Board of Directors

Andrea Burkhart –  President

Andrea Burkhart is a seasoned non-profit leader with 15 years experience in program and organizational development, leading intersectoral collaborations, and engaging stakeholders toward systems change. She has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and is nearing the completion of a Master of Public Health degree.

Matt Baden – Vice-President

Matt is a seasoned non-profit professional with over ten years of experience working with various organizations across Alberta. Having recently completed is Master’s of Public Administration in Singapore, he now is working in clean energy policy and disaster risk reduction.

Lisa Nghiem – Treasurer

Lisa was first introduce to accounting when she was starting her first semester in business school. She attended her first accounting course and thought…this is very strange but so very interesting. Debits and Credits? T Accounts? Her first accounting job in public practice really change her view on accounting. Her passion has grown rapidly since then and led her to purse a CPA designation. She has worked in many different industries including real estate, manufacturing, construction and oil & gas.

Elise Usunier – Secretary

Elise holds a Master of Business Administration in International Business from the University of Alberta. She played a leadership role in the development of World Vision Philippines 2021-2023 strategic plan in response to at risk youth and urbanization. She has a passion for innovation and economic development and manages the global export and business development strategy for Edmonton-based, Artificial Intelligence company, SAM. She is an active member of the Edmonton Innovation Ecosystem Community (EIEC) and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Motor Association as the Advocacy Member, advocating for Alberta’s millennial demographic and new immigrant population. Elise is an active volunteer in the Edmonton downtown community where she lives, supporting such causes as the Mustard Seed Church and Boyle Street Community Centre.

Amrita Mishra

Amrita is an action researcher and capacity builder at the Indo-Canadian Women’s Association (2015-current), where she develops evidence-based tools and service models against gender violence. In joining ACT Alberta’s effort against human trafficking, she is translating her personal and professional experience. She came to Canada in 2009 as an itinerant researcher on a work permit and navigated her path to permanent residence in 2013. Working to alleviate migrant precarity is close to her heart. Prior to her current work on gender violence, Amrita has published scholarly literature on work relations in science labs (India and Austria, 2002-2009), immunization policy (Dalhousie University, Canada, 2009-2011), and improved platforms for science collaborations (UAlberta, 2012-2014). Amrita is also a blogger (on social justice issues), polyglot, boxer, occasional graphic artist, devoted fur parent, and avid reader.

Holly Atjecoutay

Holly is Cree and Saulteaux from Cowessess First Nation in Treaty 4 Saskatchewan, but calls Treaty 7 and Mohkinstsis (Calgary) her home. Holly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Royal University where she majored in English and minored in Indigenous Studies. Holly brings over 15 years of experience working in oil and gas, legal and non-profit sectors and is passionate about all Indigenous communities as well as building strong relationships with non-Indigenous Canadians.

Connie Pollard

Connie is a Manager with the Government of Alberta, where she has worked for the past 15 years with Children’s Services and Alberta Seniors and Housing. Currently, she is in the final phases of completing the Masters of Arts in Global Leadership program at Royal Roads University. Graduate studies have provided her with a clear understanding of working with cross-cultural awareness in increasingly culturally diverse environments, applying systems thinking approaches based on complex worldwide challenges, developing and integrating strategic planning and leading change.

Mandy Kinzel

Mandy is a lawyer with the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General on the Labour and Immigration Legal Team. She formerly worked in private practice as litigation counsel and was a high school teacher for over 10 years. She volunteers with the Edmonton Community Legal Clinic and was a volunteer with the Center for Victims of Torture in Toronto.

Rohadi Nagassar – Past President

Rohadi served ACT Alberta from 2010-2021, eight of those years as a board director including roles as Treasurer and President. He contributed to ACT Alberta’s mandate to become a leading anti-human trafficking organization in the province and country. He holds degrees from the University of Calgary and Ambrose Seminary.