Board of Directors
MIKE - Chair
Mike Cadó received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, Education and Master’s Degree in Jazz Composition at York University. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Ethnomusicology and is a current faculty member at York University where he teaches Composition, several jazz workshops, guitar lessons and leads the York University Jazz Orchestra and Rhythm and Blues Ensemble. Mike Cadó has also continued to maintain an active performance career as a musician, arranger, and bandleader. The “Mike Cadó Tentet” features a collection of Toronto’s finest musicians that performs the music of Phil Nimmons, as well as compositions by various group members. The ensemble’s critically acclaimed debut recording, entitled Nimmons ‘n’ Nine…Now, was released in October, 2008. In addition, he also produced a recording with jazz vocalist Sherie Marshall entitled The Sweetest Sounds that features Pat Collins, Guido Basso and various other jazz notables. Mike also leads the group MC & Company, a versatile musical ensemble catering to both private and corporate functions. Numerous performances have allowed Mike to gain experience encompassing a broad spectrum of musical genres, which in turn, has contributed to his multifaceted approach.This has afforded him the opportunity to perform with such musical luminaries as Don Thompson, Ron Westray, Chase Sanborn, Perry White, Terry Promane, and Barry Romberg.
Mike is very honoured to serve as a current board member of the Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre at York University and looks forward to working with such a diverse and dedicated group of parents and staff.
Rob - Member
Rob Castle has been on the Board since the Centre’s incorporation in 1989. Rob served in capacities at York University, most recently as the Senior Executive Officer to the Vice-President Finance and Administration at York University, a position he held for four years. Prior to that, he was the VP’s Senior Advisor, Policy, Operations, and Communications. Rob’s most recent work included issues relating to community safety, space planning, human resources, policy development, and overall service delivery. Rob led a number of pan-university committees including York’s Working Group on Sexual Violence Policy and York’s Working Group on Campus Experience. Prior to joining the VP’s office, Rob was the General Manager and then Executive Director of the York Student Centre for 20 years. He has sat on many non-profit boards including Youth Challenge International, the Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre, Harry Crowe Housing Co-op, and the Church of St. Mary Magdalene. Rob studied Elizabethan history at York and has a certificate in Alternate Dispute Resolution from the University of Toronto. Rob’s real passions are singing Gregorian Chant, travelling, and hanging out at the cottage.
NOREEN - Member
Michael - Treasurer
Michael Fraschetti is currently pursuing a PhD in Policy Studies under the Social Policies stream. He is also an occasional teacher for the Toronto District School Board and holds the position of treasurer with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation Occasional Teacher’s Bargaining Unit in Toronto. He holds a Master’s Degree in Geography from York University; a Bachelor of Education specializing in Business Studies, Law, and Social Sciences; and a Specialized Bachelor of Arts with Honours in International Development Studies, coupled with a Certificate in South Asian Studies. Much of his research focuses on the power dynamics regarding issues of race and ethnicity in both the private and public spheres in the Canadian labour market.
Wan - Member
Kevin - Secretary
Kevin Reynolds is an instructor at York University in the Linguistics and Language Studies Program at Glendon College and in Italian Studies in LA&PS at the Keele campus. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Italian Studies from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in Art & Art History and Music from Colgate University. His research has focused on Italian and Romance literature from the Middle Ages to the present, the history of Italian and the other Romance languages, variationist and core linguistics in the English and Italian domains, and translation. He has taught over twenty different courses in the areas of language instruction, literature, literary stylistics, theoretical linguistics, culture, and translation. He also has a background in the academic-sector labour movement. His eldest daughter is a graduate of Lee Wiggins and his youngest is in her third year there.
Natasha - Member
Natasha is a PhD Candidate in Musicology & Ethnomusicology at York University. She holds an MMus in Vocal Performance from University of Ottawa and a BS in Music from Roberts Wesleyan College and has been a teaching assistant for five years. Natasha has given a number of conference presentations, vocal recitals, held a voice and piano studio, and has frequently appeared as a soloist (notably with the Ewashko Singers at Ottawa Chamberfest and the Schola Cantorum of Notre Dame Cathedral-Basilica in Ottawa). She has a certification with the Teaching Commons at York University and was recipient of the 2018 George Black Membership Scholarship Award from the Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada, and the Southern Ontario Chapter of the Hymn Society. Natasha was a professional ballerina with the Kentucky Ballet Theatre Company and plays piano and cello. Her three-year-old son loves the centre and Natasha is so thankful for the excellent care he receives here.