Board of Directors
A volunteer Board of Directors determines United Way’s strategic direction, advises and takes responsibility for financial decisions and the CEO’s performance. The Board members are accountable for achieving United Way’s objectives. In Central Alberta, the Board members come from business, government, social services and the public sector.
Belinda Davies has been a member of The United Way Board since November 2010. Belinda brings 14 years of Human Resources experience working in both private industry and the public sector. Currently she is a Human Resources Consultant with the Government of Alberta. Belinda has earned a Master’s Degree in Business through Athabasca University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Lethbridge as well as certificates in Business Management and Human Resources Management from the University of Calgary. In addition, Belinda is a member in good standing with the Human Resources Institute of Alberta and holds the Certified Human Resources Professional designation. In her time off, Belinda enjoys traveling and being physically active. She is also a big hockey fan and her favourite team is the Red Deer Rebels!
Rick Van Hemmen has been a member of the United Way board since September 2010, and has been an active United Way supporter through NOVA Chemicals’ workplace campaigns for many years. Rick holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and has over 27 years’ experience at NOVA Chemicals’ manufacturing locations in Ontario and Alberta. Rick is currently the Manufacturing Director for NOVA Chemicals’ operations in Alberta. He comes to the UWCA with previous board experience from his time in Ontario, as former President of the Sarnia-Lambton Environmental Association and founding Chair of the Bluewater Sustainability Initiative. Rick and his wife, Ann, moved to Red Deer in 2008. They have two grown children, Alysia and Keith, who currently reside in Ontario. Rick and Ann are dog lovers, and enjoy vacationing in the Caribbean to help shorten the Alberta winters. Rick is also a drummer and a martial artist who can often be found weight training in a local gym.
Laura Maurer has been a member of the United Way board since September 2014. Laura is currently a Senior Human Resource Consultant with TransCanada and brings 8 years of Human Resource and consulting experience working in oil and gas, professional consulting, agriculture, information technology, construction and international environments. Laura holds a Bachelor of Management Degree from the University of Lethbridge, a Queen’s Certificate in Organization Development Fundamentals from Queen’s University Industrial Relations Centre, a certificate in Human Resources from Grant MacEwan College, and is a member in good standing with the Human Resources Institute of Alberta. In her time away from work, you will find Laura at the local gym, dirt biking and camping in the nearby foot hills or skiing and snowmobiling in the Rockies.
Murray Hagan has been a member of the United Way Central Alberta Board of Directors since 2014. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years public sector experience in health care and government (municipal, provincial, federal). He holds a Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary. Murray is Chief Financial Officer for the City of Camrose. He is the former co-chair of the AHS Central Zone United Way Workplace Campaign Committee. Murray has previous board experience with Central Alberta Theatre. He and his wife Debbie have lived in and near Sylvan Lake for 26 years with their four children Sarah, Stevie, Tristan and Kaelan.
Darlene joined the United Way Board of Directors in June 2012, and lives in Lacombe, Alberta. She received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta and her Master’s Degree in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University (Spokane) in 2013. Darlene is currently a Community Facilitator with the City of Red Deer in the Department of Social Planning. She has a background in corporate leadership facilitation, secondary/post-secondary instruction (most recently at Red Deer College), and editorial writing. Her passions include intercultural travel, music, and sports with family and friends. She and her husband Ian have three teenage girls. She has loved the opportunity to work with others who share her passion for service.
Kurt Spady – Avason Consulting Corp.
Kurt Spady has been a member of the United Way board since September 2014. Kurt holds a Bachelor of Management Degree as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Athabasca University. Kurt is currently the President and CEO of Avason Consulting Corp. and also does work for the Red Deer College and Alberta Health Services. Kurt is a board member and the treasurer of the Life Long Learning Council in Red Deer and contributes to the Foundation of Red Deer Public Schools. Kurt lives in Red Deer with his wife Janelle, two children Jackson and Ava, and cats Socks and Neo.
David Miller has been a member of the United Way Board of Directors since March 2015. Davidwas raised in Lacombe and now lives in Red Deer with his wife, Maureen and two children, Olivia and Jonathon. After graduating from the University of Alberta in 1990 in Mechanical Engineering, he started working for Union Carbide at the Prentiss facility northeast of Red Deer where he now holds the position of Site Leader and Business Maintenance Leader for MEGlobal Canada Inc.. From early in his career with Union Carbide David has been a strong supporter of the United Way at the Prentiss Site leading several of the annual campaigns. Over the years David has been involved in numerous professional and non-profit board of directors and he hopes that he is able to leverage this experience to the benefit of the United Way.
Josh Edwards has always been an active volunteer within the Red Deer Community. He is proud to be a member of the United Way and to assist with the great work it does. As a past Director and President of the Red Deer Construction Association, and a past Director of the Alberta Construction Association, Josh is no stranger to collaboration and the inner dynamics of a board. He believes that his previous experience will provide helpful insights to his new role with the United Way. Josh is a member of the Business Development team at Scott Builders since 2010 and has been involved in the Design and Construction of a number of major projects in and around Red Deer area. He was recently promoted to the role of Technical Manager a new area within Scott Builders that focuses on the more complex segment of the industrial market. Josh is the Treasurer for the Red Deer Titans Rugby Club as well he coaches senior and youth rugby. In his spare time he enjoys hiking the wonderful trails in Red Deer’s parks.
Carlin Doeksen has enjoyed serving communities in Central Alberta since 2000. Carlin and his wife, Lori, began raising their three children in Stettler and moved to Red Deer in 2008. Carlin serves as Regional Caregiver Training Coordinator for the Government of Alberta, Central Region Child and Youth Services. He provides learning and development support to empower adoptive, foster, and kinship caregivers across Central Alberta. His bachelor’s degree is in religious education. He is a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP), credentialed ATD Master Trainer, current member of the Association for Talent Development, the Institute for Performance and Learning, and an Associate member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta. The following are two ways that Carlin describes himself, “I have a passion for discovering unlimited individual potential in the context of vital learning organizations and communities,” and, “I am a husband, dad, and 2x Ironman finisher who is curious about everything and romantic about baseball.”
Keegan McLevin – NOVA Chemicals
Keegan McLevin has been a member of the United Way board since May of 2017. Keegan is a professional engineer with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary, and has been with NOVA Chemicals since September of 2014. Keegan’s current position with NOVA is the Capital Construction Team Leader at the company’s Manufacturing West facility in Joffre Alberta. Keegan comes to the UWCA with previous board experience including Central Alberta Manufacturers Association (President), Donald School of Business Industry Advisory Board, . Keegan and his wife Carmen are originally from Red Deer, and have three young boys; Tadhg, Macalan, and Dennett. Keegan enjoys golf and spending time at Sylvan Lake in the summer, while hockey and skiing are his sports of choice in winter.