Board of Directors
Mark S. Anshan, Chair of the Board
Mark S. Anshan is currently Legal Counsel with Drache Aptowitzer, an Ottawa– –based law firm specializing in nonprofit and charity law. Mark has spent more than twenty-five years helping government agencies, nonprofits and for-profit organizations put in place the teams, structures, policies and processes they need to deliver on strategic visions and goals. He has played an instrumental role in the transformation of public utilities, municipal offices, charities and small businesses, and has earned a reputation for being able to steer a clear path during periods of complex transition.
A lawyer with master degrees in both business and law, he began his career in the Canadian foreign service, where from assignments in Ottawa and postings in New York and Stockholm, Sweden he performed various diplomatic duties and advised the Canadian delegation to the UN General Assembly. After his call to the bar in 1984, Mark spent four years as managing partner for a boutique law firm in Toronto, Canada, before serving as Chief of Staff for the Metro Toronto Chair and in house counsel of a high tech company.
Mark has served in various leadership roles in the public and nonprofit sector, serving as chair of municipal electric utilities, Jewish non– –profit organizations and most recently as President of his synagogue. He was instrumental in the conception and launch of URJ Camp George, the first summer camp in Canada for children from Reform Synagogues, and served as Director and Treasurer for the Micah Homes Non-Profit Housing Corporation (owned by Holy Blossom Temple) during the planning and construction of Plaut Manor, a housing project for disadvantaged single-parent families. Mark served as General Counsel of the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto where he oversaw the restructuring of the charity into a federation of twelve incorporated organizations, and facilitated the creation of by-laws, governance structures, mandates and program delivery models for each entity.
Marty Brent is an experienced arts and culture professional with a record of service in both the not– –for– –profit and public sectorss. Specializing in the business of culture and community building, she has 20 years experience as a museum director, with expertise in management, operations, cultural and natural heritage stewardship, sustainability, and community engagement. She has managed provincial grants and program services, and been instrumental in policy and program development. Taking an active role for social change, she has worked in partnership with local social service providers and area networks in one of Toronto’s most challenged neighbourhoods, building community through economic development, educational initiatives, and advocacy. Marty holds a Master of Museum Studies degree from University of Toronto, a B.A. from Stanford University, and is a graduate of York University’s Voluntary Sector/Arts Management program.
A native of Chicago, Mimi Fox has been in Toronto for the past 10 years. Currently working in the corporate sector for an international professional conference company, Mimi brings over 25 years of business strategy, sales and marketing experience to the table. Her diversified background includes positions as a business-to-business marketing consultant, a product manager, and sales positions in various organizations both in Chicago and Toronto. Social justice activities have played an important part in Mimi’s life. While in
Chicago, Mimi served on the Executive Committee of the Associate Division of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. When she first came to Toronto, Mimi volunteered at various agencies. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan, an MA in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from Brandeis University and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Norma Goodman brings a breadth of experience in the areas of policy development, program evaluation and quality assurance in both the social services and healthcare fields. She has worked in the field of family violence with a research focus on child abuse, developing measurement tools for program evaluation, as well as publishing and speaking internationally in this area. She also has extensive experience on a variety of Boards, charities and not-for-profit organizations, including Interlink Community Cancer Nurses as a board member, Princess Margaret Hospital as a past Chair of the Community Advisory Committee, the North York Local Health Council of the Dept. of Public Health, among others. As such she brings to Act To End Violence Against Women a broad base of skills in fund–raising, program and board development, strategic planning, organizational development, quality assurance and governance. She is excited about participating in Act To End Violence Against Women, an organization which speaks to her core values, where she can draw on her 25 years of experience across a variety of disciplines and endeavours to help strengthen the organization.
Maya Jacob is a civil and commercial litigation lawyer with a special interest in poverty law
and social justice and access. While completing her law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School, Maya worked as a student caseworker at Osgoode’s legal aid services programme in the women’s division, in addition to completing casework and community legal work in the Intensive Program in Poverty Law, Family and Welfare division, at Parkdale Community Legal Services. During this time, Maya developed an awareness of the intersection of the social, political, legal and economic issues in addition to the multiple barriers facing members of the community in the areas of social assistance, legal guardianship, policing and mental health, and family law and domestic violence. Her involvement in community outreach and education, coupled with her legal background and education, provided Maya with a keen awareness and understanding of the importance of providing advice and materials that are accessible to marginalized women to ensure that access to the law can be improved. Following her call to the Bar in 2006, Maya has remained active and committed to improving the lives of those around her. Prior to joining Act to End Violence, Maya served as a Board member for an organization that created and implemented educational programs and materials designed to prevent violence against women and children. Maya has a particular interest in not-for-profit governance, risk management, strategic planning and policy development.
