Board Members

Board members are an integral part of Neighbour to Neighbour Centre. Their support, guidance and drive help staff make informed decisions and plan future programs and events at Neighbour to Neighbour.

Steve Kartonchik


Steve Kartonchik is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for ADFLOW Networks and has been a N2N Board member for the past 4 years.
A graduate of the co-operative program from the University of Waterloo, Steve is a Bachelor of Mathematics with minors in Computer Science and Marketing. Over the course of his career in the software industry, Steve and his teams have consistently outperformed expectations by working as problem solvers for end users who need access to better information…on their terms.

A Hamilton native who grew up in a “working poor” family, a combination of support and guidance from others plus his education has helped Steve break free from constraints that otherwise might have limited the achievement of his goals in life. As a strong believer in both the power of education and that every individual should have the opportunity to succeed and prosper, Steve began financial support for N2N over 20 years ago and was humbled by the opportunity to join the Board of Directors.

Steve was introduced to N2N by a past Board President who has remained a strong and committed N2N supporter; similarly, Steve views his commitment to N2N as one that will continue long after his Board term comes to an end.

Dan Holstein

Vice President

Dan is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of business experience, and currently owns ActionCOACH business coaching in Stoney Creek.  Dan and his team help business owners build profitable, sustainable businesses that work without relying on the business owner. Despite being an electronics technologist by training, Dan’s passion is for serving people. He is a long-time fund raiser and rider in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, and in addition to serving on the board of the Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, Dan is also a director on the board of the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce. 

Dan lives in Beamsville with his wife and two children. He is also an aviation geek and pilot in training. Dan is super excited for the opportunity to serve on the Neighbour to Neighbour board. 

Ralph Button


Ralph Button is a retired business owner living in Stoney Creek. A lifelong learner, he earned certification with the Canadian Institute of Management at McMaster University and also Master Advertising Specialist with Promotional Products International in Dallas Texas.

After 17 years with Chipman Chemicals in various management roles ending as Manager of Logistics and Communications he partnered in the launch of Battlefield Promotional Advertising in 1988. The company was selected as the Business of the Year in 1995. The sale of the business after 26 years allowed Ralph to retire and spend more time in his community interests. He is an avid woodworker and fishing hobbyist.

Over the years he served a leadership role on the Canada Flag Day committee and the local chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society, is a past member of St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, is a past-president of the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce, a past director of his industry association and a director and past president of the Rotary Club of Stoney Creek. He was selected as Stoney Creek Citizen of the Year in 1994.

Ralph and his wife Susan have 4 adult children and 5 grandchildren.

Denise Provencher


Denise has been involved with Neighbour to Neighbour for 5 years, serving as Treasurer since 2015. 

She grew up in Northern Ontario and moved to Hamilton to study business at McMaster University.  Denise is Chartered Professional Accountant, CA. She joined the international accounting firm KPMG upon graduation, where she is currently an audit Senior Manager. 

Denise lives in the Hamilton area with her husband and two children.

Denise has been involved with Neighbour to Neighbour for 5 years, serving as Treasurer since 2015. 

She grew up in Northern Ontario and moved to Hamilton to study business at McMaster University.  Denise is Chartered Professional Accountant, CA. She joined the international accounting firm KPMG upon graduation, where she is currently an audit Senior Manager. 

Denise lives in the Hamilton area with her husband and two children.

Katherine M. Livingstone

Past President

Katherine has been involved with the Neighbour to Neighbour Board for the past seven years, the last two as President. Over the past thirty five years she has been involved in various community organizations in Ottawa, Port Credit and Hamilton. In her professional life she spent 33 years as an assistant and Deputy Crown Attorney in the Ottawa, Halton and Hamilton regions before retiring in 2015. She is presently a part time member of the Ontario Parole Board and the Licence Appeal Tribunal. She lives in Hamilton.

