STAFF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Faces of Interfaith

Staff Members

Danielle McIntyre

Executive Director

Since 2006, I’ve been the Executive Director at Interfaith Food Bank. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work for a cause I believe in; it’s the community nature of Interfaith Food Bank that keeps me excited about coming to work every day – working with great people on initiatives & projects that make a true difference in the lives of those we serve.

Neil Heaton

Operations Manager

When I finished university, I came to Interfaith working as the driver, picking up food from donors. Over time, my position has evolved, and I am now Operations Manager, which includes shipping/receiving, site management, and purchasing. When I first started, it was merely a job but over time it became a passion and very enjoyable career.

Gladys Karanja

Client Intake Supervisor

Shortly after I completed my degree at the University of Lethbridge, the opportunity arose for me to become the Client Intake Supervisor. It is a privilege to be able to help the clients who come to the food bank, and to know that we are able to help meet their needs, both by providing food, and referring them to other community agencies.

Joani Neufeldt

Donor Relations

I joined the team at Interfaith Food Bank in August 2016 and haven't looked back! Working with a great team has made the challenging work of non-profit and community building a joy. Every day is different and I spend my days working on donor receipt data and donor recognition, overseeing The Second Door Thrift Store, and working on special events such as our Annual Charity Dinner & Silent Auction. It is a real pleasure to serve the community through my position.

Echo Nowak

Community Health Facilitator / Volunteer Coordinator

Born and raised in Manitoba, I moved to Germany where I lived for 16 years; it's there I became a proud mom of 3 amazing children. After living abroad for so many years its great to come to a place that feels like home! Having worked at the Interfaith Food Bank for almost 3 years through the Family Center as Branch Coordinator/ECE, moving to the Interfaith Food Banks side has been an easy transition for me. I love Interfaith Food Banks vision and all it stands for. (not to mention the team here is amazing!)
As Volunteer Coordinator/Community Health Facilitator I look forward to the challenges ahead.
Feel free to come by my office and say hi!

Robyn Armstrong

Administrative Assistant / Mobile Kitchen Coordinator

I have been a part of the Interfaith Food Bank team for several years. First working with The Interfaith Chinook Country Kitchen and then more specifically as the Mobile Kitchen Coordinator, helping to build a Train the Trainer program that will allow other groups to utilize our kitchen model and educate their client base. In 2017 I moved into the Administrative Assistant position working in the office and support the staff of IFB.

Troy Tollestrup

Warehouse Supervisor

I came to work at Interfaith Food Bank in 2004 as the warehouse-man. I am heavily involved in the daily activities of the warehouse; sorting through food, keeping the warehouse clean and organized, and providing support for volunteers. I am grateful that every day I come to work, I am helping those less fortunate in our community.

Sean Dececco

Warehouse / Driver

I started working at the Interfaith during the busiest time of the year: Christmas of 2016. Jumping in with both feet and becoming part of the team was a priority, and I love my job. I support staff and clients through my work in the warehouse and doing daily pick-ups around the city.

Echo Nowak

Community Health Facilitator / Volunteer Coordinator

Born and raised in Manitoba, I moved to Germany where I lived for 16 years; it's there I became a proud mom of 3 amazing children. After living abroad for so many years its great to come to a place that feels like home! Having worked at the Interfaith Food Bank for almost 3 years through the Family Center as Branch Coordinator/ECE, moving to the Interfaith Food Banks side has been an easy transition for me. I love Interfaith Food Banks vision and all it stands for. (not to mention the team here is amazing!)
As Volunteer Coordinator/Community Health Facilitator I look forward to the challenges ahead.
Feel free to come by my office and say hi!

Robyn Armstrong

Administrative Assistant / Mobile Kitchen Coordinator

I have been a part of the Interfaith Food Bank team for several years. First working with The Interfaith Chinook Country Kitchen and then more specifically as the Mobile Kitchen Coordinator, helping to build a Train the Trainer program that will allow other groups to utilize our kitchen model and educate their client base. In 2017 I moved into the Administrative Assistant position working in the office and support the staff of IFB.

Troy Tollestrup

Warehouse Supervisor

I came to work at Interfaith Food Bank in 2004 as the warehouse-man. I am heavily involved in the daily activities of the warehouse; sorting through food, keeping the warehouse clean and organized, and providing support for volunteers. I am grateful that every day I come to work, I am helping those less fortunate in our community.

Sean Dececco

Warehouse / Driver

I started working at the Interfaith during the busiest time of the year: Christmas of 2016. Jumping in with both feet and becoming part of the team was a priority, and I love my job. I support staff and clients through my work in the warehouse and doing daily pick-ups around the city.

Echo Nowak

Community Health Facilitator / Volunteer Coordinator

Born and raised in Manitoba, I moved to Germany where I lived for 16 years; it's there I became a proud mom of 3 amazing children. After living abroad for so many years its great to come to a place that feels like home! Having worked at the Interfaith Food Bank for almost 3 years through the Family Center as Branch Coordinator/ECE, moving to the Interfaith Food Banks side has been an easy transition for me. I love Interfaith Food Banks vision and all it stands for. (not to mention the team here is amazing!)
As Volunteer Coordinator/Community Health Facilitator I look forward to the challenges ahead.
Feel free to come by my office and say hi!

Robyn Armstrong

Administrative Assistant / Mobile Kitchen Coordinator

I have been a part of the Interfaith Food Bank team for several years. First working with The Interfaith Chinook Country Kitchen and then more specifically as the Mobile Kitchen Coordinator, helping to build a Train the Trainer program that will allow other groups to utilize our kitchen model and educate their client base. In 2017 I moved into the Administrative Assistant position working in the office and support the staff of IFB.

