Our Team

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Kathy Abusow
President and CEO

Kathy Abusow is President and CEO of PLT Canada.

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Jerri Taylor - (202) 936-5254
Director, Diversity in Career Pathways

Jerri leads the career pathways programming, mentorship program, and Green Jobs employer training efforts at SFI. 

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Mila Snejinscaia - 613-703-5570
Business Director

Mila leads our financial operations, is responsible for reporting and compliance, and supports fundraising efforts.

Jennifer Farant - 613-745-5840 ext. 302
Administrative Assistant

Jennifer provides a variety of administrative assistance for PLT Canada. She helps Green Jobs employers and youth, leads office management tasks, and supports PLT Canada Board meetings.

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Danika Strecko - 613-505-5872, ext. 480
Sr. Manager, Education

Danika helps lead the overall development of our educational materials and programs.

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Maria Chiarella - 343-803-0591 ext. 308
Manager, Mentorship and Youth Programs

Maria conducts outreach to help build and strengthen our youth network and mentorship program. 

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Mira Williamson - 613-704-7248
Sr. Manager, Communications

Mira is involved in all aspects of our communications and engagement efforts. One of her primary activities is to help engage Indigenous youth and youth who are new Canadians. Mira conducts research and interviews and produces a wide range of content, including editorials, news articles, and media releases.

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Madhuri Jani - 613-742-3782 ext. 467
Sr. Coordinator, Green Jobs

Madhuri supports our Green Jobs initiative with outreach to employers and youth. She works directly with provincial, territorial, and international network partners to ensure successful program operations across Canada.

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Lydia Kidane - 202-765-3651
Coordinator, Education Programs

Lydia is Project Learning Tree’s® (PLT) main point of contact for customer inquiries, sales and service. She also helps manage PLT’s product inventory, fulfillment, and distribution and supports career pathways initiatives in the US.

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Catherine Langille - 613-742-3781 ext. 466
Indigenous Relations Coordinator (on leave until September 2022)

Catherine works to expand our programming and to ensure that all initiatives are accessible and responsive to the unique needs of Indigenous youth across Canada

Brittany Lodge

Brittany Lodge - 613-704-0047 ext. 471
Youth Programs Coordinator

Brittany supports the entire PLT Canada team in enhancing the number, relevancy, and accessibility of opportunities for a wide range of youth in the forest and conservation sectors. 

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Alex Leonard - 343-803-0540 ext. 351
Communications Coordinator

Alex supports communications, specializing in creating engaging videos for social media, and playing a key role in our marketing and advertising campaigns.

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James Thordarson - 613-703-3347
Coordinator, Forest Education

James’s inspiration to work at PLT Canada was being able to fill a role where he provides Forest education to anyone and everyone who wants to learn more about the natural world around them. 

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Shwetha Kengasur Venkatesh - 613-702-9378
Green Jobs Coordinator

Shwetha supports our Green Jobs program with employer and youth outreach and administrative support, and she also develops communication materials and reports.