Board Members


Charlotte Serpa, MEd, CYC 
Central Region – Humber College

Charlotte has been a full time Professor in the Child and Youth Care programs at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto, Canada, since 2011. She has a 3-year diploma in Child and Youth Work from Humber; a Bachelor degree in Community Welfare – Youth Work from the University of Western Sydney, Australia; and a Masters of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Prior to teaching in the CYC program, Charlotte worked in residential care settings, educational settings, and in youth homelessness. A major focus in her work in the field was as a youth substance use / harm reduction counsellor. Charlotte is a member of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care and sits on the OACYC legislation committee. She is passionate about the future and quality of child and youth care education. 


Kim Ann Laush, CYW, BA, BEd, MEd, EDd Candidate
Eastern Region – Mohawk College 

Kim Ann Laush is the Associate Dean, Community Studies at Mohawk College. Prior to these roles, she was a Coordinator/Professor in the Child and Youth Care program, Educational Support Program and Child and Youth Worker Apprenticeship Program. Kim Ann is a lifelong learner who achieved degrees from Nipissing (MEd), York (BEd), and Waterloo (Social Development Studies) and is currently a student at Western in the Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Higher Education Program. Kim Ann is also a graduate of Mohawk College from the Child and Youth Worker program and has several years’ experience working with children, youth, and families in a children’s mental health centre and in closed custody with youth. Kim Ann has also worked as a supply teacher with school boards in the Grand Erie District School Board and Waterloo Region District School Board.


Melissa Teles, BA, MA, PhD in progress
Central Region – George Brown College

Melissa joined the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care in 2001. In her role as a Child and Youth Care Practitioner, she has worked with children, young people, families and communities in the education sector, youth justice, child welfare, children’s mental health, outreach, advocacy, and most recently in Child and Youth Care education. Melissa was one of the first child and youth workers in Canada to receive certification from the Child and Youth Care certification board. She has served on the board of directors for the OACYC and currently holds the position of Treasurer for the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada. Melissa is interested in working towards both a provincial and national community of Child and Youth Care Practitioners and has a particular interest in understanding and exploring all aspects of regulation and the professionalization of Child and Youth Care to ensure a high quality of service provided to children and young people. In her current role as educator and field placement coordinator, she enjoys implementing aspects of relational practice when working with future practitioners.  She continues to work in the field with women who have experienced intimate partner violence and their children.


Cathy Deneiko M.S.W, R.S.W. (Sask)
Western Region – Saskatachewan Polytechnic

Cathy lives in Saskatoon, which is on Treaty 6 Territory and which encompasses the traditional territories of numerous First Nations including Cree, Dene, Nakota, Saulteaux, and Ojibwe and the homeland of the Metis Nation. Since the summer of 2019, she has been the lead instructor and student advisor for the Youth Care Worker certificate program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. 

Her time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic started in 2013 on a part-time basis following a 30-year career as a Social Worker in both government and community-based organizations. She has experience teaching at the Faculty of Social Work with the University of Regina and is proud to be a registered Social Worker through the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers.

Cathy feels privileged to be a part of the CYCEAB board and looks forward to the journey to uphold the board vision of excellence in child and youth care post-secondary education. Cathy’s final words are to her family. She is not only passionate about the work she does; but she is passionate about life which she shares with her lifelong partner and three amazing adult children … who she enjoys traveling the world with and who remind her each day of the importance of living life to the fullest.


Shemine A. Gulamhusein, BA, MA, PhD
Western Region – MacEwan University

Shemine is an Assistant Professor at MacEwan University and has been educating in the field of Child and Youth Care and Therapeutic Recreation since 2014. Prior and during this time, Shemine worked as a children’s counsellor, a shelter program manager, and an international youth camp program coordinator. Shemine’s journeys internationally have guided her research interests in what it means to be a Canadian Shia Ismaili Muslim, a brown bodied female, and living in the in-between of multiple social spaces. As a children’s counsellor, Shemine learned the importance of supporting young people in navigating and negotiating spaces of discomfort, as well as introduce ways to articulate who one identifies as. The learnings obtained near and far along with her interest in youth identity formation, migration patterns, religious and/or spiritual identities, and recreation are teased into her teaching and research. Her experiences drive her to bridge Child and Youth Care and Therapeutic Recreation theories and practices together to best support migrant children, youth, and families.

