Board of Directors
Daniel Hershcovis – Chairperson
Daniel is a professional accountant and partner of Nineteen Seventeen Chartered Professional Accountants. He has served on the Board of Directors of Elements Calgary Mental Health Centre since 2016. Daniel is passionate about helping Elements, and its clients by maintaining good governance and responsible fiscal stewardship.
Tavia Nazarko – Vice Chairperson
Tavia works in the mental health field and was appointed Vice Chairperson in June 2019.
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. His expertise in strategic planning and marketing brings skills around sustainability as well as raising awareness and promotion. He is currently oversees product management and marketing for an Alberta based bank.
Cheryl Gardner – Director
Cheryl holds a Masters Degree in Social Work and for her whole career, she has worked in the mental health field.
Robin Klein – Director
Robin joined the Board of Directors in April 2018 and is an Accountant with a local bank.
Asanga Gunatillaka – Director
Asanga is an Electrical Engineer who has spent the last 20 years in leadership roles bringing to market emerging technologies and new commercial models. He started his career in management and technology consultancy and has led change in a variety of companies including Virgin Media in the UK and as Chief Product Officer at the Swedish Telecommunication provider, Com Hem. Asanga is now leading ATCO’s business development with a focus on electricity.
Karen Hayes – Director
Karen became a member of the Centre in 2006 and began volunteering in a clerical position over three 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.
Inessa Korenfeld – Director
Inessa became a client in 2014 and started in the Volunteer Program right away. She was appointed to the InterAction Committee in 2016 and the Board of Directors in 2019.
Anneisa Lauchlan – Executive Director
Anneisa has over twenty five years of experience working in the mental health field . her 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 also been very active on numerous committees and projects working in partnership with other Calgary 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 25 years of experience in the field of mental health. She has provided direct client service in various programs offered through Elements Calgary Mental Health Centre. Maria has also been active on various committees to increase awareness and accessibility to mental health services in the Calgary community. In addition to her work in mental health, Maria brings years of experience from the non-profit sector providing assistance and direction in logistics, fundraising, promotions, marketing and communications.
Franka Poitevin – Program Director
Franka Poitevin is a Registered Social Worker with 33 years of experience in the Social Work field. She has spent the last 25 years of her career in mental health and has a strong commitment to enhancing the lives of those afflicted with mental illness. Prior to her position as Program Director, Franka provided direct client service on the Support & Recreation Services team at Elements Calgary Mental Health Centre.