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 work hard to coordinate the many volunteers and donors that make United Way support available to Partner Agencies.

Our Staff

Janelle Marietta

Executive Director (On Leave in 2020)
Janelle is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge Management program, with a Masters of Science focusing on 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, Janelle is proud to call... more

Riley Swanberg

Community Development Coordinator
While born and raised in Calgary, Riley has made Lethbridge her home for the past eight years. Moving to Lethbridge for her post-secondary education, Riley obtained a B.A in Sociology from the University of Lethbridge. She entered the non-profit sector five years ago, starting out in childcare... more

Connolly Tate-Mitchell

Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Connolly is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a B.A. in General Humanities, and also of Lethbridge College with a diploma in Communication Arts majoring in Print Journalism. As an INFJ, meaningful work, making connections with others and making a lasting impact on the world is... more

Our Volunteers

Even though they technically aren't staff, we couldn't do what we do without all the help of our 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 important to... more

Board of Directors

Scott Armstrong

Director

Sandy Yeung

Director

Crystal Good Rider

Director

William Serink

Director
  William Serink was raised participating in his community. Growing up in Fort Saskatchewan, AB he was an avid member of the local Boys and Girls Club, and also played and later refereed minor hockey. Will is a graduate of the University of Alberta, where he studied mechanical engineering. After... more

Vincent Varga

Director
In 2020 Vincent served as United Way's Interim Executive Director while Janelle Marietta was on leave. Prior to working for the United Way in Lethbridge, Vincent worked in the museum and public gallery sector for four decades where he served as a CEO, Executive Director and curator for institutions... more

Jaci Zalesak

President
Jaci has always been passionate about her community.  She came to the United Way looking to volunteer and quickly joined the Board and the Allocations Committee.  Volunteering has always been part of Jaci's personal mandate and has also served on other boards and school councils.  Jaci holds a... more

Catherine Filgas

Treasurer
Catherine is a lifetime Lethbridge resident and an active volunteer in the community. She attended the University of Lethbridge and obtained a CGA designation. Upon joining the United Way board of directors in 2018, she put those skills to work as the Treasurer. Giving time and skills is an... more

Rylan Boudreau

Director
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

Adam Weersink

Director
Adam grew up in the Lethbridge area, spending much of his time pursuing athletics, especially hockey. Following the end of his career in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, Adam attended and graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management, Finance with Great Distinction.... more

Krysty Thomas

Secretary & Labour Liaison
As President of the Lethbridge and District Labour Council, Krysty was asked to serve on United Way’s Allocations Committee as a labour liaison in 2019, after which she was invited to join the Board. In 2020 she took on the additional role of chair of the Impact Committee and in 2021 became Board... more