Paul Dowhaniuk


Paul is the owner & Principal Broker of Dowhaniuk Insurance Brokers for the past few years on Main St W, Hamilton and was a State Farm Agent for almost 15 years prior to opening his Brokerage.  Over many, many  years he has been involved directly with the community including coaching baseball, refereeing & convening St Augustine’s Basketball League, Director of Marketing & Fundraising for the Community Child Abuse Council and was quite involved in many fundraising events with Juvenile Diabetes Foundation to support 3 of his 5 sons who have Type 1 Diabetes – partaking in all his community work has always been with the assistance and encouragement of his wife Cindy.

Paul is a current and active member of the N2N Golf Tournament for several years now and is excited to be able to help contribute some of his past experiences along with his  passion for serving others by being on the N2N board.

Yohana Otite


Yohana Otite is a Human Rights and Equity Officer at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. She also served as the Executive Director of Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI) and as a Program Manager of DiverseCity onBoard Hamilton. Yohana immigrated to Canada in 2017 from Ethiopia. She has a Masters degree in Literature from Addis Ababa University. As a communications professional, she has served in different non-profit organizations in Hamilton and abroad advocating for causes like youth mentorship, reproductive health rights and newcomer settlement and integration. She is passionate about advancing equity and inclusion in Hamilton through community engagement. Yohana is also a council member at Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council and City of Hamilton advisory committee for Immigrants and Refugees. Yohana lives in Hamilton with her spouse and two children.


Marlene M. Atlas


Marlene Atlas has been involved with Neighbour to Neighbour for over 10 years, serving as Director (2006-2007), Vice President (2007-2008), and President (2008-2011) in her first term and commenced a second term in 2017.  She has worked on many projects for the agency, including the start up of the Hamilton Community Food Centre, the Board Manual, drafted policies, and is currently involved in governance matters related to the Board’s role.

Since coming to Hamilton in 2000, Marlene has been active in Parent Council, Home and School, and has been on the Education Committee at Temple Anshe Sholom which she chaired from 2006 to 2009.

Marlene’s background is in securities law; she was at the Toronto Stock Exchange (1981-1988), where she became Director of Regulatory Policy. She worked on the start up of futures trading, development of options and futures products, and a variety of policy and regulatory issues including soft dollar deals and disclosure requirements. She then joined the international law firm Baker & McKenzie as head of the Toronto Securities Department (1988-99) where she was involved in listings, mergers and acquisitions, take over bids, options and futures, regulatory matters and governance issues.  She subsequently started her own securities practice acting on transactions as well as governance and policy issues, and consulted for the Investment Industry Regulatory Association of Canada.

A member of the Law Society of Ontario, Marlene is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School (LLB) where she spent summers and a semester at Parkdale Community Legal Services.  She graduated from McGill University (BA,Canadian Studies, summa cum laude), and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (silver medal).

Ann Higgins


Ann is a Senior Consultant in the Adult Regional Care program at Hamilton Health Sciences and an Associate Professor at McMaster University. She has held a variety of roles in advanced nursing practice and healthcare leadership with a focus on strategic planning, quality improvement, clinical and operational best practices, and research.

 A strategic goal of the leadership at Hamilton General Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences is to become a recognized anchor organization in the local community they serve. Part of Ann’s portfolio is to support this goal by identifying opportunities and developing community partnerships aimed at addressing the social determinants of health.

 Ann brings this experience and her passion to N2N, as well as solid Board experience, having served on the Board of Directors for several non-profit agencies both in BC and Ontario.

Nick Davies 


Nick Davies is a recent graduate from McMaster University’s DeGroote school of Business. He has an MBA with a Process Management focus and Bachelor of Commerce (summa cum laude) with a minor in Economics.

Dedicated to raising awareness about the issues of poverty and food security in Hamilton, Nick conceptualized and brought to fruition his first Stuff the Bus food drive in support of Neighbour to Neighbour’s Emergency Food program more than nine years ago, while he was a student at Westmount Secondary School. Since then Stuff the Bus has become a monthly event for Nick and his volunteer team, collecting more than half a million dollars worth of food donations to date.

Nick is excited about his first year on the N2N Board and looks forward to bringing a fresh, young perspective to the leadership of Neighbour to Neighbour.

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