Duncan Gillespie – Executive Director
Duncan Gillespie has over 30 years’ experience in the for-profit, not-for-profit and academic fields, leading organizations through growth and change. He teaches at McMaster University in the areas of entrepreneurship, strategic planning and operational management, and taught for 5 years at both Mohawk College and Centennial College on various subjects related to criminal justice and organizational management and governance.
Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer at Hamilton Entertainment Facilities Inc. and was the Executive Director at the John Howard Society of Hamilton/Burlington. Duncan privately consults in the areas of strategy, operations and business development for a number of Canadian companies and not for profit organizations.
Duncan has chaired numerous local, provincial and national boards, committees and working groups. Most recently, he was the Vice Chair of the National Agencies Active in Criminal Justice and a member of the National Joint Working Group on Community Corrections, as well as the Humber College Community Justice Advisory Committee and the McMaster/Mohawk Collaborative Not-For-Profit Management Advisory Committee.
Maureen Pangan – Manager of Programs – Clinical
Maureen Pangan holds a Master of Social Work Diploma from Arizona State University. She is currently a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Maureen has over 10 years of experience working with various age groups and cultural demographics addressing violence, sexual assault, healthy relationships, immigration, newcomers, and relationship concerns. Maureen has worked for such agencies as Women of Color Network, St. Vincent de Paul, Child and Family Support Services, and the Sojourner Centre. She also has her own private practice where she provides hope and inspiration in a safe environment so individuals can become a positive agent of change in their lives.
She has also contributed to the Social Work community by way of being a Field Instructor for Arizona State University, York University, University of Toronto, Humber College, Centennial College, Seneca College and George Brown College. She currently is the Co-Chair for the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services Gang Prevention and Intervention Program Community of Practice Working Group.
Maureen works from a strengths-based approach and is experienced in several therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). She facilitates workshops on Anger Management, Intervention and Prevention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Case Notes Writing, and Presentation Skills.
Amanda Mendoza – Manager of Operations
Colin MacKenzie – Manager of Programs – Operational
Colin MacKenzie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Humber College. He has over 5 years of experience designing, facilitating, and evaluating community based programming, particularly in the areas of mental health, and employment readiness for various age groups. Colin’s previous experience with Renascent Treatment Centre and the federal parole and correctional system has prepared him to support individuals with varied and layered barriers work toward and achieve their goals.
Working with his associate dean from Humber, Colin published a research article titled “From Incarceration to Reintegration” focusing on the importance of individual assessments and program design. He carried these principles when he began with CTI piloting the WorkForce Challenge employment program, which has now supported hundreds of youth with mental health disabilities gain employment.
Colin’s work with CTI has also included the design and implementation of the LEAP employment program, and the direct oversight of the WorkForce Challenge and Steps 2 Success employment programs.
He has also worked as a trainer in the areas of Conflict Resolution and Defusing Difficult Situations. He is also formally trained and experienced in cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, violence threat risk assessment.
Emily Joyce Darby – Manager of Programs – Operational
Emily Joyce Darby holds a Master of Education in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on youth mental health and counselling psychology. During her studies, Emily conducted a research project entitled Beyond “Bad” Behaviour: Engaging and Supporting Youth with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Emily has over 10 years of experience working with youth from diverse demographic backgrounds. Her work has focused on service delivery in settings such as public and private education, as well as government-funded youth programs.
Emily’s work with CTI involves direct oversight of a portfolio of programs which include gang prevention, intervention, and reintegration programming as well as employment readiness programming for individuals facing multiple barriers to entering the labour market.
Emily believes in a client-centered approach to youth work and has extensive experience in curriculum design and program implementation. She has additional training in motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy, crisis intervention, and violent threat risk assessment.