Management Team

Joel Bronstein – Executive Director

joels headshot

Joel has been working at LMNHS since 1987,  where he began working with children, youth and seniors, then as a Program Director and has been the Executive Director since 1997. His education background are in the fields of Social Work, Recreation Management and Human Services. He loves the neighbourhood and is thrilled by the level of involvement  in many aspects of the neighbourhood house and the neighbourhood by community members from such diverse backgrounds

Claudia Cao – Manager, Finance and Operations

claudiaClaudia has been working at LMNHS since 2002. Claudia began working as LMNHS’ accounting and administrative assistant and now oversees the financial management and operations of the Neighbourhood House. Claudia graduated from BCIT’s financial management program and is currently working towards her CGA designation. Claudia has many years of experience with different accounting systems and full-cycle accounting. She is committed to ethical principles and upholding LMNHS’ financial policy. Claudia came to Canada as a landed immigrant from mainland China and is multi-lingual. She likes the multicultural environment at LMNHS and is happy to support all facets of the community services offered here.

Jasica Grewal – Manager, Children and Youth Programs

img_4774 rs

Jasica has been working at Little Mountain since June 2011. She has her undergraduate degree in Criminology and is currently pursuing her Master‘s in Community Studies. She has a passion for working with non-profit organizations and has experience working with children and youth in recreational and educational settings. She enjoys working with the creative and ambitious team at Little Mountain and hopes to provide quality programming for this neighbourhood. Jasica has recently moved to Vancouver from the Fraser Valley and is enjoying the diversity, culture and liveliness that is unique to this city.

Geraldine Clevette – Manager, Child Care Programs

geraldinescaledGeraldine has been working at Little Mountain since February, 2008.  She sometimes refers to herself as a “neighbourhood house brat” because ever since she started doing leadership training at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House when she was a teenager, she’s continuously found herself involved in neighbourhood houses in one way, shape or form! Geraldine has worked in a wide range of child care settings and was a crisis line counselor for over 10 years. She holds certificates in Early Childhood Education, Infant and Toddler, Special Needs and Counselling Skills. Geraldine loves working at Little Mountain. For her, its like a family – a safe place to explore ideas, be creative and feed off others’ energy. In her spare time, Geraldine is an avid walker, gardener and is active in her community through a wide range of volunteer positions.

Susan Schachter – Manager, Settlement and Community Programs

susan

Susan has been working at Little Mountain since 1998. She started as a teacher in the English Language Services for Adults program. In 2004, she moved out of the classroom and into her current position as Manager of Settlement Services, Senior’s and Community Programs. Growth and opportunity have been the two constants over the last many years. She is excited to be amidst the evolution of programming, meeting the needs of the changing community. One of the most appealing reasons to come to work every day is to see the potential in people, create possibilities for growth and empower staff and clients.

Maria Valenzuela – Manager, Family Resource Programs

maria

Maria has been at LMNH since 2004, where she started working as Family Support Worker in the Family Resource Programs. She then moved on to the Settlement Department as a Settlement Worker where she worked with newcomer families. She enjoys working with children and families and finds it especially relevant and rewarding to work as a Manager in the FRP as she has two young children of her own. Maria has a background in Psychology and has been working with the multicultural community in Vancouver for many years. She hopes to continue to grow and learn in her new position.