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Board of directors

Meet the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is a team of women lawyers who direct the organization. Each Director fulfills a specific role and manages the responsibilities associated with her portfolio. The Directors work together to put on exciting events and other activities to further YWL’s mission statement. Interested in joining the Board of Directors? Check the website for updates about upcoming applications!

Anastasia-Maria Hountalas, President


Anastasia-Maria Hountalas is an associate at Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc, where she advises and represents clients in all aspects of professional regulation. Prior to joining the firm, Anastasia-Maria summered and articled in the litigation department of a leading national law firm, with a focus on health law. Anastasia-Maria completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History at McGill University and obtained her law degree from Queen’s University. During law school, Anastasia-Maria was actively involved in the Queen’s Law community, participating in the Prison Law Clinic and several study abroad programs.

Kimberley Asnani, Director of Events


Kim is a commercial real estate lawyer in Toronto. She obtained her J.D. and Honors Business Administration degree from Western University in 2015 and 2012, respectively. She has practiced at three full-service national law firms and in-house at Ivanho√© Cambridge. 

Izabela Baczkowska, Director of Marketing & Communications


Izabela Baczkowska obtained her J.D. from the University of Ottawa in 2016, her M.A. in Socio-Legal Studies from York University in 2012, and her Honours B.A. in Law & Society from York University in 2010. Izabela works as an InSource lawyer at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Prior to joining Blakes, Izabela worked in the area of family law, and summered and articled at a full-service law firm in       downtown Toronto. 

Molly McCarthy, Director of Events

Molly McCarthy is an associate at Goddard Gamage LLP, an estates and trusts boutique in Toronto. Molly obtained her JD from Queen’s University in 2020 and graduated from University of Ontario Institute of Technology with an Honours BA in Legal Studies in 2015. Prior to law school, she worked for two years with a boutique wealth management firm in downtown Toronto. While at Queen’s Law, Molly was actively involved with the Queen’s Elder Law Clinic, served on a number of Committees, and participated in the Bader International Study Program. Molly is currently a volunteer foster for Redemption Paws, a dog adoption agency in Toronto.

Jack Goslett, Independent Director 


Jack Goslett is a Partner at Aird & Berlis LLP and the Co-Chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative. Jack’s practice focuses on banking and corporate/ commercial law, with an emphasis on domestic and cross-border lending transactions, including syndicated credit facilities, senior and subordinated/mezzanine financings, asset-based lending and venture capital/private equity investments. Jack completed a Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons.) at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2007 and obtained her J.D. from the University of Windsor in 2011.

Pooja Sihra, Director of Sponsorship 


Pooja is an associate lawyer who maintains a broad practice in commercial, construction and employment litigation. Pooja completed a master's degree in Public Policy, Administration & Law from York University and obtained her law degree from City University London.  During law school, she volunteered at Start-Ed Pro Bono Legal Clinic where she assisted small business owners and tech startups on a variety of corporate, commercial, and intellectual property matters. In addition to being involved as a Director of Financial Sponsorship for Young Women in Law, Pooja is actively involved with the mentoring committee for the Women's Law Association of Ontario. 

Joanna Hunt-Jones, Independent Director 

Joanna Hunt-Jones is an associate lawyer at Normandin Chris LLP, where she practices all aspects of family and matrimonial law. She obtained her J.D. from Queen’s University in 2014. Prior to law school, Joanna completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Global Development Studies) and a Masters of Public Administration at Queen’s. She has held past volunteer positions with various organizations, including the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, Pro Bono Students Canada and the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance.


Samantha Tom, Vice President & Director of Membership 


Samantha Tom obtained her J.D. from Western University in 2015 and her Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in 2011. Sam is currently in-house legal counsel for President’s Choice Financial and advises on a broad range of corporate commercial matters including banking regulatory, payments, privacy and technology. Prior to PC Financial, she articled and practiced at a full-service national law firm as an Associate in the Financial Services Group specializing in lending, securitization, FinTech and regulatory law.

Christina Iannozzi, Treasurer


Christina Iannozzi is an employment lawyer with in-house experience and an active workplace investigations practice. Prior to passing the bar,  Christina completed her LL.M. at Western University with a specialization in mental health discrimination in the workplace. Christina received her J.D. from Western University in 2016 and graduated from McMaster University in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science and Business. She is currently the Treasurer of Young Women in Law and is an active member of the Association of Workplace Investigators. 

Elsie Ikhariale, Corporate Secretary 


Elsie Ikhariale (she/her) is legal counsel at an independent public agency. She completed her (Hons) B.A. at the University of Toronto and obtained her J.D. at Western University. Her current practice focuses on the intersections between project development, workplace law and public policy. 

Elsie regularly volunteers with several legal and non-legal organizations such as the Black Female Lawyers Network and Access Alliance. When Elsie isn’t practicing law, she’s writing about a range of topics from skincare to her experiences as a Nigerian Canadian.

Nathalie Siah, Director of Marketing & Communications


Nathalie Siah is currently a real estate lawyer at Legal Direct. Her practice focuses on mortgages and refinancing. Prior to joining the firm, she obtained her LLB from the University of Reading. During law school, Nathalie was a representative for her year and was involved as The Editor for The Spark Newspaper.

Anna Lu, Director of Events 


Anna maintains a broad practice in all areas of real property litigation. She also provides effective solutions to clients on their planning and municipal matters. Anna has experience advising clients on issues ranging from title matters to boundary disputes. Anna has also been involved in advising clients on complex acquisitions and dispositions and in providing strategic advice on zoning and tax issues.

Anna completed her J.D. at Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to law school, Anna obtained an Honour’s Bachelor of Science with majors in Psychology and English from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. During law school, Anna was active at Osgoode’s Mediation Clinic, where she regularly assisted Crown counsel with intake at the Private Information Court and led her own Small Claims and community mediations. She also led a team of 17 executives as Co-President of the Asian Law Students’ Association, and served on the board of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers as a Student Director in 2019-2020. Anna is fluent in Mandarin and enjoys true-crime documentaries, baking, and running by the lake in her spare time.

Sahar Talebi, Director of Sponsorship 


Sahar Talebi is an associate at Lenczner Slaght. Sahar’s litigation practice involves a variety of areas, including complex commercial and professional liability matters. Sahar obtained a Dual JD degree from the University of Windsor in 2018.

During law school, Sahar was focused on various advocacy and access to justice initiatives. She also volunteered at Pro Bono Students Canada: Windsor Law Chapter, the Windsor Refugee Sponsorship Support Program, as well as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Legal Clinic in Detroit, Michigan.

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