Meet the Team

In addition to a core group of committed volunteers, our organization is powered by a dedicated, bright, values-driven team of individuals who share our vision of ending furniture poverty in the GTA.

Client Services

Natasha Hynes

Manager, Client Services

Mako Sabrie

Client Services Coordinator

Navina Dey

Client Services Coordinator

Social Enterprise 

Tammy Peddle

Director, Social Enterprise & HR

Samantha Bernardo

Donor Relations Associate

Stella Zvezdana Dogovic

Donor Relations Associate

Jessica McShane

Donor Relations Associate

Leslie Miller

Donor Relations Associate

James Connolley

Artist in Residence

Lia Fedak

HR Coordinator

Natasha Martin

Content Producer


Andrew Clendinneng

VP, Philanthropy

Lindsay Tipping

Development Officer


Sean Peddle

Director, Operations

Tom Bendo

Fleet Manager

Jordan Shears

Warehouse Manager

Louise Toner

Housewares Coordinator

Ramon Pineda

Electronics Coordinator

Melanie McMullen

Workshop Manager

Chris Hazelwood

Workshop Associate

Norman Otcheek

Workshop Associate

Iris Johannes

Customer Service Coordinator

Yolande Lamour

Facilities Coordinator


Foluso Olawunmi

Director, Finance

Hamidat Abu-Kasum


Katherine Rak


Our Executive Director

When I started at Furniture Bank, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. 

Though I’ve always been passionate about building businesses from scratch, I had never imagined how fulfilling building a charity with its own social enterprise could be. I’ve loved every minute of it. 

Heading into year six of being at the helm of this incredible organization, I support our fantastic teams in fundraising, partnerships and the social enterprise, client services, the warehouse, and trucking. I also spend a lot of time working on how to solve big challenges, such as  ‘how do we take the Furniture Bank model across Canada?’

When I’m not working, you’ll find me spending time with Tamara (my wife) and kids, teaching statistics at our local college, and/or having a nice strong coffee.

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