Jamilah Edwards, Executive Director
After a one-year maternity leave, Jamilah Edwards has returned to the Executive Director role at CFAN. Many of you have worked with Jamilah who joined CFAN as its first ED in September of 2014. In addition to CFAN, Jamilah is also a public member on the Board of Governors at Bow Valley College and is the proud mom of 1-year old Judah. Prior to joining CFAN Jamilah was the Community Impact Manager at the Calgary United Way and the Humanitarian Issues Program Manager at the Calgary Red Cross. Welcome back Jamilah!
Board of Directors
Tally Nixon, Chair
Tally has been a Community Health Promotion Counsellor with Alberta Health Services, Youth Addiction Services for 14 years and has been on CFAN's Board of Directors for 4 years. Youth Addiction Services has been a CFAN supporter since CFAN's inception and continues to be a valued community partner.
Lili Norgaard, Treasurer
Lili is a certified management accountant and brings a broad depth of business, finance and management experience to CFAN.
Danielle Melnyk, Director
Danielle is currently the National Director of Respect Group, Workplace Programs. Working tirelessly with her team to promote a healthy, safe and respectful Work and Sport culture within our communities. Danielle has over 13 years of marketing, promotion, and sales experience from the business sector. She boasts an incredible amount of leadership and knowledge of Private and Public Sector. Danielle's schooling background is in Human Resources and Labor Relations. As an active advocate for Respectful communities, Danielle is eager to build a culture of understanding and respect.
Danielle is an active volunteer in the Hockey and Lacrosse community, but is looking forward to bringing her skills to help CFAN in anyway possible.
Cherry Pecovnik, Director
Cherry Pecovnik started her career in marketing and communications 11 years ago. She held the role of Digital Marketing Specialist at the Calgary United Way for six years which inspired her to make systematic change in the Calgary community - particularly around improving the lives of children and youth. Cherry attended the Mount Royal University Business Administration program, as well as the Professional Communication program at Royal Roads University. She has a Digital Marketing diploma from the Canadian Marketing Association, which she completed with honours in 2011. Cherry is currently a web content advisor at Suncor Energy and is excited to become part of a team who is working towards raising awareness and educating the Calgary community of the life-long condition of FASD.
Robert Toth, Director
Robert Toth is a brand and marketing strategist who partners with social enterprises and not-for-profit groups to create a customer-centric approach to grow their stakeholder relations.
After spending twenty plus years in the communication field, Robert has helped corporations in agriculture, homebuilding, education, and in the insurance fields differentiate their message and tell an authentic story. Robert knows how to build effective teams and source the expertise to create cost effective programs that achieve results.
With an interest in the healthcare field and a Certificate in Reputation Management, Robert is pleased to bring his marketing skills to help raise awareness of CFAN programs and aid people living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrom and their families.
Jennifer Hrstic, Director
Jennifer has a strong knowledge of childhood development including the impact of abuse, neglect, grief, loss and brain injury. She is currently a foster care worke rwith Child and Family Services and prior to that worked as a child protection assessor. She has extensive experience with both BC and Alberta Child Protection systems and has a Bachelor's degree in Child and Youth Care form Malaspina University College.
Nicole Mizzi, Director
Nicole has been a social worker with Legal Aid Alberta Youth Criminal Defence Office since 2004. She is the wife of one, and the mother of two active and inquisitive boys. Her path to social work began with Easter Seals, working summer camps and respite for youth with physical disabilities. There is no greater triumph than being witness to a boat filled with kids who are in wheelchairs, portage to an isolated forest, to spend the night tent camping like their able bodied peers.
Nicole is a passionate and persistent advocate for youth and has spent her career working with young people, in various roles, until landing the most special and unique position in the social work world 14 years ago – advocating for young people as a member of their defence team at the Youth Criminal Defence Office. Nicole’s lust for social justice is exhibited through her practice of addressing systemic barriers through the development of and participation in community initiatives, to fill gaps in services for youth in conflict with the law. After taking the longest route possible to finally achieve her undergrad from the University of Manitoba, she has high hopes of being accepted to an MSW program for 2019.
Kate Smitko, Director
Kate Smitko started her career in broadcast journalism 14 years ago in community television as a news video journalist before making the switch to public relations. Kate spent seven years at United Way of Calgary as their media specialist, manager of communications and media, and lastly as their marketing director. She holds a Master's degree in Professional Communication and is an accredited business communicator through the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).