Who We Are

Our gratitude goes out to our dedicated Board of Directors as leaders in the mental health community ready to encourage, strengthen and guide our capacity for growth and excellence.

Elements Calgary Mental Health Centre’s Board of Directors and Officers

Board Members


Daniel Hershcovis – Chairperson

Daniel joined the board as Treasurer in 2015 and for the past year has been our Chairperson for the Board of Directors.  He is a Chartered Accountant for his own company.


Lisa Gerlach – Vice Chairperson

Lisa joined the Elements Board of Directors in 2014 and this past year has served as our Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Directors.  She is a Senior Manager of Corporate Communications with RBC.  She holds a masters degree in Professional Communication and brings expertise in public awareness, internal engagement and organizational change management.


Dan James –  Treasurer

Dan joined the Board of Directors in 2017.  He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and serves as Treasurer.


Martin Harvie – Secretary

Martin joined the Elements Board of Directors in 2016.  He started in the marketing and communications field in 2004 and currently manages the marketing team at an Alberta based bank.  His experience in marketing brings skills around raising awareness and promotion.


Kevin Murray – Director

Kevin joined the Board of Directors in 2017.  Kevin is a professional graphic designer working at a branding and communications firm in Calgary. Kevin was the designer and advisor to the Board of Directors when the organization rebranded to Elements Calgary Mental Health Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree from the University of Calgary.


Cheryl Gardner – Director

Cheryl joined the Board of Directors in 2017.  She is a Manager in Addictions and Mental Health Services with Alberta Health Services.


Chris Dennehy – Director

Chris joined the Board of Directors in 2017.  He is a lawyer with Gowling WLG.


Robin Klein – Director

Robin recently joined the Board of Directors in April 2018 and is an Accountant with a local bank.


Karen Hayes – Director

Karen became a member of the Centre in 2006 and began volunteering in a clerical position over two years ago.  She is a self taught artist and a native Calgarian.  Karen looks forward to, and is eager to be a part of the Board of Directors, giving back what has been freely given.





Anneisa Lauchlan – Executive Director

Anneisa Lauchlan has over twenty years of experience working in the mental health field and is the Executive Director for Elements Calgary Mental Health Centre. Anneisa’s lifelong interest in mental health and her passion for improving the quality of life for people with a mental illness forms the cornerstone of her commitment to the work she does with the Centre. Over the years, she has devoted herself to work within the Centres direct service component and in promoting the goals of the Centre in the community. Anneisa has served as an Advisor to the Mental Health Commission of Canada and has been very active on numerous committees and projects working in partnership with other service providers, funders and clients to increase awareness and reduce the stigma around mental illness in the Calgary community and throughout Canada.


Maria Ochitwa – Assistant Director

Maria has over 20 years of experience in the field of mental health and is the Assistant Director for Elements Calgary Mental Health Centre.  She has provided direct client service in various programs offered throughout the Centre.  In addition to her work in mental health, Maria bring years of experience from the non-profit sector providing assistance and direction in fundraising, communications, marketing and promotions.  Maria is looking forward to contributing to the ongoing success and progression of the programs and services at Elements Calgary Mental Health Centre.