Our Staff

(Interim) Operations Manager

Melissa C. Benevides is the part-time Operations Manager for FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism. She is responsible for overseeing the efficiency of program operations in collaboration with the Steering Committee. Her journey with FOOTPRINTS began as a Volunteer in 2014. Her successive roles within the non-profit organization include: Camp Counsellor Lead, Youth Program Coordinator, Alternate Program Consultant and currently Operations Manager. Melissa earned her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Mental Health Studies from the University of Toronto. She was also employed by TD Canada Trust while achieving her degree. Her work & educational background includes experience in finances, statistics, public health policies and children’s developmental psychology.

Melissa can be reached at 905-420-0388 ext. 3 or via email at melissa@footprints4autism.org

Pickering Program Consultant  (currently on leave)

Michele

Michele Boothe joined FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism in 2012 as a volunteer. She was hired on as an alternate in 2012 and is the Program Supervisor for alternate Saturday afternoons in Pickering. Michele is currently attending York University for Sociology. She graduated from Seneca College from the Social Service Worker program in 2013.

Michele participated in the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon in October 2013 – for the first time, as part of TEAM FOOTPRINTS raising money for FOOTPRINTS.

Prior to FOOTPRINTS, Michele had an internship at the Ronald McDonald House for two years working with children who are receiving treatment at a nearby children’s hospital.

Michele can be reached at 905-420-0388 ext. 2 or via email at michele@footprints4autism.org.

Pickering Program Consultant –  Saturdays 9am-1pm and 1-5pm

Nicole

Nicole Santorufo joined FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism as a volunteer in 2010. She was hired on as an Alternate in 2014 and is now the Program Supervisor for Saturdays (9am-1pm & 1pm-5pm sessions) in Pickering.

She is currently attending Wilfrid Laurier University for Psychology and Youth & Children’s Studies. Prior to FOOTPRINTS, Nicole completed multiple co-op placements in classrooms and daycares.

She also worked as an Inclusion Counselor for the Town of Ajax, supporting children with different disabilities. In the future she hopes to get a Masters degree in Educational Psychology and ABA Therapy.

Nicole can be reached at 905-420-0388 ext. 1 or via email at nicole@footprints4autism.org.

Whitby Program Consultant – Saturdays 9am-1pm and Youth Program Consultant Monday 4pm-6pm

Cheyenne Peddie joined FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism as a volunteer in 2014. She was hired as an Alternate in 2016 and is currently one of the Program Consultants running Saturdays in Whitby. Prior to FOOTPRINTS, Cheyenne partnered with The Best Buddies high school program, Special Olympics at Durham College and after school programs affiliated with the Durham District school board. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Trent University. In the future, Cheyenne hopes to obtain a Master’s degree in Social Work with the intention of becoming a Clinical Social Worker.

Cheyenne can be reached at 905-420-0388 ext. 4 or via email at cheyenne@footprints4autism.org.

Whitby Program Consultant – Saturdays 9am-1pm

Matthew Reyad joined FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism as a volunteer in 2013. He was hired as an Alternate in 2016 and is currently one of the Program Consultants for the Saturday program in Whitby. Prior to FOOTPRINTS, Matthew volunteered with elderly and post-operative patients at Lakeridge Health. He has experience coordinating children’s activities for summer camps and currently works as a youth counsellor in the local community. Matthew holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Toronto. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto.

Matthew can be reached at 905-420-0388 ext. 5 or via email at matthew@footprints4autism.org.

 

Youth Program Assistant

Lauren Irwin joined FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism as a volunteer in 2018 after researching the charity and its valuable role in the community for a school project. She has participated in and helped to organize various fundraisers for charities and hospitals, such as The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She volunteers at the Whitby location and is now the Together We Hang Program Assistant at the Whitby Public Library.

 

Camp Program Consultant – Coming soon!

Camp Counsellor – Coming soon!

Camp Assistant – Coming soon!