Board of Directors
Interval House of Ottawa is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. This diverse group of dynamic people are knowledgeable and passionate about violence against women issues. They establish and oversee the long-term direction of IHO through strategic leadership within the framework of our vision and values.
Keri Lewis is the Executive Director at Interval House of Ottawa, a 30-bed shelter for women and their dependents who have experienced violence. Keri was born and raised in Ottawa. She graduated as a Social Service Worker in 2001 and has worked in shelters serving survivors of violence and their dependents since then. For much of her early employment, Keri worked as a frontline worker. She is therefore very familiar with, and connected to, the social service system in Ottawa. Keri is passionate about and committed to working with community stakeholders to ensure safety for those experiencing gender-based violence in Ottawa.
Keri lives in Blossom Park with her partner and children.
Board of Directors
Angie Kelly grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New Brunswick. She worked two years with the provincial government before moving to the non-profit sector in 2002. She is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive and is currently the Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving at the Ottawa Mission Foundation, which raises money to provide food, shelter, clothing and life-changing skills to people in need.
Angie lived in Montreal and Toronto before settling in Ottawa in 2010. She lives in Hintonburg with her husband Michael, her daughter Abigail and her pug Turtle.
Kristen currently serves as Director of Operations and Communications with Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa. Prior to joining Habitat, Kristen was the Executive Director of the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa, and Director, Programs and Strategic Initiatives with the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association. With over eight years of experience in the affordable housing sector, Kristen has led operational, advocacy, communications and strategic initiatives at both the national and municipal levels.
Kristen holds a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University, and an MA (UCL) and BA Honours (Carleton) in Cultural Studies. Kristen has also worked with the U.S. Embassy, Federal Government of Canada, National Gallery of Canada and City of Ottawa Public Arts Program. With a keen interest in grassroots community development, Kristen is very excited to be working on the Board of Interval House Ottawa.
Emilia de Somma
Emilia is a lawyer with the federal government, where she practices communications law. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Emilia obtained her law degree, with a specialization in International Law, from the University of Ottawa in 2010. She has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2011. Emilia has a long history of volunteerism and community service, including with the Catholic Centre for Immigrants in Ottawa, and is looking forward to another successful year ahead with Interval House of Ottawa.
Jennifer Baldwin CPA, CA is an accountant at Ginsberg Gluzman Fage & Levitz, LLP (GGFL). She grew up in Ottawa and returned to her hometown after attending Wilfred Laurier University. She enjoys giving back to the community through involvement in non-profit organizations, currently serving as a Board Member of the Heron Emergency Food Centre. She is very excited to continue to work with Interval House of Ottawa and be a part of a great organization.
Monica has extensive experience in fundraising, event planning, communications and is passionate about supporting women in our community and social justice. Prior to joining the Board of Directors at Interval House of Ottawa, Monica served on the Foundation and Corporate Board of Cornerstone Housing for Women for four years. She is a Policy Analyst for the Federal Government working on climate change and energy issues. She is excited to bring her skills, expertise and enthusiasm to help support Interval House of Ottawa and the women they serve.
Salimah Mitha is the Fundraising Manager at Aga Khan Foundation Canada, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating global poverty. As a Canadian citizen who immigrated from a developing country, she feels privileged to serve and support organizations whose approach is to empower marginalized populations with the capacity, tools and a strong sense of agency to become active participants in improving their quality of life.
With over 15 years in progressive roles, she brings expertise in developing strategies, aligning systems and improving service in order to increase and diversify revenue as well as to enhance stakeholder experience. Salimah has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University as well as an MBA from the Shannon School of Business, with a specialization in Community Economic Development.
Megan Paterson currently serves as Chief HR Officer for Kinaxis; a multi-national software company. Having been involved in many startups, as well as publicly traded companies, she brings a wealth of business and governance knowledge particularly as it relates to the field of human capital.
Megan has always been a strong advocate for empowering women, especially in the face of violence. She is a frequent public speaker regarding violence towards women and the survival instinct. In her spare time, she can be found spending it with her rescue dog Cassidy, playing tennis with friends, and enjoying time outdoors. She is very excited to be able to continue her work at Interval House of Ottawa, and looks forward to the year ahead.
Antonia has always been focused on human rights and social issues, volunteering her time to make a difference within her community and globally. From volunteering at a women’s transitional refugee home to travelling to Guatemala to build an eco-friendly school, she always takes time to try and make a difference especially by empowering others. She believes that pushing for change in everyday life is one way we can all make a difference in our community and work towards having equal rights and choices for everyone.
With a degree in Economics and a minor in Business from the University of Ottawa, she became a partner in a local business in 2012. PRIDE AND EGO INC offers styling services and custom made menswear; Antonia holds the position of Operations Director as well as Board member ever since they incorporated in 2013. Currently in the process of acquiring her Supply Chain Management Certificate at Algonquin College, Antonia started a position at Nordstrom as Assistant Inventory Manager with the hopes of transitioning into the Nordstrom Merchandising Group once her certificate is completed. In her spare time Antonia is an equestrian, an avid reader, loves to travel (especially back home to Germany), does yoga, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Sandra is General Counsel with the Department of Justice Canada, and has worked on Aboriginal, human rights and constitutional law issues. Most recently, she served as Director of US Relations for Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) where she was named IRCC’s first Champion of the Women’s Network. Sandra has worked abroad with the Canadian government and the UN on justice and human rights issues on multiple occasions, including in Afghanistan, the Palestinian Territories, the Netherlands and India. She is passionate about grassroots community initiatives. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the School of Photography Ottawa (SPAO), and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Flying Club. Having summited Mount Everest in 2012, Sandra is an avid climber and active on trails around Ottawa. She is excited to join the IHO team and support its strategic development.
Christina Lynch brings thirty years of strategic leadership and experience in the public service and private sector. She is a foreign policy and development expert who has worked in Ottawa and abroad to help make the world a better place. Christina is a passionate advocate who has helped promote sexual and reproductive health and rights, maternal and newborn health, access to education for women and girls, and women’s economic empowerment. She has received public service awards including an Operational Service Medal for her work in Afghanistan. Originally from Vancouver, Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Simon Fraser University and has taken graduate courses in law and international affairs. She lives in Westboro with her husband Matthew, her daughter Kate, and her dog Cola.
Marie is a chartered professional accountant and certified financial planner, and partner at Hendry Warren LLP, in Ottawa. At HW, she provides accounting, taxation and financial planning advice to individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations, and serves as Managing Partner. Born and raised in Ottawa, Marie went to school at Carleton University, and has made her career in the City which is home base to most of her family. Over the years, she has been on the Executive of the Lisgar Alumni Association, the Women’s Business Network, and most recently Dress For Success Ottawa. She was also Treasurer, and Chair, of the board of the Canadian Theatre Festival Society. When not at work, you will likely find Marie at her cottage on a lake in Val-des-Mont, Quebec.