Staff Directory

Foundation Administration

  • Martin Garber-Conrad

    Chief Executive Officer

    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

    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. Lisa was a proud volunteer for six years at CJSR, helping to produce content for their feminist radio show, Adamant Eve. She also collects hobbies like writing, crochet, and felting.


  • Nneka Otogbolu

    Director of Communications and Equity Strategy

    Nneka Otogbolu (BSc. MBA. MSc.IM) is the Director of Communications and Equity Strategy at ECF. Nneka comes to the Foundation with several years of non-profit experience, most recently as executive director of a community-focused science charity on Vancouver Island, BC. She was also the research and fundraising coordinator for the national, Indigenous Moose Hide Campaign. Before coming to Canada, Nneka spent more than 15 years in increasingly responsible positions in the Nigerian banking system, specializing in small and medium-sized businesses. She has completed graduate work in both U.K. and Canada, earning an in International Business from the University of Hertfordshire and an MBA from Vancouver Island University. Both degrees were awarded Distinctions. She has led several teams across different industry sectors. She is also a co-recipient of the Canadian Bureau of International Education’s Elizabeth Patterson Award for Internationalization, for her work in her community on Vancouver Island. She's a supermom of three kids and loves to read, watch movies and cook.

  • Elizabeth Bonkink

    Communications Team Lead

    Elizabeth Bonkink is the Communications Team Lead at ECF. She holds a degree in Communications and a diploma in radio, television journalism. She has worked on the Vital Signs project since its inception at the organization, and is one of the contributing voices to The Well Endowed Podcast. 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 husband Gary. In her spare time, Elizabeth volunteers with NASAP (North Alberta Society for Animal Protection) fostering dogs, Edmonton Valley Zoo, and with Alberta Helping Animals Society.

  • Andrew Paul

    Communications Associate

    Andrew Paul is a Communications Associate 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 award-winning 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 is the co-founder of Beer Tent Reviews, a specialty magazine focusing on reviewing the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.

Donor Advisors

  • Noel Xavier

    Director of Donor Services

    Noel Xavier is the Director of Donor Services at ECF. He joined ECF in 2013 and works with individual donors, families, and local charities to build endowment funds and legacy plans that provide strategic, sustainable support in our community. With over 22 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. Noel is the past-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Edmonton Arts Council and has also served on the Boards of 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 enjoys running, hiking, camping, and gardening.

  • Kathy Hawkesworth

    Counsel/Philanthropy Advisor

    Kathy Hawkesworth (LLB TEP) is a Counsel/Philanthropy Advisor at ECF. Before discovering her passion for gift planning, Kathy was a tax advisor practicing first within a law firm and then a national accounting firm. Since leaving private practice and joining ECF, Kathy has helped hundreds of donors establish hundreds of different endowment funds that now provide meaningful, ongoing support to the causes important to them. Kathy is the past chair of the Edmonton Branch of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), she serves on the steering committee for the Wills & Estates Section of the Canadian Bar Association and is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Edmonton. Outside the office, she leads a quiet but busy life. She enjoys food, travelling, and has a personal fitness goal to be skilled and strong enough to go heli-skiing — one day. In the meantime, she one of the people who actually uses those darn cycle lanes (in warmer weather) for her commute, is a consistent if not talented yoga practitioner and simply loves to walk.

  • Matt Mandrusiak

    Donor Advisor

    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.

Donor Services

  • Sharlene Clarke

    Donor Services Administrator

    Sharlene Clarke is the Donor Services Administrator at ECF, coordinating receipts and acknowledgements for the foundation’s more than 1,000 endowment funds. Holding a BA from Saint Mary's University and Certificate in Book and Magazine Publishing from Centennial College, Sharlene has 12 years of experience in magazine circulation and marketing; her most recent positions having been with Venture Publishing and University of Alberta's New Trail magazine. Her customer service and results-driven approach won her the Circulation Management Association of Canada's Caren King Scholarship Award in 2010. After living in Halifax, Calgary, Kingston, ON and Toronto, Sharlene is now happy to call Edmonton her home, and loves contributing to the community through volunteer work in education and publishing. She also enjoys playing basketball, running, and exploring the river valley (and beyond) with her dog.

  • Kerri DeLuca

    Stewardship Associate

    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. In her spare time Kerri loves the great outdoors, working on her online business, and most of all being a “Special Grandma” to her beautiful grandchildren.

  • Tracey Gleason

    Fund Development Assistant

    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

    Estates & Endowments Associate

    Laura Kugler is a Estates & Endowments 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.


  • Chris Quinn

    Chief Financial Officer

    Chris Quinn is the Chief Financial Officer 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!

  • Gladys Dela Rosa-Bugayong

    Finance Lead

    Gladys Dela Rosa-Bugayong is the Finance Lead 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


    Florence (Oluwaseyi) Okeola, CPA, CGA, is a Controller 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

  • Cassandra Lundell

    Community Grants Manager

    Cassandra Lundell is the Community Grants Manager at ECF.She joined ECF in 2011 as the Grants Administrator and now manages the Community Grants and Small Grants Programs. Cassandra started her career in the non-profit sector in her hometown of Fort McMurray, as the Executive Director of the Volunteer and Information Centre. She has served on various committees, including National and Provincial Advisory Councils, the Social Framework Community Grants Advisory Committee and Edmonton Community Adult Learning Association (ECALA). She lives in Sherwood Park with her husband; her side-bar gig consists of coordinating and keeping up with the lifestyles of two teenage bonus children with an active four year old thrown into the mix. In her spare time, Cassandra enjoys trying new food, camping, paddle boarding, curling, and craft beer.

  • Andrea Diamond

    Grants Impact Associate

    Andrea Diamond is the Grants Impact Associate at ECF. She joined ECF in 2017 and has been working to explore the effect of ECF’s grants on the community ever since. Andrea holds a Masters of Science in Public and Urban Policy from the University of Glasgow and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta. She has always had a strong interest in the not-for-profit sector; working with the Urban Land Institute (Toronto) and Homeward Trust Edmonton prior to joining ECF. In her spare time Andrea enjoys downhill skiing and playing her trumpet.

  • Nicholas Diaz

    Donor Grants Associate

    Nicholas Diaz is the Donor Grants Associate at ECF. He joined ECF in 2019, and works with donor advised fund-holders to direct their charitable giving. He also coordinates ECF’s student awards and bursaries. Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, and a Music Performance Diploma from MacEwan University. He has served on the boards of a number of non-profits, including the Edmonton Pride Festival Society and Walkthrough Entertainment Society. Nick is an event organizer, policy wonk, and tech enthusiast – he loves to act as a sound board for projects supporting the queer community, civic engagement, and public policy.

  • Anna Opryshko

    Student Awards Associate

    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.

  • Yetayale Tekle

    Grants Associate

    Yetayale Tekle is the Grants Assistant at ECF. He started working at ECF in 2020, where he supports the Granting Services team. He has spent over a decade working in the Human Services sector with Non-profits and Charities. There he implemented and developed programming, as well as, provided direct services to children and families. Outside of ECF he volunteers in his community with CVITP. In his down time, Yetayale enjoys woodworking, the performing arts, and gardening.