Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors. Gain insight to how we support young women facing cancer together.

Elise Gasbarrino, Founder & Executive Director

Elise Gasbarrino founded Pink Pearl Foundation after her own battle with cancer. She is an account executive at Burberry where she oversees the wholesale footwear business for the Americas and is a key advisor for the Canadian market. She has been recognized by Burberry as an Icon award winner for her work in social responsibility.

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Amanda Cheng, Finance

Amanda Cheng joined Pink Pearl in 2015 to oversee the finance and tax function of the organization. She is a Senior Manager in the M&A Tax practice at KPMG LLP where she leads the tax due diligence and structuring elements of transactions. Amanda holds a degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and a CPA, CA designation. She also serves on the board of directors of Mélanie’s Way, a non-profit organization providing customized experiences to young women facing metastatic cancer.

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Courtney McNamara, Events & Sponsorship

Courtney McNamara has been with Pink Pearl Foundation since its inception, planning & executing the organization’s annual fundraising events. Courtney is the Channel Development Director at Cozumo, Inc., a Toronto-based retail technology company.

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Melaina Gasbarrino, Programs & Communications

Melaina Gasbarrino is the Programs & Communications Manager for Pink Pearl and has been involved with the organization since its inception. She has a Masters of Teaching from Griffith University and is the founder of SALT to TREE, a conservation and wellness company. She hosts beach clean-ups and has written her first environmental children’s book to engage others in positive community change.

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Vittoria Varalli, Strategy

Vittoria has been with the Pink Pearl Foundation since its inception.  She has served in a number of roles and currently acts as the Director of Strategy. Vittoria is currently a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group.  She holds a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School. She is a member of the New York State bar.

Terrence Teixeira, Governance

Terrence Teixeira has been involved with Pink Pearl since 2013, focusing on strategy and organisational governance. He is a sporting event professional whose experience includes the Olympics, Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, Commonwealth Games and the Canadian Olympic Committee. Additionally, Terrence is a published author in the field of sport management and has represented Canada at the World Age-Group Triathlon Championships.