Michael Malleck, President
Michael Malleck is a local entrepreneur and business owner with an interest in helping youth in our community. Michael spent many years serving on the Board of oneROOF and he has been part of Marillac Place’s Board since 2015. He is a 7th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and instructs adults and children.
Alun Masterton, Treasurer
Alun is a CPA and the Director of Finance at a local insurance company and has been part of the KW community since 1994 with his wife and four children. Four years ago, Alun was looking to give back to my community and through his wife’s volunteer work through St Vincent de Paul, Alun was introduced to Marillac Place and the great work they do. Shortly after joining the Board, the Treasurer role on the board became vacant and Alun put his name forward, after which he was elected. Alun is also part of the Board Governance committee where they develop board education, maintain the board manual and coordinate search for new board members.
Katie Krafchick, Secretary
Katie joined Marillac Place’s Board of Directors in 2019, and currently holds the role of Secretary. She was Called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2013 and she currently works as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Kitchener. In 2016, Katie spent six months working as a legal consultant, focusing on Gender-Based Violence, for a human rights law firm in Windhoek, Namibia. She has spent over 10 years working with various at-risk social groups and is passionate about supporting our most vulnerable populations, including impoverished women and children. This is the reason she has joined the Board of this necessary and worthwhile cause.
Walt Sowinski, Past President
Walt is a father of three children, two of which are adopted. He also has three grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Walt is a retired special education teacher with the Waterloo Catholic school board and has spent two years in the children’s village in St. Agatha as a house parent. He has also worked as a part-time ambulance attendant for nine years. His hobbies include gardening/landscaping, singing and oil painting. Walt joined the Marillac Place Board 12 years ago and has served as president for six years.
For almost 10 years, Michael been working as an Ophthalmic Technician at the Guelph Eye MD Clinic. They service the Guelph Wellington area for primarily age-related eye issues and cataract surgery. Michael has been a member of St. Vincent de Paul Society for many years and joined the board of directors for Marillac Place in 2020 and is excited to be a part of the board. He is currently helping address the yearly basement flooding issues at Marillac Place and looks forward to being able to help the community in this new role.
Samantha Feener joined the board for Marillac Place in 2016 after spending several years as a staff member. Samantha has worked in the social service field since graduating from Fanshawe College in 2006. Since then Samantha has continued her education obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo majoring in Social Development Studies and a diploma from Conestoga College in Paralegal studies. Samantha now works as a Case Management Coordinator for the Ministry of the Attorney General.
Carrie joined the Marillac Place Board of Directors in spring 2021. She has focused her career in the non-profit sector doing fundraising and communications for local and national organizations. She volunteers for several community agencies and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She also enjoys playing soccer and basketball where she is continuously reminded that she’s not getting any younger.
Adam has worked for the last 18 years at a local tech company. Adam had a daughter at 19 and raised her alone for most of her life. They were fortunate to have a good support system and now that she is an adult he is looking to give back to the community and hopes to use his experiences to help the organization. Outside of work, Adam enjoys spending time with family and is an amateur photographer.
Sarah joined Marillac Place’s Board of Directors in winter 2022. She is a CPA and has over 10 years of experience working in municipal finance specifically focused on budgeting and long-term planning. Sarah lives in Waterloo Region with her husband and three young children and is excited to be giving back to the community by being part of this worthwhile organization. In addition to spending time with her family, Sarah enjoys running and baking.
Mary Anne Banks
Mary Anne is a lifetime resident of Kitchener-Waterloo. She is a CPA and MBA and has spent her career in management finance, leading teams of finance professionals in technology, manufacturing, financial and post secondary institutions. Mary Anne has served on the boards of Marillac Place and Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region in the past and is an alumnus of Leadership Waterloo Region. She is recently retired and enjoying the ability to focus her time and energy on community, family, well-being and new adventures.
Tammy Northam, Executive Director
Tammy has served in the part-time role of Executive Director for Marillac Place since January 2020. Before that Tammy worked as an Executive Director for twelve years with a national cancer charity and she has over 20 years of experience in fundraising and volunteer management. Tammy has been a volunteer at her local YMCA since 2004 and with Cystic Fibrosis Canada since 1997. Tammy is currently on the board of the Waterloo-Wellington Fundraising Executives and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Tammy is a Certified Fundraising Executive, has a BA from the University of Western Ontario and a Certificate in Human Resource Management from Humber College. Tammy and her adult children and have lived in the Region for over 25 years.