Board Members

    • Lesley Bikos
    • Marci Allen-Easton
    • Sarah Emms-Pilon
    • Sue Hillis
    • Maria-Fernanda Medina
    • Anne-Marie Sanchez

Biographies

Lesley Bikos

Lesley Bikos is an academic, consultant, workplace investigator, and expert witness based in London, Ontario. Her research interests are primarily in the intersection of gender and workplace culture with a current focus on policing. Currently, Lesley is working on a nation-wide study of Canadian police officers and the impact of police culture on their on and off-duty lives.

A former police officer, Lesley is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Western University. She holds an Honors BA in Sociology from Brescia University College as well as Diplomas in Law Enforcement and Police Foundations from Westervelt College and the Ontario Police College.

Lesley is an active member of her community with a passion for social justice and politics.

Marci Allen-Easton

Marci is an Instructor at Pathways Skill Development and is the current Vice Chair with Women & Politics London. Marci is very active in London’s political landscape and has acted as Volunteer Coordinator with several different organizations and campaign teams. Marci has been involved in many grassroots organizations where she has held a variety of leadership roles. Marci was a founding member of several local initiatives including Street Soccer London and the Hyde Park Community Parade. Marci has sat on many London boards and is currently the Vice Chair with London Middlesex Housing Corporation as well sits on the London For All Leadership Table with United Way. Marci is a volunteer coach and coordinator with Special Olympics London and Strathroy. Marci is a strong advocate for London’s homeless and most vulnerable.  When not working in the community Marci loves spending time with her partner Jo, their children and grandchildren.

Sarah Emms-Pilon

Sarah works in sales strategy for wealth management at London Life. She’s passionate about her adopted community of London, and loves to check out its many arts and culture events, along with its burgeoning local food scene. She’s also a proud Western alumna, avid reader, and tea lover. She lives in Old North with her husband Justin, and loves that they’re just a short walk away from the shops, markets and restaurants downtown.

Sue Hillis

Sue has worked for many years in community-based health care, and has always been a passionate advocate for vulnerable people. Sue has been interested in politics from birth, and began advocating for equity for girls in sports when her daughter started playing them. These things have culminated in her continued passion to make a difference for women and girls in our community and beyond.

Maria-Fernanda Medina

Maria-Fernanda has worked with a non-for profit, non-governmental organization for the last 14 years with a focus on human rights advocacy and education and directing community, intercultural, and interfaith programs. She has a special interest in public health issues and community health research.

She is relatively new to London, having recently relocated from Winnipeg. Most importantly, she loves spending time with her family and friends.

Anne-Marie Sanchez

Anne-Marie has been working with non-profits and advocating for women for the last eight years with the purpose of creating positive social change in London. She is currently the chair of Women & Politics. She is also a member of the City of London’s Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Oppression Advisory Committee.  When she’s not working or volunteering, you can often find her discussing politics with others on Twitter. More importantly, most of her time is dedicated to raising her three wondrous kids, Lucas, Samantha, and Veronica, with her love, Andrew.