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Cecilia Mutch
Executive Director

Biography

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

Biography

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.

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Jo-Anne Packham
Director of Community Impact and Development

Biography

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

Biography

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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Jolene Wilson
Resource Development Coordinator

Biography

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

Biography

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.

 Meaghan Szpak
 Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Biography

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!


 Lacey Day
 Redpoll Centre Coordinator

Biography

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.