Our Board of Directors

Jennifer Stacey, Executive Director, (2020)
Jennifer is a skilled and knowledgeable non-profit leader with more than 20 years of experience in the community services field. She has been directly involved in leading, planning, and executing a variety of innovative program activities and services for those impacted by homelessness, addictions, poverty, mental health and disabilities. Throughout her career she has held a strong passion for supporting youth to reach their goals for sustainable change through self-determination and values the importance of fostering collaborative relationships to ensure services are streamlined to best support the needs of young people in our community.

Andrew Hunter B.A., B.Ed., Chair (2016)
Andrew is an elementary school teacher with The Calgary Board of Education. He has been involved with The Doorway since 2007 filling many roles at different times as an employee, volunteer, and society member. Andrew believes deeply in The Doorway’s approach to community building and is honored to have the opportunity to serve as a Director of the Board.

Michele Heighton, Vice Chair (2020)
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.

Jim Empey, Treasurer (2016)
James M. Empey is a seasoned executive with a track record of proven leadership and broad based business experience. Currently he is VP and CFO of a private company The Bodtker Group of Companies. He has held senior level executive positions in finance, operations and business development in both private and public companies. James looks forward to contributing to the further development and The Doorway’s continued success story.

Eric Dahl, Director (2016)
Eric was inspired to get involved after learning about the effectiveness of their system in getting youth off the streets. He is the founder of Dahlars Inc. As a Member of the Board, Eric brings product development skills and a cutting-edge perspective on how to integrate established organizations into the current online world.

Athena Pulzoni, Director (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.

Akash Asif, Director (2021)
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.

Dr. Malika Hudani, MD, MScOT (2021)
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.

Annelies Calnan, Director (2021)
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.


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