Chair: Nan Cressman
Nan Cressman served on the Board of MCRS in the early 1990s, and more recently, since January 2013. Now retired, her work for 25 years was in the field of church conflict transformation and congregational health. Nan served with MCC in Botswana as a teacher and with MCC Ontario in International Development Education. She enjoys the culturally diverse community of First Mennonite Church, where she serves as Chair of Elders and Vice Chair of the congregation. Nan and husband, Doug, have two adult children, Sarah and Paul, and four grandchildren.
Treasurer: Andrea Charette
Andrea Charette joined the MCRS Board of Directors as Treasurer in 2015. With a degree in psychology from the University of Waterloo, Andrea is the Faculty Relations Officer for UW’s Faculty of Arts. She is a member of Rockway Mennonite Church, serving as vice-chair of Church Council and co-superintendent of the Sunday school program. She enjoys life at home with Brent (MCEC) and daughters Ruth and Rebeccah (both at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate).
Secretary: Victoria Turner-Shoemaker
Victoria Turner-Shoemaker joined the MCRS Board of Directors as Secretary in 2017. With a B. Comm, MBA, and 20 years of business experience, including several non-profits, Victoria enjoys using her skills in service to MCRS. She is employed by Energy Source Natural Gas in Guelph and recently moved to Elmira with her husband, Dean (MEDA) and children Koron and Maya, and her beloved Golden-Doodle, Clea.
Member: Aleya Hassan
Aleya Hassan, originally from Syria, brings broad and extensive experience to MCRS. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering and has had many positions in this field. Aleya is working with Conestoga College in the LINC program, teaching English to newcomers. She does freelance translation and volunteers with ShamRose for Syrian Culture, a registered not-for-profit serving the Syrian and larger Arab-speaking community in Waterloo Region. Aleya enjoys volunteering on Saturday teaching religious education to young children. She also conducts parenting sessions for families with 0 to 3-year-old children.
Member: Scott Lewis
Scott Lewis joined the MCRS Board of Directors in January 2018. Scott has two degrees in International Development, from the University of Guelph and from St. Mary’s University in Halifax, NS. Scott has previously worked with the Mennonite Central Committee in Cambodia and Laos and is a member of Erb Street Mennonite Church. He currently works at the Centre for International Governance Innovation as a Program Manager. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Evonne, daughter Dorothy and son Simon.
Member: Rafael Vallejo
Dr. Rafael Vallejo, originally from the Philippines, completed his PhD in Missiology and Migration in December 2017. He started his theological studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and continued on at Conrad Grebel University College and the Toronto School of Theology. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in Canada in 2012. His research areas include migration ethics, diaspora studies, refugee rights, migrant justice and cosmopolitics. Rafael and his wife, Eva, live in Cambridge.
Member: Thom Dixon
Thomas Dixon has lived and worked on three continents and has forty years’ experience serving the private sector, non-profits and donors. Since 2011, he has worked with Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA); currently as Senior Director responsible for Business Partnerships. In addition to this half-time work, Thom has an international consulting practice. Thom and his wife, Kimbra, have 4 adult children and live in Elmira, Ont.
Member: James Pankratz
James Pankratz is a Professor Emeritus, Religious Studies & Theological Studies, of Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo. Jim’s research areas were Inter-religious encounters and relationships, which led him to live for a number of years in India and Bangladesh. Jim retired from his Dean and Graduate Officer duties at Conrad Grebel University College in 2014 and returned as the Interim President from 2016-2017. Jim and his wife, Goldine, live in Waterloo.