• Our Team
  • Our Board

Andrine Johnson
Chief Executive Officer

Julie Anne Shultz
Development Manager development@embrave.ca

Mary Wilson-Thomas
Business Manager businessmanager@embrave.ca

Jhoanel Lucero Ruiz
Manager of Programs and Services

​Executive Assistant

Saira Batool

Sabrina Wisson
Office Coordinator

Rebecca Pacheco
Public Education & Community Collaboration Coordinator

Christina Hansraj
Program and Services Coordinator christina@embrave.ca

Luxana Ramesh
BraveSpaces: Public Education Project Coordinator

Ana Rocha
Community Support & Outreach Program Supervisor

Monica VuBoukayli
Team Coordinator

Vino Mahenthiran
North Shelter Program Supervisor

Betty Williams
South Shelter Program Supervisor

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Anne Smith, Chair

Anne worked for more than 20 years in varied and progressive fundraising positions before shifting to community development work. Working in the non-profit sector has fueled her passion to help make a difference in the lives of people in her community, particularly women and children. She is a strong feminist and mother of three who believes that all people should be treated fairly regardless of their race, gender or sexual orientation. She was drawn to Embrave for the incredible supports they offer to women and children in the most vulnerable situations. She holds a Marketing Management diploma as well as a Business Administration degree. Anne is currently the Executive Director at The Lighthouse for Grieving Children.

Ripika Kapoor, Vice-Chair

Ripika is a University of Toronto graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Science, double major in Health Care Ethics and Psychology, and also has a Master’s in Public Health and Health Promotion from Brunel University in England. Her research thesis was focused on the motivations and perspectives of volunteers (previous survivors) who offer support to other survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and rape. She is passionate about women’s rights, and has previously been a volunteer counsellor at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre. She eagerly joined Embrave to continue to be an advocate for women’s rights and to work towards supporting the journey against violence directed at women.

Ellen Li, Board Member

Ellen is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and a CFA Charterholder, she holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. Throughout Ellen’s professional career, she has been actively involved in various women leadership and industry groups both as a committee member and active participant. Ellen is passionate about social causes that impact those who are most vulnerable in our community.  Ellen joined the Embrave Agency to End Violence Board as she wanted to be a part of an organization that advocates for resources and opportunities to end gender-based violence. Since 2014, she has been working with Fengate Asset Management, where she is currently the Vice President of Finance in the Private Equity group.

Luxmi Jeyavel, Board Member

Luxmi is an MBA graduate of the Smith School of Business at Queens University, and has her Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University. During the last five years, she has been actively involved as either a supporter, volunteer or organizing committee member of several organizations, including Women in Capital Markets and Ascend Canada. She is passionate about issues facing women and children, as well as challenges around diversity and inclusion. Luxmi has held various roles over the past 15 years at RBC Royal Bank of Canada, where she is currently a Director in Customer Relationship Management. 

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