Board of Directors
WIN House is governed by an exceptional volunteer board of directors. Their considerable knowledge and expertise from a wide range of backgrounds, including education, law, finance, business, economics, and social justice, guides the strategic direction of the organization. In addition to considerable time commitments, our board members champion our vision of raising awareness to put an end to domestic violence.
Ann Marie Heffernan - President
Ann Marie Heffernan is a Human Resources Director with Enbridge in Edmonton. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Human Resources Diploma from Grant MacEwan University and is an Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP). She has over 20 years of Human Resources experience primarily in the oil and gas industry. She is proud to be on the Board with WIN House as she is passionate about supporting women and children to break the cycle of abuse and improve their quality of life in our community
Lori Billey - Vice President
Lori Billey is CEO, and founding partner of RED The Agency, an independent marketing communications agency. Lori oversees the strategic direction of the company and cultivates the business principles that guide the agency’s success in Edmonton and Vancouver. For over 30 years her creativity and business acuity has influenced brands across the country. Aside from her daily responsibilities of client relations, business development and agency culture, Lori has engrained herself in the business community as a respected entrepreneur. Lori has sat on the Board of Governors for the Institute of Communication Agencies, a not-for-profit association which represents Canada’s leading advertising and communication agencies, as well as the advisory board for MacEwan University’s Design Studies Program. RED was built on the vision of helping change the world, be it in our own backyard or across the country. Sadly, there are some things we can’t completely change, however we can look for ways to support those who suffer. When a group of passionate people are brought together no goal is unobtainable.
Tiffany Chow - Treasurer
Tiffany Chow is a Manager in the Valuation and Business Modelling group at Ernst & Young LLP. The Valuations and Business Modelling group specializes in business valuations, intangible asset valuation, financial modelling and the quantification of losses. She started her career off in the Assurance Practice at EY focusing on private companies as well as not-for-profits and municipalities. She holds her CPA, CA designation and is currently working towards completing her requirements to receive her Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) designation. As someone who strongly supports the changing and vibrant Edmonton, she has volunteered with the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and Junior Achievement. Tiffany is honoured to be a part of the WIN House organization to support women and children to be strong, independent, and to feel safe.
Anahita Mashhadi Rahimi - Secretary
Anahita Mashhadi Rahimi has over 12 years of supply chain experience in the oil, gas and steel industries. She joined Enbridge as a Supply Chain Professional currently working as a Buyer. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta as well as Supply Chain Management designations (SCMP, CPSM) in both Canada and the US. Anahita is very passionate about supporting her community and helping people in need especially when women and children are involved.
Lori Johnson - Director
Lori is a lawyer, currently senior partner at the firm of Johnson Turner Lefaivre. She has been practicing for 22 years, exclusively in the area of family law. Lori has been a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta Law School for the past 7 years, Past volunteer work has included being a guest lecturer at the Law School’s prospective days, teaching part of the bar admission course, presentations with the Legal Education Society of Alberta, board member for the Legal Aid Appeals Committee, and presenter with the Edmonton Community Legal Clinic. She has Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and LLB degrees. As she is a strong believer in giving back to the community from which we all benefit so much, she is committed to the work of WIN House and its vital contribution to the community at large, and specifically to women and children.
Omolara Oladipo - Director
Omolara is a lawyer with Dentons Canada LLP and before then was a lawyer in Nigeria, West Africa. Her practice is mainly in the areas of administrative, municipal and environmental law. She is also a litigator and holds several undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in linguistics and law. Omolara has and continues to volunteer her time in the Edmonton community with organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Edmonton Community Legal Centre and Pro Bono Law Alberta. Her main passions include access to justice as well as women empowerment issues.
Kiersten Walker - Director
Kiersten Walker is an accounting instructor in the JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT. She has been with NAIT for four years, and obtained her Masters of Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia in 2014. Prior to joining NAIT, Kiersten worked in public accounting obtaining her CA designation in 2008. Kiersten feels strongly about using her skills to give back, and is a current volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters in school mentor program, the CPA community income tax volunteer program, and teaches in the CPA Professional Education program. A proud Edmontonian, she is honoured to serve on the board of an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence against women and children.
