Danica Frazer – AASCF President
Danica is the Executive Director of McMan Youth, Family and Community Services in Edmonton and Northern Alberta. She has worked at McMan since 1986 and has extensive experience in the delivery of services to children and families and to adults with developmental disabilities. Danica has a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Political Science and a Masters Degree in Social Work Administration. In 2004 she was awarded a Muttart Fellowship and during her sabbatical year she researched and wrote a guide for organizational planning in the face of uncertainty. Danica has been involved in AASCF activities for a number of years with both the Edmonton Chapter and the Board of Directors. She is currently serving her second term as President of the Association.
Rod Rode - Treasurer
Rod Rode joined the AASCF Board in 2011. He is President and CEO of The Family Centre of Northern Alberta, a private not-for-profit human service agency based in Edmonton. Rod graduated from the University of Alberta in 1972 with a BA degree, and subsequently obtained Bachelor and Masters degrees in Social Work from the University of Calgary. After several years with Alberta Children’s Services, he joined The Family Centre in 1980. He assumed his current position in 1993. Rod is married with two children.
Phone: (780) 917-8228
Past President - Patty Kilgallon
Community Human Services Initiative Representative
Patty is the Executive Director of the Children's Cottage Society of Calgary. She has worked in this sector for the past 20 years and prior to that worked in the area of children’s mental health. She has been on the board of the AASCF since 2001. Patty has a sincere desire to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families and accomplishes this through her commitment to initiatives that address the needs of the agencies that serve them.
Vacant - President Elect
Karen Murphy - Central Region Representative
For the past 12 years, Karen Murphy has been the Chief Operating Officer of Central Region for Catholic Social Services covering Red Deer, Wetaskiwin, Camrose, Wainwright and surrounding communities. Prior to this she worked for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary for eight years and was the Executive Director of Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer, Big Brothers and Sisters, 49th Street Youth Shelter for ten years. Additional experience includes serving as a Board member of the Wild Rose Foundation for five years and serving on the Citizen’s Advisory committee for Minister of Culture and Community Services. Karen`s strong belief that we can make a difference for children and families has prevailed over her thirty year career and she is passionate about the voluntary sector and the amazing work that is accomplished by people who have chosen to serve others. Karen has a Bachelor of Physical Education and Master of Business Administration.
Jim Pritchard - Calgary Representative
Jim has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary. He worked for Alberta Children’s Services for many years, where he held roles that include front line, supervisory, contract management, Advocate, Senior Management, and Community Planning and Development. He was actively involved in the Re-Design of Children’s Services Process in the Calgary Region. Jim has been with Hull Child and Family Services for the last several years, where he is Director of Operations and Community Services. He is responsible for Quality Assurance, Training, Aboriginal Services, and Community Programs. Jim also has a keen interest in Organizational Effectiveness, Planning, and Communications. He is involved in several community collaborations and committees.
Bruce Armson - Edmonton Region
Bruce is one of the Co-Executive Directors for Bosco Homes. He has worked for Bosco since 1988 as a front-line Child and Youth Care Worker, supervisor and senior manager. His work experience includes serving in various capacities in programs such as a Psychiatric Treatment Centre, Group Homes, Community Based Programs and Treatment Foster Care. Bruce and his wife are also foster parents and have dedicated their home to helping children and youth for the past 10 years. Bruce has a Diploma in Child and Youth Care from Grant MacEwan as well as a Masters of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University. On top of his desire to help vulnerable children, youth, and families, Bruce has a strong interest in developing leadership and learning organizations within the human services.
Phone: (780) 440-0708 ext 236
Peter Portlock CD, MHSA - Southern Alberta Representative
Peter is currently ED of Lethbridge Family Services, and a Board member of Lethbridge Legal Guidance and Family Service Canada. He joined the Canadian Forces right after university graduation in 1967, and served in the Personnel Support (Administration) Branch for 15 years. Leaving the Canadian Forces in 1980 with the rank of Major, he began civilian life as Executive Director of what is now Swim Alberta. He returned to university, completing a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration in 1986, and spent the next four years in various senior administrative positions at the University of Alberta Hospitals. He has worked in association management for the past 20 years as ED/CEO of the Alberta Physiotherapy Association, Canadian Mental Health Association Alberta Division, Canadian Diabetes Association (Alberta/NWT), Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society and the Alberta Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. His other Board experience includes Vice Chair of the Alberta Insurance Council and public member on both the Provincial Council of the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses and the Board of the Canadian Nurses Association. He was also a member on the Seniors’ Advisory Council of Alberta and the Persons with Developmental Disabilities Edmonton Community Board and served as the public member on the board of the Pharmacists’ Association of Alberta for seven years. Currently Peter is a public representative on the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board, and the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta.
Jacquie Aitken Kish - North West Representative
Phone: (780) 539-6692
Vacant - Northeast Region Representative
Tanya Pace-Crosschild - Aboriginal Representative South
Tanya Pace-Crosschild is a First Nations member of the Blackfoot Nation, Blood Reserve. She has been the Executive Director for Opokaa’sin in Lethbridge for the past 14 years and is a sessional instructor at the University of Lethbridge. Tanya has a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience (1998) and a Masters in Public Administration (2008) from the University of Regina. Tanya sits on various community committees and boards within the province. Tanya’s life work has been dedicated to improving outcomes for Aboriginal children and families.
Lois Thompson – Aboriginal Representative North
Phone: (780) 983-4564
Community Member - Academic Dorothy Badry
Dorothy Badry, PhD, RSW is with the University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work. Prior to beginning at the U of C in 2002, she worked for 16 years in various positions in child welfare with Alberta Children & Youth Services. Dr. Badry has a primary research agenda related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and her doctoral dissertation was entitled Becoming a Birth Mother of a Child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in the Graduate Division of Educational Research at the U of C. She was the co-principal investigator with Dr. Amy Salmon on the Brightening Our Home Fires project in the NWT – an FASD prevention project funded by the First Nations & Inuit Health Branch of Canada (2010-2012). Other research funds received include the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research for the FASD Community of Practice research that took place in 5 regions of Alberta Human Services from 2009-2011. She has been appointed in 2012 to the Quality Assurance Council for Alberta Human Services. Special interests include child welfare; women’s health and family issues related to FASD; social work education in rural, remote and Aboriginal communities; online curriculum development in social work and developing post-secondary courses for online delivery on the topic of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Dorothy has been a member of the Canada FASD Research Network Action Team on Women’s Social Determinants of Health since 2008 and has done numerous presentations at FASD Conferences in Canada and continues to engage in research and teaching opportunities in this area. Within the Faculty of Social Work she teaches as well as holding the Academic Lead for the Working with Homeless Populations and Mental Health and Addictions Certificate.