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.
Marg Sebzda has been a part of the Canada ICI team for over two decades. That tenure has seen her as part of some of the company’s flagship projects, most notably the EPCOR Tower in Edmonton and the University Centre in Calgary and has funded over $4 billion in commercial mortgage transactions. As a mortgage associate, Marg works to source financing for all manner of commercial development projects, as well as mentor junior staff in the office. Marg prides herself in having quality relationships with her clients and relishing in their many successes. Having previously been a lender for 20 years at TD Bank, she is astute in sales and has a clear understanding of the lender transaction. Marg is community minded, believing in providing hands-on volunteering efforts beyond that of contributing to various charities and organizations that better our community. When Marg looks at what attracts her to these volunteer opportunities, it’s obvious that she has a strong belief in supporting and advocating for people, particularly women and families, that revolve around supporting individuals in their quest to find independence, empowerment, equality, health & safety, and self-worth. Marg has enjoyed her volunteer leadership positions and is grateful for the chance to support WIN House as this is a cause that she undeniably believes in and sees as an incredibly valuable resource in our community.
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 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 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 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.
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.
Bob brings a diverse background in construction,operations and maintenance in both private and public organizations. This includes a strong labour relations focus in policy research, trending, development and policy implementation from the employer’s perspective. His perspective comes from significant management leadership experience within operating and corporate environments developing and integrating policy, practice and contractual commitments into practical business focused solutions. A total of 30 plus years of years of human resource and operational leadership, including 19 years with a world class Canadian pipeline company. He carries a strength in developing enduring collaborative relationships with public service and industrial construction unions during conflict and dispute resolution processes. He has functioned as an internal consultant to organizational leadership from the front-line leadership roles to senior management and executive levels.
Debra brings a strong Human Resources background in both the private and public sectors. Debra first began her career with the Federal government in Alberta and Saskatchewan. It was here that she gained experience working with refugee settlement, youth employment, apprenticeship training and foreign worker recruitment. Debra spent the last part of her career working in a number of leadership roles in the human resources field. This included labour relations, payroll, benefits, organizational development and performance management. Throughout her career, Debra has has provided consultative services to internal and external clients. She has developed collaborative relationships with labour groups and management to assist with the conflict resolution process.
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.
WIN House Team
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.
Linda is the Fund Development Manager at WIN House and has over 30 years of experience in fundraising, advancement, communications, marketing & media relations, event planning and strategic development. Her intense belief that no one (human or animal) should live in fear of being abused, neglected or bullied in any way has led her to work for WIN House and help advocate for those who cannot always be heard. Working at WIN House has answered a quiet prayer for Linda – to be adding value to the world we live in and creating sustainability to the programs and services that help those in need. As a mom of an amazing teen, a pet parent to two sweet kitties and a dreamer of dreams, Linda is busy enjoying life and all the crazy and fun things that pop up every day.