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Catharine Kozuch, Bookkeeper | E-mail
As a member of the senior management team for a number of organizations, Catharine has been a part of the financial decision making process in companies from both the private and public sectors.
After obtaining a degree in Economics from York University, Catharine worked for many years at the original IBM manufacturing plant in Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario. Following her tenure at IBM, Catharine went on to freelance as an accounting advisor at a number of small businesses in various sectors, such as, educational publishing, cellular systems, and group homes.
Catharine, a long time social activist, is excited to work with an organization that is committed to improving the lives of people living with, and those affected by, HIV.

Janet London, Manager, Program Support| E-mail
Janet brings extensive experience in small business management to her role as an Administrative Coordinator at CWGHR.

Kate Murzin, HIV and Aging Initiatives Lead | E-mail
In July 2013, Kate transitioned into the position of Aging Initiatives Lead after joining CWGHR to work on the Equitable Access to Rehabilitation project. In this role, her objective is to build and nurture collaborative working relationships between the HIV, aging and/or chronic illness sectors leading to joint initiatives which improve the health and quality of life of people and communities aging with HIV. Kate was previously Group Programs Coordinator at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and played an integral role in developing, implementing and evaluating a programing on HIV and aging. Kate has experience in health promotion program planning, health communications and policy advocacy. She is also a trained group facilitator and has experience in adult education. Kate studied biomedical sciences and will soon receive her Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Toronto.

Wendy Porch, Disability and Education Specialist | E-mail
Before joining CWGHR in January 2011, Wendy was a Research Fellow in the Accessibility in Educational Media group at the Institute of Educational Technology, Open University UK. Prior to this, Wendy was a Research & Development project coordinator at the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre at the University of Toronto. Wendy has also worked at ARCH Legal Aid Clinic and InfoAbility, an information and referral service for vulnerable adults in Ontario. Wendy was also a community facilitator for the Building Bridges Project. Wendy has an M. Ed in Counselling Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Stephen G. Tattle, Acting Executive Director | E-mail
Stephen joined CWGHR on a part-time basis in September 2013 as a Program Consultant and transitioned into the Acting Executive Director role in December 2013. He has been involved with CWGHR since its inception, having attended the organization’s founding meeting in Quebec City in 1998. He served on the CWGHR Board of Directors for 10 years, the last 3 of which he filled the role of Co-Chair. Stephen is a Registered Nurse with a Master of Science in Nursing Science from the University of Toronto. Over a 30 year career he has worked across the healthcare continuum in the hospital and community sectors, the last 8 years of which he was Vice President Programs and Chief Nurse Executive at Bridgepoint Health in Toronto. He has also been an active member of the Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (CANAC) since its establishment.

Amanuel Tesfamichael, Project Coordinator, Access to Rehabilitation | E-mail
Amanuel's involvement in the HIV movement started in the late ‘90s as an activist in Eastern Africa, where he founded an association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs). After immigrating to Canada in 2006, Amanuel became actively involved with the HIV/AIDS communities in Toronto. His front line work in AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) included HIV prevention education; psychosocial peer support and settlement work with immigrants from HIV endemic countries. After completing his MSc in Health Information Science from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, in 2011, Amanuel threw himself into HIV/AIDS community based research. As part of his 2013/2014 Universities Without Walls (UWW) community fellowship Amanuel joined a community based research project team in the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, exploring HIV care in the context of rehabilitation for men and women living with HIV in Zambia. This study spurred the passion and interest in the field of HIV and rehabilitation which he brings to his current position with CWGHR. Amanuel also holds a 2014/2015 UWW senior fellowship.

Tammy C. Yates, Manager, Programs and Communications | E-mail
Tammy joined the CWGHR Team in January 2013. She has worked for over ten years in the field of program management. Prior to joining CWGHR, Tammy was the National Program Manager of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Trinidad & Tobago Branch Office. She has extensive experience in Gender & Development and Sexual & Reproductive Health, including HIV/AIDS, having worked previously as a Program Officer with the Secretariat of the Caribbean Regional Network of Persons Living With HIV (CRN+) and serving as Chair of the Theme Group on Gender of the United Nations System in Trinidad & Tobago. She is a graduate of Wolfson College, Cambridge University, England and the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad.

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