Leadership at The Alex
Our senior leadership team and Board of Directors represent a dedicated multi-disciplinary team of almost 400 staff including medical staff, social workers, mental health specialists, peer supporters, educators, community facilitators, and an outstanding support team. As a team we know it takes the combination of our unique skills and expertise to make a difference.
We care deeply.
We have grit.
We promote empowerment.
We take responsibility.
We are welcoming.
We are change-makers.
Our Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
As a recognized leader in Calgary’s social services community, Joy has a passion for community health, education, and social work and an intimate knowledge of Calgary’s nonprofit sector.
Cheryl San Juan
Cheryl is a passionate advocate for building health equity for marginalized and underserved populations. Her nursing career has enabled her to work in acute and primary care settings, while gaining an appreciation for the complexity of our healthcare system.
Steven enthusiastically works to elevate and assisting socially and structurally marginalized persons through the development and operationalization of housing programs with a whole health and harm reduction mandate.
Director, Research & Evaluation
Merrill comes to the Alex with 30 years of social research and evaluation experience, most of which has been conducted in the non-profit and governmental sectors.
Associate Director, Mental Health, Addictions & Outreach
As a nurse, Jen feels especially passionate about mental health and addiction and found her calling when she started working with homeless and marginally housed individuals.
Associate Director, Community Food Centre
Geoff is interested in addressing social and environmental problems. Prior to joining The Alex, he worked in homelessness outreach as well as outdoor, experiential learning settings.
Our Board of Directors
Dustin Owens is Managing Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Heartland Generation, among the largest independent power producers in Western Canada. He is also a board member of the Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta (IPPSA) and the Battle River Watershed Alliance. He is passionate about community resiliency and proudly supports the Alex’s mission to provide “accessible and integrated health, housing and social services”.
Jeff is an experienced energy executive with over 20 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas and investment banking industry in Canada and globally. Jeff is passionate about Calgary and the positive role The Alex continues to play, striving to provide thoughtful, innovative and comprehensive care to vulnerable Calgarians.
Janice Anderson is the Director, Technical Accounting and Research at Nutrien Ltd., the world’s largest provider of crop inputs and services. Janice is born and raised in Calgary, and is dedicated to building a stronger, healthier community to raise her children in.
Danielle Ayana James
Rev. Dr. Danielle Ayana James is a Principal with STRAAD Consulting, a national organizational effectiveness firm based in Calgary.
David Bach is a lawyer who practices in the fields of corporate and securities law, and has particular expertise in contracts, corporate governance and M & A.
Laura Brown is National Manager of Community Investment at Sobeys Inc.
Dr. Judy MacDonald is a retired Medical Officer of Health who spent over 20 years working with amazing public health teams on communicable diseases and immunization in Calgary and throughout Alberta. She believes strongly in the programs and services the Alex provides for its clients.
Doug Page currently manages TransCanada’s Government Relations in the Prairies and Territories.
An engineer by training, and a corporate executive/owner by accident, David Pickersgill has been in the work-for-joy world of volunteer ‘kids stuff’ since 1994.
“Such an incredible place, they really care about everyone that comes through those doors and it shows. Words can’t describe how thankful I am that something like this exists.”
The Alex Community Member
Events in support of The Alex
The Big Social is a fundraiser where Canadians cook, create, and connect during the month of October to help fight poverty and food insecurity.
We can’t wait to run together in 2021, whatever that means for you. Register for in-person Sept 19 or run virtually Sept 1-30 all while supporting The Alex!
All donations made through Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink will be matched up to 50% making your donation go even further!
The Alex envisions a healthy and caring community where everyone is valued and can thrive.
To improve quality of life through accessible and integrated health, housing and social services.