Staff Directory

Foundation Administration

  • Martin Garber-Conrad

    Chief Executive Officer
    martin@ecfoundation.org

    Martin Garber-Conrad is the Chief Executive Officer at ECF. He has spent most of his career leading non-profit organizations, where his accomplishments include several social housing projects, restoring/repurposing historic buildings, and starting a social enterprise — Kids in the Hall Bistro — in Edmonton’s City Hall. At the Foundation, Martin’s interests include the Social Enterprise Fund, which has successfully loaned $30 million to several dozen charities and non-profits in Alberta.

  • Lisa Pruden

    Executive Assistant to the CEO
    lpruden@ecfoundation.org

    Lisa Pruden is the Executive Assistant to the CEO at ECF. She has more than 10 years of administrative experience and is passionate about community building. Edmonton is her hometown, and she loves how Edmontonians come together to share experiences. Lisa is also a philosophy nerd who loves learning. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in both philosophy and psychology, and she continues to enjoy exploring ideas. In her spare time, Lisa volunteers with CJSR, helping to produce content for their feminist radio show, Adamant Eve. She also collects hobbies like writing, crochet, and felting.

Communications

  • Carol Watson

    Communications Director
    cwatson@ecfoundation.org

    Carol Watson is the Communications Director at ECF. She has been with ECF since 2008, where the communications department has introduced the quarterly magazine, Legacy in Action, participated in Vital Signs (an annual community indicator report), and oversees all communication projects. Carol has spent most of her career as a manager at the City of Edmonton Community Services department in a variety of roles, facilities, and projects. Carol has a Masters in Physical Education & Recreation policy as it relates to gender and sport.

  • Elizabeth Bonkink

    Communications Advisor
    ebonkink@ecfoundation.org

    Elizabeth Bonkink is a Communications Advisor at ECF. She has worked on projects like Vital Signs since the organization began the project. Elizabeth has more than a decade working in charities and non-profits and over 20 years in marketing and communications. She is a Rotarian with the Gateway club and is a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute. Originally from Ontario, she moved to Edmonton in 2013 and now lives in West End with her partner, Barry and her retired therapy cat, Morgan. In her spare time, Elizabeth volunteers with NASAP (North Alberta Society for Animal Protection) fostering dogs, Edmonton Valley Zoo as a public education assistant, and Dogs with Wings as a fundraising

  • Andrew Paul

    Communications Advisor
    apaul@ecfoundation.org

    Andrew Paul is a Communications Advisor at ECF. He started working at ECF in 2011, where he coordinates the production of ECF's quarterly magazine Legacy in Action and hosts The Well Endowed Podcast. After graduating from MacEwan University’s Journalism Program in 2008, Andrew took up feature-writing for the now defunct SEE Magazine. He worked as SEE's web and features editor and won the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association’s Award for Best News Story in 2010. He has also served as an editorial intern at Avenue Magazine Edmonton and co-founded Gypsy Church, a boutique publicity agency specializing in services for non-profit and arts organizations. In his spare time he also produces the award-winning podcast I Don’t Get It.

Donor Advisors

  • Kathy Hawkesworth

    Director of Donor Services
    khawkesworth@ecfoundation.org

    Kathy Hawkesworth (LLB TEP) is the Director of Donor Services at ECF. Before discovering her passion for gift planning, Kathy was a tax advisor practicing within a law firm and a national accounting firm. Since leaving private practice and joining ECF, Kathy has met with hundreds of donors. She has helped donors establish over 300 different endowment funds that now provide meaningful, ongoing support to the causes important to them. Kathy is the past chair of the Edmonton roundtable of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP). She's also a member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Professionals), the Estate Planning Council of Edmonton, and the Wills & Estates Section of the Canadian Bar Association. Outside the office, she leads a quiet but busy life – a sandwich generation mom of young adults and a daughter of an elderly dad. She loves food, travelling, and has a personal fitness goal to be skilled and strong enough to go heli-skiing — maybe this year, maybe next…

  • Matt Mandrusiak

    Donor Advisor
    mmandrusiak@ecfoundation.org

    Matt Mandrusiak is a Donor Advisor at ECF. He joined ECF in 2015 after seven years of working with organizations focused on providing support to individuals with disabilities throughout Alberta. Having witnessed first-hand the passion and generosity of Edmontonians to support local causes, Matt is excited to work with donors and charities to enhance our already amazing community. Away from the office, he spends most of his time with his wife and two young daughters, but you can often find him on the golf course or intently keeping tabs on the latest football scores and standings. An avid traveller, Matt can also act as an unofficial Disney Parks vacation planner…Mickey ears included.

