Board of Directors

President Arlene Adamson
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Arlene Adamson
Arlene Adamson became CEO of Silvera for Seniors (formerly MCF Housing for Seniors) in June 2011. Her job is to oversee all aspects of Silvera, including the implementation of its strategic plan.

Her background in the non-profit sector spans 25 years, including 10 years at the YWCA of Calgary. As its Chief Operating Officer, she reinstated and reinvigorated the YWCA’s fund-development and communications departments, and helped the organization win an Alberta’s Top 50 Employer Award.

She has also served as National Manager of Corporate Development for the Canadian Cancer Society, Manager of Revenue Development at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, and spent five years as general manager of the Calgary Winter Festival.
Arlene is currently co-chair of the Seniors and Special Populations Sector Housing Committee and is on the steering committee for the province’s Housing Access Link.

Now with Silvera for Seniors she hopes to increase support to lower income seniors helping them have a stronger voice and the promise of a quality of life that ensures independence and dignity.

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Vice-President North Region Winston Delorme
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Winston Delorme

Born and raised in Grande Cache, AB. Raised in an Indigenous community. Hunting, trapping and splitting a lot of firewood (My arms still sore) was a way of life. Grew up around horses and a great dog (Hotdog).

Grew up seeing the shortage of housing in many rural communities. Especially my community. To this day there is still a shortage of Community, Rural, Senior and Indigenous affordable housing.

A Councillor with the MD of Greenview (1st Term) and plans on to be a voice in the future for the people of the Grande Cache. A director with the Evergreen Foundation and plans on taking over the world (we can all wish for that).

It’s an honour to be  VP North with ASCHA. It will be a new path on this wonderful journey (life) to be a voice for the Rural, Senior and Indigenous communities. So all people in these communities can feel safe and know the Sun will rise in the East.

North Region Director Judy Kokotilo-Bekkerus
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Judy Kokotilo-Bekkerus

Judy Kokotilo-Bekkerus was first elected to Town of Beaverlodge Council in 2007.  She is currently serving her fifteenth term.  Judy has represented Beaverlodge on the Grande Spirit Foundation (Regional Housing Management Body) for most of her political tenure. She has held the office of Chair since 2018. Judy has previously held ASHA North Region Alternate.

A passion to ensure adequate housing availability for all peoples combined with a dedication to unified power fuel her leadership style.

Retirement in 2017 from Municipal Government as a Geomatics Technologist, left her with extensive Planning and Development, Engineering and Information Systems acumen.  Also much evidence of collaboration, cooperation and a common focus end results.

Judy and Wayne have a blended family of children, grandchildren and the biggest blessing of great granddaughters.

In her spare time, Judy dedicates her time to family, gardening, community enhancement and spiritual development in established positions and wherever and whoever will accept her helping hands.

It is her pleasure to step into the vacated Director Position and she commits to humbly serve the reminder of this term.

 

North Region Director Nancy Simmonds
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Nancy Simmonds

Nancy Simmonds became the CEO for Heartland Housing Foundation in January 2019. She entered the non-profit housing sector 10 years prior with a desire to make a meaningful impact on the lives of vulnerable Albertans.

Nancy brings over 20 years experience in management and professional accounting, and has been in leadership roles in the social housing sector since 2009 as Controller and Director of Operations. Prior to her career in the housing sector, Nancy was working in her professional accredited field of public accounting at MNP LLP.  Her Chartered Accountant designation (CPA) has allowed her the opportunity to lead teams from a unique financial perspective while supporting the invaluable from-the-heart work required of community-based organizations like affordable housing providers.  Her expertise includes managing large scale financial portfolios, planning and implementing strategic developments for housing organizations, and providing financial managerial support for large conversion projects. 

Now, as CEO of Heartland Housing Foundation, she is leading that organization through strategically-driven and values-aligned growth while advocating municipally, provincially, and federally for action on housing needs. She is looking forward to supporting the important work ahead of ASCHA and proud to represent the North Region on ASCHA’s board.




Vice-President Central Region Melodie Stol
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Melodie Stol

After serving 10 years as Mayor of the Town of Blackfalds, Melodie Stol left politics in September 2017 to join The Bethany Group as their Stakeholder Relations Advisor. In this role, Melodie has been able to work with the boards and communities of six Housing Management Bodies, including ASCHA members Flagstaff Regional Housing Group and the Parkland Foundation. 

As part of the Bethany Group team, her goals for seniors housing is two-fold. First, is the importance of seniors housing in overall community development. Our residents should be fully engaged in community and our communities should look at the facilities as hubs to support all seniors. Secondly, she is committed to supporting the elected officials and volunteers that serve the housing management bodies so they can make informed decisions in the public interest.

Melodie has an education background in Local Government Administration, and has a long record of service on boards including the Lacombe Foundation, Central Alberta Victim and Witness Support and Blackfalds Family and Community Services.  While her work takes her throughout Central Alberta, Melodie proudly continues to call Blackfalds home. 

“I am very pleased to be serving on the ASCHA board, and I hope that my experience and passion for community development will support all ASCHA members in achieving their goals”.

