Board Board Of Directors Mona Forrest President & CEO Mona Forrest, CAE, has been an Executive Director and Board Member in the not for profit field for more than 25 years, and has contributed as an association manager in a variety of fields, including social services, vocational, international development, health and arts and culture. Her greatest enthusiasms while working in the sector have been fundraising for difficult causes, advocacy without breaking too many rules, fixing problems and communications, startups, social media for non-profits, and technology for people. She is the founder of Centre des femmes de Montréal, one of Canada’s longest-standing Women’s Centres, Passages, a shelter and program for young women in difficulty, and co-founder of Auberge Madeleine, one of Canada’s first housing resource for homeless women over 18. Mona has been recognized with awards from United Way, the Montreal Citizenship Council, the Women Who Make a Difference Award and the federal government Citation for Citizenship. Travis Neuman Treasurer Travis Neumann, the Treasurer of Code Youth’s Board of Directors, is a senior finance professional and strategist who specializes in international development project reporting and financial capacity building. With an international scope, Travis has held management roles in projects based in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Ukraine. His interest in advocating for important issues around the world drove him to participate in roles in the non-profit sector. Travis undertook the role of interim Director, Finance and Operations at Oxfam Canada, that builds lasting solutions to poverty and injustice with a focus on improving the lives and promoting the rights of women and girls. Previously at Deloitte, Travis took the role of Public Sector Accountant and held an audit role where he specialized in auditing international projects that were supported by the Government of Canada. Travis has also worked on projects funded by multiple organizations including Global Affairs Canada, MasterCard Foundation and IBM. As a founding board member of Code Youth Canada, Travis seeks to impact his local Ottawa community and make a substantial change to the lives of at-risk youth. Alex Katayama Technical Director Alex Katayama, the Technical Director of Code Youth’s Board of Directors, is an IT “jack of all trades” with experience in e-commerce development, UI/UX theory, Windows and Linux server administration, networking, and general troubleshooting and technical understanding across virtually every facet of IT. Although Alex pursued a degree in political sciences, he believes that with the proper development of IT skills, any individual can secure a position in the IT sector. In the IT sector, Alex is the IT Project Manager at EnvisionUP, where he deals with professional headaches of a technical nature. Alex also freelances as a Technical Consultant, where he has gained 10 years of proficient experience in many different facets of technology. His previous work includes being the Manger of Client Services, Training and Quality Control at Envision Online Media inc., where he participated in many versatile roles. Due to Alex’s background, he believes that Code Youth will truly allow at-risk youth to enter employment positions in the IT sector. Giselle Leduc Board Member Giselle has more than 30 years’ management experience in the not-for-profit sector within several different industries and fields. Her most rewarding and recent work has been within the education sector helping students from all walks of life. Several years of experience as a teacher, coop placement officer, and program manager, has helped the many students that she has met to find their passion and achieve their goals. Giselle is currently the Executive Director of English Language Tutoring for the Ottawa Community, an organization that provides individualized and accessible home-based English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring to newcomers who cannot attend classes. She is confident that Code Youth will help many of our most vulnerable youth gain access to life-changing choices.