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

Trudy Carrels

Executive Director
Trudy joined United Way as Executive Director in July 2016. With a career history working nationally and globally, she is excited to change the pace and focus on local issues and addressing the needs of the community. She and her husband Brent own a farm south of Foremost and have two university-... more

Stephanie Wierl

Community Development Coordinator
Stephanie joined the United Way team as the Community Development Coordinator in January of 2017. With a background in Kinesiology, she has spent the last 8 years working at the community not for profit level to build, engage and excite stakeholders and residents of all types to be a part of... 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. She enjoys working for United Way because it has given her the opportunity to put her skills to good use, learn new ones, meet new... more

Jeannie Kuno

Accounting
Jeannie 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, Jeannie 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

President
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

Secretary of the Board
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

Leah Berkhoff

Treasurer
As a Board member of the United Way of Lethbridge & Southwestern Alberta since 2013, Leah has held the position of Board Secretary and member of the UWLSWA’s Finance Committee  and currently, the position of Board Treasurer. Prior to joining the United Way as a volunteer Board member, Leah has... more

Rylan Boudreau

Director
Rylan’s interests in psychology, economics, human decision-making, and risk led him to pursue his career in law. Rylan enjoys serving the firm’s clients in practice areas involving Corporate Structures and Transactions, Residential, Commercial, and Agricultural Real Estate, and Estate Planning.... more

Femi Aiyegbusi

Director
‘Femi grew up in Ibadan, Nigeria, and studied economics at the Obafemi Awolowo University before pursuing a banking career that straddled retail operations, commercial banking, and treasury. Subsequently, he completed graduate studies in Finance at the University of Lethbridge, after which he... more

Chad Zentner

Director
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

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

Emily Johnson

Director
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