Board Of Directors
Cendrine Tremblay, MBA, CGA
Chair & Founding Member
Cendrine is a founding member of the foundation and currently Chair of the board. Her area of expertise is finance and management and she has worked in financial services, health care and the high-tech sector of health care. Cendrine also has extensive experience in not-for-profit organizations through board memberships and executive committees over the last 15 years.
Cendrine spends her free time kickboxing, biking, skiing and enjoying the outdoors with her husband and three children.
Brad Pierce, LLB
Vice Chair, Director of Governance & Founding Member
Brad is a partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, one of Canada’s prominent national law firms. Though Brad’s practice focuses on corporate commercial law, he also has considerable experience with not-for-profit corporations. Outside of his legal practice Brad devotes considerable time serving his community, including sitting on the boards of Calgary Economic Development, Valour Canada, the Association for Mountain Parks Protection & Enjoyment (AMPPE), and the Venture Capital Association of Alberta.
Brad also embraces Calgary’s active outdoor lifestyle and enjoys running, road biking and skiing in the mountains.
Pat Wetherup, CPA, CA
Pat has worked in various areas of public accounting, including taxation, data analysis and auditing companies of all sizes, charities, and government organizations. Currently, Pat provides contract risk assurance, vendor auditing and internal audit advisory services to several clients throughout Alberta to assist their procurement and supply chain groups.
Pat has played rugby and soccer for nearly 20 years. Pat’s other interests include playing the cello, Olympic weightlifting, and working on cars.
Laurel Adamson, MBA
Laurel owns her own real estate consulting business in Calgary specializing in retail leasing, consulting to both landlords and retailers. She has a Masters of Business Administration in Executive Management. Prior to starting her own brokerage, Laurel was Vice President of Leasing for Primaris Management Inc. Past volunteer positions include serving as the Prairie Provinces Provincial Chair for ICSC, sitting on the board of the Southern Alberta Shopping Centre Association, as well as the Calgary Highland Dance Association.
When she's not working or volunteering, she's baking for friends and family; playing word games with her two remarkable kids; or chasing after Peekay, her Havanese puppy.
Adele Fox, MA, RPsych
Adele is a Registered Psychologist, Imago Relationship Therapist and Certified Mediator. She has worked as an Occupational Therapist and Psychologist in both the private and public sectors in Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia. In 1998 she trained and worked in the Inpatient Eating Disorders Program at Toronto General Hospital and outpatient at Oakville Hospital. Relocating back to her home province of Alberta in 2002, Adele now provides individual and group treatment within her private practice.
Adele lives on an acreage, is a scrabble fan, loves to travel and is a foster parent for the Calgary Humane Society.
Mike is the Vice President of Programs and Operations for the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations. Over his 25-year career in the private and nonprofit sectors, he has become recognized for his ability to inspire multiple stakeholders to tackle complex challenges and to create innovative and adaptive solutions to organizational and community issues. Mike's skills and experience stem from a diverse background that encompasses building effective organizations from the ground to up, leading backcountry wilderness adventures and developing cross-sectorial collaborations and partnerships.
Irene Karras, MCS, ABC
Irene Karras is an independent communications professional with over 15 years of senior management communications experience as a trusted partner and strategic communications advisor to senior management in various organizations and agencies, including the University of Calgary and CBC Radio and Television. She is an instructor in both the Faculty of Communications Studies (PR) and the Faculty of Continuing Education (PR) at Mount Royal University.
Irene spends her spare time cheering at her kids’ soccer matches and clapping at their recitals while trying to finish the latest book on her nightstand. She also writes pop culture reviews and freelance articles for various online and print publications.
Lakshmi Krishnan, MSW, RSW
Director & Founding Member
Lakshmi is a registered Social Worker practicing in Calgary for the past 11 years. Lakshmi’s work experience so far includes the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, Calgary Family Services, Foothills Addiction Centre, and six years with the Calgary Eating Disorder Program. Currently she has a private practice and works at the Children’s Day Treatment Program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Lakshmi is passionate about working with eating disorders, addictions, trauma, couple and family issues in her practice.
Lakshmi is the mother of two young men who have spread their wings and are busy exploring their own lives.