Marilyn Sinclair began her career as a corporate writer in 1985, working on a typewriter. With a vision to create a “one-stop writing resource,” Sinclair named the company WordCheck in 1995 and added a team of writers, strategists, project managers, researchers, proofreaders and translators. WordCheck now provides proofreading, writing, editing and all-language translation services to businesses around the world.
In 1996, Marilyn identified a need for writing for the Internet. From that, iContent was created and it was soon writing the words for some of the largest Web sites in North America. Together, WordCheck/iContent is currently the largest combined writing and translation company in Canada. In 2002, Marilyn and a partner created CME Solutions Canada. In 2010, CME Solutions was acquired by one of the largest trade show companies in North America. In 2010, Marilyn created Secretariat Central which provides turnkey administrative and financial services to associations and small organizations.
Marilyn’s passion for ending violence against women and girls inspired her to create NOT ME, an organization whose mission is to promote awareness and prevention of sexual assault on campus. She believes that together we can “Blow the Whistle on Sexual Assault on Campus.” Marilyn is also passionate about Holocaust education and is on the Strategic Planning Committee of the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre. Marilyn holds a B.Sc. and an M.B.A. and has been featured in numerous publications. A contest-winning Toastmaster, she has been a speaker at many conferences across Canada. In 2008, Sinclair was named one of Canada’s top 100 women entrepreneurs by Profit magazine.
Rhonda is a Senior Executive with 25+ years experience optimizing talent and organizational effectiveness within a variety of corporate, non-profit, and public sector organizations. She is currently Vice President, Global Talent at Global Learning Inc.
She holds a Master of Science in Career & HR Development, certification in Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and for many years maintained a Canadian Occupational Health Nurse certificate and RN license. Additionally, the Institute of Career Certification International approved her submission as a Career Management Fellow (CMF) in 2011.
As CEO of an award-winning career services organization, Rhonda was one of the early adapters in recognizing the significance of global talent to the Canadian workplace. Always an innovator, she established a separate corporate division specifically to assist GTA employers recruit and leverage global talent. Achieving the Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Advanced Facilitator Certification complements her nearly 15 years coaching career professionals on using CQ as a distinct capability with diverse clients.
Rhonda has also served in various leadership roles in the non-profit sector including
Chair of a National Steering Committee Initiative for immigration on behalf of the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), as a member of various diversity committees, and Board Chair of the Association of Career Professionals International, Toronto Network.
As a long- term member of Temple Sinai, she is currently immediate past President and continues to be active on numerous committees.
Inspired by the joy of five granddaughters (after three sons), Rhonda is dedicated to helping girls and women achieve their full potential, in a world without violence.
Heather Waldman joined the Board of Act to End Violence Against Women in 2014 and serves as the Chair of the Finance committee. Heather spent 20 years working in financial management with medium– –sized organizations in the private sector, before taking on a role as CFO with a fast growing not– –for ––profit organization. Through her career she has worked in variety of industries and roles including working as international tax manager for an international strategy consulting company, and having been involved in a corporate sale and merger as well as being experienced in assisting companies with management of cash flow.
Originally from Zimbabwe, Heather completed her degree at University of Cape Town, South Africa, and obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in South Africa. After immigrating to Canada in 1990, Heather obtained her Canadian CA designation.
Linda Whitehead – Immediate Past Chair
Linda Whitehead joined Act to End Violence Against Women’s Board of Directors in early 2013 and was Chair of the Board 2013-2015.
Previously, Linda served as Chair of the Board for Parent Action on Drugs (PAD) from 2009-2011 and chaired the nominating committee in 2012. Linda has also served as a Director on the Richmond Hill Hospice Board. In addition to her volunteer work, she brings 25 plus years of marketing, communications and brand building experience at executive level to benefit the organization. Linda feels a strong connection to the mission and values of Act to End Violence Against Women. Linda’s extensive career in both B2B and B2C marketing has given her the opportunity to diversify her skills, which include: strategic planning, brand development and management, product and brand launches, online and social media marketing, advertising, content marketing, public relations, marketing collateral development, event planning, market research as well as full P & L accountability. She currently runs her own consulting business, Zuz Marketing, specializing in devising and deploying online marketing solutions to the challenges faced by small–– to medium– –sized businesses. Her background as a senior executive, business leader and Board Chair enables her to make a strong contribution to the governance, strategic direction and positioning of the Act to End Violence Against Women organization, as well as its public presence.
Carole Tanenbaum – Honourary Board Member
A New York City born Toronto based vintage jewelry collector. She launched her costume jewelry business more than 20 years ago. Today, Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection is sold in more than 43 stores worldwide including flagship store Holt Renfrew. Carole & her husband Howard’s philanthropic efforts support a variety of causes. Carole has always been passionate about raising awareness for women suffering from crisis in their lives.