Our Board of Directors are passionate about community development, supporting diversity and inclusion, and building the capacities of individuals and communities.

 

Each Board member brings a unique and appreciated voice of experience to our work. Board members serve for a renewable two-year term.

The Board works in collaboration with our Executive Director and leadership team to realize our mission and vision.

Michael Beard

Chair | Michael Beard

Michael has a BSc and LLB from the University of Alberta and works as an Associate in the Corporate-Commercial Group of Dentons Canada LLP, where he helps advise a number of large to mid-size companies. Michael is excited to be involved helping to develop local communities and furthering the community building process. On June 14, 2017 Michael became the Chair of the Board for 2017/2018.

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Vice Chair | John Alexander

John Alexander has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from MacEwan University, as well as an MBA from the University of Alberta. He is currently working as Manager of Business and Operations for the Foundation arm of the Winnifred Stewart Association, a not-for-profit organization that supports individuals with developmental disabilities. In his role, he oversees day-to-day operations, as well as strategic long-term planning, of the organization’s revenue-generating social enterprises. John has seven years of experience working in the School of Business, Office of the Dean at MacEwan University, in the role of Coordinator of International Projects & Student Engagement. In this role, he helped business student leaders fulfill their potential, while also managing the School’s international portfolio. Additionally, John has enjoyed teaching international business courses to undergraduate university students. John very much enjoys his role as Director and Board Secretary at Action for Healthy
Communities, and looks forward to further supporting the organization as it continues to grow and thrive.

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Secretary | Amanda Serra

Amanda has a Bachelor of Health Science degree from Thompson Rivers University and a diploma in Dental Hygiene. She had worked as a Dental Hygienist for the last seven years. According to Amanda, her educational career has given her a vast array of skills in understanding health care in Canada, the social determinants of health, public policy, and research. With her in depth studies into the social determinants of health, she understands that she can foster positive changes while utilizing her science-based policy development skills.

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Treasurer | Ahmed Dean Shaikh

Ahmed has a Bachelor of Commerce with CMA and CPA certifications. He has over 30 years of professional experience acquired in Canada and Saudi Arabia in the field of financial planning & controls, treasury, financial re-structuring and accounting systems. He’s held several senior positions with multinational organizations and a large Saudi Group in trading , manufacturing,services, construction and others. On June 14, 2017 Ahmed became the Vice Chair of the Board for 2017/2018.

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Director | Dr. William Wei

Dr. William X. Wei is a Full Professor and Associate Dean with MacEwan University’s School of Business. He is Editor-in-Chief of Asia Pacific and Globalization Review and Associate Editor of two Emerald journals: Chinese Management Studies (SSCI) and Emerging Markets Case Studies. His research interest is in international business with a focus on Foreign Direct Investment. Before joining MacEwan University, Dr. Wei completed a BA in China, an MBA at Berlin University of Applied Sciences, an MA at Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus in Germany, a PhD at University of Limerick in Ireland and his post-doc visiting research at Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University, Canada. Dr. Wei has over 200 publications, including journal articles, books, book chapters, business cases and conference proceedings. Dr. Wei received a distinguished scholar award from the Academy For Global Business Advancement in 2012. He is also the president of International Case Research Association and the president of Edmonton Section of Hong Kong Canada Business Association.

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Director | Meghan Mackintosh

Meghan has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University of Alberta. She has more than eight year experience working in various capacities in the corporate sector in last six years at EPCOR Utilities. Currently, she is the Manager of Billing Operations which is a role that has a diverse portfolio. She has been volunteering for many organizations in the past and she is motivated to give back to the community by participating in AHC’s activities.

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Director | Imoleayo Adeyeri

Imoleayo has a Masters of Arts in Philanthropic studies from Indiana University-Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and a Master of Science in Finance from University of Leicester UK. She completed her Bachelors of Management Science and Accounting from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso, Nigeria.

She Led American Diabetes Association donor relations efforts in Indiana State. She also developed American Red Cross foundation-specific emergency and disaster relief solicitation resources used by 350 American Red Cross relationship managers to increase foundation revenues by nearly 25%. She has coordinated indigenous fundraising efforts, managed grant fulfillment plan for a USAID/PEPFAR implementing organization in Nigeria,  implemented the Ford Foundation International Fellowships program for 173 Nigerian beneficiaries, and coordinated Africa Leadership Forum’s  programs for 430 young people in Nigeria.  She moved here from the US and is passionate about contributing in the local non-profit sector through her diverse knowledge and expertise in various sector in US and Africa.

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Director | Brooks Hanewich

Brooks has an MBA in Community Economic Development (CED) and has worked in the social sector for more than 14 years focusing on economic and workforce development, social innovation, nonprofit management, and social enterprise. He currently works for EndPovertyEdmonton exploring the effectiveness of inclusive economic models in eliminating poverty and is also the project lead of AB SEED (Social Economy Ecosystem Development) a project that seeks to build the social enterprise and social finance ecosystem in Alberta. He also is the co-founder of MatchWork (www.mymatchwork.com), a SaaS tool for service agencies supporting groups who face barriers to employment.

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Director | Leah Jones

Leah has a Bachelor of Science degree with a specialization in community development and agriculture economics.  She is a passionate and influential executive with a long career of developing, implementing and driving strategies and campaigns.  She has an outstanding reputation for performance excellence, donor relations, and providing overall operational effectiveness.  As a non-profit leader, she has demonstrated the ability to grow revenues and control costs to meet organizational objectives.  She recently served as the CEO of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta.

Leah has volunteered on several boards as she has a profound desire to make a positive difference in the community.  She was recognized with the 2019 Canadian Non-Profit Employer of Choice Leadership award.

Director | Nadeem Sunderji

Nadeem, originally, from Moshi, Tanzania, Africa moved to Toronto, Ontario at the age of 3.  Nadeem has a Hon Double BA from York University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Telecommunications Management where he made his mark with companies such as Cadbury Canada, Centrinity (now Open Text) and Sears Canada.  However, after a long fulfilling career, Nadeem was suddenly hit with sickness which left him in the hospital recovering for over 2 years.  After much recovery, Nadeem was able to recover to the point of going home but, not before being left with left side paralysis.  At which time he decided to utilize his skills, experiences & talents for the greater good helping people like himself to aspire to a better life & their dreams as a professional Board Member specializing in Challenge Driven Leadership utilizing real data.  Nadeem now sits on a number of City of Edmonton boards helping to strengthen them to be able to aspire to the greater good.  Boards currently include ETS Paratransit, Edmonton Neighborhood watch society and the Edmonton Accessibility Committee.

Director | Sagun Pandey

Sagun Pandey is an M.Sc. Brunel University, UK graduate in the discipline of Electrical Engineering. He currently works for TELUS as an Electrical engineer and also a member of the Engineering Association of Alberta (APEGA) as a professional engineer (P.Eng). He has been actively involved as a volunteer at AHC since January 2014 and his passion is to help and meet different people. He also has a great passion for sports and will play any sports at any time.