Meet Our Team

Executive Director

Transformation Team Lead

Christina Maes Nino has spent her career working to support, organize and collaborate with people living in poverty often focused on improving housing circumstances. After working as case manager in supportive housing for people who were previously homeless in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and as a community development worker in social housing in Calgary, Christina decided to pursue policy and research and completed at Masters of City Planning at the University of Manitoba.

While a Community Animator at the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, Christina was the coordinator of Winnipeg’s first and second Street Census projects, conducted in 2015 and 2018. She is the co-author of the Winnipeg Street Health Report (2011), Here and Now: Winnipeg Plan to End Youth Homelessness (2016) and has published two chapters in edited books, “Decolonizing Planning” (2014) and “Poor Housing” (2015). She has partnered with Bridgman Collaborative Architecture to work with resident associations, planners, and Neighbourhood Renewal Corporations in Winnipeg’s inner city to develop three neighbourhood housing plans. Christina also serves as Manitoba’s representative on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA).

Contact her at execdir<(@)>mnpha.com (note, the <( )> symbols are to prevent spam and are not part of the e-mail address) or (204)797-6746 ext.1

Cheryl Krostewitz has an extensive background working in the non-profit community, with a focus on non-profit housing. Her experience as a facilitator is based in working as a cooperative development advisor educating groups about cooperatives and helping them with incorporation and support after incorporation. Cheryl was also a founder and board member of the Cooperative Housing Group Inc.

Cheryl enjoys working with boards to help them understand their roles and obligations under their legal agreements. She has helped several groups navigate the ends of their Operating Agreements with Manitoba Housing. Her most recent role was focused on developing policies and procedures for boards and management as well as offering leadership and support in the areas of board development and communication.
 
Cheryl is responsible for implementing MNPHA’s Sector Transformation Strategy, including supporting organizations taking on management agreements or new buildings in partnership with Manitoba Housing, and directing MNPHA’s transformation programs – the Housing Supports Initiative and the Rent Relief Fund.
 
Contact her at transformation<( @ )>mnpha.com (note, the <( )> symbols are to prevent spam and are not part of the e-mail address) or (204)797-6746 ext.2

Coordinator of Education and Communications

Coordinator of Administration and Events

Beth Schellenberg has worked in marketing and communications and with community centered organizations since graduating from the University of Winnipeg with a Cultural Studies MA in 2018. She has a diverse professional background with experience in arts and culture organizations, the architecture and design sector, and in publishing. Beth has been a board member, volunteer and employee at non-profit organizations such as Women’s Health Clinic, Video Pool Media Arts Centre and Siloam Mission.

Beth plans and organizes MNPHA’s education activities, and oversees the Association’s communications including social media and the newsletter.

Contact her at membership<(@)>mnpha.com (note, the <( )> symbols are to prevent spam and are not part of the e-mail address) or (204)797-6746 ext.3.

Idorenyin Mbang comes to MNPHA with an extensive background working with non-profits. He started out as a Program Intern with Coalitions for Change, a DFID UK funded program focused on capacity development for non-profit organizations.

He also worked with the Inoyo Toro Foundation; an organization focused on education development as the pioneer Program & Admin Manager. He was responsible for the conceptualization and implementation of the Foundation’s key programs and the setting up of the Foundation. He has initiated and executed various events and programs.

Idorenyin organizes MNPHA’s team and events through administrative support, event coordination, website updates, membership renewals, and responding to requests and questions as MNPHA’s first point of contact.

Contact him at info<(@)>mnpha.com  (note, the <( )> symbols are to prevent spam and are not part of the e-mail address) or (204)797-6746 ext.4.

MANITOBA RENT RELIEF FUND

For more information on the Manitoba Rent Relief Fund, you can visit the Rent Relief Fund direct website by clicking the button below or contact them by email  [email protected] or call 431-813-4357  (toll free 1-855-955-4234)

TEAM

Rent Relief Team Lead

Trent has an extensive background in Case Management with one of Canada’s largest insurance firms. In addition to this, he has worked as a Corporate Trainer where he supervised a new team and participated in the development of national training curriculums. Further, he has worked as a Team Lead and Supervisor with Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries. As a former Manitoba Hydro employee, Trent worked with clients who were having financial difficulties and helped by referring to resources and making arrangements to have their accounts brought up to date.

Trent graduated from the University of Winnipeg, majoring in Management (Business Administration) and Kinesiology. He has a maintained a personal interest in holistic health and wellness along with fostering and rescuing of animals.

Trent is responsible for monitoring, assessing, and improving Rent Relief Fund processes, mentoring and supporting the case management team, and coordinating resource information for the program.

Administrative Assistant

Case Management Support Worker

Samson is an Administrative Assistant with Manitoba Non-Profit Housing Association. His work with MNPHA is focused on assisting members, responding to client inquiries and making sure they are pointed in the right direction. Samson’s previous work experience is in the Customer Service and Health Care sectors as a Customer Service Representative and Support worker. Samson is happy to be working in the Housing sector towards addressing the nation-wide issue of homelessness.

When Samson is not at work you can find him spending time with friends, watching something sports-related, listening to music or taking a walk. 

Jordyn has worked extensively in healthcare and social services with a focus on community health. She is passionate about the nature of community, peer support and harm reduction. Jordyn completed her nursing assistant courses and practicum at Red River College. She has experience in emergency, crisis services, and housing. She also works at Klinic as a community host and serves on the board for Project Safe Audience, a community peer-driven harm reduction organization.

In her downtime Jordyn loves to cycle, attend music festivals and harass her housecat Harold. 

Case Management Support Worker

Jackie has extensive experience working with people living with visible and non-visible disabilities. Jackie recently worked for a non-profit organization focused on mental health providing programming activities. She has volunteered for several organizations, including on CHMA’s Advisory Counsel for the Learning Centre, as Vice President of Steinbach Pride, and with Manitoba Schizophrenia Society’s Sharing Our Stories. She has a passion for advocating for people who live with mental health issues.

Case Management Support Worker

Bailey is a student at the University of Winnipeg, studying business administration and human rights. She has a background in project management and graduated from Red River College’s Project Management Program. Bailey loves working with people and is passionate about helping them advocate for their rights.

In her free time Bailey enjoys running with her dog, camping, and reading.

Case Management Support Worker

Aliaa is a final year student at the University of Winnipeg, double majoring in Indigenous Studies and Conflict Resolution Studies. She has been placed on the Dean’s Honour List, student of highest distinction. She has an extensive background knowledge about conflict resolution, mediation, and Indigenous knowledge/ culture. She works as a marker for the Indigenous Studies Department at the University of Winnipeg. She is very passionate about health and fitness; she works as a kickboxing trainer on the weekends.

When she is not studying or working, Aliaa likes to workout, cuddle her cat, Bazona, and listen to podcasts.

Case Management Support Worker

Melissa has a strong background in administration in Health Care and Education. She has worked numerous roles within the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority from Palliative Care to Human Resources. As a Graduate Advisor at University of Manitoba, she has seen the challenges newcomers face in trying to find housing in Manitoba while completing their education.