Meet Our Team
In addition to our wonderful permanent staff team, Romero House is held up by a team of generous workers who commit one or two years of their lives to living and serving in community. This year Romero House has welcomed six workers, half of whom have stuck around from last year. The workers, together with our staff of Mary Jo, Jenn McIntyre, Jenn Stephenson, John, Ann, and a dedicated group of volunteers, continue to support and build the ever-growing community of Romero House
Francesca has been part of the Romero community for more than 15 years. She started as Executive Director in 2022, bringing experience in frontline social service work, law, and facilitation. She loves dancing and singing and is grateful that this community celebrates both.
Mary Jo Leddy
Renowned for her creative use of leftovers in making delicious meals, and her dedication to our neighborhood. She is a social activist, teacher, and writer, whose long term commitment to Romero House has formed the foundation of this community.
Our Assistant Director brings an extremely helpful enthusiasm for operational management and organization. She is our health and safety guru and knows far more about social media than anyone else on the team.
Our wonderful bookkeeper, is a bright light in our office, bringing with her a very welcome love of organizing our cluttered spaces.
Returning to Romero for her second year, Amelia is from Guelph, ON. She loves spending her free time outside, especially anywhere near the Lakeshore. Amelia is the Communications Coordinator at Romero House.
We are welcoming Elaina as a first year worker. She is from Grimsby, ON. Elaina has enthusiastically stepped into the role of Housing Worker. She is also on the intake team.
Sarah is joining us for her first year from Guelph, ON. She loves music and dreams of starting a Romero House choir. Sarah is the very organized volunteer coordinator.
Second-timer at Romero from Grimsby, ON. Laura is an avid dancer and music lover. Laura is our Food Security Coordinator and on the Centre intake team.
Community Services Coordinator
Robbie is from Georgia and is taking on a new role at Romero House. He is excited to continue to share his Georgian food recipes with the Romero community.
Sayan is from India and is returning to Romero for a third year. He is our resident jokester and lover of all things Canada (except maybe the winter weather). Sayan is the coordinator of the intake program.
Our Buildings and Maintenance Manager Robelin brings amazing enthusiasm to Romero House while keeping our houses in great shape. He loves to make music, is a talented bachata dancer and a great cook!