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Tanya McLeod, MHA, CHE
Tanya brings over 20 years of health leadership experience to the Foundation. Her experience includes leading comprehensive primary care clinics to top operational performance; orchestrating military health services support to current, emergency and contingency operations globally; and directing a multi-national integrated medical unit. As a proactive and accountable leader, her role is to align priorities and implement systems to improve overall organizational performance. Tanya was attracted by the Foundation’s direction and purpose and the opportunity to contribute to making a difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Tanya holds a Master Degree in Health Administration from the University of British Columbia, and a Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Leadership from Royal Roads University. She is a Certified Healthcare Executive and a decorated 20-year veteran with the Canadian Armed Forces.
Margaret Clarke, MD
Senior Vice-President of Policy and Programs
Dr. Margaret Clarke has worked as a clinician specializing in developmental disabilities for more than 25 years. Dr. Clarke is former Fraser Mustard Chair in Childhood Development at the University of Calgary where she is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry. She is also a professor in the Department of Child Studies at Mount Royal University.
Margaret is founding Executive Director of The Sinneave Family Foundation and The Ability Hub. Now as senior Vice-president of the Foundation, she provides leadership for science, practice, and policy.
Her community involvement includes serving on the National Expert Advisory Committee on the Centres of Excellence for Children’s Well-Being and the Board of the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research. Margaret chaired the Expert Advisory Panel on Autism for the Province of Alberta.
Margaret was named one of the top 100 physicians of the century by the Alberta Medical Association receiving a Centennial Medal in recognition of her unique contributions to the field of child health and development in Alberta.
Mike Huvenaars, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer
Mike started working at the Sinneave Family Foundation in March of 2015. Prior to that he served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Yellowknife Catholic Schools for 13 years and worked in senior financial roles at Stanton Territorial Health Board for almost 10 years.
Mike has served leadership roles in collective bargaining and construction projects. He has led several financial/payroll software implementation projects.
He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary. He obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1991 after Articling at Vennard Johannesen in Calgary and at MacKay & Partners in Yellowknife. Mike has volunteered in leadership roles for many organizations including: Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, Squash NWT, Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation, and St. Patrick’s Parish.
Barbara Potter MHS, BN, RN
Chief Operating Officer
Barbara brings to the Foundation a depth of knowledge and experience from her career in healthcare leadership and health system consulting. Her experience includes senior clinical and administrative leadership, organizational strategy and governance, as well as program and systems based planning and evaluation. Barbara is respected for her ability to facilitate social innovation addressing complex issues in uncertain environments with meaningful outcomes. Barbara is a thoughtful, collaborative and decisive leader who values open communication, adaptability and accountability. Her keen interest in autism began when she volunteered with a service agency as a high school student, and she has followed the growth of the field with interest throughout her career.
Barbara holds Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Health Studies degrees and is a member of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. An active leader in the community, Barbara also currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Discovery House in Calgary. Discovery House provides integrated residential and community services for abused women and children to enable them to live safely and transition to independence in the community.
Katelyn Lowe, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Cheif Strategy Officer
Dr. Katelyn Lowe is the Chief Strategy Officer at The Sinneave Family Foundation. In her role, she works to develop, execute and sustain strategic initiatives across the organization. Since joining Sinneave in 2008, Katelyn has been involved in the development, delivery and evaluation of a number of key initiatives including the Launch Program, PEERS® and Worktopia.
Dr. Lowe is a developmental psychologist specializing in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. She has trained in a wide range of mental health interventions such as HeartMath®, Mymind, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Katelyn is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Calgary and is involved in numerous research projects translating new knowledge and technologies in developmental neurosciences into autism programming, clinical training and service delivery.
Katelyn and her team at Sinneave continue to deepen their understanding of transition planning for adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan through an innovative program called Launch. The goal of Launch is to understand and work with individuals and their families to identify lifespan goals for employment, post-secondary education and community living. The program links participants with navigators in the Resource Centre, enabling them to find the programs and services they need to be successful and to live as independently as possible.
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