by assisting them to bring their employees in to Canada. When she is not working, Zaynah loves to read, paint, travel, run, and spend time with her family.
Mel Romolo, Advisor
Mel is the founder of Stand Out LOUD, a transformational leadership and empowerment company that offers skills training and coaching opportunities to business professionals. After 20 years of working as a professional accountant and management consultant, Mel hit a bump in the road as she struggled with severe burnout. She is now committed to helping women professionals avoid the same fate, by revealing their strength and take focused action that is aligned with their passions and purpose.
Oumou Samake, Community Outreach
Oumou Samake is a Bilingual Realtor (REALTOR®) who operates in the Greater Toronto Area. She combines her passion for real estate, education, project management, and customer services to help buyers, sellers, and investors in Ontario make the most informed real estate decisions.
Oumou holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and worked in various service-oriented sectors before starting her career as a real estate agent. Her approach is more focused on education and customer service.
In her spare time, Oumou enjoys sharing her knowledge with younger people, connecting with new people, and exploring the outdoors with her loved ones.
Maitsi Dellacasa, Communication
Maitsi Dellacasa arrived in Canada last year after making a significant leap from Venezuela to Barbados, where she lived for the previous six years. This Venezuelan is an intuitive and proactive communication specialist with more than ten years of relevant experience and extensive background in social change.
She gains expertise in a non-profit television channel for eight years and in the non-profit cultural and educational focus organization for three years. She has also led communications and strategic corporate branding in growing companies.
Maitsi loves meaningful and live-impactful relationships; she enjoys genuinely communicating other's positive actions and is passionate about making organizations a life project.