We are people who love people.
We are passionate and bold.
And we are a team that believes in Peace and Freedom for all women and girls.
Our Board of Directors
Marissa Kokkoros – Founder & Executive Director
Marissa’s BIO HERE:
Mary Mancuso is an Educational Assistant working for the York Region District School Board. She spends her days assisting students with special needs and her evenings tutoring children from ages 4 to 14. Her passion for travel and need to see the world has inspired her to become a Tico certified travel agent. Her love for theatre participated in her decision with performing in both productions of Aura Freedom’s, Vagina Monologues. She is honoured to be a part of such an important charity that focuses on child marriage prevention, girls’ education, human trafficking liberation and rehabilitation.
Elizabeth Murano is a founding member of Aura Freedom International. She believes in community and social justice. Her broad life experiences have included outreach programs such as, “Out of the Cold” and advocating for women at the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto. She was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and aspires to practice law in the area of environmental welfare. Her greatest joy i s her daughter, Eleanora.
Katie Pipitone, B.A. Hons. A resident of Toronto, Katie began her fundraising career advocating for services for women with post-partum depression, and has continued to raise much needed funds for mental health in her current role of Fund Development Coordinator at Peel Children’s Centre, one of the largest children’s mental health organizations in Canada. Katie’s undergraduate degree is in Sociology with a special interest in international human rights from York University, and recently completed a postgraduate degree in Fundraising & Volunteer Management at Humber College in 2013. Katie is passionate about philanthropy, and has been recognized for her volunteer work across the charitable sector. Katie’s current role as a Board Member for Aura Freedom International has ignited a new-found inspiration as she joins in the fight for peace, freedom, and human rights for all girls around the world.
Marianna Sciortino is a graphic artist who has been working professionally in the industry for over 15 years. When she isn’t “rolling with the punches” or seeking out some tasty recipes, she volunteers for Big Sisters of Toronto as a recreational leader. Her passion for helping others, especially children, doesn’t end there. Marianna brings her design expertise to create the visual communications for Aura Freedom as they look to empower, support and educate women and girls worldwide, something she believes in very passionately.
Beth Spratt is a lawyer and human rights advocate with a background in international human rights law. She has written and published on various in ternational human rights law issues, including on violence against women, gender discrimination, and freedom of expression. Beth lends her legal and gender analysis to the dedicated work that Aura Freedom International does to promote the rights of women and girls. On her downtime, she channels her inner warrior onto the soccer pitch and in pursuing her love of the outdoors.
Marco Zambon was born in Padova (Italy) and began his experience in the humanitarian world clowning with the Patch Adams organization in 2008. Passionate about helping people in need, he travelled to Abruzzo in Italy after the earthquake of 2009 and continued during the next few years in different Italian cities in hospitals, special needs clinics, orphanages and women’s shelters.