Colleen Maykut - Director
Colleen Maykut is an Associate Professor at MacEwan University in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program teaching in years three and four. Colleen has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University – Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing from Cleveland, Ohio. Her research interest centers on focusing on curriculum which reflects diversity grounded in caring sciences. She holds active membership in many organizations: College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, Canadian Nurses Association, The Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health, Sigma Theta Tau International – Honour Society of Nursing, and International Association for Human Caring. She looks forward to fostering capacity building and health equity for women and their families through programming and creating safe spaces for healing.
Faraz Siddiqi - Director
Faraz Siddiqi is CEO & Chairman at Nexstar Enterprises. Previously, he was the Executive VP of Business Development at Voice Construction, and prior to that VP of Business Development at FT Services. Driven by a collaborative spirit, Faraz is an accomplished executive and N.Y. trained attorney with nearly 20 years of expertise spanning Canada and the U.S. across leadership, strategy, operations, finance, and business development. He attained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from New York Law School, and Bachelor of Arts (Sociology/Psychology) from the University of Alberta. A proud Albertan, Faraz is honored to serve on the Board, and passionately supports WIN House’s vision of ensuring women and children are safe and free from abuse in their environments and relationships.
WIN House Team
Tess Gordey - Executive Director
Tess Gordey is the Executive Director at WIN House. Previously she was the Executive Director for the Brenda Strafford Society for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. She brings over 30 years of experience in policy development, education, and ethical practices for the prevention of domestic violence. Tess is a Registered Social Worker and holds a Masters of Social Work in Leadership in Human Services from the University of Calgary. Tess is currently a member of Capital Region Housing Committee and a member of the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters. She is honoured to be working with a strong group of women supporting WIN House and its goals of providing leadership, advocacy and support for women and their families.
Kelly Hoskins - Fund Development Manager
Kelly is the Fund Development Manager with WIN House. She has worked in the area of fundraising for the past 8 years and is passionate about strategic marketing, building relationships, and sustainability. She holds a Bachelor in Sociology from the University of Regina. Kelly volunteers her extra time with Forest Terrace Heights Community League. She is a past volunteer with the Association of Fundraising Professionals as a committee member, and with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, among others. Kelly is passionate about empowerment and equality for women. Kelly is delighted to be working with WIN House in their goal to support domestic abuse victims and their families. Together, we will make victims victorious.
Deanna Arthur - Community Liaison
Deanna Arthur is our resident newlywed – previously Lewis. She has worked in the non-profit field for over 15 years after graduating from Grant MacEwan University with recognitions such as the Lawrence Decore Award for Dedication and Leadership. Among her many skills; she has managed marketing, communications, volunteers and events. Those roles were dedicated to building relationships, working with colleagues, volunteers, sponsors and donors. So, a logical move was to dedicate herself in the new role of Community Liaison. Deanna enjoys working collaboratively with the many organizations within our city to help those in need. Fostering awareness and service commitment to our community. Deanna works and volunteers with many committees and organizations in and surrounding Edmonton she passionately believes: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi
Mary Anne Nguyen - Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Mary Anne is a marketing specialist with experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. As Marketing and Communications Coordinator at WIN House, she spends her days creating awareness and believes communication is key to building relationships, increasing engagement and creating a sense of community. Growing up in Edmonton, Mary Anne attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology where she graduated in Business Administration (specializing in Advertising and Promotions). A proud Edmontonian and a strong believer in giving back, Mary Anne is of member Edmonton Domestic Violence Shelters Engage, an committee committed to creating awareness, inspiring action and engagement in the community. She has also volunteered with Homeward Trust, Santas Anonymous and the Edmonton Food Bank. “Allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession.”
Caitlin Opdendries - Shelter Secretary
Caitlin comes from a teaching background, with years of experience working with children and families as a teacher, childcare worker, tutor, and educational assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/Anthropology), both from the University of Alberta. After starting out at WIN House as a volunteer, she jumped at the chance to become more involved with an amazing organization. As the Shelter Secretary, she sees daily how WIN House changes lives for the better. Caitlin has also served on many committees at various schools and volunteered with Strathcona County Family and Community Services. On her days off, she teaches for Edmonton Public Schools and is a member of the Festival City Winds Music Society. Caitlin is passionate about social justice, and is grateful every day to work towards empowering women and children.