Board of Directors

Karen Lynch

Karen Lynch is a respected community and civic leader. Graduating with a degree in Economics, she served in senior positions in communications before following her passion for community volunteerism and political engagement.

Karen’s forte is creating and nurturing networks of people. She served as Executive Director with Volunteer Alberta and has chaired numerous boards. In 2012, Karen received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her dedication to non-profit sector leadership.

An avid reader and traveler, she has added two new interests since retirement – e-bike cycling and being a grandmother.

Roger Cable
Past President

Roger is a decisive, yet fun-loving entrepreneur.  He has built Veyron Projects into a growing enterprise serving the commercial construction and renovation market. The recent acquisition of Aquarian Renovations, a partnership with F45 Fitness, and his membership with Entrepreneurs’ Organization ensures he keeps busy. Roger holds his integrity and spiritual values close to his heart. He has great respect for GRIT’s vision and families and is generous in the ways he gives back to community.

Bernie Bolton
Treasurer and Interim Vice-President

Bernie Bolton is an accomplished leader with extensive experience working collaboratively with executive and Boards. She is a professional accountant (CPA) and internal auditor, with expertise in strategic planning, performance evaluation, risk management, and board policy.

Bernie is retired from Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis where she was the Vice President Strategic Services and Chief Risk Officer. Her volunteer board experience includes acting as treasurer for several boards, and chairing audit and finance committees. Bernie is thankful for the opportunity to play a part in positively impacting the lives of the children and families GRIT serves.

Bernie has two adult daughters. She enjoys travel, camping, knitting and reading.

Christina Radyo
Recording Secretary

Christina Radyo is a recent graduate of the civil engineering co-op program at the University of Alberta and is working as an Engineer-in-Training (E.I.T.) at Urban Systems Ltd. She is very excited to be serving on GRIT’s board of directors and eager to contribute. Christina enjoys volleyball, snowboarding, hiking, and music in her spare time.

Jeff Bisanz

Jeff has had a long-term interest in the wellbeing of children and serves on the Edmonton Council for Early Learning and Care, the Steering Committee for the Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families (CUP), and the Board of Directors of the Muttart Foundation. He is retired from the University of Alberta, where he served as a professor of developmental psychology.

Andy Akle

Andy is born and raised in Edmonton and has always had the entrepreneurial spirit. His family has been in the restaurant industry for over 30 years which has helped Andy develop many important skills. The only other career he’s had is his current role as a Certified Financial Planner with IG Wealth Management where he and his partners manage a practice focused on individuals who are in an executive management role as well as medical professionals. Andy is married with three children, one of whom was a part of the GRIT program. Giving back to the community is a guiding principle that Andy leans on and a factor in connecting with GRIT to help further the mission.

Barrett Westerlund

I am the co-parent of a developmentally-delayed child with my wife, Christine. Our son, Jake and our family accessed GRIT’s supports early in his life. Now 16 years’ old and in grade eleven, he’s positively thriving at home, at school and elsewhere in our community. GRIT Board leadership provides an opportunity to both (1) celebrate Jake’s belonging and (2) support other families similarly realize their “Best Selves” unique to their lives journey, for none are alone on this walk taken together.

Alycia Fritze

Alycia Fritze is a human capital management consultant at Accenture plc in Calgary. She is born and raised in Edmonton, attended the University of Alberta, and is passionate about the community-building work that GRIT accomplishes. Alycia loves hiking, cooking, and playing sports in her spare time.

Sandy Thompson-Hodgetts

Sandy is an associate professor, an occupational therapist, and director of the Supporting Kids Inclusion and Participation Lab in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. She has a long-term interest in the wellbeing and inclusion of children who experience disability and their families, including participation in their communities. Sandy has heard accolades of the GRIT program ‘walking the talk’ since moving to Edmonton in 2002 and is delighted to be engaged with the program as a board member. She enjoys playing games, skiing, and camping with her two daughters, traveling to new places, and you may spot her running in Edmonton’s beautiful river valley.

Shelby Engelking
Student Intern

Shelby is a Human Resources major and Leadership Certificate Student at the University of Alberta. Shelby has successfully completed the co-op program gaining experience with Coca-Cola, Tiko Digital and Sherritt International. She is in her final year of her bachelor of commerce and working to obtain her CPHR AB designation. Shelby works hard to ensure the inclusion of all and looks forward to serving on GRIT’s Board of Directors, as a Student Director. She also works to help children gain confidence in their abilities by teaching dance and swimming lessons. Shelby enjoys sports, travelling and baking in her spare time.

Bianca Dumonceaux
Student Intern

Bianca is a 4th-year Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management major and a Leadership Certificate Program student at the University of Alberta in her last year of her Bachelor of Commerce degree. Bianca enjoys working with diverse groups and is excited to be on GRIT’s board of directors serving others. She aspires to give back, contribute and support different communities. During her spare time, she enjoys travelling, playing soccer, skiing, and coaching soccer.

GRIT Leadership Team