Edmonton Board of Directors 2021-22
- President: Crystal Wood
- Past President : Lyn Brown
- Vice-President and Community Chair: Peter Haight
- Regional Outreach Director: Julia Harvie-Shemko
- Member Research and Analysis Director: Claire Kroening
- Student Engagement Director: Kristen Hewlett
- Partnerships Director: Darrell Winwood
- Accreditation Chair and Treasurer: Carrie Rosa
- Financial Manager: Narith Hang
- Information Management and Technology (Secretary): Michelle Mondeville
- Communications Chair: April Bent
- Content Curation Director: Michele Fowler
- Social Media Director: Morgan Pike
- Analytics Director: Heather Mah
- Newsletter Director: Daniel Purcell
- Website Director: Deanna Kibap
- Graphic Design Director: Oscar Cruz
- Professional Development Chair: Heather Massel
- Events Director: Dustie Rose
- Event Reporter: Jacqueline Biollo
- Mentorship Chair: Tamara Vineberg
Crystal brings a decade of communications expertise to the board, as well as several years of event planning experience to the programming portfolio. She is the CEO of Crown Communications Consulting and a senior internal communications officer at the University of Alberta. In both roles, she approaches communications as a two-way relationship that involves both storytelling and listening. She cares about working for a business that serves people by living up to its values. She shares her passion for the communications community with junior practitioners through mentorship and coaching.
Crystal holds a public relations diploma from MacEwan and is accredited in PR. She has worked in a broad range of industries including education, tourism, economic development, health care and manufacturing.
Vice-president and Community Chair
Peter has actively participated in CPRS Edmonton since joining the chapter in 2012. For the last few years, he volunteered under the programming portfolio before joining the board as secretary in 2018. He is currently a communications coordinator with the City of Edmonton where he provides support to transit projects.
His career in communications dates back several years when he worked in broadcast journalism. After finishing school, Peter moved to Red Deer in 2008 to work at two radio stations as a news reader and reporter before moving to 630 CHED in Edmonton. In 2013, he graduated from MacEwan University with a public relations diploma. After graduation, he joined Alberta Blue Cross as a communications officer.
Originally from London, Ontario, Peter graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Theory and Production and a broadcast journalism diploma from Fanshawe College. In his spare time, Peter volunteers as mentor with Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area, enjoys learning new board games and is always planning his next big overseas adventure.
Alberta born and raised, Lyn is part of a long line of independent women – four sisters, a daughter and a fierce, feisty granddaughter. She is a boomer with a GenX/millennial mindset and 30 years of business experience, peppered with transformational change. Hands-on roles crystallized her view of the asset value of organization culture, leadership trust and brand reputation, particularly in times of underlying change in socio-political, economic and industry structure.
Lyn is vice president of Marketing and Communications at Alberta Innovates. Her communications experience includes Catalyst Paper, Aquila Networks Canada (now Fortis), TELUS, Canada Post, and APEGA. She has served on numerous non-profit boards, including FoodExchange and IABC International, and is currently on the advisory committee of SHE Innovates Alberta.
As a lifelong learner, Lyn holds an MBA from Royal Roads University, a BA from the University of Alberta and a journalism diploma from MacEwan University. Lyn is an IABC-accredited business communicator and attained the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors & Rotman School of Management.
Information Management and Technology (Secretary)
If an organization has a head, heart and hands, Michelle is the one who works to connect all three. Focusing on organization effectiveness and employee engagement, she connects strategy, enhances systems and engages employees to create an amazing workplace culture built on a foundation of shared values. Michelle had worked for over 20 years as a communications practitioner in the public sector as an Assistant Director of Communication with Alberta Government, and ran a consultancy for 10+ years providing communications services to industry and non-profits. She is a past instructor of Government Relations at MacEwan University and Member of the Minister of Transportation’s Panel on Transportation Innovation. In her spare time, she is an avid gamer who beta tests software for Bethesda Software, Zenimax Online Studios, and Activision/Blizzard and is interested in all things Korean.
Accreditation Chair and Treasurer
From an early age, Carrie Rosa always knew she wanted to tell stories about the world around her. After graduating with an Applied Degree in Communications, she spent eight years as a newspaper reporter in Lloydminster and Edmonton. For the past 15 years, Carrie has provided communications guidance and support to various government ministries, agencies and boards. She joined Edmonton Public Schools in 2017 and is proud to currently serve as Acting Director of Communications.
You can find Carrie on LinkedIn
Narith Hang is an articling student with HGA Chartered Professional Accountants. He has a business administration degree from NAIT with a concentration in accounting, and is pursuing his Chartered Professional Accounting and a master’s degree. Narith has interned as an accounting technician and is interested in building relationships and helping businesses achieve their goals.
Originally from Cambodia, Narith volunteers for several organizations in his spare time and enjoys listening to podcasts, travelling and working out.
You can find Narith on LinkedIn.
April J. Bent
April is a bold creative with a decade of progressive senior level experience in communications, public relations, student advisement and recruitment. During her professional career, she has served in senior communications positions in not-for-profit organizations and academic institutions. She has a master’s degree in public relations, a post graduate diploma in project management, and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication. April enjoys travelling, learning about different cultures and treasures spending time with her husband and children.
You can find April on LinkedIn
Professional Development Chair
Bio coming soon
Tamara has worked in health care communications for the past 10 years. She is a natural storyteller and loves to plan events. When she is not working as communications coordinator in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, she can be found experimenting in her kitchen. Tamara is an active volunteer with InspireHer Society, CPRS Edmonton, and Northwest Canada B’nai Brith Youth Organization.
You can find Tamara on LinkedIn