  • Noel Xavier

    Donor Advisor
    nxavier@ecfoundation.org

    Noel Xavier is a Donor Advisor at ECF. He joined ECF in 2013 and works with individual donors, families, and local charities to build endowment funds and establish legacy plans that provide strategic, sustainable support in our community. He has over 18 years of resource development and senior management experience in the not-for-profit sector. Noel has worked with arts, social services, immigration, and health-related causes. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Edmonton Arts Council, the Nina Haggerty Centre, and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) – Edmonton Chapter, as well as the MacEwan University Arts and Cultural Management Advisory Committee. Noel is originally from the Toronto area, but he lived in Osaka, Japan for nearly four years before settling in Edmonton in 2000. In his spare time, Noel is an avid runner, studies piano, and while he is already fluent in Portuguese, he is working towards becoming fluent in French as well.

Donor Services

  • Jane Frances Asaba

    Donor Services Assistant – Receipting
    jfasaba@ecfoundation.org

    Jane Frances Asaba is a Donor Services Assistant – Receipting at ECF. She trained as an Agricultural Scientist and specialized in Information Science. Though she joined ECF in March 2014, her career spans many years in the area of Information and Communication, supporting agricultural research, extension, and training in several countries in Africa. Before joining ECF, Jane Frances worked for the Centre for Agricultural Biosciences International (CABI) Africa Regional Centre, where she coordinated Information and Communication projects. In 2013, Jane Frances came to Edmonton to join her family. She is a member of the strategy team for the West End Food Hub Alliance, serves on the mobilization committee of the Uganda Cultural Association, and volunteers for the Catholic Social Services and Lady Flower Gardens (Edmonton). Her hobbies include gardening and singing.

  • Kerri DeLuca

    Stewardship Associate
    kdeluca@ecfoundation.org

    Kerri DeLuca is a Stewardship Associate at ECF. She has worked at ECF since 2009, first as a Donor Services Assistant and then as a Grants Administrator in the Granting Department. Her role as a Stewardship Associate is to enhance ECF’s relationships with donors and charities. She provides any information pertaining to donations as well as fund reports and assists our Donors /Fund Founders in any way she can. Helping ECF’s Fund Founders grow their endowment funds is something she truly enjoys. Kerri loves the great outdoors, woodworking, gardening, and most of all, being a grandma to Matteo.

  • Tracey Gleason

    Fund Development Assistant
    tgleason@ecfoundation.org

    Tracey Gleason is the Fund Development Assistant at ECF. She came to ECF in the fall of 2015, after spending several years at Olds College in the roles of Stewardship Coordinator, Data Base Coordinator, and Project Assistant. As a Fund Development Assistant, Tracey provides support to the Donor Advisors in many areas. She also works closely with her colleagues to carry out other ECF responsibilities. When she's not busy with ECF, she volunteers at the Edmonton Humane Society. She enjoys outdoor activities including rock climbing, ice climbing, hiking, scrambling, and more.

  • Laura Kugler

    Donor Services Associate
    lkugler@ecfoundation.org

    Laura Kugler is the Donor Services Associate at ECF. Having worked in a fund development and communications role in one of Edmonton’s social service agencies for more than 20 years, Laura considers the clients, front-line staff, volunteers, and donors to have been some of her best mentors and teachers. With previous studies at MacEwan in both Journalism and Public Relations, Laura is now pursuing a new area of interest with courses in estate and trust administration. The newest member of ECF’s Donor Services team, Laura is grateful to continue her career with an organization whose values so closely match her own. She sums up her guiding principle with the following quote from Mother (now Saint) Teresa, “If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." Laura appreciates solitude, silence, the wide open spaces of the prairies, and the beauty of Edmonton's river valley.

Finance

  • Chris Quinn

    Director of Finance & Operations
    info@ecfoundation.org

    Chris Quinn is the Director of Finance & Operations at ECF. After graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce co-op degree, he articled at Grant Thornton LLP. This time included a secondment to Grant Thornton’s Dublin, Ireland office. After six years of public company financial reporting with TELUS and The Brick, Chris joined ECF and has loved every minute of it. He spends his free time chasing rugby and golf balls around. He and his wife love to travel and are excited to show their daughter the world!

  • Anita Bauman

    Finance Associate
    abauman@ecfoundation.org

    Anita Bauman started as the ECF’s first ever Account Clerk in the year 2000, and is now part of a larger team, as Finance Associate. Prior to ECF, Anita’s background in accounting was 10 years with the Toronto Dominion Bank and 10 years in law firm accounting with Field and Field. With a definite determination for reconciliation, Anita has helped keep the numbers correct and balanced for many years. She plays an integral role in training new staff. On her downtime she enjoys working in her back yard, camping by the river, and is a friend to all animals. An Edmontonian and will always be, Anita is very proud to have connected with the Edmonton Community Foundation, and is appreciative of all the great work being done.

