Timothy Troy
Executive Director

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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.

 Meaghan Szpak
 Marketing and Communications Coordinator


Meaghan was first introduced to UWFMWB during a summer placement position, while perusing her degree in Public Relations at Iowa State University.  Meaghan had such a wonderful experience, that she obtained a second placement with her local United Way chapter in Ames, Iowa, after returning to school.

Throughout her time with United Way, Meaghan has been in a few different roles, but is particularly excited to navigate all the opportunities and challenges that come with being a Marketing and Communications Coordinator!


Jolene Wilson
Resource Development Coordinator


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.

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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.
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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.

Kayla Mawhinney
Community Investment Coordinator


Kayla recently graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a business degree, majoring in Human Resource Management and Finance.  She has worked for Bell in various corporate positions over the past nine years in her hometown of Saint John, New Brunswick.  Kayla is passionate about her past volunteer work and is excited to help out in her new community. Kayla is happy to be a new resident of Fort McMurray, and is eager to start her new position with United Way.

Shawna Pelley
Community Investment Coordinator


Originally from Beachside Newfoundland, Shawna moved to Fort McMurray in 2016 shortly after completing her Bachelor of Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Since then, Shawna has had the opportunity to work in various sectors within the community, and has found that her passion lies in the non-profit sector. Shawna is very excited to be apart of the United Way Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo team, and to have the opportunity to learn and grow in the Community Investment department.

In her spare time, Shawna enjoys staying active through recreational sports and walking her two dogs – Max and Domino. She also loves spending time with Fiance Keith, her two sisters and their families, and friends.

 Lacey Day
 Redpoll Centre Coordinator


Originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Lacey has called Fort McMurray home for over fourteen years. During her time in Fort McMurray Lacey has had the pleasure of working in a variety of roles that have helped advance her development as a client relations and administrative professional.

In 2008, Lacey was introduced to the world of real estate through her administrative position at RE/MAX Fort McMurray, and was inspired to complete the Alberta Real Estate Association course to become a Licensed Real Estate Associate in 2011. Working primarily in the real estate industry for the past eight years has allowed Lacey to establish meaningful connections with many members of the community.

New to the social profit sector, Lacey is enthusiastic about joining the dedicated team of United Way Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo as Redpoll Centre Coordinator. Her past volunteer experience, particularly as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Wood Buffalo, has shown her that even a small commitment of time can make a big impact in someone’s life, and her own.

Lacey is happily married to her husband, Greg, and step-mother to three beautiful daughters. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading, attending community events, and enjoying the outdoors.