The Board of Directors at Deaf & Hear Alberta (DHA) is a dedicated and passionate team of individuals with personal experience, expertise and connections to the causes we champion.
Board of Directors, 2016 – 2017
Kari Braaten, Chair
Kari is a Certified Human Resources Professional and a Certified Compensation Professional with 15-plus years of experience working in a variety of industries and organization types, large and small. Kari is currently employed as a Human Resources & Total Rewards Manager at DIALOG, a national multidisciplinary design firm specializing in architecture, engineering, interior design, urban design and landscape architecture. In addition to building a strong workplace community at DIALOG, Kari values her family time and giving back to the community. She is an avid believer in the philosophy of “if you want to see something happen, you have to get involved”. Kari is also on the Board of her local community association, and participates in the Calgary Chamber of Commerce HR Policy committee. Kari hopes to work hand in hand with the CEO and the Board of Deaf & Hear Alberta to ensure we are living up to our mission and achieving the goals set out in our current strategic plan and beyond.
Barbara Revay, Past Chair
Barbara Revay’s business background is in the area of human resources and she has been associated with DHA since her retirement from consulting in 2007. Her desire to give back to the community is reflected in her work with NFPs in different capacities over the past 25 years. She became involved with Deaf & Hear Alberta in March 2007 and her passion is very personal as her younger brother Michael was born profoundly hard of hearing. Barbara became Chair of the Governance Committee in 2008 and served as Board Chair from 2009–2016. She was part of the first ever strategic planning session which has guided DHA over the past 5 years. She is very proud of her association with the organization in large part due to on-going efforts of the hard-working and dedicated staff and Chief Executive Officer to continually find better ways to serve our stakeholders.
Cathy Freer-Leszczynski, MLIS, BA, Vice Chair
Working as an information professional at Calgary Public Library for over 25 years, Cathy has seen how innovation, strategic planning and staying true to mission and vision can anchor organizations operating in complexity and change. With over 15 years as a children’s librarian, Cathy is a passionate advocate for early literacy and lifelong learning. As a senior Manager she has been fortunate to learn what it means to be part of high performing teams facing profound change. In her current position as Director, Partnership Development Cathy believes that finding new ways to connect to community and building strong relationships will be crucial to re-inventing 21st Century service. Cathy comes to Deaf & Hear Alberta to give back to an organization that supported her and her family when they learned that their daughter Cassandra was born with a profound hearing loss, and is keen to support the CEO and staff at Deaf & Hear Alberta and other Board Members as they strive to bring alive the mission and vision of this great organization.
Keith is Chartered Professional Accountant with 40 years of experience in public accounting and government, primarily in international and crossborder tax areas. He has recently retired as a tax partner with Deloitte in Calgary but continues to provide tax services to a variety of corporations and businesses on a consulting basis. Keith has a long history of volunteer service and involvement including service with his community association, amateur theatre and arts organizations, social service providers, and other not for profit entities. He is pleased to bring his accounting, financial and organizational experience to bear in assisting Deaf and Hear Alberta to achieve its goals and mission.
Trevor Thomson has been hard of hearing from a very young age, wearing hearing aids since the age of four. Trevor became involved with DHA because of his personal passion for the organization’s mission. Trevor became a board member in 2008 and assumed the role of Treasurer in 2009. He is a chartered accountant and a partner with Deloitte LLP. He is also involved with a number of other charitable organizations, including being the vice-chair of the Rotary Challenger Park.
Dr. Carrie Scarff
Following completion of her Bachelor of Science at the University of Calgary, Dr. Scarff attained her Master of Science in Audiology at Dalhousie University. In addition, she has a doctorate in Auditory Science, specializing in how the brain changes after hearing loss. In 2005 Dr. Scarff decided to merge her auditory science background with her enjoyment of caring for patients in her Calgary-based clinic, Audiology Innovations. A leader in her field, Dr Scarff provides expert evidence-based diagnostic care, leading auditory rehabilitation, and the latest hearing aid technology to her clients. Dr. Scarff became involved with Deaf & Hear Alberta in 2008 due to a desire to contribute her expertise to an organization that provided support to Deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing individuals.
James Saretsky MBA, FCPA, FCMA, ICD.D
Over the past twelve years James has been involved with not-for-profit boards such as Financial Executives International (national), Prairie Diagnostic Services Ltd. (regional), and Financial Executives International Calgary Chapter (local). He also currently sits on a for profit board, Xact Accoustic Telemetry Inc., a high-tech company involved in off-shore deep water completion applications.
James is the Regional Director of the CFO Centre Limited, a global company that provides part-time Chief Financial Officer services to small to medium size enterprises. He is excited about and looking forward to utilizing his governance and not-for-profit expertise to assist Alberta Deaf & Hear achieve its strategic goals and priorities