  • Gladys Dela Rosa-Bugayong

    Investment Analyst
    info@ecfoundation.org

    Gladys Dela Rosa-Bugayong is an Investment Analyst at ECF. She has been with ECF since 2014, and worked as a Regional Accountant for ETISALAT in Dubai before coming to Canada. She is active in Couples for Christ, an international religious group recognized by the Vatican church. She also supports a number of charities to improve the lives of the young citizens of the world, as she believes that the youth are the future of the world. Gladys is originally from the Philippines and is energetic and outspoken, yet kind-hearted, hardworking, and a team builder.

  • Florence (Oluwaseyi) Okeola

    Operations Accountant
    ookeola@ecfoundation.org

    Florence (Oluwaseyi) Okeola, CPA, CGA, is the Operations Accountant at ECF. She has several years of experience in accounting and received a bachelor’s degree in Applied Business Administration – Accounting (2012) from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). Florence holds a certificate in Canadian Securities Course (2007) and Higher National Diploma in Accounting (2002). She received her Certified General Accounting designation in 2013. Prior to joining ECF in 2014, Florence was a Financial Analyst with Telus Retail Ltd. She is an active member of her church where she volunteers to serve in different sections. She and her husband have three children.

Granting Services

  • Craig Stumpf-Allen

    Director of Grants and Community Engagement
    craig@ecfoundation.org

    Craig Stumpf-Allen is the Director of Grants and Community Engagement at ECF. He joined ECF in 2005 as the Scholarships Officer and is now overseeing all of ECF's granting activities. Craig started in Edmonton’s non-profit sector at The Citadel Theatre and has since worked in the arts, environmental, and social services sectors. He has served on several committees and boards, including with the Pride Centre of Edmonton, EcoCity Edmonton Grants, Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, and the City of Edmonton. Craig is also a cook and canner. He and his husband Mark keep a big garden, enjoy the performing and visual arts, and love to travel.

  • Alex Draper

    Donor Grants Associate
    adraper@ecfoundation.org

    Alex Draper is the Donor Grants Associate at ECF. He joined ECF in 2011 and transitioned into this role in 2013, acting as a link between donor advised fund-holders, ECF's granting programs, and the wider community. After completing his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Alberta, Alex’s engagement in volunteer work grew with a passion for building a strong and vibrant community in his hometown of Edmonton. In 2016, Alex was named the Community Philanthropy Fellow for Canada. As the inaugural fellow, he has the opportunity to embark on a project to examine and improve the philanthropic sector nationally and locally.

  • Ashley Dryburgh

    Focus Grants Associate
    adryburgh@ecfoundation.org

    Ashley Dryburgh is the Focus Grants Associate at ECF. She explores granting with a deep and narrow focus. At present, she is helping to develop the Edmonton Shift Lab — a social lab on Eliminating Racism, a priority that emerged from End Poverty Edmonton. Outside of work, she serves on the Board of Directors for Fringe Theatre Adventures. She also writes for Queermonton, a regular column in Vue Weekly. Born and raised in Victoria, Ashley spent some time in Hamilton before moving to Edmonton. While there, she was the Executive Director of the Facilitating Inclusion Cooperative. In her spare time, she dreams of feminist utopias and fights a losing battle against cat hair.

  • Cassandra Lundell

    Community Grants Associate
    clundell@ecfoundation.org

    Cassandra Lundell is the Community Grants Associate at ECF. In her role, Cassandra oversees the Community Grants Program and the Young Edmonton Grants Program. She also works collaboratively with the City of Edmonton for the Community Play Space Program. Cassandra graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and has completed the Leadership Wood Buffalo Program. In her previous role as Executive Director with the Wood Buffalo Volunteer and Information Centre, she volunteered in leadership roles, including Volunteer Canada’s and Volunteer Alberta’s Advisory Council of Volunteer Centres. Cassandra lives in Sherwood Park with her husband, their daughter, and two step children. The family enjoys being outside and travelling.

  • Anna Opryshko

    Student Awards Associate
    aopryshko@ecfoundation.org

    Anna Opryshko is the Student Awards Associate at ECF. Anna graduated with a Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta in 2013. She currently sits on the board of the Cameron Avenue Cohousing Co-operative. Anna has volunteered with a number of arts and social services organizations, both in Edmonton and abroad, including the GELA (Greater Edmonton Library Association) Prison Project, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, and Canada World Youth.

  • Chris Roberts

    Grants Impact Associate
    croberts@ecfoundation.org

    Chris Roberts is the Grants Impact Associate at ECF. Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. After returning to Edmonton, he worked with The Works International Visual Arts Society, focusing on grant writing, fundraising, and project development for its public art initiative, before joining ECF in 2015. Chris volunteers for various arts organizations, including the Board of Common Ground Arts Society and numerous election campaigns. In his spare time, Chris likes to drink five dollar coffees and read. He also enjoys biking, writing, playing trumpet (and accordion, soon), visiting art galleries, and live concerts.