Staff Team

Office Phone: (613) 546-9696
Inquiries: info@cfka.org
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Stacy G Kelly (he/him)
Executive Director
ed@cfka.org
(613) 546-9696, Ext 102
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Stacy's Bio

Stacy joined the CFKA team in August 2022, bringing expertise in philanthropic strategy and charitable operations, campaign management, annual giving, major giving, corporate and community engagement, and volunteer management.

Born in Ottawa, Stacy grew up in the Outaouais region of Quebec. He earned a BA (Hons.) in Philosophy from Queen’s University in 1996, and was Manager at Trailhead Kingston (1996-2000). He then progressed though various roles at Queen’s, where he was Admissions & Recruitment Officer in the Office of the Registrar (2000-2003), Program Manager at Smith School of Business (2003-2006), Advancement Officer at Smith School of Business (2006-2008), and Senior Campaign Officer in the Office of Advancement (2008–2010). Relocating to Toronto in 2011, Stacy progressed through management roles in advancement at OCAD University, where he was Manager, Alumni Relations (2011-2013), Senior Manager, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving (2013), and Associate Director, Campaign (2013-2017).  Stacy was then recruited to City of Toronto agency The 519, Canada’s largest and most prominent 2SLGBTQ community centre and service provider, where he served as Director, Philanthropy (2017-2022).

Devoted to community service, Stacy has served as a director of Aylmer Youth Theatre, Kingston Student Housing Cooperative, Queen’s ASUS Camps, Progressive Independent Community Press, Queen’s University Association for Queer Employees, Drop-in Centre Kingston, Inc, and Queen’s University Alumni Association. Currently, Stacy is co-founder and President of the Queen’s Queer Alumni Chapter, and is a mentor with the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre.

Stacy has been recognized with an Ontario Volunteer Service Award from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (2017) and the Herbert J. Hamilton Volunteer Service Award from the Queen’s University Alumni Association (2019). Stacy lives in Kingston with his husband, Mark Julien, who is a writer and illustrator.

Listen: Stacy’s interview  on the “The Kingstonian Podcast”

Andrew Oosterman
Manager, Finance & Operations
finance@cfka.org
(613) 546-9696, Ext 103

Andrew's Bio

Andrew joined the CFKA team in August 2018. He grew up in Kingston and started working from a young age at his family’s flower shop. His educational background includes an Advanced Accounting Diploma from St. Lawrence College and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Laurentian University. He has also completed numerous certificates in board governance.

During his time at SLC, he was elected to the Student Association Board of Directors and developed a passion for student advocacy and student affairs at SLC. Afterwards, he became Manager of Student Affairs which included monitoring the SA’s budget and finances, supporting student clubs & organizations, and advocating on behalf of students on numerous committees. He also served a term as a director on the St. Lawrence College Board of Governors. Andrew currently serves Vice-President & Treasurer on the Board of Directors at St. Lawrence Youth Association.

After a few years in working for a private company, Andrew is excited to be back in the not-for-profit sector. In his spare time Andrew enjoys curling, photography, camping, hiking, kayaking, and geocaching.

Suha Osman, M.I.P.P. (she/her)
Donor Services Officer
giving@cfka.org
(613) 546-9696, Ext 104

Suha's Bio

Suha joined the CFKA team in May 2023. The valedictorian of her graduating class at Regiopolis Notre-Dame, Suha received a Kingston Community Credit Union Academic Scholarship and an Entrance Scholarship at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Global Studies and Political Science. She subsequently received a Graduate Fellowship at Balsillie School of International Affairs and earned her Master of International Public Policy, with a specialization in International Economic Relations.

Suha’s most recent role has been Program Assistant at International Students Overcoming War (ISOW), where she led pre-and post-scholarship processes by facilitating Canadian Study Permit application for scholars by drafting letters for Members of Parliament and Laurier for Visa acquisition, scheduling out-of-country travel for biometrics and medical examination, and working with international organizations such as Windle Trust to ensure travel arrangements and process payments. She also developed and executed a fundraising strategy to expand the ISOW Scholarship to Sub-Saharan African students by working on strategies with Islamic Relief Canada, Mosques, and Islamic schools as well as the Somali community in Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge. Suha also produced and directed a documentary centred on student leadership.

