Our Team

Josh Brake - Founder/Executive Director

Josh Brake is Kutoa's Founder, Executive Director and overall Team leader. Having a strong passion to see innovative ideas come to life, Josh worked as a pastor for the last decade, and views his work with Kutoa as an extension of his faith in exten...
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Alan Lambshead - Board Chair

Alan graduated from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario with a B. Eng. in Electrical Engineering in 1972 and became licensed as a Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) in Ontario in 1988.  Alan Lambshead retired in 2013 from a career with Evertz Micros...
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Ben Troiani - Treasurer

After earning a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in business from the University of Western Ontario and the Schulich School of Business, Ben began his business career as a financial analyst intern at IBM Canada. His next role was in the financia...
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Melissa Carter - Secretary

Melissa recently joined the Kutoa board as philanthropy is deeply engrained in her  A member of the Bridgeway Foundation for 9 years, Melissa has seen a variety of organizations grow and bring positive change around the world.  After learning about Kut...
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Aysha Teja - Board Member

Aysha Teja is a Kutoa Board member utilizing her professional skills for the betterment of the group. Aysha's an active and sought out consultant in the not-for-profit sector. Not only is she good at her job, but she's also really nice to work with and...
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Aaron Powell - Board Member

Aaron graduated from Carleton University in 2005 with a focus on computer science and technology, society and environment studies. Since then Aaron has worked for a variety of technology companies and gained extensive knowledge in web design and develo...
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Sherilee Vorne (CPA, CMA) - Book Keeper

Sherilee has worked in public accounting for almost 10 years, and has been volunteering accounting services to Kutoa since 2013. Graduating from Brock University in December, 2009 with a Bachelor of Accounting degree, after which, she acquired her Cert...
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Michael Johnson - Animator

Michael has been working as a freelance animator since 2011. Creativity combined with charisma is what makes this man tick. And though most of his work is done looking at a screen, with a flare for the dramatic, Michael always stands out in a crowd. Mi...
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Jenna Coulter - International Classrooms Liaison

Jenna Coulter is one of Kutoa’s summer students working as an international classroom liaison. She is studying Political Science at the University of Ottawa. Her interest in studying current events and development issues has provoked her excitement in ...
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Kayleigh Barlow - Program & Partner Coordinator

This is Kayleigh's 2nd summer with Kutoa and is again filling the role of program and partner coordinator. She recently completed her first year at Queen’s University where she studies Civil Engineering. Kayleigh is very passionate about international ...
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Conor Doran - Grant Writer

Conor is a university student who is working to achieve an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at Carleton University. He completed his first year in April, and envisions himself working in the non-profit sector after he graduates. Althou...
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Abbey Beckett - Grant Writer

Abbey will be working with the Kutoa team as a summer student Grant Writer. She is a 3rd year Psychology major and Family and Child Studies minor studying at the University of Guelph. Abbey loves working with others and has a drive to make a difference...
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Amy McVittie - International Classrooms Liaison

Amy is representing Kutoa as one of this summers International Classroom Liaisons. She is currently a fourth year student at the University of Guelph, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Family and Child Studies. Amy has a passion for working with ot...
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