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, 2019 – 2020
Cathy Freer-Leszczynski, MLIS, BA, Chair
Working as an information professional in public libraries for over 30 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. Cathy believes that finding new ways to connect to community and building strong relationships will be crucial to re-inventing 21st Century service. She is a passionate Rotarian and 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. She 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 a Chartered Professional Accountant with 40 years of experience in public accounting and government, primarily in international and cross-border 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.
Jared is a Chartered Professional Accountant with 15 years of experience in a variety of accounting roles, both in public practice and private industry. Having a son who was born with profound bilateral hearing loss, he is passionate about giving back to the community that has been so supportive of his family. He looks forward to bringing his passion and experience to DHA and to help the CEO and staff achieve their goals.
Chris is a new member of the board. He brings a diversified set of
experiences from non-profit and for-profit boards. He was a board
member of the United Way of the Yukon for two years where he
directed communication efforts to raise funds.
He is also the CEO of PinterEC Technology Projects, which is a
technology consulting firm that helps high tech companies overcome
technical and business challenges.
Chris is a graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology
(BCIT) with a bachelor of Technology. He is currently pursuing an
EMBA degree at the Smith School of Business located at Queen
University. Chris has over 20 years of experience working with groups
on projects related to market need, technology strategy, electronic
development and funding activities.
Lindsay McHugh is one of three new people who was elected to the
Deaf & Hear Alberta Board this year. She has a Bachelor of Psychology
as well as her post graduate certificate in Human Resources and is
currently a CPHR Candidate. Lindsay is an HR professional with
Canadian and US experience in both the public and private sectors.
Currently, she works at Graham as a Human Resources Coordinator
here in Calgary.
Lindsay previously worked supporting the deaf blind/ deaf plus
program at the Calgary SCOPE Society, which is where her passion for
the Deaf community began. She is excited to use her skills in diversity, governance and strategic planning
to support Deaf & Hear Alberta achieve its goals.
Jesse Grieder is a new addition to the Deaf & Hear Alberta board this
year. Jesse is a Senior Leader and is the current Vice President,
People & Culture at the YMCA of Northern Alberta.
Jesse has held roles in private as well as not-for profit organizations.
Jesse brings a diverse background of experience to the DHA board.
In addition to his work experience. Jesse holds a Bachelor of
Business Administration degree, a Master of Business
Administration degree as well as CPHR and SHRM-SCP designations