About Us


Our Team

   MSNF is made up of working and retired mothers and fathers who volunteer their time to try to help children with special needs the best way they can. They have come together from all walks of life and bring a multitude of experience and a need in all of us to help children and parents who have children with special needs. Our office is in LaSalle, Quebec, but we service the island of Montreal. MSNF will offer support to those who ask and are eligible. Mentoring is also offered to everyone who needs it.   


Maddie Pettigrosso President & Founder


 Maddie is the President and Founder of the Montreal Special Needs Family Organization.  She is a wife, a mother of 4 girls and works full time as a preferred customer service representative for UPS. Maddie has a special needs child, Victoria, and is devoted to her development so she can be autonomous and contribute in her own special way to society.   Maddie also puts so much of her own time and energy into MSNF. Her amazing amount of energy is a blessing to this organization.   

Diana Pettigrosso VP


  Diana is the Vice President of the Montreal Special Needs Family Organization.  She is a wife and a mother of two children, She works full time . Diana brings her family relationship to the MSNF organization and she is the sister of the founder,  Maddie .Diana has created her own line of natural spa creations and brings her organizational skills as well as her wonderful personality to MSNF.  

Patricia Marshall Managing Director


 Pat is a volunteer with the organization and brings her more than 50 years of experience in business, programmer and project management in aerospace, defence, and the private sector and has written numerous documents.  She has worked with clients in Canada in both the public and private  sectors.   Pat brings a great deal of experience in project and program planning.  Pat’s organizational skills is an asset to MSNF.

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Lina DeFazio Director


Lina, is a Director for MSNF.  She is a mother of 2 children; one child was born with a rare disease and was not able to be treated in Canada. However Lina did not stop with the answer no, she worked hard to get treatments for her child and today she is an adult and working as a social worker in New York and her other child is a well-known Doctor.  

Lina has worked for UPS for over 20 years as a team leader, and trainer. She met Maddie at UPS and became friends and has walked the walk with Maddie during the time when Victoria became ill.  She has dedicated herself to MSNF. We are very lucky to have Lina on our Team.

Moses Chemtob Treasurer



Moses is married and a father of 3 young children.  He is the Treasurer for MSNF.  He has worked for UPS for past 20 years. He also is on the Board of Directors for the West Island West Park Pool and  communications. He has been a great friend and mentor to Maddie .

He took the long journey with Maddie during Victoria’s illness and has been dedicated to getting this wonderful charity working. He is a great addition to the Board of MSNF and we are fortunate to have him on our team.

Arline Marchand Director/Translator



Lili is a mom, grandmother and great grandmother. Lili has had a career in human resources in the federal government and was Director of Human Resources at the Canadian Space Agency when she retired.

Her many skills and personal qualities will be used for the good of MSNF, who will benefit from her training as a translator, her fine pen and her proficiency in both official languages.  MSNF is pleased to have LiLi on our team.



 Mariyka Beely

(Team Leader)Fundraising 


 Saleheh Nargesian 



 Tina Chapman