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.

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.

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.

Jenny Kelly

Kitchen Coordinator / Early Childhood Educator (employed through Family Centre)

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.

Echo Nowak

Early Chilhood Educator (employed through Family Centre)

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 Food bank, 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.

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.

Layla Lahiji

Summer Program Coordinator - Garden

Having grown up in Lethbridge, I have had the chance to see the Food bank in work by participating in various events and activities. As a Summer Program Coordinator, I am excited to be part of the fun and dedicated Interfaith team! This experience will give me the understanding and knowledge that will help me forward with my degree in International Management. Being part of the Interfaith organization is a rewarding experience, and I am excited to work and learn with the staff, volunteers, and community members to make the Learning Garden a summer success!

Mac Nichol

Summer Program Coordinator - Events

During the school year, I am a Political Science student with a focus in local government and local policy at the University of Lethbridge. I grew up in Calgary and moved to Lethbridge for university. I had no idea how much I would end up enjoying it here! I am so excited to be an active part of the community this summer, and be at so many fun events!

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.

    Sue Griffiths

    Treasurer

      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.

        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.

              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.

                  Suzette Peters

                  Board Member