Board of Directors

The AlphaPlus board of directors guides the development of the organization’s vision, mission, values and strategic direction. The board acts on behalf of the AlphaPlus communities to make sure that AlphaPlus is responsive to community stakeholders. The board also supports the executive director in leading the organization and enabling the staff to carry out the mission and reach the strategic objectives.

Paul Gibson


Following a successful executive career with brands such as Mattamy Homes, Palliser Furniture, and Fidelity Investments, Paul founded Sapien Capital, an executive search and human capital consulting group serving entrepreneurial, scale-up, private, and family businesses. Paul’s role includes serving as a professional board and ownership advisor with global expertise in governance, operations, and human capital challenges. His talents include organizational change, executive & board recruitment, board operations, designing compensation systems, acquiring and retaining people in turbulent markets, and managing mergers and transformations.
An ICD-certified director, Paul is also the former Vice-Chair of WaterTAP (Ontario’s water technology accelerator) and is currently a director of Hamilton Health Sciences and has served as director of AI software firm Daisy Intelligence, board member of heavy-equipment manufacturer Proceco, governor of the University of Guelph, and director for NFPs including Jane Goodall Institute, West Park Healthcare, and affordable housing lender Home Ownership Alternatives.
Paul also serves growth firms as an advisor with MaRS Discovery District and Haltech (Regional Innovation Centres), and has instructed in the strategic human resource program at Toronto Metropolitan University. In his private governance practice, Paul has served as Board Secretary for both Maple Reinders Construction (a national general contractor) and OpenWorm Foundation (a global artificial intelligence & digital modelling enterprise), as well as governance expert for advisory and institutional boards.

Dr. Koosha Golmohammadi


Koosha Golmohammadi has over 12 years’ experience in operational advanced analytics and driving business value. Koosha holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Alberta as well as an M.Sc. and a B.Sc. in software engineering. Throughout his career, Koosha has worked in different capacities as an analytics leader, consultant and data scientist leading several teams and project portfolios and leveraging data analytics. His experience and expertise ultimately led to his current role as director of advanced analytics at Manulife John Hancock.

As a lifelong learner, Koosha is passionate about supporting teachers and learners. He has contributed to initiatives with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), including the teacher in-service program, teaching engineering concepts to elementary students. In addition, he served as chair of computers and communication of IEEE Northern Canada Section from 2012 to 2017 and co-founded the Data Social Club, a non-profit to promote data science, in 2017.

Andrew Vaughan


Andrew Vaughan is an experienced criminal lawyer practicing in the GTA and a long-term member on Legal Aid Ontario’s Extremely Serious Criminal Matters Panel. Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Calgary and received his law degree at Queen’s University.
Throughout his career, Andrew has mentored students and early-career lawyers to navigate workplace culture and demands while working as a firm manager himself. Throughout Andrew’s career, he has contributed to many charitable organizations. This includes serving as a member of the board of directors at Humewood House, a not-for-profit organization providing housing and support to youthful single mothers and vulnerable young pregnant women.

As a board member, Andrew intends to lend his well-rounded legal expertise, advocacy skills and passion for adult education to support AlphaPlus in achieving its mission.

Dr. Tannis Atkinson


Dr. Farra Yasin


Susan Lefebvre


Tariq Ismati


Alan Cherwinski

Secretary Treasurer of the Board and Executive Director

Alan has been the executive director of AlphaPlus since 2015, but his involvement with the organization dates to its founding. He was one of the original staff members who migrated from George Brown College and from the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library to support the Ontario fledgling adult education library that ultimately became AlphaPlus.
In a wide range of roles, Alan has spearheaded changes at AlphaPlus to address the evolving needs of literacy learners and practitioners. His agile approach to strategic planning and continuous improvement has kept AlphaPlus relevant, accessible, accountable and inventive.
As a leader in the literacy field with comprehensive knowledge of the affordances and limitations of educational and administrative uses of technology, Alan advances an understanding of information literacy and blended learning that moves the field forward.
As a leader of AlphaPlus in its capacity as an Ontario LBS support organization, Alan guides our work with adult learning programs to understand, research, plan and integrate emerging digital tools to meet the needs of staff and learners effectively and creatively.
And as a leader within AlphaPlus, Alan has created an imaginative workspace. He encourages professional learning and exploration that empowers the staff to experiment and innovate, and he embraces every opportunity to forge fresh partnerships that may lead to collaborative initiatives with other organizations.

Standing Subcommittees

In addition to their regular activities, our board members are actively engaged in two subcommittees.

The Audit Committee

The auditcommittee is responsible for ethical, financial and legal compliance and for ensuring the operational efficiency of the executive director and the agency remain consistent with bylaws, policies and strategic direction set by the board.

Key activities include:

  • Legal oversight.
  • Organizational policy oversight.
  • Strategic plan performance audit.
  • Financial audit.
  • Performance evaluation of the executive director.
  • Organizational strategic performance review.

The Governance Committee

The governance committee is responsible for the ongoing operation of the board of directors. It develops a three-year agenda with quarterly milestones directing board activities, which include:

  • Bylaw and policy reviews.
  • Board recruitment and nominations.
  • Board development and performance.
  • Strategic planning and budgeting

Key activities include:

  • Strategic planning (initiating strategic planning processes).
  • Board professional development.
  • Evaluation of the performance of the board (individual and committee).
  • Board policy review.
  • Bylaw review.
  • Board recruitment and nominations (initiating the board’s nomination procedures as needed).
  • Setting board agendas.

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Vision, Mission
& Values

Read our commitments to the people and programs we work with and for as we build capacity and facilitate learner engagement and success.

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Learn more about our priorities and how we are working to strengthen the adult literacy field to create accessibility and mobilize blended learning.

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