Our Team

Board of Directors

Neil Joshi, Chair

Photo - Neil JoshiNeil Joshi joined RBC in September 1996, and since then has been on a learning journey expressed through various roles in a variety of different communities. Currently Community Manager in Oshawa, some of Neil’s past roles include client advisor, banking advisor, branch manager, and commercial account manager.

In 2006, as Branch Manager, Neil opened a brand new RBC branch located in Toronto’s King West Village. Leveraging the RBC Brand Promise to bring a new location to this thriving community, Neil and his team applied an entrepreneurial mindset to promote a strong and sustained presence for serving the community.

In 2010, Neil started as a Commercial Account Manager in York Region, specializing in retail & consumer services supporting entrepreneurs in the business-to-consumer space. In 2015, Neil moved to Durham as a Commercial Account Manager, specializing in supply chain clients advising manufacturing, wholesale/distribution and logistics companies.

Beginning in March 2018, Neil leads a strong team located in RBC branches throughout the City of Oshawa as Community Manager generating an integrated presence in the community.

In addition to Neil’s banking experience he has been active in consulting for the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI), working on 4 projects since 2013. The projects entail generating questions for exams in the small business/commercial and branch manager areas; and providing expert advice on course material taken by students of CSI.

Neil sits on the Board of Directors as an appointed Director with the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce for the past 3 years. He has also volunteered on the Business Advocacy Committee with the Whitby Chamber of Commerce, driving synergies between the Town of Whitby and the business community.

He has volunteered for Denise House, an organization that supports Women & Children living through domestic abuse, and currently sits as a Board Member on the Ignite Durham Learning Foundation. A charitable foundation formed to help mitigate the impact of children and families living in poverty.

Mohamed Karatella, Vice-Chair
Mohamed is an experienced business executive, with over forty years’ experience in retail development, merchandising, and leading passionate teams.  

With a background in entrepreneurial marketing, he has worked for organizations such as West 49, SLIMS, and Brandmasters Inc, leading successful product launches and expanding corporate branding.

Mohamed has been awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for Service to Canada, and he is very proud of his philanthropic efforts. From roundtables with the federal government to chairing the Diversity and Community Engagement committee for the Town of Ajax, Mohamed is always looking to better the community around him. 

Frank Auddino, Director
 Frank brings over thirty-five years in Business Development producing top Sales with a career track record in delivering breakthrough revenue growth.

Having worked with corporations such as TC Transcontinental, Rupert Murdoch News Corporation, the Jim Pattison Group of Companies, and being a partner in a Rogers Media firm, it is the start-ups that are looking for sales growth and require funding that he revels in assisting.

 Currently, Frank is an award-winning angel investor and member of multiple investment groups. His contributions have awarded him the 2019 NACO Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Canadian Early Stage Ecosystem, the 2019 Angel Investors Ontario Award for Contribution to Ontario Angel Activity, and the 2018 York Angel Investors Angel of the Year Award.

Frank also devotes time to the organizations themselves, holding positions as a York Angel Investors Board Member, VP StartUP Durham, Ambassador to the NACO World Angel Investor summit, co-founder of the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) Investor Readiness Program, Co-Founder ACCESS IO Marketplace, Angel In Residence at NACO and with multiple Innovation Centre's, and co-chairs the membership and marketing committee with Angel Investors Ontario (AIO). 

As a community-focused individual, Frank spends his time as a Rotarian, board member with the Humane Society, and the Durham District School Board IGNITE Learning Foundation.

Frank prides himself on being a well-rounded member of his community, both professionally and personally and resides in Ajax, Ontario, with his wife Kim, and his rescue cats, Opal and Benny.

Dexter John, Director
Dexter is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gryphon Advisors Inc. Dexter is responsible for the North American business where he leads a team of experienced governance and financial professionals.

