Foundation Staff

Meet the staff at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. For information about our sister organization, the Greenbelt Fund, including staff, please visit

Office of the CEO

Burkhard Mausberg

Namgyal Dolker
Executive Assistant      


Susan Murray       
VP Operations

Jason Rombouts
IT Manager

Michele Jenkinson

Violet McCrady
Communications &
Operations Assistant


Susan Murray
VP Marketing

Megan Hunter
Engagement and
Digital Strategy 

Erica Woods
Communications Manager

Andrea Herrera Betancourt
Designer and
Program Coordinator

Kat Snukal
Digital Media Coordinator

Kevin Cooper
Communications Coordinator

Andreea Nicoara
Communications Coordinator




Shelley Petrie
Program Director

Felix Whitton
Program Officer

Research & Policy

Kathy Macpherson
VP Research & Policy

Thomas Bowers
Research & Policy Analyst           

Allie Lockhart
Research & Policy Assistant

Government Relations 

Lorenzo Catuzza
Director, Government Relations  





Burkhard Mausberg  Email.gif  

As CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Burkhard Mausberg is a leader in making Ontario’s Greenbelt a successful and popular initiative.   

Burkhard brings to the Foundation both organizational talent and a passion for the environment. Prior to his appointment as the founding President of the Greenbelt Foundation, he directed the environmental programs of the Ivey Foundation – one of Canada’s leading private family foundations.

His background includes positions as CEO of environmental organizations that he transformed and grew into important forces for change in public policy, including Environmental Defence Canada, Great Lakes United, and the Environment Fund. He also managed the Great Lakes Program at Pollution Probe, taught environmental studies at the University of Toronto for eight years, and writes widely on the environment in popular and educational settings. As a volunteer on several non-profit boards, he specializes in board governance and fiscal responsibility.

Burkhard studied Chemistry at the University of Waterloo, Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto, and Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo. Born in Germany, Burkhard lives in Toronto with his three young daughters and enjoys taking family trips into Ontario’s Greenbelt and travelling worldwide.




Namgyal Dolker  Email.gif
Executive Assistant

Namgyal was raised in close proximity to nature, as she was born into a farming family. As she grew up, she was trained as an administrative assistant for the hospitality industry.

Barely three years in Toronto, after completing the Finance and Office Assistant Program from Skills for Change, she found herself working with Friends of Greenbelt Foundation under the Investing in Neighbourhood program and recently hired by the Foundation as EA to the CEO. Namgyal brings excellent inter-personal and organizational skills that proved to be a great addition to the Foundation.

She believes in the adage “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible". She is passionate about helping people, taking social responsibility and working for organizations that touch people's lives. 




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Vice President, Marketing & Operations

Susan joined the Foundation in September 2009 after almost five years as an Account Director with Manifest Communications, one of Canada's premier social marketing agencies. She brings over 15 years of marketing, communications, and branding experience to her role, and has worked in Toronto, New York and Poland for a broad range of clients including the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, OCAD, Artscape, Goodwill, Mountain Equipment Co-op, the Ontario Centres of Excellence, Baycrest, Ophea, the Arthritis Society and Doctors Without Borders Canada.

Susan holds an M.A. in Political Philosophy with a focus on International Negotiations from the University of Toronto, a B.A.H in Political Science from Queen’s University and a diploma in Conflict Management from Columbia University. She volunteers as a mediator at St. Stephen’s Conflict Resolution Service in Toronto.


Kathy Macpherson

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Vice President, Research and Policy

Kathy joined the Foundation in May 2008, bringing more than 25 years of management, policy and program development, and evaluation experience in Canada and abroad. Kathy worked for 11 years in Southeast Asia, including with the World Bank on poverty reduction and directing a CIDA project to help build evidence-based policy development capacity within the Indonesian government. Prior to that Kathy worked in different Ontario ministries and Ministers’ Offices on a range of policy and program reforms. She was delighted to return to Ontario to find that the province had permanently protected prime farmland and areas of environmental significance in the Golden Horseshoe where she grew up. She enjoys everything the Greenbelt has to offer—from Niagara's peaches and other tender fruit to hikes on the Escarpment—and is looking forward to cycling the Greenbelt Cycling Route in 2015. 

Kathy has volunteered with a variety of organizations for the last 30 years and is currently on the Executive and Board of Crossroads International.  



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Program Director

Shelley came to the Foundation in January of 2006, from the Toronto Environmental Alliance, where she served as Executive Director for almost five years and as campaigner for ten years. Shelley has also worked for Great Lakes United and for Greenpeace. She has served on the Boards of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Wildlands League, and Greensaver. Hailing from New Brunswick, she went to Mount Allison University. Her interests lie in broad community partnerships to further the environmental, economic and cultural evolution of communities towards a healthy future.




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IT Manager

Jason joined the Foundation in July 2011, drawing from an extensive background in information technology and multimedia. Having spent many summers of his youth working on his grandparent's farm, Jason has formed a solid appreciation for where our food comes from. With the belief that technology is a tremendous aid in easing our work, Jason has proven himself a valuable asset to the whole Foundation team.

When his beard is not behind a computer screen, it is likely enjoying vegetables, catching the breeze on a bike trail, talking to cats or focused on a board game -- sometimes all four.



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Michele joined the Greenbelt Foundation in February 2013, bringing over a decade of experience in the accounting arena. Michele has worked primarily with small to mid-sized companies and her knowledge of software and databases has streamlined the Foundation's reporting. Since the Foundation utilizes public funds, she understands the importance of transparency and accountability, and works diligently to ensure the Foundation meets the highest standards of accounting.

