Board of Directors
Doug Hughes, Chair
Doug Hughes is a partner with Bishop & McKenzie LLP where he has worked for thirty-three (33) years. Doug’s prior volunteer experiences include terms on the Boards of both Paper Chase Recycling (a pioneering office waste paper recycling project) and WeCan Cooperative (an agency providing employment resources and other services to communities in north east Edmonton). Married with two children, Doug makes volunteering with the Food Bank a family affair. Finally, Doug is very proud to follow in the footsteps of his mother, Janet Hughes, who was a member of the Food Bank’s founding Board.
Sandra Neis, Vice Chair
Sandra Neis has worked with the Corporate Human Resource Department of the Government of Alberta for the past eight years. She holds a degree in Human Resources and Labour Relations as well as a Certificate in Adult Education. She has lived and worked as an entrepreneur, consultant, controller and HR Manager in Ontario, the North West Territories and Alberta.
Jack Tsoi, Treasurer
Jack Tsoi worked as a Senior Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Calgary from 2005 to 2010. He attained his Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in 2009. From 2011 to 2013, Jack held the position of Audit Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Edmonton. Since 2013, he has been the Global Corporate Controller for Zafin Global Holdings Inc. In this role, Jack manages a global financial team with offices in India, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, and all across Canada.
Megan Koper, Secretary
Megan Koper is a lawyer with Hillenbrand Kozicki LLP.
Pedro Carriel, Director
Pedro Carriel is the Deputy Director, Head of Finance and Administration with the Art Gallery of Alberta. Prior to this recent appointment, he was the Senior Director of Finance and Administration with Productivity Alberta. Pedro’s education includes a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Master of Business Administration, and his CPA Designation.
Ray Dallaire, Director
Ray Dallaire joined the Investors Group in 1982. After serving a number of positions for the Investors Group, Ray was appointed Regional Director for the Edmonton Capital Region office in 2005. He retired from this position in 2017. A firm believer in giving back to the community, some of his charitable service includes, Junior Achievement, Better Business Bureau of Central & Northern Alberta, Lakeland College, and the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. Ray has been a long-time, passionate supporter of the work of Edmonton’s Food Bank.
Sandeep Dhir, Director
Sandeep Dhir is a Partner with Field LLP and is currently the Chairperson of the Debt Recovery and Restructuring Group at his firm. Sandeep’s practice focuses on Commercial Litigation and Métis and First Nations Law. As an active community volunteer, Sandeep has served as a Director of the Theatre Network Society and as the President of the Edmonton Inner City Housing Society.
Since 2003, Bev Hills has been the Senior Manager with Skills Society. She is a passionate advocate for human rights and inclusion with over 32 years of experience in the disability sector. With a strong focus on collaborative partnerships to build on the success of others, Bev’s areas of expertise include teamwork, problem solving, and analysis.
Michele Kirchner has over 30 years of experience working for the Government of Alberta, including 10 years at the executive level. She has also served as Assistant Deputy Minister with Alberta Human Services. Michele has over 15 years of experience on national, provincial, and local boards. Her business, MJK Coaching, provides executive coaching for leaders at all levels. She currently serves on the Board of the Jerry Forbes Centre.
Donald Langford, Director
Donald Langford is the Executive Director of Métis Child and Family Services Society Edmonton and has held this position for the past 20 years. Prior to this, he served 37 years in the Canadian Armed Forces. Throughout his life, he has been active in the community as a coach, a community worker, and an addictions counselor. Donald is a strong supporter of the Aboriginal community and advocates for their empowerment, self-sufficiency, and inclusion. Currently, he is the Secretary of the Aboriginal Veterans Society of Alberta and serves on other work related committees.
Jack Little, Director
Jack Little worked for CFRN for 27 years, ten of which were as station manager, before becoming Executive Director of the Edmonton Heritage Festival Association. He retired from this position in 2015. Jack’s volunteer work has included the Western Association of Broadcasters, United Way, Northern Alberta Better Business Bureau, and Edmonton Community Loan Fund. He has extensive experience with media and public relations. Currently, he is on the Boards of the Greater Edmonton Foundation Seniors Housing and Our House Addiction Recovery Centre. Jack is also the past President of the Gyro Club of Edmonton.
Jan Musani, Director
Jan Musani worked as the Quality Control Manager for Jaffer Group of Companies from 2006 until 2011. In 2011, she took on a new role as Property Manager for Jaffer Properties Inc. Prior to starting with Jaffer, Jan worked for 17 years at Elves Special Needs School. She has been an active volunteer in Edmonton since 1978 when she started with Girl Guides of Canada. Since 1995, Jan has served as the Chairperson of the Edmonton Celebrate Canada Committee.
Shawn Parchoma, Director
Shawn Parchoma is currently a Strategic Policy Analyst with the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. He has held a number of positions within the Saskatchewan Government and Alberta Government, since graduating in 2012 from the University of Saskatchewan. He currently volunteers as an instructor with Alberta Culture and Tourism where he is a qualified facilitator for Board Governance Training. Shawn also volunteers with the Make a Wish Foundation and the United Way Capital Region campaign, and Edmonton Pride Festival.
Jamie Post, Director
Jamie Post is the Communications Coordinator for the Alberta Council of Disability Services, an organization that accredits and supports Alberta’s community disability services providers. In his volunteer life, Jamie serves as a Board member with the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, President of the Glenwood Community League, a member of the Alberta Disabilities Forum Steering Committee, and Chair of the Edmonton Naming Committee.
Since 1973, Tom Thackeray has held numerous senior management positions within government. In 2013, Tom was appointed as the Designated Officer of the Public Interest Disclosure Office. Tom established this office for the Government of Alberta and receives, evaluates, and investigates disclosures of wrongdoing from public sector employees. As a community volunteer, Tom has served with Arts and Heritage Foundation of St. Albert, Friends of the Arden Theatre Society, Willmore Wilderness Foundation, and as a canvasser for a number of non-profit organizations.
David I. Benjestorf, Director Emeritus & Past Chair
David has been practising corporate law in the Edmonton area since 2000 and presently serves as Legal Counsel and General Manager for the Alldritt Group’s Alberta operations. He is also an entrepreneur as owner of a few Edmonton based companies. David has been acknowledged for numerous outstanding achievements which includes Alberta Venture Magazine’s “Leader of Tomorrow” (2005 issue), Edmonton Junior Chamber Member of the Year (2003) and being Knighted under the International Order of the Noble Companions of the Swan (2008).