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.
Kiersten Walker - Secretary
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.
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.
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.
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.
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