CMHA List of Staff

To email a staff member, use the following format: [email protected] (including any hyphens within names).

Not sure who to contact?

  • Mental health information, referral or support help at 1.888.353.2273
  • General office email: [email protected]

Management

  • Executive Director, Julia Payson
  • Director of Finance, Heather Philps
  • Human Resources & Operations Manager, Nicole Zelez
  • Manager Mental Health Promotion and Education, Alyssa Christmas
  • Manager of Wellness and Rehabilitation Programs, Lenai Schmidt
  • Manager of Employment Services, Samantha Besson
  • Housing Manager, Ellen Meyer
  • Manager of Restorative Justice, Margaret Clark
  • Manager of Development and Communications, Cera Brown

Administration

  • Executive Assistant, Linda MacKenzie
  • Financial Assistant, Ashly Bracewell
  • Human Resources and Operations Coordinator, Lisa Kastner
  • Administration Assistant/Reception, Glen Suderman
  • Administrative Assistant – Bounce Back and Finance, Laura Brown
  • Administration Assistant – Finance and Rebab/Wellness, Shirley Schaefer
  • Fund Development Administrator, Viki Hemmaway

Programs & Services

  • Manager of Wellness and Rehabilitation Programs, Lenai Schmidt
  • Intake Coordinator, Zoe Mattinson
  • Wellness Education Coordinator, Tami Muhlert
  • Recreation Coordinator, Hannah Rail
  • Food Services Coordinator, Jennifer Phillips
  • Family Support Coordinator, Jenn Millan
  • Peer Support Coordinator, Heather Kwantes
  • Wellness Programs Assistant & Mental Health First Aid/ASIST Facilitator, Naaz Grewal
  • Youth Education and Program Coordinator, Carly Skanes
  • Manager of Employment Services, Samantha Besson
  • Work BC Case Manager, Rhea Evans
  • Customized Employment Advisor, Edmund Jones
  • Links to Employment- Occupational Therapist, Kayla Salkeld
  • Links to Employment – Case Manager, Asia Nijjar
  • The Georgette Shop Coordinator, Art Harrigan
  • The Georgette Shop Assistant, Zane Klym
  • Social Enterprise Coordinator, Paul Wright
  • Lawns & Maintenance Coordinator, Zane Klym
  • Manager of Restorative Justice, Margaret Clark
  • Restorative Justice Assistant, Michaela Gaudreau

Mental Health Promotion and Education

  • Manager Mental Health Promotion and Education, Alyssa Christmas
  • Crisis Line and Good Morning Program Coordinator, Emily Hollenback
  • Crisis Line Training Coordinator, Jessica Both
  • Crisis Line Supervisor, Poema Kazazi
  • Crisis Line Assistant, Tyler Thomas
  • Care to Speak Coordinator, Harjinder Janda
  • Care to Speak Promotion and Recruitment, Kelsey Tkachuk

Housing

  • Housing Manager, Ellen Meyer
  • Assistant Housing Manager, Wade Weston
  • Maintenance Coordinator, Andrew Goodine
  • Housing and Rent Bank Coordinator, Jared Caldwell

Bounce Back Regional Program

  • Manager of Bounce Back Regional Program, Nicole Zelez
  • Regional Coach Team Lead, Michelle Smith
  • Regional Coach, Amanda Carnovale
  • Regional Coach, Jessica Cavero
  • Regional Coach, Sherida Crane
  • Regional Coach, Deb Delves-Vonau
  • Regional Coach, Tina Mairs
  • Regional Coach, Caitlyn Parkinson
  • Administrator, Nikki Kraan
  • Administrative Assistant, Michele McMullen

Residential Services

  • Residential Facility Manager, Nicole Zelez
  • 24th Avenue Residential Facility is a 13 bed licensed adult psychiatric residential facility managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA); Vernon and District Branch, under contract with Interior Health (IH).
  • Aberdeen House is a 14 bed licensed adult psychiatric residential facility managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA); Vernon and District Branch, under contract with Interior Health (IH).  Seven of the beds are designated Tertiary Specialized Residential.
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