Meet The Lantern Team

Chris Lewis, Director

Coming from an international background, Chris has nearly a decade’s worth of project and team management experience in both non-profit and private organizations in a variety of settings. His work has taken him from New York City to Kenya to South Sudan, from leading research projects, to overseeing operations for a social enterprise, to coordinating emergency relief efforts in refugee camps.

Chris holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in Anthropology from the University of Delaware. He moved to St. John's in 2018 and is living with his wife Heather and their two cats in The Battery.

Patricia Kelly, Finance & Operations Manager

Patricia was born and raised in Mount Pearl and now resides in the east end of St. John’s with her husband Pat. Patricia brings with her over 36 years of work experience, 20 of which were executive administration and bookkeeping. As a graduate of Keyin College and with the completion of MUN post-secondary courses in Psychology and Sociology, Patricia is well trained to meet the demands and challenges of her job as Finance & Operations Manager at The Lantern.

Her ‘Handyman’ skills and her ‘try anything once’ attitude have become invaluable during day to day operations. On her off time, Patricia enjoys biking, hiking, painting & sewing.

Akancha Kumar, Events Coordinator

Originally from New Delhi, India, Akancha moved to St. John's in 2018 where she now resides with her husband. Akancha holds a Bachelor of Dental Surgery and she worked in dentistry in India for two years where she also earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She has since worked in various roles including HR Coordinator, Business Analyst, and Customer Representative across a variety of sectors such as Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Telecom and Financial Services both in India and Canada. 

Akancha enjoys spending her free time reading novels, painting, knitting, and exploring nature.

Mabel Whelan, Receptionist

Mabel was born and raised in St. Mary’s, St. Mary’s Bay. After completion of high school, she entered the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM) religious community. As a member of this community she worked in Food Services for nearly 50 years. Still a member of PBVM, Mabel volunteers her services as a Receptionist at The Lantern which she undertakes as part of her ministry.

Mabel’s hobbies include playing cards with her Sisters, going to movies with her friends, listening to music and colouring. At The Lantern she enjoys opportunities to interact with all the people who come through the doors, as well as learn new computer skills. 

Tony Walsh, Custodian

Tony was born and raised in St. John’s. He attended the College of Fisheries where he completed his high school education. Tony worked at Sobeys for six years and in roofing for around 20 years. At present Tony lives with his Mom and has worked at The Lantern since 2015.

Outside of work he enjoys visiting his friends and playing cards with them. Tony also likes spending quiet time reading his favourite books and enjoying nature as he walks. 

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