Our Team

Actively believing we can change the world; that is where we start.

We have ideas, we help others with their ideas, and we launch stuff, real stuff that helps people create, innovate, build and generally make things better.

This is who we are.




Seth Asimakos, GM and Co-Founder


Before the Loan Fund, Seth traveled and worked in Latin America, planted trees across Canada, and arriving in Saint John, worked in newcomer settlement. In 1997, he learned about micro-lending and pitched the idea to key stakeholders, and the idea was launched. His passion has been creating opportunity through 'social' enterprise,  building a culture of entrepreneurship, and generally striving to create positive change.



Christina Allain, Enterprise Development Officer


Christina is a foodie. She is secretary of the National Food group and has travlled around the world learning about good food. She is also passionate about enterprise, having developed her own blog and coming from a fishing family. She loves working with individuals who have ideas and want to launch a business.



Liann Bishop, Financial Officer


Liann Bishop is a soccer and hockey mom, who also works at the Loan Fund as the Financial Officer. Besides looking after our books, she also created the community tax program for clients who need help at tax season.



Gary Flanagan, Money Matter$ Coordinator


Gary is a person who puts the principles of financial literacy in practice in his personal life. A few years ago he and his wife realized they needed to get control of their finances. They did, aggressively paying down debt and then putting away money for things they really wanted. To make it all worth while, they make sure they go somewhere to celebrate each year! Gary brings this first hand knowledge to his work as the Coordinator of Money Matter$.



Belinda Kumar, President

Belinda is a Senior Case Manager with Worksafe NB. She has been involved as a volunteer with many organizations including the Human Development Council, the Learning Exchange and ourselves. As President she has provided support to staff as they undertook their most important project to date, building the Hub.


Adam Dickinson, Treasurer

Adam is a real estate appraiser and owner of De Stetcher Appraisals. He brings a wealth of business and real estate knowledge to the table. He has served on the Loan Committee, as Secretary and now as Treasurer.


Abby Colwell Northrup

Abby has served as Board Chair and on the Loan Committee. She brings experience in business from running her own as a real estate broker, and now works in sales and with Canada Post.


Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes worked as a first seaman on the Great Lakes and then  moved back to Saint John  to start Saint John's very own Yuk Yuk's which opened at the end of 2016. Steven joined the Loan Fund board in 2017 bringing an incredible mix of experience as a former LF borrower and now as a local business owner creating renewed vitality in our Great City.


Amanda Tait

Amanda is a real estate broker with Royal Lepage Atlantic. She brings dynamism and a sales orientation to the Loan Fund, something we need to raise our profile and seek new partners and investors.


Andrew Finlay

Andrew is a creative content designer and Co-CEO of a recently launched business, Orig1n Creative Studio. He also has worked with  FusionSJ and Connexion Works, so brings a lot of creative energy to the Loan Fund. Oh, and he loves soccer, which is a real plus!


Rhoda Welshman

Rhoda is the passionate Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters Saint John. She also is teh owner of ReAction Events, an event planning company focused on helping mission based organizations raise awareness and funds. She is a graduate of both our Assets and eW programs, and we welcome here program experience and business experience on the board.

Help Support the Loan Fund

Donations and investments help finance skill building, enterprise development, employment creation and neighbourhood renewal.  Volunteers can help with networking, opportunity development, marketing, mentorship, accounting, strategy, and vision.