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.

Ahmed Dean Shaikh

Vice Chair | 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.


Secretary | 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.

Nan Yu

Treasurer | Nan Yu

Nan Yu is a designated accountant of CPA Alberta with more than five years’ experience in finance and accounting. He is also a professional in data analysis. Nan worked with Action for Healthy Communities for eight months as finance manager in 2014-15.  Prior to joining Action for Healthy Communities he worked voluntarily as VP finance of Michener Park Residence Association, a student volunteer association. Currently, he is working with a Non-for-profit organization providing various services to municipalities in Alberta. He believes that his professional experience and willingness to lifelong learning will add value to the organization.


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.


Director | 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.


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.


Director | Abbes Razik

Abbes brings to the table over 18 years of experience in the field of Information management and is the founder of the “Kaizen Dynamics Partners Inc” consulting company based in Edmonton. Possess MBA (Masters in Business Administration) along with several certifications including Project Management. Abbes’ passion for health, fitness and giving back to the community makes him a great addition to our organization where he hopes to support the organization and assist it in reaching its goals.

Aftab Khan

Executive Director | Aftab Khan

Aftab Khan Joined Action for Healthy Communities as an Executive Director in May 2016. He started his professional career in 1988 as a Manager in a public sector organization in Pakistan. For more than 15 years, he worked for various national and international NGOs and UN agencies in developing countries to develop and manage community economic development programs. After moving to Canada in 2007 he started working in the non-profit sector and during last 10 years, he has been working in leadership roles with various immigrant-serving agencies including Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, International Medical Graduate Association, Calgary Immigrant Educational society, Edmonton Mennonite Center for Newcomers and Welcome Center for Immigrants. Most recently he worked as the first Executive Director of Alberta Legal Information Society to develop an online Public Legal Education and Information platform for Albertans. Aftab has an MBA from Pakistan, a Diploma in SMEs development from ITC, Italy and an Executive MBA from the University of Alberta. Aftab loves music, travelling and volunteering with community-based initiatives.