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.
Kristin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Regina and a Juris Doctor from the University of Alberta. She is an active member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Association, practicing in the area of criminal law. She has an extensive history of work with other non-profit organizations in both Alberta and Saskatchewan, from both the artistic and legal perspective.
Sandra has an extensive professional career within the field of criminal justice. Currently, she works for the Edmonton Police Service as a Victim Specialist, focusing on the victimization of immigrants and refugees. She also has a strong background in the non profit sector both locally and internationally. Sandra holds a Masters of Arts in Human Security and Peacebuilding through Royal Roads University and completed a six month internship in El Salvador and Panama focusing in the area of human trafficking and transnational crime in Latin America. She also sits on the North American Board of Directors for a non-profit organization in Tanzania. As the Director of Policy Development and Advocacy, she is the lead organizer of strategizing, advocating, and implementation of emerging legislation, policy and practice.
Christine holds a Commerce Degree, Law Degree and completed her Masters in Law combined with the British Legal Practice Course. She was called to the Law Society of Alberta in 2019. She has worked in criminal, immigration, family and child abduction alongside her studies and currently practices in Edmonton as a lawyer in the area of business, estates and litigation. Christine has experience working in England, Sweden and Canada with victims of different types of abuse, both physical and emotional. In her free time she is learning to become fluent in Swedish and enjoys working on her golf swing. In 2019 she started a jewelry business donating proceeds to a charitable foundation she is passionate about.
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 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 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 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.