Suha was previously Administrative Assistant at Service Laurier, and facilitated data entry, safeguarding confidential information, guiding students to proper resources, and organizing documents; and provided professional customer service to individuals with inquiries.

A dedicated volunteer, Suha was Service Administrator for Mike Morrice, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre Office; Vice President of Global Studies Student Association (GSSA), and Primary Organizer of the #IAMSUDAN campaign to raise awareness about the 2019 Sudanese revolution as well as collecting donations for War Child. Suha also currently serves on the Board of Directors for H’art Centre.

Scott Forster, MA
Grants Officer
grants@cfka.org
(613) 546-9696, Ext 105

Scott's Bio

Scott joined the CFKA team in April 2024.  Scott is an experienced arts and culture administrator specializing in first point of contact roles, event planning, grant writing, and project management.

He brings skills in communications, data analysis and database management, and volunteer management. Most recently, Scott was Programs & Production Manager at Cantabile Choirs of Kingston (2021-2023), where he was the primary point of contact for more than 200 choristers and their families; he designed, implemented, and maintained new databases for Student and Staff Records, Communications, Marketing, and Production Management; he oversaw venue management, contracted artists, teaching staff and assistants, and supervised more than 40 casual staff and volunteers; and he implemented the Mark Sirett Endowment Fund for Choral Innovation, which was launched in 2023 and surpassed its initial target goal of $100,000.

Prior to Cantabile, Scott was Founder and Managing Artistic Director of Flesh and Blood Productions (2017 – 2020), where he served as the organization’s primary point of contact for all internal and external communications, commissioned stage performances and community events with a focus on promoting LGBTQ+ and BIPOC representation, and built and maintained strong relationships with local artists, art patrons, academic institutions, venue owners, and event producers in Kingston.

Scott also served as Education and Engagement Coordinator at Thousand Islands Playhouse (2018) in Gananoque. In this role he served as the organization’s point of contact for Education, Outreach, and Development departments, developed and hosted weekly patron events to encourage audience engagement outside of productions, and co-headed the planning committee for the annual “A Moonlit Night” fundraiser.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Drama, and Master of Arts in Arts Leadership from The DAN School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University.

Bridget Glassco, M.Sc.
Project Manager
Adverse Childhood Experiences & Resilience Coalition (ARC) KFL&A
arcpm@cfka.org
613-546-9696 Ext 107

Bridget's Bio

Bridget joined the CFKA team in November 2022. Previously at KEYS Employment & Newcomer Services, she was Rise Business Advisor, supporting entrepreneurs in the Kingston area who identify as having a history of mental health or addiction challenges.

Bridget was also Mentorship Partnership Coordinator at KEYS, where she co-created and launched a new program matching skilled newcomers with local professionals for mentoring and networking purposes. She facilitated workshops, marketed the program, and recruited volunteers and community supporters. Her first role at KEYS was Program Coordinator, Professional Internship for Newcomers, where she co-created and launched an innovative program combining paid internships for skilled newcomers and workplace mentoring and intercultural intelligence training.

As Program Manager: Eastern Canada for Best Buddies in Toronto, Bridget supported volunteers within Best Buddies chapters in Eastern Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic provinces to facilitate friendships with students and people with intellectual disabilities.

As the Dissemination Project Coordinator with L’Abri en Ville in Montreal, she coordinated the committee responsible for disseminating the L’Abri en Ville model of community-supported housing for people with mental illness, creating new grassroots organizations in Ontario and Quebec and supported these groups once they were established.

Bridget earned a BA Honours in English and a Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development from Concordia University, and a Master of Science in Evidence Based Social Intervention from University of Oxford.

