The Directors

We recently hired four new Directors for the 2019-2020 project term. Kelly Husack and Natalie Gdyczynski are the new Client Relations Directors, and Cherise Regier and Kristi Kodama are the new Operations and Internal Relations Directors.

Our directors are second-year Master of Public Policy candidates at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.


Emily Graham, Operations and Internal Relations

Emily is a second year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She graduated in 2017 from Queen’s University with a Honours BSc in Environmental Sciences, focusing in health and toxicology.

Throughout her time in her undergraduate studies, Emily has had the opportunity to work in many healthcare, science and youth-oriented fields. Emily has extensive volunteer experience with children who have Autism and through her coursework has completed a research project for the Algonquin to Adirondack Collaborative on high risk invasive species to assess potential mitigation strategies.

During her first year of studies in the Master of Public Policy program, Emily was a student consultant with the Public Good Initiative for the University Settlement, where she produced a literature review assessing the impacts of recreational programming on the cognitive, physical and social well-being of seniors.

Emily is currently a Policy Analyst co-op student with the Ministry of Education’s Indigenous Education and Well-being Division. Through this role, Emily had the opportunity to work with a dynamic team producing briefing, engagement and presentation materials to inform policy development for how well-being evidence in neuroscience and socioeconomic fields may impact student achievement and wellness. During the school year she also works part time as a research student at the Hospital for Sick Children.

SamSamantha Hatoski, Client Relations

Samantha is currently a second year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She graduated from Queen’s University in 2015 with an undergraduate Honours degree in Art History.

In her first year of the Master of Public Policy program, Samantha was a consultant with the Public Good Initiative, initially with Our Place Community of Hope. She produced a comprehensive literature review with her PGI team which analyzed barriers to long-term housing for homeless individuals with mental illness. Samantha also joined the PGI Internal Evaluation team, which aimed to identify the major successes and areas of improvement for the PGI through an analysis of internal processes and stakeholder perception. Samantha conducted interviews with PGI clients and assisted in facilitating focus groups with student consultants to gauge the successes and areas of improvement for PGI as a whole.

Prior to beginning her Master of Public Policy degree, Samantha worked as a wedding and special events co-ordinator at The Ancaster Mill. Her position emphasized stakeholder negotiations, communication skills and effective staff management.

Samantha currently works as a Policy Co-Op student at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change within the Resource Recovery and Policy Branch. She currently assists in a variety of ongoing projects, providing research and analysis skills in areas of green public procurement practices, surplus food management, hazardous waste policy, and landfill planning.

VivaChaviva Manson-Singer, Client Relations

Chaviva is a second year Master of Public Policy student at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and a student of the Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia in 2016.  

During her first year of the Master of Public Policy program, Chaviva was a policy consultant with the St. Stephen’s Community House. She and her team developed a standardized intake form and referral system so that St. Stephen’s could track users from their first point of contact throughout their time with the organization. It enabled the organization to understand what types of services young people were using and how frequently they were being used.

Prior to beginning her studies at MGAPP, Chaviva volunteered with several organizations such as McLaren’s Housing Society, CARE Canada, and Global Initiative for Village Empowerment. She also worked as an instructor for an introductory Canadian studies course in the English and American Studies department at Julius-Maximilians University of Würzburg in Germany.

Chaviva currently works as a policy analyst at Laidlaw Foundation, a philanthropic organization that invests in youth-led initiatives that seek to bring about systemic and positive change. In this role, she has been conducting research and providing analysis to identify the gaps and barriers young people face in the child welfare and criminal justice systems. Based on this research, she is making recommendations as to how Laidlaw can support young people in addressing and mitigating these barriers.


Megan Skinner, Operations and Internal Relations

Megan is a second year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and Economics from Queen’s University after graduating in 2016.

Megan was a consultant with the Public Good Initiative for the Haguruka Burundian Women’s Association during the 2017-2018 project year. With a goal of improving the governance structure and operating model of Haguruka, her and the PGI team completed literature reviews, environmental scans and legal research to provide recommendations on how Haguruka could achieve registered charity status with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Before joining the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Megan worked at Scotiabank on the Philanthropy team, where she liaised with domestic and international charitable and non-profit organizations to facilitate corporate donations.

Megan is currently a Public Policy Co-Op at the Ontario Public Service with the Innovation Economy Strategies Branch, in the Research, Science and Strategy Division of the Ministry of Economic Development & Growth/Ministry of Research, Innovation & Science. The Innovation Economy Strategies Branch is responsible for the development and application of a Growth Strategy Framework, which will guide the strategic priorities of MEDG/MRIS. Responsibilities focus on the Sector Strategy Development/Technology & Innovation Strategies.