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Members of The Board

Janice Barnett
Director + Vice President
Janice Barnett is a strong believer in volunteerism and community service. A graduate of Trinity College, UofT in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, she has spent many years in the broadcast advertising industry with the CBC as an advertising sales professional. Janice is the proud parent of two sons: her eldest attends Northern and her youngest is at Bessborough P.S. As Past Co-Chair of the Bedford Park Parent Council, Janice co-ordinated the annual fundraising Community Night. She currently serves as Co-treasurer of the Northern School Council and was elected Ward 11 PIAC rep. She organizes the Bedford/Wanless Ratepayers’ Spring Fair. In her spare time, she enjoys learning new languages, landscape design and staying active.
Robyn Burnett Giardino
Director
An alumna of NSS (‘94), with a family history tied to the creation of the building, Robyn’s time at Northern was dedicated to the arts. She was the recipient of both the Duncan Green Drama Award and the Ruth Stevens Art Award. With a BFA in Creative Writing from UBC, she worked for many years as a professional writer in a variety of genres including non-fiction, journalism, theatre and film. She now lives in Calgary with her husband and two children, utilizing her design/photography background from NSS alongside her writing experience as the Director of Communications/Marketing for a private school. She is affectionately known there as “The Camera Lady.”
Jason Hughes
Jason Hughes
Director
Jason Hughes NSS’93 is pleased to return to Northern as a Director of the Northern Foundation. At Northern, Jason founded the Youth Environment Network, Co-Directed the United Way Fashion Show, and was SAC President in 1992. With over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and fundraising, Jason founded Fresh Magazine to introduce young Canadians to the art scene and worked in artist relations at Atlantic Records. An appointed member by the Mayor of the City of Fort Lauderdale, he sits on the Beach Redevelopment Board, and sat for six years on the Economic Development Advisory Board for the City of Fort Lauderdale, where he resides. Jason is currently Executive Director of ArtServe, a global art community for artists and collectors in south Florida.
Matt Kassirer
Director
Matt Kassirer NSS '95 loved his Northern experience and was SAC President his final year. Art director and writer at Komposit Creative, Matt is jazzed about how the Foundation can tell its story and connect meaningfully with alumni. Matt brings his years of experience across sectors: entertainment and travel, venture capital and tech, law and education. He is energized by people who are doing important work – from environmental advocates, to tech entrepreneurs, to educators. It's an honour to be a part of the Foundation's work – public education is perhaps the greatest tool we have to prepare young people for the world. To refresh body and soul, Matt skis, plays music and travels widely.
Sam Laskaris
Sam Laskaris
Director
Sam, a Toronto-based freelance writer, joined the NSSF board in early 2021. His wife Kathryn (Defries) and their two sons, Michael and Adam, are Northern alumni. Sam has been a long-time supporter of Northern where his sons were key contributors to the school’s drama and athletic programs. Sam is also heavily involved as a board or committee member with various sports organizations and community groups.
Cassandra Mark
Director + Treasurer
Cassandra Mark NSS’06, is a proud graduate of Northern and is thrilled to return as a Director and Treasurer for the Foundation. She graduated from the Food and Beverage Management program at George Brown College and has earned Project Management and Business Analysis certificates from the University of Toronto. Cassandra has 10+ years of experience working in the not for profit sector with a focus on environmental management. In her spare time, Cassandra can be found roaming dog parks with her golden doodle puppy, Waffles.
Merilyn McKelvey
Merilyn McKelvey
Director
Merilyn McKelvey is a former NSS teacher who taught in the Special Education and Canadian & World Issues departments. She was staff advisor for many extra curricular activities including soccer, skiing, snowboarding, debating, DECA, and yearbook. Two of her three children, Michelle and Alex, attended Northern. Prior to teaching, she was an urban planner working with municipalities and community groups across Canada. She has served on the boards of various organizations including the Massey Centre for Women.
Joe Pascucci
Joe Pascucci 
Director
Joe Pascucci NSS class of 1976 has been a member of the Canadian sports media for 40 years. After working for over three decades as Sports Director of CKND/Global TV Winnipeg he was inducted into the Broadcasters Association of Manitoba Hall of Fame. He is also an honoured member of the media wing of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Since his retirement he has worked on special projects for the Winnipeg Jets and Blue Bombers as well as the CFL Alumni Association and the Hockey Hall of Fame Resource Centre.
Gail Robertson-Whitworth
Director
Gail is a proud graduate of Northern. Both of her parents also attended Northern, shortly after it opened in the early ’30s, and both her daughter and son graduated from Northern. Gail taught Home Economics, Family Studies, Social Science, and Humanities for 36 years in the TDSB. Her final 16 years teaching were at Northern as the department head. For over 36 years, Gail has served on many school, board, ministry and professional provincial organizations with experience as member, convenor and administrator.
Jackalyn Scroggie
President
Jackie Scroggie is a former Principal of Northern Secondary School and proud mother of John Scroggie, a graduate of Northern. With over 40 years of service in public education, Jackie has recently worked as a Principal Coach for the Ontario Principals’ Council and as a Field Researcher for Curriculum Services Canada. A former President of the Toronto Eglinton Rotary Club and a member of the Canadian Federation of University Women, Jackie has served on the board of Delisle Youth Services and several other community organizations.
Holli Verkade
Secretary
Holli Verkade is a retired TDSB teacher who has spent most of her career teaching Mathematics to Northern Students. She also served as secretary for NSSF for three years. She is pleased to rejoin the Foundation and looks forward to working with the Board.

