Board of Directors

Catherine Hedlin

President

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Pennie Sibbald

Vice President (Acting)
Certification and Education Chair

Pennie has been in the Child and Youth Care field for over 30 years, primarily with Hull Services in Calgary. Pennie became a Certified Child and Youth Care Counsellor(CCYCC) in 1996 and has worked in multiple programs, including group care, school, family work, foster care, mental health, and staff development. In 2007 Pennie became involved with the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta and since has had several roles, including the Board of Directors, Chairperson of the Certification and Education Committee, as well as the Alberta representative on the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Care Associations, where she has held positions as Director, Chair of the Communications Committee, Conference Committee member, Vice President, and currently, President.>/p>

Shay Fortier Murrell

Secretary/Treasurer
Financial Committee Chair

Shay Murrell graduated in 2017 from MacEwan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Care. Presently she is an Adoption Caseworker with Children’s Services, with experience in child intervention, residential group care/ treatment facilities and working with individuals with FASD. Shay has served 2 years as Treasurer of the CYCAA. She is passionate about the field of Child and Youth Care, especially in the development of professional identity for both practitioners and for the profession. She is also passionate about mental health awareness and enjoys public speaking to encourage de-stigmatizing mental health. Outside of Child and Youth Care, Shay is married to a wonderful partner and is a proud fur-mom to the cutest cat, Nacho.

Michele Briegel

Vice President (LOA)
Certification Committee

Michelle has been practicing in the field of child and youth care for over 25 years; she has front line and management experience in residential services, community programs, treatment programs, and youth criminal justice programs. Michelle is currently an assistant professor at Mount Royal University in the Department of Child Studies and Social Work (Child and Youth Care Major).

Michelle is one of two CYCAA Board Members on the Steering Committee of FACT-AB, guiding legislation and working on the development of the College of Counselling Therapists Registration process. Michelle has been with the CYCAA in the role of Director of Research and Development, developing the online learning program; a member at large, Vice President, and Acting President.

Jasmine Abu-Msameh

Director

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Donna Jamieson

Director
Certification Committee

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Colleen Rice

Director
Public Relations Committee

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Kylie Schneider

Director

Kylie is a recent graduate of MacEwan Universities Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program. Throughout her time at MacEwan University, her passion for Child and Youth Care continued to grow through her diverse practicum experiences. So much so, she intends on continuing her studies in September via Strathclyde’s Masters in Child and Youth Care program. Kylie's past work experience includes time spent working in group care, recreation and activity programming, and mental health programming. She currently employed with Chimo Youth Retreat Centre in Edmonton as a Family Wellness Permanency Coordinator in their Collaborative Service Delivery, Family Wellness program. This is a newly created position that she is excited to help develop alongside the Family Wellness team. She excited to be a part of the Board of Directors for the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta as she is eager to get involved with the development and expansion of the Child and Youth Care field.

Sarah Thang

Director

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Karlana Klammer

Director

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Tammy Corsiatto

Director

Tammy Corsiatto has 25 years of experience in the helping professions. She is currently a Senior Practice Specialist for McMan in Central Region. Her previous experience includes management and supervision for Ronald McDonald House in Southern and Central Alberta. Her career began at Hull Services in Calgary as a Child and Youth Care Counsellor, moving to a Program Coordinator. She is a certified facilitator in Compassion Fatigue, Critical Incident Stress De-briefing, and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention. Tammy has been a Certified CYC Counsellor since 1995.

Dr. Patricia Kostouros

ACTA/CCTA Representative

Dr. Patricia Kostouros is a practicing psychologist and Professor in the Department of Child Studies and Social Work at Mount Royal University (MRU). Her research interests include Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, intimate partner violence, and depicting suffering. She has developed and taught courses for the MRU Children’s Mental Health Certificate. Patricia co-chaired the post-secondary student mental health initiative with the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services. She managed a youth shelter, a women’s shelter, and was the Executive Director of a residence for women with a trauma history and a dual diagnosis. Her publications include a variety of articles as well as the edited books: Child and Youth Mental Health in Canada: Case from the Front Line (Kostouros & Thompson, 2018) and Child and Youth Care: Collected Wisdom for New Practitioners (Kostouros & Briegel, 2018). Patricia has been a board member of the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta (CYCAA) and presently acts as the CYCAA rep for the Association for Counselling Therapists of Alberta soon to become the College of Counselling Therapists of Alberta (CCTA).