Cecilia Mutch
Executive Director


Cecilia is leveraging a successful career in senior leadership roles with industry and healthcare in her new position as Executive Director of The United Way of Fort McMurray. Originally from Miramichi, New Brunswick, and a nine year resident of Fort McMurray, she has a strong understanding of the local community and is deeply connected across all sectors.

As Senior Manager, Human Resources for Nexen CNOOC Long Lake, Cecilia delivered significant results in the areas of organizational design, employee retention, regional programs and performance management. She also implemented and fostered a cultural shift throughout the organization resulting in a more engaged workforce and improved business results. She came to Long Lake from a senior leadership role in Human Resources with the Miramichi Regional Health Authority where she was in charge of planning, organizing and managing of all aspects of human resources, education, library, staff health, translation and official language activities for over 1000 employees.

Mutch achieved her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick, completed the Economic Development Program at University of Waterloo, Human Resources Program at Queen’s University. She formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Northern Lights Regional Health Foundation.

Cecilia, her husband Doug and their two children reside in Fort McMurray. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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Maryellen Fenech
Finance and Operations Manager


Maryellen has been with the United Way of Fort McMurray since 2001 and has progressed through extensive changes and growth in the organization. As the Finance and Operations Manager she oversees the administration of both the finances and The Redpoll Centre. She has extensive experience managing the diverse financial requirements of an organization with an annual campaign of over $7 million. As a member of the Finance Committee, Maryellen assists in the high level oversight of our investments in the Tomorrow and Capital Funds. She also prepares all financial records for the annual audit by MNP. Maryellen served for two years as Treasurer of the Starting Place Preschool and is now Treasurer of the Parent Advisory Council for Good Shepherd School. She is happily married to Danny and loves spending time with their two children, Gabrielle and Olivia.


Jo-Anne Packham
Director of Community Impact and Development


Advocating for and improving the lives of Indigenous Canadians has been a strong theme throughout Jo-Anne’s 22 year career. As a younger person, she was appointed to provincial and national committees representing indigenous youth, her community and peers. She continues to be a change agent through her volunteer work with various non-profit boards, committees and events dedicated to breaking cycles of addictions, poverty and family violence.

As a senior leader in the social profit sector, Jo-Anne’s career in the fields of addictions, child and youth care, child development and intergenerational impacts of the Canadian residential school system, add so much value to the work of United Way.

In her role as Director of Community Impact and Development, Jo-Anne provides strategic leadership for communications, community investment and resource development staff.

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Lindsey Bradbury
Community Investment Coordinator


Lindsey relocated to Fort McMurray in 2008 from Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland. Growing up in a small community she learned that helping others not only builds up the person, it helps to build a strong community. This encouraged her to pursue a career in social and economic development. In 2007, she received a Bachelor of Arts, Community Studies from Cape Breton University. Since joining the United Way team in 2009, she was honoured to help implement the community investment role and witness its growth and success. Lindsey has enjoyed being able to work with agencies to help them reach their goals. In 2013, Lindsey and her husband Andrew welcomed their beautiful baby girl Leyah into the world. Returning to work in September 2014, she is excited for the new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

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Chantal Seymour
Resource Development Coordinator


Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Chantal moved here in 2012 after graduating from Memorial University where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She is currently enrolled in a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. She is very passionate about the needs of the community, this has been demonstrated through her work and volunteer experience within the Non-profit sector of the community since her arrival. Chantal is knowledgeable about the difference aspects of the United Way of Fort McMurray as she had previously working for the organization as an Administrative and Finance Assistant and has now returned to the Community Impact Coordinator position.

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Meaghan Szpak
Communications Specialist


Meaghan has earned her degree in Public Relations from Iowa State University and has returned to work with The United Way of Fort McMurray. Her interest in the social profit sector brought her to the United Way last summer when she worked as an intern. Although she has spent the last few years in the United States, Meaghan is not new to the community of Fort McMurray and considers it home. She is excited about interacting on a daily basis with the people and agencies who give back and help make her home community a better place.

In her free time Meaghan loves taking road trips, exploring new places and hiking new trails, all with her dogs by her side.

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Josephine Skinner
Financial Specialist


Josephine comes to the United Way after a long tenure of working with Nexen in a number of different roles, most recently as an HR analyst. Previously, she spent 13 years as an administrative assistant with the Government of Nova Scotia. Originally from Cape Breton, Josephine is a graduate of Cape Breton Business College and has completed course work through Cape Breton University and the Canadian Payroll Association. In her free time, she enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with family and friends.


 Jennifer Kennett
 Community Investment Coordinator


Jennifer is a life-long resident of Fort McMurray with a background in Human Resources in both industry and Municipal government. She is currently completing her Business degree through SAIT and is a member of the 2017/2018 Leadership Wood Buffalo cohort.

She has spent years supporting the United Way through workplace campaigns and the past 2 years sitting on the Community Investment Committee. She had previously worked for the United Way in Resource Development before moving to a position in Human Resources.

Jennifer’s passion for her community won out over her desire to work in HR and she found herself yearning to be back in the Social Profit sector. She is excited to be rejoining the team at the United Way as a Community Investment Coordinator and focusing all her efforts on supporting member agencies and giving back to the community that she loves.Trustopt.com OPT延期

For her spare time, Jennifer likes to spend it with her family. Her husband, Danny, and 2 daughters. Annabelle and Emilie, are her favourite people to be with. She has 4 generations of family within Fort McMurray and is kept busy with family dinners and time with friends. When she isn’t sharing her time with loved ones, Jennifer is out in the community volunteering or attending anything arts related. There truly is so much to do here, and it is an incredible community to be a part of!



 Jolene Wilson
 Administrative Assistant


Originally from small town B.C., Jolene moved to Vancouver to pursue a career in Fashion Business. She enrolled at John Casablancas and completed the Fashion Business and Marketing Diploma Program. After years spent in the Fashion Industry, she had an idea… why not move to Fort McMurray for four months, make a ton of money and travel the world? Never having been to Fort McMurray before she was not sure what to expect. Upon arriving here, she quickly learned that there was so much more to Fort McMurray and her four month plan quickly turned into five years and her home.

Jolene spent a couple of years working with Mix 103.7 and 100.5 CruzFM as a Media Marketing Adviser before deciding to join the non-profit sector. She joined Wood Buffalo Wellness Society as a Housing Locator, working with the Housing First program and the 10 year plan to end homelessness. She eventually transferred to Mark Amy Treatment Centre to work as the Intake Worker, which lead her to take on a new role in the agency as Accreditation coordinator. Jolene has a passion for the community and loves being involved with the non-profit sector.

Jolene has an adventurous side that takes her on backpacking journeys all over the world. She is a foodie, dog mom to a Pomeranian and chocolate lab, music lover, book worm and documentary enthusiast.