Marty works in the Financial Industry focusing on giving young families and young professionals the knowledge and education in financial services. This entails cash flow, budgeting, investment education, and building plans for today, tomorrow, and the future. Marty’s background in Youth Correction and Child and Youth work illustrates his commitment to the youth Investing in Children serves.
Melina is a Principal with the TVDSB, and has worked in schools in various locations across London and Middlesex County. Over the years, Melina proudly supported student nutrition programs and food for students at various school locations.
Tony D’Oria (Chair)
Tony D’Oria has been a professional educator for 22 years and has worked for the Thames Valley District School Board, the York Region District School Board and is currently employed by the London District Catholic School Board. Tony was a secondary school teacher for 10 years before becoming an administrator. He was a vice-principal in secondary for four years and an elementary vice-principal for two years before becoming an elementary principal for the last six years.
Jacqueline Fortner is an associate lawyer at Lerners LLP practicing in Health Law, Plaintiff Personal Injury, and Insurance Defence. In her spare time, Jacqueline is actively involved in the community. Jacqueline serves as the Vice-Chair of the South-West Young Lawyers Division of the Ontario Bar Association. She is heavily involved in the London chapter of Kids Kicking Cancer, using martial arts to empower children beyond the pain and discomfort of childhood disease.
Danielle Gauvreau practices civil litigation at Lerners LLP. With an undergraduate degree in family and social relations, Danielle developed an understanding of the enormous impact early interventions can have with children. With that in mind, Investing in Children is a great fit. When not working or getting involved with her community, Danielle enjoys cooking, yoga, and spending time with her husband and their two dogs.
Pat is currently Principal of St. Andre Bessette Catholic Secondary School. He has been with the LDCSB since 1997 and is married with four children, ages 15, 10, 8, and a one-year-old. Pat is known as a school leader with a powerful sense of compassion for children of all ages.
Elissa Ielapi is a financial professional with an entrepreneurial streak who is passionate about business. Elissa manages commercial and small business portfolios in the financial services industry across a wide spectrum of industries, and is known for developing strategic partnerships with community leaders. She is proud to be a strategic partner to her clients and is dedicated to identifying their goals and working together to achieve them. Elissa is also proud to represent Investing in Children as Treasurer of our Board, and is driven to ensure that the charity’s “wonderful programs” are well sustained.
My name is Julie Marr. I am a registered nurse and have been actively working full time for 37 years. I am in a leadership role and have spent almost half my career in leadership positions. I am currently a member of the Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario and the Registered Nursing Association of Ontario.My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. I am also a Clinical Research Associate and have participated in medical publications, presentations and posters. I have volunteered in past community organizations including the Hip Hip Hooray program as secretary, providing financial support for Orthopedic research.
Amy Shamoon lives in London with her 3 sons and husband. She currently serves as an elementary school principal with the Thames Valley District School Board. “As an educator, Investing in Children is dear to me as it supports a variety of needs of our students. From the student nutrition program to academic and well-being programs that are offered; this organization is one that I want to personally contribute to.”
Christine Vitsentzatos is currently the principal of Montcalm Secondary School with the Thames Valley District School Board. She has worked in a variety of schools and has been a great advocate for in-risk students. Her passion for student success has been the driving force behind her commitment and desire to work with organizations such as Investing In Children.