Richard is a proud alumni of Alpha House and an active member of the recovery community in the GTA. Richard has 20 years of experience in Project Management & Consulting in the commercial construction industry, such as doors, frames, finishing hardware, security, and accessibility. Richard’s primary focus is in the Private-Public Partnership industry.
Jamie is a lawyer who grew up professionally litigating complex business disputes on Bay Street. He now provides counsel to small and medium size businesses that don't need full time in-house counsel or full service law firms but want and need that experience. He is also a behind-the-scenes advocate and support for those with special needs and disabilities. Jamie believes that no matter how far down the scale someone has fallen, there is always reason for hope, even if we have to try harder to make it happen, and it is our responsibility to extend the hand when someone asks for help.
Alessandro has been involved with the recovery community for the past six years, helping people overcome challenges with mental health, alcoholism, addiction, and homelessness. He is currently employed at an addictions treatment agency helping people struggling with addictions. Alex brings over 20 years of experience in information technology, corporate governance, and investor relations, and served as VP of IR&IT for a silver mining company for seven years prior to his transition into the recovery community. He combines his professional skills and personal life experiences with mental health and addiction, 12-step based recovery, transitional housing, and social assistance programs. Alex is a Registered Psychotherapist and Canadian Certified Addictions Counsellor and is studying mental health and addictions at Ryerson University.
Roman Ritacca, Vice Chair of the Board
Roman is a 17-year alumni of Alpha House and the primary stakeholder for our Board of Directors. Roman is the owner/operator of a large concrete company and brings his construction expertise to a variety of capital projects. In addition to Roman’s Board of Directors experience, he is also the lead for the Annual Alpha House Gala and has been instrumental in bridging the gap between the Alpha House program and the recovery community at large.
Peter Tarshis, Fundraising Committee Chair
Peter is a grateful 2002 former resident of Alpha House, and through Alpha House's support in early recovery Peter has built a new foundation to grow on, finding a new way of life free from alcohol and drug addiction. Peter is an established realtor in the Toronto area and a volunteer social advocate for vulnerable sector persons. Peter has served as a member on the Seeds of Hope Foundation and Our Homes for Men in Recovery Board of Directors for many years, and was a welcome addition to the Alpha House team in 2018. Peter has been awarded the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) Community Service Award for volunteering in the Toronto community (2016), Director Sales Award for 2013+2014, Gold Sales Award 2015+2016, and is recognized as being in the top 15% of the Right At Home sales force and in the Top 20% of the Toronto Real Estate Board.
Tony Volpentesta, Strategic Planning Committee Chair
Tony Volpentesta is a partner in the land use planning consulting firm Bousfields Inc. Tony has been a practicing urban planner for 30 years and has worked on many large scale mixed-use projects across the GTA. Tony often appears before the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) where he provides evidence at land use planning hearings.