Chantal Nicholson, MEd
Chantal is a bilingual fundraising professional who transitioned from teaching to fundraising over a decade ago. She is a Team Manager at United Way of Calgary and Area and has helped the largest workplaces in the city achieve record-breaking campaigns. Chantal believes in collaboration and impact, and knows first-hand what it's like to live with an eating disorder. She is thrilled to bring her fundraising expertise and personal passion around eating disorders to this important cause.
Chantal lives in Calgary with her husband and two young children. When she isn't at work or volunteering, she loves to travel, cook, drink wine, entertain, dance, and play volleyball.
Advisory Board Members
Gina Dimitropoulos, MSW, PhD, RSW, RMFT
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Work
Department of Psychiatry (cross appointed), University of Calgary
Gina Dimitropoulos joined the Faculty of Social Work as an Assistant Professor in 2015. She has extensive clinical experience in both tertiary care and community based settings delivering family based treatments, group therapy and individual counseling for adolescents and adults with mental health issues, particularly eating disorders. Gina will advise the Foundation with respect to clinical aspects and provide access to a network of specialists in eating disorders.
President, Heasman Consulting Services
Heather Heasman is a management consultant with over 20 years of experience in the private and nonprofit sectors. She is the Past Chair of the Woods Homes Foundation Board and has been involved with Woods Homes for 14 years in a variety of roles: Chair HR Committee, Risk Management, Executive Committee and took a leadership role in the Never Give Up Capital Campaign which raised $10.5 million. Heather specializes in organizational performance, strategy and change management. Her work in the nonprofit sector has been focussed on fund development, governance, donor relations and social enterprise. Heather is also a Professor at the Bissett School of Business, specializing in entrepreneurship and business communications. Heather will advise and assist the Foundation with establishing partnerships, securing funding, and managing governance and donor stewardship.
Dr. Blake Woodside, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Woodside’s specialty in psychiatry is the treatment of eating disorders in adults, and family therapy of adolescent anorexia nervosa. He is Medical Director Emeritus, Program for Eating Disorders at the Toronto General Hospital, Director of the Inpatient Eating Disorders Service, and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He has an active academic career with a long history of grant support from many agencies and private foundations. His research activity presently focuses on novel treatments in eating disorders, including Deep Brain Stimulation, Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and Family-Based Therapy. Dr. Woodside will advise the Foundation with respect to clinical delivery model and other clinical aspects of the Foundation’s projects.
A Calgary-based consultant, Mark specializes in technology services for non-profit organizations. Prior to his relocation to Calgary, Mark served as the Director of Technology for Actua, a national charity that promotes STEM literacy to youth. Mark contributes his expertise by managing the foundation’s technology resources and supporting communication objectives.
Kristin Pletch, BA (Hon), CAAP
Manager of Fund Development and Communications
Kristin is a fundraising and accredited marketing communications professional who transitioned to healthcare philanthropy in 2008 after nine years in private sector sales and marketing. As a former major gifts officer, she has successfully planned and executed all aspects of donor relationship development with a focus above all on cultivating mutually-rewarding investment opportunities. As manager of marketing and communications for Hospice Calgary, she successfully led the 2012 re-branding of the organization, plus all day-to-day marketing communications initiatives.
Kristin intimately understands what living with an eating disorder involves, and has previously been very involved at a board level in raising awareness and support for these devastating mental illnesses. She greatly looks forward to helping her Silver Linings teammates bridge the gaps in accessibility and care for eating disorders in Alberta.
Kristin is an avid weightlifter and swimmer, and loves any opportunity to bring together friends and family for good food and great conversation.
Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator
Michele is a former small business owner and operator. She also has extensive volunteer experience, both with local and international organizations. Michele recently completed CTI's co-active coach training, with a focus on the parent-child relationship.
Working with Silver Linings is a great fit for Michele as this enables her to share her administration and volunteer coordination expertise. Also, it aligns with her passion for guiding individuals towards enhanced self-worth.
Michele is a proud mother of three children and in her spare time enjoys writing, walking her dog, cooking and volunteering.
Social Media Specialist
Kenzie Dutka is an independent communications consultant who recently completed a Public Relations Degree at Mount Royal University. She has experience with numerous non-profit organizations and currently contracts for various Calgary-based organizations such as, Marca Strategy and A Branded World. Kenzie facilitates Silver Linings' social media pages and works to raise awareness of Alberta's need for long-term residential eating disorder treatment. In her free time, she enjoys exploring coffee shops, writing freelance articles and painting.