Board of Directors

Vanessa

Vanessa Grimaldi
Special Education Teacher – Adult Sector

Vanessa is largely known for being a contestant on Season 21 of ABC’s The Bachelor, and ultimately winning the final rose and becoming engaged to Nick Viall in 2017. Born and raised in Montreal, Vanessa comes from a  large Italian family and is fluent in both French and English. Following her B.A. in Public Affairs at Concordia University, Vanessa graduated with highest distinction at the University of Ottawa with a B.A. in Education.

Vanessa firmly believes in all students having an equal learning opportunity and is committed to fostering a cohesive and inclusive classroom environment to promote academic excellence. Vanessa’s differentiated lesson plans and modified learning strategies are served as the model standard for meeting curriculum goals and ultimately, achieving academic and personal success among students.

Jamie

Jamie Benizri
Attorney and Founder at Legal Logik

An attorney by trade and an entrepreneur at heart, Jamie Benizri continues to challenge industry standards and develop innovative service models that make it easier for individuals, and businesses to meet their legal needs.

As a corporate and civil litigator, Jamie has created several cases of precedent, earning him a reputation as a creative legal thinker and leading professional. Both in the court-room and outside, his extensive experience with entrepreneurs, start-ups and corporate clients – has made him an expert in helping businesses large and small meet their objectives and protect their interests.

Kristina

Kristina Di Cesare
Senior Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers

Kristina Di Cesare started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”) in 2009 upon completing her bachelor’s degree and went on to work with the Corporate Finance group in Montreal for nearly five years. Specializing in mergers & acquisitions, she assisted mid-market public and private companies with acquisitions, divestitures and raising capital in several industry sectors. In 2014, Kristina joined PwC’s Private Company Services practice. This division deals primarily with private businesses, ranging from high net worth individuals who often have trusts and foundations, to owner-managed family businesses. As part of a team of specialized advisors, Kristina contributes to resolving day-to-day business issues all the while helping clients achieve long-term success.

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Dr. Crystal Holly
Clinical and Health Psychologist

Dr. Crystal Holly is a Clinical and Health Psychologist in Ottawa, Canada. She is active in both the hospital and academic domain and also maintains a busy private practice. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from McGill University and completed post doctoral fellowships at McGill University and the University of Ottawa. Crystal is committed to advancing the well-being of adolescents and adults and promoting healthy, balanced lifestyles. Her personal drive in working with individuals from all walks of life extends beyond her work and she is active in volunteering in her community. In addition to being a mental health advocate Crystal is a busy mom of 2, wife and loves cooking for her friends and family.

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Lisa Campanaro
Special Educator at the English Montreal School Board

She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia University in Human Relations, with a focus on childhood and adolescent intervention. Upon her graduation, Lisa began working with exceptional students varying in age and with diverse needs. She utilized her special education skills to guide and facilitate her students’ success in the education system. Lisa is an active member of her community. She coordinates the Aqua Kids Program for the Montreal Center For Learning Disabilities and works towards creating safe learning environments for her students to excel.

Through this organization, No Better You, Lisa hopes to inspire the leaders of tomorrow by promoting awareness and tolerance towards children with special needs. Furthermore, she works towards normalizing the issues that her students face, by bridging the  gap between typically achieving students and the multifaceted world of exceptional children.