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 Ivanhoé 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.
Sasha Toten, Independent Director
Sasha Toten obtained her J.D. from the University of Ottawa in 2013 and graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science and History. While in law school, Sasha co-founded the uOttawa chapter of the Women’s Legal Mentorship Program to help women develop a support system throughout their legal careers from the classroom to their careers and beyond. Sasha is currently in-house counsel with the Corporate Legal Group at Sun Life.
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.
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.
Amanda Metallo, Corporate Secretary
Amanda Metallo is an associate at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. Amanda’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on merger and acquisition, private equity and venture financing transactions. Amanda obtained her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2016, and graduated from the University of Toronto in 2013 with an Honours B.A. in Economics and Ethics, Society & Law. During law school, Amanda was actively involved with the Osgoode Women’s Network and completed a semester abroad at the University of Amsterdam.
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.
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.