Our Leadership Team

Umashanie Reddy

Chief Executive Officer

Umashanie Reddy was born and raised in South Africa, and lived in a culturally diverse community. Umashanie embarked upon on a new journey in 2005 when she brought her family to pastures beyond. In November 2014, Umashanie was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, where she currently leads a dynamic team of talented individuals and strong advocates, who are passionate about empowering the skills, knowledge, and experience of newcomer youth and their families.


Being a daughter of Africa, her social compass can be characterized in the African idiom “Ubuntu” – which translates as: “I am because you are” – a word that embodies her social philosophy of inter-connectedness, togetherness, and diversity. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Morgan, and her daughter, Jivanya. E: ureddy@cbfy.ca


Maryna Bityutsky

Chief Financial Officer

Maryna Bityutsky is the Chief Finance Director of the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth. She immigrated to Canada in 2005. Maryna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Odessa National University, Ukraine and a Certified General Accountant designation from Canada. Prior to joining the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth in 2013, she had 12 years of accounting experience from the Ukraine and 6.5 years of public accounting practice in Canada.

E: mbityutsky@cbfy.ca

Cristina Balamban

Human Resources and Volunteer Resources Manager

Cristina was born and raised in the Philippines, and immigrated to Canada in 2010. Cristina is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) candidate and has nearly two decades of combined experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit sector. Cristina has over 15 years of experience in human resources, sales and marketing, fundraising, volunteer resources management, office administration and corporate secretariat offices. Prior to joining the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, Cristina served as the Human Resources Manager for Distress Centre Calgary and held positions at Theatre Calgary and Clarmil Manufacturing Incorporated in the Philippines. Cristina is a member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta and belongs to a not for profit HR support network in Calgary.

E: cbalamban@cbfy.ca

Matthew Knox

Director of Programs

Matt Knox was born and raised in High River, Alberta. Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Calgary.  With his professional experience in Rotary International and varied roles at the University of Calgary, Matt has over ten years of experience developing programs to aid and support newcomers to Canada and the City of Calgary. Matt joined The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth in May 2018 and is honoured to be able to leverage his experience to empower immigrant and refugee youth in building a strong, stable and positive future in Canada.

E: mknox@cbfy.ca

Dixie Taylor

Mentorship Program Manager

Born in a refugee camp in Honduras, Dixie Taylor arrived in Canada when she was just 18 months old. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society with minors in Development Studies and Canadian Studies, Dixie joined the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth in 2013. Her combined passion to make a difference in her community and work alongside newcomer youth allows her to be a connected and well-suited Manager for the Mentorship Program. Her time working in-field has given her the ability to advocate for immigrant youth within the City of Calgary, always striving to provide opportunities that will enable youth to flourish into the leaders of tomorrow.

E: dtaylor@cbfy.ca 

Samantha Meza-Tejada

Afterschool Program Manager

Samantha first joined CBFY in 2010 as a program leader with the Afterschool Program. She worked with our organization for almost 4 years, completing that time as a temporary Summer Program Coordinator. Upon graduating from the University of Calgary Samantha sought out a full time position in business, but came to find that it wasn’t her path. A year after graduating Samantha was able to return to CBFY as an Afterschool Program Coordinator in 2015 and has continued her career path that follows her passion for helping and working with immigrant youth and families, while giving back to the city she was born and raised in.

E: smeza@cbfy.ca

Dinesh Koirala

Volunteer Resources Coordinator

Dinesh Koirala immigrated to Canada in the summer of 2015 and joined The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth in July 2016. He has more than 10 years’ experience in education and development, and Human Services. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Comparative and International Education with a focus on Education and Community Development from the University of Oslo, Norway. He has extensive experience coordinating and managing education and community development projects and programs for children, youth, and families. As a newcomer to Canada himself, Dinesh is passionate in helping new Canadians to settle and integrate into Canadian society.

E: dkoirala@cbfy.ca

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