Board of Directors

President Arlene Adamson
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.

Vice-President North Region Nancy Simmonds
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.


North Region Director Shanika Donalds
Shanika Donalds

Shanika Donalds serves in a senior leadership role as the Director of Housing and Client Services at GEF Seniors Housing. Her professional career spans over two decades in the fields of social work, program development, research, and project management. She is passionate about creating and supporting meaningful connections across segments of the social housing sector to effectively address the housing needs of seniors.

Shanika is a Registered Social Worker and holds a PhD from the University of Alberta. She advocates for evidence-based interventions and believes that the intersection between research and intervention is where innovative solutions, policies, and practices to improve service delivery can be achieved.

She is unwavering in her commitment to finding and optimizing opportunities to improve the lives of individuals and their communities and believes in the transformative power of compassionate and innovative leadership in addressing the complex issues faced by society. Shanika is excited about the work of ASCHA and supporting the organization as it continues to make strides in advancing the housing sector in Alberta and beyond.


North Region Director Chris Thiessen
Chris Thiessen

Chris Thiessen is a City Councillor for the City of Grande Prairie currently serving his third term, and has been an appointed Board Member to the Grande Spirit Foundation since 2018.  Prior to being on Council, Chris was the Client Support Development Officer for Canadian Mental Health Association ABNW while also serving as a social housing advocate and educator in various paid and volunteer capacities, including creating his own charity music festival - Peace Starts At Home - which helped to support the local Women and Youth shelters (2005-2010).

Since being elected in 2013, Chris has successfully advocated for housing to be the top priority of his municipality - with the capital investments to support it across the housing spectrum.  In 2014, he was appointed by Alberta Municipalities (AUMA) to be their representative for the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness (2014-16), a multi-stakeholder board through the Province of Alberta Seniors and Housing Department.  In this time, the IAC successfully advocated for more funding in the creation and renovation of seniors, social, and affordable housing ($1.2 billion), new investments for supports to maintain housing, and a cross-ministry approach to address the complexities of housing and homelessness.

Other notable and relevant contributions to the housing and community development sectors include: creating the world’s first ever Edible Landscaping Policy (City of GP 2014), member of the Community Advisory Board for Housing and Homelessness (2015-current), board member for John Howard Society (Grande Prairie 2014-current, Alberta 2017-21, Canada 2018-20), current Chair of the Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance.

“I am a believer that access and availability to housing should be considered a basic human right and it has been my mission in service to actualize this in my community, region, and province for over 20 years.   I am overjoyed to be a part of the ASCHA team and am hopeful that together we can move this needle farther, for our seniors and communities, while helping others to develop and reach their goals as well.”



Vice-President Central Region Melodie Stol
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”.

Central Region Director Lorne Fundytus
Lorne Fundytus

Lorne Fundytus joined Rimoka Housing Foundation as CAO in 2021.  In this role, he oversees RHF operations encompassing 342 units spanning Seniors Supportive Living Lodges, Seniors Self-Contained Apartments, a 51-unit Life lease building (Ponoka), Social Housing spaces, as well as a Rental Assistance program spanning Ponoka and Rimbey. RHF also own and operate a commercial building that houses the Rising Sun Clubhouse Society who provide mental health services to support individuals to live independently within the community.

His career has spanned multiple sectors from financial services (Alberta Treasury Branches) to owner/operator of two mid-sized manufacturing (Chemforce Inc. & Synectic Chemicals Ltd.) businesses serving the housing sector in central and south Alberta communities prior to management at RHF.

Carrying on a family tradition of community service, he has served with the Ponoka Boys and Girls Club as an in-school mentor, spent six years as an entrepreneurial speaker and facilitator for a “starting your own business” program (East Parkland Business Development Group) and currently sits as an advisor to a “Hub” committee alongside key community partners who seek to support families experiencing distress.

Lorne’s is passionate about supporting seniors and is honoured to serve RHF communities in Central Alberta. His focus is to secure support for affordable housing for seniors in the community for many years to come with the replacement of the aging Lodge with new infrastructure.


Central Region Director Michelle Swanson
Michelle Swanson


Biography coming soon!

Vice-President South Region Robin James
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.

South Region Director Don Herring
Don Herring

Don Herring joined the board of Westwinds Communities, a housing management body, in December, 2020, and is currently serving the organization as Vice-Chairperson. Westwinds is located in High River, and serves the non-profit seniors and affordable housing sectors in the communities that comprise Foothills County. Don is a member of the Executive Committee as well as the Strategic Planning and Finance Committees. Prior to joining Westwinds, he spent 35 years involved in not-for-profit trade associations in the oil and gas service industry.

Don served as president for the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, and following retirement, as a consultant to additional non-profits. He has also worked in a senior capacity with the Alberta energy department and the ERCB. Don also served in executive roles in community-based organizations as well as a volunteer in a number of groups over his working career. He resides in Okotoks. Finally, he holds a master’s degree in economics and as well as an undergraduate degree in commerce.


South Region Director Sourav Saha
Sourav Saha

Sourav began his career in Canada in 2007, working in the Hospitality Industry in hotels and restaurants. He currently owns two restaurants in Medicine Hat: The Rosewood Bistro and The Clubhouse restaurant at the Paradise Valley Golf Course. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality and Hotel Administration from India. He is a certified Red Seal Cook in Alberta, and a Certified Chef De Cuisine (undergoing) from SAIT. He has also participated in The Food Network’s cooking show Fire Masters.

For Sourav, food is an efficient and effective therapy for seniors, and he tries to give a good dose of it by offering them variety.

Sourav started working with seniors in 2016 at Chinook Village as a Food Service Manager. He later joined Cypress View Foundation in 2018 as a Food Services Manager;  he was promoted to Hospitality Manager in 2021. Later, in October 2021, Sourav became the Acting CAO of Cypress View Foundation, and then the CAO in January 2022.

Sourav’s vision for seniors is to make the rest of their lives, the best of their lives.

Sourav is happily married to Naina, and they have a son, Sonak.

Member at Large Michael Lavallée
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.    

Member at Large Steve Vallevand
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.