Directors Past + Present

President:

Jackalyn Scroggie  2019 – present
Cynthia Hamlin  2010 - 2019
Dale R. Callender  2006 - 2010
Cathy Maroccia  2006
Margaret Zuker  1999 - 2006

Vice-President:

Gail Robertson-Whitworth – 2018 – 2021
Cynthia Chaplin  2015 - 2017
Gail Jacobs  2010 - 2013
Jim Best  2009 - 2010
David Jones  2007 - 2009
Jim Hutton  2006
Jean Probyn  1999-2006

Treasurer:

Nadine Clark  2019 – 2021
Liane deGooyer-Gariepy  2017 - 2019
Dickin Lam  2015 - 2016
Mark Kohler  2012 - 2014
Mike Chesher  2010 - 2012
Wen Liu  2008 - 2010
Marcus Christensen  2007
Kent Moore  2006 - 2007
David Moore  2005
Mary Louise Jones  2003 - 2005
Nancy Wang  2002
Joe Luszczek  1999 - 2002

Secretary:

Holli Verkade  2019 – present
Colleen Reed  2015 - 2018
Jonathan Isaac  2012 - 2015
Becky Organ  2011 - 2012
Ronni Brott  2008 - 2011
David Elliott  2006 - 2008
John Lombardi  2006
Holli Verkade  2002 - 2005
Bruce Robb  1999 - 2002

Directors and Ex-officio

(EXO – non voting)
Elisha Prashad
Debbie Barton Moore
Gary Chen
Mary Laszlo
Ron Dimock
Stephanie Lauber
Wendy Dines
David Lockwood
Jackalyn Scroggie (EXO)
Sharon Grossman
Andrew Tsang
Jean Hammond
Dan Dominic
Alex Gladwell
Margaret Bennett
Dave Davenport
Marie Scarland
James Kim
Taylor Zoltan Koritar
Bob Milne (EXO)
Catherine Schuler
Susan Lancaster
Donna Walsh
Sudhi Menon
Varla Abrams (EXO)
Leanne Lewis
Derek Tsang
Bryon Whit
Oliver Hibbs
Daniel Rodic
Jane Steele
Moore Charles Wyatt
Liane Soles
Andrea Petroff
Suri Weinberg Linsky
Dan Burns
Gail Jacobs (EXO)
Eva Pathak (EXO)
Anne Marie Paraghamian
Magdalena Bracer
Daniel Hutton
Robert Beute
Cindy English
Ashlyn O’Mara
Amy Gowans
Alex Stephen
Beverly Manchee
Sara (Opoku) Bond
Julian Markowitz
Yeugenia Kazantseva (EXO)
Stephanie Holbik (EXO)
Linda Johnson
Jennifer Wittig
Dean Rogers
Holly Henderson (EXO)
Josie Gillespie (EXO)
Cherie Daniel
Nicole Bucher

Student Council Senator Representative

(NON VOTING RIGHTS)
Audrey Chan  2020 - 2021 
Minisa Kane  2019 - 2020
Miles Moser  2018 - 2019
Laura Williams  2017 - 2018
Julia Thomas 2016 - 2017
Frank Li  2015 - 2016
Jayun Bae  2014 - 2015
Braun Scott  2013 - 2014

Joseph Chusid 2012 - 2013
Claire Chen  2011 - 2012
Max Berger  2010 - 2011
Daniel Sorek  2009 - 2010 
Rejuana Alam  2008 - 2009
Arielle Kaplan  2007 - 2008
Matt Kaplan  2006 - 2007