Prior to joining CFAN, Richard was heavily involved in Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. He was an original member of the CUPS Rapid Exit team, later becoming the Director of Housing and Education. Richard has developed multiple programs that have provided housing assistance to over 4000 Calgarians during his tenure. He and his partner Kathryn are proud parents to a 3 year-old daughter named Sydney and their dog, Gov.

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.

Cathy Lane Goodfellow QC, Vice Chair

Cathy graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in 1983 and achieved her Masters Degree in Law in 1995. She enjoyed a general practice until specializing in youth criminal justice and was employed for 20 years at the Youth Criminal Defence Office in Calgary, Alberta.  Cathy has been a guest lecturer in the area of youth advocacy and justice for a wide variety of community organizations, the Universities of Edmonton and Calgary, the Canadian Bar Association and the National Judicial Institute.

Cathy has often given presentations on the impact of FASD in the youth justice system, most recently at the Legal Issues of FASD Consensus Development Conference organized by the Institute of Health Economics in Edmonton in September 2013.

Lili Norgaard, Treasurer

Lili is a certified management accountant and brings a broad depth of business, finance and management experience to CFAN.

Meaghan Bell, Director

Meaghan Bell joined the Board of Directors with CFAN in 2014 out of keen interest in the programmatic and policy responses to individuals and families impacted by FASD. She is passionate about the role of data and research in building strong social policy and effective, appropriate supports and interventions for people. Meaghan is excited to be a part of a dynamic team in the Calgary community working towards a more integrated response to FASD grounded in best practice research. She holds a Master's degree and is currently the Program Manager for the NeuroResearch Clinic Initiative at the University of Calgary Hotchkiss Brain Institute.

Lori Farley, Director

Lori combines her interest in community development, arts, disability, education and technology with her interests in modified forms of communication, human interaction and learning, and social roles within communities. Her work and voluntary commitments facilitate connections, education, advocacy, and opportunities for social change.

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.

Dr. Jacqueline Smith, Director

Jackie Smith has a PhD in Nursing from the University of Calgary and a number of awards and distinctions in the area of nursing. She is currently in independent practice in the areas of addiction and family wellness and prior to that was the Director of Community Education and Research at the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre. She has peer-reviewed publications in the areas of adolescent addiction and infection control.

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).