Our Board of Directors

Floyd Visser, Executive Director (interim), (2021)

Floyd has dedicated the past 35 years to building client-centric programs and services; walking alongside people to overcome barriers that confront them each day.

In 2004 he facilitated The SHARP Foundation’s strategic planning process and then became its executive director. He led the organization to becoming an internationally recognized best/wise practice in supported harm reduction housing for people living with complex health and social challenges. This was achieved by developing a high-functioning collaborative team of board members, staff, community partners, and most importantly, clients who were encouraged and empowered to participate in the growth of the organization. It was possible through a common belief in, and commitment to, the mission and vision of the organization.

Prior to SHARP, Floyd was the Manager, Counselling & Employment Services, at SAIT culminating in the re-engineering the student registration and financial aid processes to prepare the organization for on-line services and learning.

Akash Asif, Chair (2022)

Akash holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Commerce in Energy, as well as a Master of Public Policy all completed at the University of Calgary. Currently, he is the External Relations Director for a mental health organization where he helps identify and engage new and current audiences in the organization’s mission to reduce stigma and increase awareness of suicide prevention training. Akash enjoys watching sports (Calgary Flames and Toronto Raptors) as well as playing squash and tennis.

 

Athena Pulzoni, Vice Chair (2021)

As a passionate and dedicated Senior Human Resources Leadership professional and Certified Coach, Athena is deeply committed to helping individuals and leaders create healthy cultural work environments that foster and promote trust, honesty, respect and excellence. With over 20 years of progressive leadership experience, Athena has proudly led teams in both not-for-profit and private sectors. Her expertise includes, designing talent management strategies; overseeing acquisition programs; leading corporate change management; and implementing core human resource services – all of which achieved operational excellence. She is a trusted business partner and respected people leader who confidently coaches executives and successfully executes strategic priorities. Athena has earned a credible reputation for being committed to fostering a refreshing, collaborative, and support-centric service approach, along with building top-performing teams who help organizations thrive.

Annelies Calnan, Treasurer (2020)

Annelies is an accounting and finance professional born and raised in Calgary. She was drawn to the self-determining methodology and success record of the Doorway. With her background in financial reporting, audit, and business valuations Annelies is excited to contribute to the continued success of the Doorway.

Michele Heighton, Secretary (2022), Director (2nd term 2019)
Michele is a highly motivated sales professional with more than 25 years of experience in business development, corporate account management, and team leadership. Currently she is Regional Sales Director at Workiva. Michele is a returning board member and looks forward to contributing to The Doorway’s continued success.

Richard Cordner, Director (2021)

Richard is a long time volunteer at the doorway, working directly with the participants. His primary goal is to enable these courageous young men and women to obtain their rightful place in society.
He is a retired Architect / Developer after running his own practice for 30 years.

Dr. Malika Hudani, Director (2020)

Malika is a Family Physician who has had a lifelong commitment to service, particularly the underserved population and the community around her. What drew Malika to The Doorway was their mission to empower young people to tap into their own potential and enhance their self-efficacy. This is similar to Malika’s approach to patient care in her medical practice; empowering patients to channel their autonomy and guiding them to make changes on their own terms. Part of her previous experience has included the development of local community and grassroots fundraising programs, among which have included helping young, low socioeconomic female teenagers find their inner voice and confidence. Malika looks forward to contributing her passion towards The Doorway’s ongoing success in the years to come.

Dr. Alexa Geddes, Director (2022)

Alexa is so excited and greatly honoured to be part of The Doorway team as this organization truly aligns with Alexa’s passions in serving her community. She is fiercely driven to helping empower young people to reach their true potential and she has a strong interest in mental health. Alexa is currently completing her pediatric residency at the Alberta Children’s Hospital prior to joining a pediatric community practice in the fall of 2022.

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