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 extensive time commitments, our board members champion our vision of raising awareness to put an end to gender-based violence.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Alyssa Haunholter is a senior executive leader who has spent her career working with visionary leaders on complicated challenges and finding paths to success.  With nearly 20 years of public and private sector experience, she has a proven track record for bringing corporations, government, and community together through unique partnerships and a commitment to social responsibility.

Alyssa  has spent over a decade working in Alberta’s energy sector, leading the communications and stakeholder engagement efforts for both the Sturgeon Refinery and the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line project.  She is currently Vice President of Government and Stakeholder Relations for North West Refining, the founders and 50% owners of the world’s first refinery designed to capture CO2 emissions from the outset.

Alyssa’s career began in university, where she ran a small business, strengthening her entrepreneurial skills.  After graduations, she joined the Government of Alberta as a Chief o Staff to a Cabinet Minister under three portfolios, Children Services, Health & Wellness and Employment, Immigration & Industry. She then went on to work for a global public relations consultancy agency before taking on a leadership role in Alberta’s energy industry.

Alyssa has been an active member of Alberta’s volunteer community throughout her career.  She has been a member of several not-for-profit boards and she continues to give her time to causes she is passionate about, including serving as President of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Glenora, founding member of NorQuest’s 1000 Women a Million Possibilities advisory committee, and founding Director for the Tour of Alberta, the highest-ranking Pro-Cycling event in Canada’s history. She has also been actively engaged in political life and has served in various roles in several elections locally, provincially, and federally.

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Larry is a Senior Director and leader in the Supply Chain arena, working across North America.  His focus is primarily on process improvements, operational experience and optimizing human capital.  Larry’s experience includes working with a number of blue chip companies like Canon, Nestle, Acklands Grainger and Univar Inc. 

Courtney Knox

Courtney is a lawyer at MLT Aikins LLP, where she maintains a general corporate commercial practice.  She regularly assists both buyers and sellers in share and asset-based transactions and has experience advising clients with respect to various corporate governance issues.

Courtney holds a Bachelor of Arts from MacEwan University, where she played collegiate basketball and JD from the University of Alberta.  She has and continues to volunteer in the greater Edmonton community, coaching youth women’s basketball.  Courtney is excited to be part of the WIN House team.

Lisa

I am a Cree lady from the Enoch Cree Nation, who is married with four (4) daughters.  As a survivor of domestic violence and abuse, I am a great supporter of WIN House.  After being crowned Mrs. North America Globe Classic 2015 in Las Vegas, I continued to use my platform as a survivor to volunteer and fundraise for many charities, with WIN House being my charity of choice.  I am honoured to share that I am a National Spokeswoman for the W.I.N. “Women in Need” Foundation, a non-profit outreach for healing and empowerment for women in the United States, Global Ambassador for Canada and the founder of the annual “In Her Shoes Gala” fundraiser for WIN House.  The “In Her Shoes Gala” fundraiser was acknowledged by the United Nations.

In the last 25 years, I battled cancer, paraplegia, domestic violence and abuse, as well as losing my baby daughter and mother in the same year.  Today, I am an advocate, volunteer and fundraiser for many charities such as WIN House, Alberta Cancer Foundation, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and 100 Women Who Care, Edmonton.  Since October 2006, I have been employed as the Administration Manager for Mechet Charities Limited.  I am also the proud mom of Ashley Callingbull, Mrs. Universe 2015.

Heidi

Heidi is a partner at Reynolds Mirth Richards and Farmer LLP, where she carries on a litigation and administrative law practice.

Originally from Okotoks, Alberta, Heidi obtained her undergraduate degree from Mount Allison University is Sackville, New Brunswick. She worked as a buyer a large residential landlord for 5 years before moving to Edmonton to pursue a career in law.

Heidi enjoyed Edmonton so much, she decided to stay and make it her permanent home.  Heidi has worked with numerous agencies in Edmonton, furthering efforts to facilitate access to justice. She is excited to continue that work in a different role as a member of the Board and is honoured to have the opportunity to contribute to improving outcomes for Edmontonians experiencing domestic violence.