With over 25 years of experience in capital markets, Dexter has a strong knowledge of corporate law and a thorough understanding of financial markets. From his work at major Canadian law firms, boutique investment banks to his tenure at the Investment Dealers Association, Ontario Securities Commission and the Toronto Stock Exchange, Dexter has a strong public equities market background as well as significant regulatory experience.

Dexter’s career as a director and board advisor spans more than 10 years. He was the Chairman of Partners Real Estate Investment Trust, director of Augustine Ventures Inc. (now Red Pine Exploration). Dexter currently sits on the board of Organigram Holdings Inc. where he is a member of the Audit committee, Nominating and Governance Committee and Chair of the Investment Committee and he was recently appointed to the board of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (Ontario).

Dexter holds the ICD.D designation and received his law degree from Queen’s University and holds a Mathematics for Commerce degree from York University.

Taryn Eickmeier, Director

Taryn Eickmeier, Director Dr. Taryn Eickmeier joined the Ignite Learning Foundation Board of Directors in 2022, the year following her eldest child's introduction to the Durham District School Board. Taryn is a mother of two young boys and an active citizen in the Durham Region. Currently, Taryn serves as the Director of Strategic Communications, Partnerships and Engagement with Grandview Kids, Durham Region's only children's treatment centre. Taryn holds an undergraduate degree in kinesiology, a Master of Arts in health promotion and a Doctorate degree in public health and health systems. Taryn is also an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University. Taryn has spent many years researching and mobilizing evidence to create a supportive environment for Durham's youngest residents to live, learn and play. 

 

Taryn's fulsome understanding of the barriers and opportunities faced by DDSB students to access health, social and educational services make her uniquely qualified to serve the community. Through collaboration and connections, Taryn hopes to contribute to the strong community that is the DDSB and support all students in their journey to reach their full potential. 

 

Carolyn Morton, Director
photo - Carolyn MortonCarolyn was born and raised in what was then called Durham County. For many years, she has lived in Blackstock, part of the Region of Durham. Always, She has greatly appreciated the experience of rural living.

"My life has revolved around education. I was born into a family of educators and eagerly carried on the tradition. After teaching in the classroom for 36+ years, I retired from the Durham District School Board, but I still wanted to be engaged in the lives of our students and our staff, and the entire school community. Hence, I proceeded to become politically active.  I was elected to serve as a DDSB trustee in 2010 and have served in that capacity ever since. One highlight of my years as a trustee was chairing the Mental Health ad hoc committee which developed our first Mental Health Strategic Plan. A  top priority of mine has always been the well being of our students and our staff."

David Wright, Director 
David Wright, Director David Wright is Chartered Accountant, with almost 15 years of experience in the education sector in Ontario and is currently the Associate Director, Corporate Services and Treasurer of Durham District School Board.  David is a strong public school supporter and sees both opportunity and responsibility when it comes to supporting DDSB school communities.  To that end, he is very happy to be working with the Ignite Durham Learning Foundation, focusing on raising funds to remove barriers for students and help them reach their full potential.
Norah Marsh, Director 

Norah Marsh, Director Norah Marsh is the Director of Education for the Durham District School Board (DDSB), proudly serving the diverse students, families, and staff that make up our community. She is a highly respected leader in Ontario’s public education sector with a lengthy track record of leadership, collaboration, advocacy, and leveraging growth opportunities.

Norah started her career as a secondary school educator before becoming an executive leader in two Eastern Ontario school boards for more than a decade, and the CEO of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), a Provincial Crown Agency. Norah has also served as Chair for the Ontario Institute of Educational Leadership and President of the Ontario Supervisory Officials Association.

A strong advocate for public education and passionate volunteer, Norah’s deep and long-lasting commitment to creating equitable opportunities and outcomes for students, combatting opportunity gaps for families, and her unrelenting focus on student engagement, well-being and achievement is a core priority of her work at the DDSB.

 

Staff

Stacey Lepine-Fisher, Executive Director 
 
Emily Collins, Fundraising Development Coordinator 
 
Pennie Marchione, Secretary