Our Team​ and Board

CASA Senior Leadership


Chief Executive Officer:
Bonnie Blakley
Executive Assistant: Melissa Mandzuik
Director, Medical: Dr. Andrea Yu
Director, Clinical: Dena Pedersen
Chief Donor Love Officer: Nadine Samycia
Director, Marketing and Fund Development: Paula Colvin
Director, People and Culture: Amanda LaFrance
Director, Diversity and Belonging: Carrie Avveduti
Director, Communications: Darby Semeniuk
Director, Finance: Jeremy Prystay

CASA Board

The CASA Board is a policy governing board responsible for the highest level of decision making, accountability and legal authority over the affairs of the organization. The board determines the long-term direction of the organization. Directors owe a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of the organization; with the utmost good faith and with a commitment to preserve confidentiality in the matters of the organization. Directors on the board act in a position of trust on behalf of the community and are responsible for the effective governance of the organization.

CASA’s board currently meets every two months, with additional meetings for its four committees: Finance and Audit, Governance and Nominations, Government Relations and Board Accreditation.


Chair: Janet Hancock
Vice Chair: Heather Hicks
Treasurer: Bob McColl, CPA
Secretary: Nick Lilley

David Fraser
Harry Sunner
Jill Sheward
John McCaffray
Lara Oberg-Stenson, CPA, CA
Manraj Deol

Chief Executive Officer: Bonnie Blakley

Members Emeritus:
Don Cranston, Q.C.
Ross J. Harris, FCA
Mary Hyndman
Faye Parker
Margaret Shone, Q.C

Past Chairs:
Lara Oberg-Stenson, CPA, CA
David McNeil, PhD
Faye Parker
Richard Drewry, Q.C.
Don Cranston, Q.C.
Dr. W.G. Dewhurst (deceased)
Gwen Harris
Ross J. Harris, FCA
Mary Hyndman
Thomas R. Owen
Margaret Shone, Q.C.
Doris Wilson, Q.C.

Honourary Patrons:
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Honourable Salma Lakhani
Robert C. P. Westbury, PhD, LLD (hon)
Dr. Myer Horowitz, O.C.


Contact the Board Chair

If you have a concern, we’d like to work with you to resolve it to the best of our ability. Please first either bring your concern forward to your CASA therapist, or contact the location your child receives services at and ask to speak to your Program Manager.

​If you are not satisfied with the resolution after these steps, please contact our Chief Executive Officer at info@casaservices.org.

​If you still have not reached a solution that you are satisfied with, you are entitled to contact the CASA Board Chair at boardchair@casaservices.org, or by filling out the form below. This e-mail address is confidential and goes directly to the Chair’s personal email account. Messages are not seen by CASA staff.

Please note that CASA’s Board Chair is only to be contacted once all other options listed above have been exhausted.

For A Child In Immediate Crisis

If your child is in physical danger or is at risk of harming themselves or someone else, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.

If your child is in crisis, dial the Edmonton crisis lines at 780-482-4357 or 780-342-7777 for immediate assistance.