The Staff Team
General Inquiries: Contact Us4811 48 StreetRed Deer, Alberta, T4N 1S6
Tel: (403) 343-3900 Fax: (403) 309-3820
Brett Speight – CEO
Ph: 403 343 3900 ext. 127
Brett Speight has been living in Red Deer with his wife Emily for about 17 years. Brett has a background in banking with a strong focus on business development and strategic planning. He has been very involved in the community and is currently the Board President for the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery and a director with the Piper Creek Foundation. Previous to joining United Way of Central Alberta, Brett was the Relationship Manager with BMO Bank of Montreal in Red Deer. Together, Brett and his wife enjoy spending time with their dog. They also competitive dance; Brett has previously been a professional dancer for Red Deer’s Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off.
Wendy Madden has been living and working in Red Deer since 2006. Wendy has a background in television Journalism and spent several years working for CTV Edmonton as an anchor and reporter. Wendy brings her years of fund development experience to the united way and she has also worked in the non-profit sector. Wendy is excited to join the team and feels her role with the united way is a great fit. Wendy is an avid runner and also loves to cook and entertain family and friends.
Lori Jack – Community Impact Development Officer
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Lori Jack has lived in Red Deer since 1992. She comes to the United Way after having spent nearly 20 years with Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre. Lori holds BA degrees in Psychology and Child and Youth Care. She spent many of the past 20 years consulting to children, families and community agencies throughout Central Alberta. She has also been involved with a variety of community initiatives including Children’s Council, the management committee to establish the Healthy Families program in Central Alberta, the Autism Collaboration Initiative and Child and Youth Friendly Red Deer. Lori completed her Master’s degree in Management of Non-profit Organizations in 2009. She enjoys working as a team to address the challenges and explore the opportunities in the non-profit sector. Lori joined the United Way in May 2012 and is excited to be working with a dynamic group of people to make a difference in Central Alberta.
Amy Stiksma, CPA, CA – Finance Manager
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Amy has lived in Alberta her whole life, and came to Red Deer in 2012 to start her career in accounting. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting degree from NAIT and obtained her Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in January 2015. Amy spent four years working in public practice with a focus on municipalities’ and not-for-profits’ year-ends. She then joined the United Way team in January 2016, and loves using her knowledge to support Central Alberta’s community. On the personal side, Amy enjoys a range of hands-on, creative activities, from impromptu art installations to crochet to piano. She also loves watching the silly antics of her two cats, Brunhilda (a passionate calico) and Akira (a proud shadow).
Christine Curtis – Executive Assistant/Community Impact Coordinator
Ph: 403 343 3900 ext. 120
After graduating from the Broadcast Journalism program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, Christine went on to spend almost three decades in radio, print, and television news. She and her husband Craig have four children and spend their free time travelling the globe, camping in their 1973 Boler, and enjoying their family, garden, theatre, music, cooking, and eating! Christine has lived in Red Deer since 2009. Prior to that, Christine completed not-for-profit studies with Humber College in Toronto and is excited to now be working for United Way.
Vijaya holds a degree in Mathmatics and Statistics from the University of Mangalore, India, and has completed her Professional Bookkeeping Certificate course from Red Deer College. Born and raised in Karnataka, India, Vijaya is fluent in Hindi, Kannada and Tulu. She lived in Purwakarta Indonesia for nine years before moving to Canada in 2004 with her husband and 2 daughters. Vijaya joined the United Way of Central Alberta family in 2007 and became a proud Canadian citizen in 2009. She enjoys working for United Way because it provides leadership and support to the non-profit sector.
Lesia Remier – Database Clerk
Ph: 403 343 3900 ext. 124
Farren Mather – Marketing Coordinator
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