Our People

It's about what we can do TOGETHER!

Helping our community help itself is a big job and requires coordination and passion. The staff on your local United Way team works hard to support the many volunteers and donors that make United Way support available to Partner Agencies.

Our Staff

Janelle Marietta-Vasquez

Director of Fund Development and Operations
Janelle is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge Management program, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science with a focus in Marketing. She comes with over a decade of experience in not-for-profit, including the healthcare and post-secondary sectors.   Born and raised in Lethbridge,... more

Cameron Howey

Community Development Coordinator
Cameron is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a B.A in Political Science and History, including a minor in Philosophy. Throughout his time at the University of Lethbridge Cameron served as President of the Students’ Union, as a member of the University of Lethbridge Senate, as a member... more

Connolly Tate-Mitchell

Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Connolly is a graduate of the U of L with a B.A. in General Humanities and also of Lethbridge College with a diploma in Communication Arts majoring in Print Journalism. As an introvert and an INFP – an idealist looking for the good in people and situations – she sees the potential for a better... more

Sandy Kirk

Sandy makes sure every cent of your donation is accounted for and she makes sure it gets to the Community Fund or whichever Registered Canadian Charity you've designated it for. If you have any questions as to where your donation goes, Sandy is the one to ask.

Our Volunteers

Even though they technically aren't staff, we couldn't do what we do without all the help of our awesome volunteers. Whether you're helping with data entry at the office, out on the campaign trail gathering support or volunteering at a Hurricanes game selling tickets, please know you are very... more

Board of Directors

Maureen Burke

Born and raised in Southern Alberta, Maureen has strong ties to the community. She and her husband raised two kids in the town of Coaldale and Maureen recently retired from Lethbridge College where she worked as a fitness and wellness professional for 17 years. Maureen has been involved with a... more

Danielle Burger

Danielle Burger started volunteering as an administrative assistant at United Way of Lethbridge and South Western Alberta in October 2016. In January 2017, Danielle joined the United Way executive board as Secretary. She also volunteers on UWLSWA’s Impact Committee and Allocations Committee.... more

Rylan Boudreau

Rylan’s interests in psychology, economics, human decision-making, and risk led him to pursue his career in law. Born and raised in Lethbridge, Rylan began his articles with Davidson & Williams LLP in the summer of 2014. Rylan was called to the Alberta Bar on July 31, 2015 and became a partner... more

Chad Zentner

As a funeral director at Cornerstong Funeral Homes, Chad is dedicated to serving the needs of families during times of sorrow. Chad, the eldest son of Ralph and Faith Zentner, grew up in the funeral industry but worked for eight years as a journeyman welder prior to re-joining the family's business... more

Emily Johnson

Emily was born and raised in Calgary, and comes from a family of five. She and her two younger sisters grew up in a household with parents who led careers dedicated to keeping the community of Calgary healthy and safe. Her parents’ strong work ethic and desire to help the community contributed to... more

Rachel Foster

Rachel Foster is a Certified Management Consultant and Certified Executive Coach, and for the past decade has worked with diverse professions and industries in both the corporate and nonprofit sector across Canada and the UK. She was elected to United Way’s board of directors after volunteering... more

Jaci Zalesak


Cheryl Meheden

Member at Large
Cheryl is an award-winning educator who works as a faculty member in the School of Business at Lethbridge College. She is also the former owner of Urban Grocer, a neighbourhood specialty grocer in the London Road district of Lethbridge. Cheryl has a strong sense of community and believes that... more