 Having grown up on the Oak Ridges Moraine, Michele watched the development of the marshland and saw its impact on the local wildlife. A strong advocate for responsible development, she enjoys contributing her skill set to the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation team. Since joining the Foundation, Michele has developed a new appreciation for Ontario's Greenbelt and all it has to offer local residents




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Communications and Operations Assistant

A lifelong environmentalist, Violet joined the foundation 2015. A highly organized, systems thinker, Violet brings to the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation the benefit of her many years of experience helping to manage projects, volunteers, fundraising staff, and data at Greenpeace.

Violet is immensely pleased that her work at the Foundation will directly support the Ontario landscape that has nourished her in so many ways throughout her life.

When not at work, Violet can be found meditating in parks, volunteering for documentary film festivals and pursuing the pleasures of literature.


Kevin Cooper

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Communications Coordinator

Kevin joined the Foundation in January 2014 after over six years of communications and project management experience in projects related to urban food systems and sustainable transportation. He studied Global Resource Systems at the University of British Columbia.

Kevin is experienced working with youth, having worked as a facilitator and research assistant with the Think&EatGreen@School Project and the Sustainable Opportunities for Youth Leadership (SOYL) Internship. He also co-founded Shift: an urban cargo delivery cooperative that uses large pedal electric cargo tricycles to move heavy goods in Vancouver's downtown core.

Originally from Vancouver but with family in the Greenbelt, Kevin grew up spending many summers canoeing in southern Ontario. He is a lover of food and both dense cities and wide open spaces, and believes in the importance of planning our urban and rural built environments in concert.


megan hunter


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Director, Engagement and Digital Strategy 

Megan Hunter joined the Greenbelt Foundation in 2014 after four years working for the Greenbelt Fund. Working on both the Market Access Grant Stream and during her tenure at the Greenbelt Fund, Megan helped develop market opportunities for local food in the Greenbelt and throughout Ontario. Megan now manages the Greenbelt Foundation's public engagement program.

Megan has a degree from the University of Toronto in International Relations and Environmental Policy with more than a decade experience in sales, communications, public relations, and foodservice.


eric woods


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Communications Manager

Erica joined the Friends of the Greenbelt in spring 2016, with over 5 years of communications experience in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, she was at Toronto City Hall in the office of Councillor Paula Fletcher working to build a green, inclusive and vibrant city.

Having grown up canoeing, hiking and camping across Ontario, Erica considers herself to be quite the outdoorsman. Her experiences in Canada's wilderness have given her a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.

As our communities become more thoughtful about food systems and living sustainably, Erica believes the Greenbelt gives us the opportunity to support local farmers, reduce our carbon footprint, and live healthier lives. She's jazzed to join the team at the Foundation and work together to support all that the Greenbelt has to offer.


andrea h betancourt


Andrea Herrera Betancourt Email.gif 
Designer and Program Coordinator

Andrea joined the foundation in April 2016 after working on architecture, public art and design projects around the world. She studied architecture in Mexico City and Paris, France with special interest in urban design and sustainable architecture. From studying the expansion of the growing city of Mumbai to building in a remote rural community in the mountain range of Oaxaca, Mexico, she is a territorial explorer and lover of both vibrant cities and rural environments.

She believes in the positive impact of design and is excited to part of the Foundation's efforts to grow the Greenbelt and to inspire other urban regions to learn from its successes.


Andreea Nicoara


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Communications Coordinator

Andreea joined the Foundation in April 2014 after having completed her MA in Sociology from McMaster University. She currently lives in the Greenbelt, where she enjoys cooking with vegetables bought at farmers' markets and loves exploring the trails found within the Greenbelt.


kat snukal


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Digital Media Coordinator

Before joining the Foundation in August 2014, Kat worked as editor and writer for a number of print and online publications. In her role as the Civic Impact Editor with Toronto and York Region magazine Yonge Street Media, Kat wrote extensively about government initiatives, regional planning, and the non-profit sector.

She's excited to be able to use that background in her role at the Foundation. 

Kat has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and a Master's degree in Geography, both from the University of Toronto.



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Program Officer

Felix joined the Foundation in November 2013. Originally from the UK, he brings with him more than five years’ experience in philanthropy, international conservation and ecological research. Growing up in the English countryside instilled in him a deep love of nature, and he has since travelled and worked in some of the most remote and biodiverse regions of the world. He was attracted to the Greenbelt by its visionary goal of balancing social and environmental needs, and sees it as a model for sustainable urban growth to be widely replicated.

Felix holds an MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation from Imperial College London, and a BSc in Biology from the University of Nottingham.  



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Research and Policy Analyst

Tom joined the Foundation in December 2014 bringing more than 10 years’ experience of research and analysis from working in the public, private, and not-for profit sectors. He began his career in the UK working for local government before undertaking an MSc in Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy. This led to work for an international NGO before starting up a boutique environmental research and consulting company that worked with organizations wanting to improve the sustainability of their operations. He is passionate about building sustainable and resilient communities and enjoys the many opportunities for outdoor fun the Greenbelt has to offer.



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Research & Policy Assistant

Allie joined the Foundation in November 2015 as a graduate of the University of Toronto MSc. in Planning program. She brings a passion for food, farming, and sustainability to her work. From conducting research on backyard chickens by-laws across the province, to working on a farm in Northwestern Ontario, she has developed a great appreciation for the intersections of food, farming, and planning. 

When not thinking about planning, Allie enjoys learning about local history and discovering new corners of the city by bike.


Lorenze Catuzza


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Director, Government Relations 

Lorenzo is a graduate of York University.  He’s lived in York Region for more than thirty years. In the last decade he has worked on a number of significant provincial policy initiatives and community building projects throughout York Region. These include Stage One funding of the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital and the initial proposal for the Ontario Senior Homeowners’ Property Tax Grant.  In his spare time, he’s an avid photographer capturing both urban life and natural landscapes.  

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