Elizabeth Nelson, Ph.D.
Project Manager
Older Adults Connecting & Belonging (OACB)
oacb@cfka.org
(613) 546-9696, Ext 108

Elizabeth's Bio

Elizabeth Nelson joined the CFKA team in March 2024.   Her interests focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in urban contexts, public memory, municipal heritage practices, and participatory mapping and walking methodologies.

She was the Primary Investigator for Nurturing Inclusive Urban Futures: Valuing the Contributions of Community Organizations in Ontario Cities (2019 – 2023). This project required close collaboration with community stakeholders and municipal leaders, aligning project goals with community benefit. Her key outputs included a plain language report, Supporting Community Organizations for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion tailored for municipal audiences; it shares research-based recommendations regarding community organizations for those striving to build more inclusive cities. She also worked with community artists to create a digital Zine, I’ll Be Here, for accessible research translation. She was interviewed about her project on CFRC’s podcast.

In addition to being a Term Adjunct in Geograophy at Queen’s University Elizabeth was also the Primary Investigator for “Decolonizing Public Memory and Public Places: Kingston Ontario” (2017-2019), Research Assistant on “Belle Park Project: Queen’s University, Kingston ON” (2021), and Research assistant on “Assessing and Addressing Students Awareness of Indigenous Peoples” (2018).

Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. (Geography) and M.A. (Geography), from Queen’s University, and a B.A. (Combined Honors, Anthropology and Geography, Minor in Canadian Studies) from Carleton University.

Mary Rita Holland (she/her), Ph.D.  
Project Manager
Older Adults Connecting & Belonging 
sib_pm@cfka.org
(613) 546-9696, Ext 108

Mary Rita's Bio

Mary Rita joined the CFKA team in April 2023. A Research Associate at the Trent Centre for Aging and Society, Mary Rita is also a Teaching Adjunct at Queen’s School of Kinesiology and Health Studies and the Department of Political Studies. She has been recognized with a Champion for Mental Health award.

From 2014-2022, Mary Rita served as a City Councillor for Kingscourt-Rideau district. Her notable public roles with the City included serving as Deputy Mayor (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019), Co-chair, Mayor’s Task Force on Housing (2019-2020), and as Member, Housing and Homelessness Advisory Committee (2018-2020). She served as a director on the boards at Kingston Access Services (2018-2022), KFL&A Public Health (2016-2022) and Cataraqui Creek Conservation Authority (2021).

Prior to her various public service roles, Mary Rita was Job Developer at KEYS Job Centre and Employment Consultant at ReStart.

Mary Rita earned a Bachelor of Arts at University of New Brunswick, and a Master of Arts (History), Master of Public Administration, and PhD (Kinesiology and Health Studies) from Queen’s University.

Her doctoral thesis focused on seniors living with chronic illness and disability in rural areas of New Brunswick. Her findings were subsequently published in the international journal, Health & Place.

Elizabeth (Betty) Birss
Administrative Coordinator
admin@cfka.org
(613) 546-9696

Betty's Bio

Betty joined the CFKA team in March 2024. She spent the past 18 years with The Corporation of Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, in the roles of Membership & Donor Information Associate (2012-2022) and Membership Associate (2004-2012).

Betty brings to CFKA considerable donor database expertise. She was “super-user” of their fundraising and membership CRM modules; was responsible for Development staff training; and was fundraising lead to complete full ticketing and donation database conversion, including mapping and systems set up.

She also provided extensive administrative support: collaborated with Finance team to simplify banking reconciliation and to meet C.R.A. regulations, and supported the Vice President, Development and team in custom reporting needs and using trends to direct campaigns.

Betty also brings significant donor-facing experience, as she also managed the stewardship and growth of the Friends First membership program.

Prior to her time at The Corporation of Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall, Betty was at Parkinson Society Canada as Fulfilment Associate (2003-2004) and Donations Assistant (1999-2003).

Betty holds a B.F.A. (Drama, With Distinction) from University of Calgary and began her career in the Alberta theatre world in stage management.

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