Board of Directors

Michelle Briegel
President, Certification and Education Committee, Legislation Committee

Michelle has been practicing in the field of child and youth care for over 25 years; with 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.

Donna Jamieson
Vice President, Certification and Education Committee

Donna recently retired after working/and or studying in the human services field for close to fifty years, the last thirty-eight specifically in Child and Youth Care. Donna became a registered psychologist (retired) and a certified child and youth care counsellor in the early 1980s. During this time she worked directly with children, youth and families; supervised and trained CYC and other professionals; facilitated numerous educational and treatment groups, and conducted many workshops.

She was a long-time instructor at MacEwan University and was the Chair of the Bachelor of Child and Youth Care program for the past twelve years. Donna is committed to CYC and has served in various CYCAA positions and committees.

Kylie Schneider
Secretary/Treasurer, Financial Committee Chair

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.

Tammy Corsiatto
Director

Tammy 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 the 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

Karlana Noel
Director

Karlana has 17 years of experience in the helping professions working front line and currently in the role of Provincial Manager for Roots of Empathy and Program Manager Beaver County Victim Services. Her previous experience includes working with and volunteering on several boards while working as a Director of a Family Day Home Agency working collaboratively and in partnership with various community agencies to support families and children in accessing services. Prior to this, she worked with an early intervention organization in various capacities supporting families and their children to reach their full potential.

She is a certified CYC Counsellor since April 2019, Certified Infant massage teacher, trained Roots of Empathy Instructor, Senior Mentor/Mentor and Trainer.  While completing her practicum in my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. 

Pamela Mullins
Director, Public Relations Chair

Pamela has been in the field of Child and Youth Care since 1992. Her experience has encompassed youth justice, child protection and in recent years, a focus on trauma informed care primarily in foster care. This has included experience in residential services, community programs, and youth criminal justice programs.

She has a passion for working with children, youth and families from a trauma informed lens and supporting complex needs. Pamela has supervised and trained CYC and other professionals; facilitated training and program development.

Leighton Sealey
Director, Public Relations Committee
As I graduate this summer, with my degree in CYC, I plan to continue to be involved in not only advocating for the field itself but challenging some of the systemic deficiencies that we work within. I also plan to continue working directly with children, youth, and their families in an effort to help in ways that are effective and meaningful to them. In my free time I like to spend time with my family, ride my motorcycle, play guitar, and do some woodworking, as well as reading up on trauma and attachment (two of my favorite themes in Child and Youth Care!) I'll end with a quote from Bessel van der Kolk in his book The Body Keeps The Score: "Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives."
Pennie Sibbald
Director, Certification and Education Committee 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.

Arian Sweet
Director, Public Relations Committee

Arian has been practicing in the field of child and youth care for 15 years; with front-line child welfare experience including management, supervisory and specialized roles in assessment and case management. Arian has experience in residential group care and treatment programs, with Catholic Social Services and Chimo Youth Retreat. Throughout Arians CYC career he has primarily focused his areas of interest in child welfare assessment and intake. Arian has extensive training in forensic interviewing of sexually exploited children, violent risk threat assessment and working with Indigenous peoples. Arian is well known in Treaty Six as an advocate for Indigenous peoples' cultural values and traditions. He works tirelessly in supporting truth and reconciliation and improving the way child welfare works and supports Indigenous service recipients. Arian is a Certified Child and Youth Care Counsellor and graduate of two programs from Grant MacEwan University, Bachelor of Child and Youth Care and a Diploma in Mental Health and Addictions. Currently, Arian is Manager with Government of Alberta Children’s Services Edmonton Region CS. Arian's passion for this work has seen him glean and hone his craft from working in all areas of Alberta learning from Elders, leaders and First Nations community members. Arian has always been known for his exceptional relational skills and practice, as well as, his ability to connect and build relationships by creating great partnerships through solid collaboration and team building. Arian honoured to be on the Board of Directors for the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta and looks forward to moving the Association in the future to support all CYC practitioners in their field.

Michael Watts
Non Voting, Certification and Education Committee
Michael is a registered medical social worker, certified child and youth care counsellor, and a university contract faculty instructor. His areas of expertise include work with adolescents and young adults, mental health, chronic illness, individual, group and family therapy. Michael is from Los Angeles California and received his undergraduate and graduate education in Calgary. He is passionate about helping others and works from a strength-based, client-centered perspective. Michael believes every human being has an innate gift, talent, or ability. He is an avid sports fan, namely of the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Las Vegas Raiders. Michael’s self-care includes working out, cooking and socializing with friends. He has two beautiful children, his daughter, Janae, and his son, Jalen.
Dr. Patricia Kostouros
ACTA/CCTA Representative

Pat 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 CYCAA and presently acts as the CYCAA rep for ACTA soon to become the College of Counselling Therapists of Alberta (CCTA).

Catherine Hedlin
Past President

Catherine has been fortunate to spend her life doing work she is passionate about—caring for families and children. In her dream job as a teacher, she relishes being involved in educating the next generation of people who will carry on the work that she has dedicated her life to.