Our people

Canadian Board of Directors

Danielle Frothinger (President)

Danielle’s connection with Mary’s Meals began when she undertook a search for a humanitarian charity that would target poverty, education, empower communities and include multiple developing countries. 

It was a challenging task, but she found all of it with Mary’s Meals. 

She volunteered with Mary’s Meals for several months before joining the board of directors in April 2014. 

Danielle has a professional background in administration and finance, as well as a wealth of experience from co-founding charity and non-profit organizations, and serving on boards. She has supported Mary’s Meals in a range of areas. 

She resides in Kamloops, British Columbia, and is an avid volunteer – globally and in her local community.

Ciaran McGeown (Vice-President, Treasurer)

Ciaran McGeown is a Manager, Corporate Giving at United Way Greater Toronto. Ciaran made the move to the not for profit world in 2017, after 20 years in financial roles in the corporate sector and hasn’t looked back.

He has a passion for fighting poverty, whether locally or internationally and has served on the Board of another international development charity before joining Mary’s Meals.  He first became aware of Mary’s Meals through a good friend in Ireland and was taken with the simplicity of the approach and the huge impact of Mary’s Meals work.

Leah Swindon (Secretary)

Leah Swindon has a passion for serving others and for tackling the root causes of poverty. She joined Mary’s Meals USA as the Executive Director in the fall of 2018.

Prior to MMUSA, Leah worked at World Vision USA for 8 years in various roles, including leading the 30 Hour Famine which reached 250,000 young people through 12,000 churches.

Leah, a former member of the US Military, worked as a civilian for the US Navy and Marine Corps as the Director of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department. She served in this role for 12 years in Japan.

Her vocation is focused on helping people find their individual missional path and caring for the world’s most vulnerable children.

Robert McGrath (Director)

Robert is the founder and Managing Director of Optimize Capital Partners. He first came across Mary’s Meals when he read The Shed That Fed A Million Children. Struck by the simple but effective approach to hunger and education in the developing world, he was inspired to become involved. 

Beyond Mary’s Meals Canada, Robert serves on the boards of two private foundations with a focus on helping the poor internationally and a local retreat center, Manresa. He and his wife Jaime have five children and live in Toronto. Jaime also is involved with Mary’s Meals Canada as an active volunteer.

Sherri Griffin (Director)

For over two decades, Sherri Griffin has been working on the cutting edge of Human Performance, helping companies tap into the unique strengths of employees through innovative Training and Development programs and technologies.  Sherri believes if there’s breath in our body there is purpose in our steps and that access to education is a basic human right. 

A frontline warrior in the food scarcity battle compels Sherri to teach people how to raise and forage for their own food, and personally advocate against food waste. A top performer in her Sales Profession and a deeply passionate Citizen Scientist, Sherri has joined the MMC board to support the fulfilment of our mission.  

Magnus McFarlane-Barrow (Director)

Magnus has lived in Argyll, Scotland, since the age of nine and began his career as a fish farmer. However, when the Bosnian conflict was making headlines in the early 1990s, Magnus and his brother Fergus were moved to help.

He was named one of 2010's ‘Top 10 Heroes’ by broadcaster CNN and received an OBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours list. Magnus has also been awarded Honorary Degrees by the University of Stirling, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Hull.

Before Mary’s Meals, Magnus played shinty for Glenorchy Camanachd Club and was capped four times by Scotland at senior international level.

Magnus is married to Julie, a trained nurse from Inverness. She became his co-driver on some of the first deliveries of aid to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1993, and has been devoted to the charity ever since. They live in Dalmally with their seven children.