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Central Region Director Martin Ratz
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Martin Ratz
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Central Region Director Teresa Rilling
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Teresa Rilling

Councillor, Teresa Rilling was first elected to Sylvan Lake Town Council in 2017 and is currently serving her first term.  Her portfolio focuses on Strategic Planning for Seniors in her locale as well as in the central region of the province of Alberta where she is the Director.  She has served on the Cooperate Services committee for the Town of Sylvan Lake as well as Family Community Support Services.  

Recently she has broadened her learning’s by taking courses in Lobbying Government Effectively and Economic Development for Elected Officials.

She is a dynamic, corporate, special event and motivational speaker for local and international audiences. Unique and "tailor made" presentations have been widely enjoyed and consistently recommended.

As part of the Sylvan Lake & Area Urgent Care Committee, Teresa is honored to have played an instrumental part in bringing change in healthcare to Sylvan Lake & Area.  The new Advanced Ambulatory Care Service opened May 2018. 

She has had the opportunity of training women in leadership throughout Alberta and Cuba. It has been her distinct privilege to be on National Committees for leadership development.

Teresa worked in the public school system as a Music Specialist and Speech and Language Liaison while raising their children.  She has also been employed and volunteered with numerous non-profit organizations.  

Her passion is community building, networking and collaborative strategic planning.  

In 2009 she published her life story - ‘Just Breathe’ (Hope Beyond Hurt). 

She has been married to her husband, Jim, for 41 years and they have 3 married children and 11 grandchildren, which she thoroughly enjoys.  

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Vice-President South Region Robin James
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Robin James

Robin James began her career in the housing sector over 15 years ago. Her career started in the financial services department of Lethbridge Housing where she now serves as the CAO. During her time in housing Robin also served as CAO of Willow Creek Foundation in Fort MacLeod. In these roles, Robin has been able to increase available housing stock in Southern Alberta through the build of a new Lodge in Fort MacLeod and the build of 64 units of mixed market housing in Lethbridge, through P3 partnerships. LHA is proud to serve over 2500 Albertans in the south region with housing and rental assistance benefits. Robin’s vision is to provide a housing continuum for Albertans that supports a human-centered approach and provides safe, affordable housing, allowing clients to reach their highest level of independence and success.

Robin completed her education in Business Administration with a major in accounting and previously worked in Southern Alberta’s vast agricultural sector in finance and accounting. Robin’s education, experience and values have allowed her to lead LHA in a fiscally conservative and socially responsible manner.

Robin is passionate about strengthening her community and gives back through volunteering on a wide variety of boards and committees. Robin has gained extensive Board and Committee experience in her time on the Social Housing in Action (SHIA) Committee of Council, the Leaders Council, the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Executive Directions Council, the Fundraising Board for the Lethbridge College and the Downtown Business Revitalization Zone (DBRZ) board.


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South Region Director Lauren Ingalls
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Lauren Ingalls

With a background in economic development and a bachelor of commence, Lauren Ingalls has worked exclusively in the seniors and social housing industry for over twenty years with four different agencies as the Executive Director ranging from 78 units to 1,500 units in the Calgary area.

 In May 2011, Lauren joined Westwinds Communities as the Executive Director hoping to remain active in this dynamic industry while achieving more life balance with her growing family.

 Lauren’s first exposure to ASCHA was in November 1993 at the annual convention, which was hosted in a very cold Grande Prairie where a lively three hour annual general meeting took place with the primary purpose of determining if ASCHA should hire an executive director. As they say the rest is history.

 Lauren currently participates as a committee member on a working group of ASCHA and APHAA, is a past former ASCHA board member, and has enjoyed presenting to sector professionals on not for profit governance and new CAO orientation.

 Lauren is happily married to Greg and they have two children in elementary school. Her spare time is spent chauffeuring and cheering on her kids in the endless amount of activities they involve themselves in and walking our new puppy.

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South Region Director Tim Janzen
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Tim Janzen
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Member at Large Michael Lavallée
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Michael Lavallée

Michael Lavallée joined Seasons in 2009 as the COO where he launched the Seasons operating platform and brand. Promoted to CEO in 2018, Mr. Lavallée has continued to strengthen the Seasons brand and integrate new assets into the platform. A noted expert and accomplished speaker on the Canadian Seniors Housing sector, Mr. Lavallée has successfully advocated for resident qualify of life and care. He holds the ICD.D designation and is the Board Chair of the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA). ORCA is a voluntary non-profit association that advocates for seniors’ issues and influences governmental policy and regulation development. Prior to joining Seasons Retirement Communities, Mr. Lavallée was Vice President of Operations at Chartwell Retirement Residences. He received his BA from Bishops University.    



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Member at Large Steve Vallevand
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Steve Vallevand

Steve is the Senior Vice President, Retirement Operations for Chartwell Retirement Residences, Canada’s largest operator in the sector.  In this role, he is responsible for operations of more than 160 retirement residences in four provinces, including Alberta.  Chartwell’s Alberta portfolio consists of 14 residences with a cross-section of accommodation classifications including supportive living, funded supportive living and memory care.  Chartwell has a significant focus on further growth in Alberta with properties that are in the development pipeline. 

He has an extensive career spanning over 35 years in operations management, and a deep connection with Alberta, having resided in the province for 10 years.  This experience has included more than 10 years of experience serving on four industry association boards. 

Steve is proud to live up to Chartwell’s vision of “Making People’s Lives Better” and is equally proud to be serving on the ASCHA  board. 

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