Board of Trustees

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Mary Pat has held a range of executive-level communications positions through her +25-year career including: Vice-President, Communications, Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures; Branch Manager, Corporate Communications, City of Edmonton; and Director, Communications TELUS Corporation. A University of Alberta grad with a Master of Arts in Communications Technology, Mary Pat is a Past President of the University of Alberta Alumni Association and a former member of U of A’s Board of Governors and Senate. She has chaired and participated on countless committees for a wide range of organizations including Chrysalis.

Mike is an experienced real estate professional, an educated business leader, and an involved corporate citizen. As Senior Vice President, Qualico Properties, Mike oversees the investment, development, leasing, property management and asset management of all Qualico income-producing properties in Canada and the United States. Mike is able to execute at a high level by being able to grow and foster trusted relationships by conducting himself with the utmost in integrity and transparency. Mike is involved in various community boards and not-for-profits. While away from the office, Mike loves spending time outdoors, is an avid cyclist, and enjoys alpine skiing.

Josh Benko is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and works as the VP of Operations and Finance with Parkwood Group of Companies. Prior to that he worked with Pennock Acheson Nielsen Devaney where he specialized on financing, taxation and due diligence for small and medium private client services and various not-for-profit organizations. He initially completed his articles with the international accounting firm, Ernst and Young, where he focused on auditing large private and publicly-traded companies. Born and raised in Edmonton, Josh is a graduate from the University of Alberta.

As the recently retired CEO of the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors (ACAC) Deb Manz, has a strong background in executive management and strategic leadership. Community involvement includes 11 years with the Board of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation (including Chair for three years), former Board member of the Telus World of Science Edmonton, and a current member on the Boards of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton and the Mental Health Foundation. Deb is also a member of the Glenora Rotary Club.

Jeff currently works as the Vice President Business Development with Horizon North where he focuses on managing executive relationships within key strategic client accounts.

Prior to joining Horizon North, Jeff was the co-founder of Empire Camp Equipment Ltd. (Empire), a Western Canadian focused provider of camp and wellsite buildings. At Empire, Jeff managed all day to day dealings including business development, customer relationships and operations.

Gord Gilroy was born, raised and educated in Edmonton. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1986 with a degree in Business. From there he founded Vision Creative in 1987 and operates it today with two business partners and 10 employees. Gord is currently a member of the UofA Senate. Previous board commitments include Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Art Gallery of Alberta and the Glenora Rotary Club. Gord has been married to his wife Angie since 1996 and together they have two adult kids – Jack and Grace. In his spare time he enjoys hiking / skiing the Canadian Rockies, travel abroad and art in its various forms.

Peter is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and works as an Advisor at Sorrell Financial, providing estate and succession planning to business owners. Prior to joining Sorrell Financial, Peter was a Senior Manager at the accounting firm KPMG, where he provided accounting and tax services to both public and private companies, along with a number of not-for-profit and government entities. Born and raised in Edmonton, Peter is a graduate of the University of Alberta. Peter is very active in the community and has sat on various boards and charitable event committees over the years, including the Star of the North Retreat Centre, NAIOP, St. Joseph’s College Gala and the Kimberly Classic Golf Tournament in support of Crohn’s and Colitis.

DeAnn is a senior health care leader with over 15 years’ experience in health care strategy and operations. DeAnn has spent most of her career working in health care governance and strategy and is now using that experience and knowledge to improve mental health care operations as a Director at Addiction and Mental Health Edmonton Zone. She is passionate about mental health, community development and health care excellence. DeAnn is a community connector and currently serves as Board Chair for Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters in Edmonton and is a Board member on the Mental Health Foundation. DeAnn holds an undergraduate degree in Law and a MBA in executive leadership. In her spare time, DeAnn can be found on the soccer field, running in the river valley or swimming.

Angy has 20+ yrs in the financial sector including roles in Financial Planning, Branch Management, Regional Office, and Vice-President Commercial Markets. She is currently National Director for Practice Management with RBC. Angy and her spouse Phil Nelson enjoy hiking the Alberta trails, cross fit, and running, and spending time with their dogs. Angy holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Dalhousie University, Hons. BA in Political Science from University of Calgary, and a Financial Planning designation.

Anita is a partner at the law firm Ackroyd LLP and practices in the area of corporate commercial law with a focus on advising Indigenous communities on corporate governance matters, joint venture and partnership agreements, trusts and financing. In her spare time, Anita is an avid runner and has run a number of marathons including the New York Marathon and the Los Angeles Marathon.

Mark is the Executive Director for Addiction and Mental Health in the Edmonton Zone with AHS. In this role, he provides administrative leadership over service-delivery and planning for specialized inpatient and community-based addiction and mental health services for children, adolescents, youth, adults and seniors. Prior to accepting formalized leadership roles, his clinical background was in psychiatric pharmacy practice with specialized focus on acute adult mental health, forensic psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. He is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor with the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Alberta and has broad teaching experience in the Faculties of Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing and Rehabilitation. His research interests include psychopharmacology outcomes research, interdisciplinary models-of-care and evidence-informed treatment for clients with concurrent disorders.

Mental Health Foundation Staff

Deborah is a fundraising professional with more than 15 years of fund development leadership experience and a track record of raising more than $30M. Deb stepped up to her role as MHF’s President & CEO after formerly serving as Vice-President, Philanthropy at Covenant Foundation Edmonton. She has also served as: Director, Fund Development, YWCA, Edmonton; Director, Children’s Miracle Network & National Partnerships, Sick Kids Foundation, Toronto; and Senior Manager Annual Fundraising Programs/Children’s Miracle Network, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. She is also a board member for YMCA Edmonton Foundation. In her spare time, Deb loves to cook and hang out with her husband and dogs.

Shelley is an accomplished self starter with a strong background in the nonprofit and finance sector. Working remotely from Kitchener, Ontario, Shelley gained her extensive experience in data management and event coordination at the Grand River Hospital Foundation following a tenure with the Bank of Montreal. Shelley volunteers at Ray of Hope providing hot meals for vulnerable people, the Grand River chapter of Ride for Dad as their social media manager, and is a Financial Advisor at the Wilmot Centre Church. In her spare time, Shelley enjoys hiking and camping in Ontario, and beyond.

Sam holds a Masters Degree in English from the University of Alberta, where she also earned her undergraduate degree. She uses her strong background in research, writing, and editing to help share stories that celebrate mental health and the donor impact. She volunteers with the Edmonton Public Library. When the pandemic is over, she looks forward to going to the cinema, rock climbing, and dancing at festivals.

Amanda has spent her career supporting a wide variety of non-profit and community based organizations through fundraising and event management. She has a passion for donor stories and is excited to use her skills as part of the Mental Health Foundation during a time of tremendous growth! She spends her spare time teaching yoga, hiking in the mountains, and baking sweet treats to share with her friends and family.