The Faces of Interfaith

Staff Members

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rudeen Laing

Community Health Facilitator / Volunteer Coordinator

I started at the Interfaith Food Bank in March 2017. I am excited about this new page in my life where I am able to merge my passion in health & wellness and helping others. My background is in Human Nutrition & Dietetics and I absolutely love dancing and interacting with individuals from all walks of life. In one of my roles I will be facilitating the FoodFit program where individuals learn about nutrition, exercise and healthy cooking on a budget. Although my roles are varied and detailed, it has been a pleasure thus far working with the staff of the Interfaith Food Bank and being able to serve the community of Lethbridge and surrounding areas.

Echo Nowak

Early Childhood Educator

I’m the new Early Childhood Educator at the Interfaith Chinook Country Kitchen.
I Facilitate the Big Chef Little Chef programs, as well as other Youth Cooking Programs in the Kitchen. I also provide Childcare for The Adult Cooking Classes. I really enjoy the great partnership between Family Centre and The Interfaith Foodbank, having just moved to Lethbridge this has been a great Opportunity to become a part of the Community and meet a lot of amazing new people.

    Troy Tollestrup


    I came to work at Interfaith Food Bank in 2004 as the warehouseman. I am heavily involved in the daily goings-on 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.

    Jenny Kelly

    Kitchen Coordinator

    I am the Interfaith Chinook Country Kitchen Coordinator and Early Childhood Educator for Family Centre. I have 10 years experience as a Professional Cook and an additional 8 years experience facilitating Parent and Children’s groups. I was the Family Literacy Coordinator in Taber working with families who were English Language Learners and I am a “Nobody’s Perfect” Trainer for Southern Alberta, as well. I find that my positon here incorporates all my past experiences into one great role. I look forward to seeing all our new and returning families who come to our classes.

    Board of Directors

    Jan Roth


    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.

      Sue Griffiths


      Trained as an accountant, I currently serve as a Senior Manager and Business Advisor for the MNP office in Lethbridge. Since joining the Board of Directors at Interfaith Food Bank in 2008, I have provided support, financial management and advisement to the organization, acting as the Board Treasurer.

        Suzette Peters

        Board Member

          Brett Carlson


          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.

            Carol McLean

            Board Member

            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.

              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.

                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.

                    Paddy MacLean

                    Board Member

                    In 2004, I opened The Sous Chef, and reluctantly took a hiatus from volunteering. In 2013, I was alerted of a vacancy on the Board at Interfaith, and I am excited to once again be connected with such a worthwhile agency and be able to help out in conjunction with like-minded people, to make a difference in our community.