Board Members

HALCO has a volunteer Board of Directors elected by our membership.  The majority of our nine-member Board of Directors are living with HIV.  You can find more information about our Board of Directors on our Get Involved page.

Our current Board Members are:

(in alphabetical order by first name)

  • Andrew Mantella

Andrew was elected to our Board at our Annual General Meeting in October 2015.

  • Andrew Paizee (Vice Chair/Vice President)

Andrew was elected to our Board at our Annual General Meeting in September 2014. He became Vice Chair in November 2015.  Andrew is a new Canadian originally from Southern Africa, where HIV is a pandemic. He has experienced the effects of the virus through relatives, friends and the community. He has a diploma in Welding Technology. Andrew is well travelled, having been to many countries in Europe. He has worked in Switzerland, where he has family, and he has also worked in Atlanta, Georgia, in the USA. His passion would be to see more education and more talk amongst medical service providers without the stigma.

  • Angela Smith (Secretary/Treasurer)

Angela was elected to our Board at our Annual General Meeting in October 2015.  She became Secretary/Treasurer in November 2015.

  • Barbara Ncho

Barbara was elected to our Board at our Annual General Meeting in September 2012. She came to Canada in 2009 originally from Cameroon in West Africa, and now lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Her educational background is in accounting and financial management. Her first job in Canada was with the AIDS Committee of Durham after having been a volunteer for the AIDS Network of Hamilton. She later worked for the AIDS Network of Hamilton for a short period of time. Now she works in a food processing company. Her involvement with HALCO has been a great journey for her and has given her a lot of exposure to so many things in the community that she is now part of. HALCO has educated her in several areas of her life and as such has helped her to grow. She is continuing on the journey of self-growth and development.

  • Jessica Demeria

Jessica was elected to our Board at our Annual General Meeting in October 2015.

  • Judith Odhiambo (Board Chair/President)

Judith was elected to our Board at our Annual General Meeting in September 2014. She became Chair in November 2015.

  • Marcus McCann

Marcus joined our Board in January 2016.

  • Neesha Rao

Neesha was elected to our Board at our Annual General Meeting in October 2015.

  • Rodney Kort

Rodney was elected to our Board at our Annual General Meeting in October 2015.  Rodney, BA(Hons), MA, JD, has been working professionally in the response to HIV in Canada and abroad for most of the past 20 years. He started working at AIDS Vancouver in 1994 and since then has held positions with the Canadian AIDS Society, AIDS Bureau (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care) and the International AIDS Society in Geneva. For several years before going to law school he had a consulting business focussing on research, policy development and human rights issues in the response to HIV and HCV in Canada and the developing world. His clients included the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Gay Mens Sexual Health Alliance (Ontario), and other government and non-governmental organizations. Rodney has a particular interest in the intersection of health and human rights law.