Troy Tollestrup

Warehouse Supervisor

I came to work at Interfaith Food Bank in 2004 as the warehouse-man. I am heavily involved in the daily activities of the warehouse; sorting through food, keeping the warehouse clean and organized, and providing support for volunteers. I am grateful that every day I come to work, I am helping those less fortunate in our community.

Sean Dececco

Warehouse / Driver

I started working at the Interfaith during the busiest time of the year: Christmas of 2016. Jumping in with both feet and becoming part of the team was a priority, and I love my job. I support staff and clients through my work in the warehouse and doing daily pick-ups around the city.

Echo Nowak

Community Health Facilitator / Volunteer Coordinator

Born and raised in Manitoba, I moved to Germany where I lived for 16 years; it's there I became a proud mom of 3 amazing children. After living abroad for so many years its great to come to a place that feels like home! Having worked at the Interfaith Food Bank for almost 3 years through the Family Center as Branch Coordinator/ECE, moving to the Interfaith Food Banks side has been an easy transition for me. I love Interfaith Food Banks vision and all it stands for. (not to mention the team here is amazing!)
As Volunteer Coordinator/Community Health Facilitator I look forward to the challenges ahead.
Feel free to come by my office and say hi!

Robyn Armstrong

Administrative Assistant / Mobile Kitchen Coordinator

I have been a part of the Interfaith Food Bank team for several years. First working with The Interfaith Chinook Country Kitchen and then more specifically as the Mobile Kitchen Coordinator, helping to build a Train the Trainer program that will allow other groups to utilize our kitchen model and educate their client base. In 2017 I moved into the Administrative Assistant position working in the office and support the staff of IFB.

Troy Tollestrup

Warehouse Supervisor

I came to work at Interfaith Food Bank in 2004 as the warehouse-man. I am heavily involved in the daily activities of the warehouse; sorting through food, keeping the warehouse clean and organized, and providing support for volunteers. I am grateful that every day I come to work, I am helping those less fortunate in our community.

Sean Dececco

Warehouse / Driver

I started working at the Interfaith during the busiest time of the year: Christmas of 2016. Jumping in with both feet and becoming part of the team was a priority, and I love my job. I support staff and clients through my work in the warehouse and doing daily pick-ups around the city.

Danielle Monson

Kitchen Coordinator (employed through Family Centre)

Hi! My name is Danielle Monson and I am excited to be the new kitchen coordinator for the Family Center at the Interfaith Chinook Country Kitchen! I recently moved to Lethbridge from Medicine hat. I am so excited to start building connections within Lethbridge!

Brittia Tonin

Early Childhood Educator (employed through Family Centre)

I am an Early Childhood Educator at the Interfaith Chinook Country Kitchen, employed through Family Centre. I facilitate the Family Cooking Club and help facilitate Kids in the Kitchen, while also providing childcare for Big Chef Little Chef and Adult cooking classes. While continuing with my education, I hope to provide many great opportunities for children to learn and develop. Working with the other members from the Interfaith Food Bank has provided us with a terrific opportunity to successfully implement a variety of programs.

Board of Directors

Jan Roth

President

Before retiring, I spent many years as an accountant, working with various for-profit and non-profit organizations. Now retired, I have been on the Board of Directors at Interfaith Food Bank since 2008, and am a true believer in the organization and the work it does; it is a pleasure working with all the staff and volunteers.

    Carol McLean

    Vice President

    After teaching for several years in the Catholic school system, I spent most of my working years with the Alberta Ministry of Education, working on various projects concerning family and child services. Now retired, I have recently returned to Lethbridge, and, being an avid volunteer, joined the Board at Interfaith in 2013.

      Brett Carlson

      Secretary

      I currently work with Legal Aid Alberta, and serve as Duty Counsel at the Courthouse in Lethbridge, bringing empathy, articulation, analysis, and drive to all I’m involved in. I serve on the Board of Directors at Interfaith because of their dedication to helping those in need in our community, and the skill with which they do it.

        Sue Griffiths

        Treasurer

          Jason Gibson

          Board Member

          As a social worker by profession, I have an appreciation and understanding of the important role that food banks play in our communities, here in Southern Alberta and across Canada. I was happy to recently join the Board of Directors, to play a small part in supporting the great work that Interfaith does in Lethbridge. It is a welcome privilege to serve those in our community who are struggling to meet their basic needs.

            Andrew Turner

            Board Member

            I currently work as a Human Resources Advisor with Alberta Health Services, and provide freelance HR services as well. Joining the Board of Directors at Interfaith Food Bank has provided me with an opportunity to exercise my knowledge and share my skills, as well as renewed my desire to give back to the community.

              Linda Sprinkle

              Board Member

              Having worked in Financial Aid at the college for many years I have been made acutely aware of issues around resource scarcity. When my friend mentioned that she would be leaving the Board and spoke so enthusiastically about how their activities and mandate, I couldn't help but express interest. Already I am very impressed with the breadth of services offered and the passion of the staff and volunteers.

                Paul Robinson

                Board Member

                I am a Lawyer here in Lethbridge. I joined the Board in 2016. I am the last of 11 children, and while my parents did their very best, money was always tight. This is an organization that can and does help families like mine; the staff and volunteers are an example to us all.

                  Airen Duran-Milne

                  Board Member

                  I recently joined the Board in November of 2017. Originally from the Philippines, I started as a foreign worker in the fast food industry for 10 years. While working full time, I decided to go back to school and finished my Bachelor of Management Degree from the University of Lethbridge; currently I work for Alberta Health Services in the HR Business Partnerships department. My experience working front-line strengthened my desire to help others in any way I can, and taught me the value of genuine care, respect and compassion. I am very excited to be part of an amazing organization that truly serves our vibrant and diverse community.