Andrew MacLaine, CYCW, BA, CAE
Eastern Region – Holland College

Andrew MacLaine has been a full-time faculty member with the Child and Youth Care Worker Program at Holland College on Prince Edward Island since 2005. Prior to that, Andrew spent approximately 10 years in various frontline CYCW roles in P.E.I., Ontario (Ottawa), California, and Australia. Andrew’s interest in the professionalism in Child and Youth Care continues to become a focus as an educator. Andrew currently lives in a wonderful coastal community on P.E.I. with his wife and two children. When time allows, the whole family is usually camping, surfing, hiking or walking on the beach…any time of the year.

Fernando Nunes, BA, MEd, PhD
Eastern Region – Mount Saint Vincent University

Fernando Nunes is an Associate Professor with the Department of Child and Youth Study, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has conducted research on at-risk minority youth, the academic underachievement and civic participation of the children of immigrants, homeless youth, and Canada’s model of immigrant settlement services. Since 2004, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on introduction to child and youth care, cultural perspectives on childhood and adolescence, the social context of child and youth care, children’s play, at-risk youth and research with children and families. He also has acquired over 30 years of employment, volunteer and consultancy experience in Toronto-based agencies dealing with immigrant settlement, public health, education, mental health, research on immigration and settlement, and the environment. He has served as a board member of numerous community and academic organizations including the Toronto Community Care Access Centre, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind-Toronto Branch, the Portuguese-Canadian National Congress, the Lusophone Studies Association, and the Portuguese Interagency Network. Fernando’s Ph.D. (Education and Community Development) and M.Ed. (Applied Psychology – Multicultural Focus) are from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. 

Her research focus is in wellness, mindfulness-based practices, planning, generative conversations, and Appreciative Inquiry as a model of transformational change process. In addition to holding various administrative and leadership roles in both the hospital and the academy, Christine has engaged in numerous strategic planning opportunities utilizing a strength-based approach to these processes.

Monica Pauls, BA, MA, PhD in progress
Western Region – Mount Royal University

Monica Pauls is an Associate Professor in the Bachelor of Child Studies (BCST) at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. She predominantly teaches in the areas of research, program design, policy, and child and youth care practice. Her teaching philosophy is grounded in the connection between theory with practice and she works to create a participatory learning environment, partnering with agencies and organizations in the field and providing opportunities for the practical application of knowledge. 

Monica has been working as a researcher in the social science field for over a decade and has extensive experience in project development, evaluation, and policy analysis.  Her research interests include youth activism, youth justice, social movements. and community change.  Upon completing her Masters’ degree, she worked as the Coordinator for Alberta-based Research Projects at the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family (CRILF) and as a Policy Analyst for the United Way of Calgary and Area. Prior to this, she worked for several years with at-risk youth in schools, community programs, and residential facilities. 

Monica is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in Sociology at the University of Calgary.

Christine Slavik, CCLS, BACYC, MEd, EdD
Western Region – University of the Fraser Valley

Christine is an Associate Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley. Prior to her appointment at the university, Christine worked as a Psychiatric Nurse, a Child and Youth Care Counselor, and a Child Life Specialist. In each of her roles over her 40+ years in human service, she engages with others in a relational and strength-based manner, open and curious, to lead is to learn and share meaning. Christine has held a variety of leadership roles in both health care and education. She is a past president of the Canadian Association of Child Life Leaders; past Chair of the Child and Youth Care Education Consortium of BC; Director of Child Life at BC Children’s Hospital; past Board member of the Child Life Council (now Association of Child Life Professionals); Department Head of Child, Youth and Family Studies; and former Head of the Teacher Education Program.

Christine has a personal commitment to meditation and mindfulness-based practices and incorporates this into her teaching.