YWCA Saskatoon Board of Directors
Jodi Manastyrski, President
Jodi Manastyrski is a lawyer with the City of Saskatoon Solicitor’s Office. She is knowledgeable in governance frameworks and processes as well as legal and legislative drafting. Jodi understands the important role that YWCA Saskatoon provides in the community and supports the goals of empowering and supporting women and girls. Jodi joined the YWCA Board of Directors in 2018.
Sandra Blevins, Vice-President
Sandra is a passionate leader who has had the privilege to serve as a health care leader and executive in the Saskatoon Health Region. Prior to recently retiring from SHR, this 30 year career enabled her to work with many staff, physicians, patients, educators, researchers and leaders to challenge the status quo, steward, innovate, manage change, inspire and coach leaders to ultimately provide a high quality experience for the patients and clients that she served. An honoured recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, a Registered Nurse with a MBA she seeks out challenges and opportunities that bring together people to roll up our sleeves and make our community and this world a better place to live and thrive in. Sandra joined the Board in 2017.
Tammy Richmond, Past-President
Tammy Richmond is a Certified Financial Planner who has Board and governance experience. She served as the President of Business and Professional Women of Saskatoon, leading that organization through its first strategic planning process. She is passionate about supporting other women and girls to be the best that they can be and making the world a better place for women at all stages in their lives. Tammy became a YWCA Saskatoon Board Member in 2015 and is a member of the Executive and Governance committees.
Lisa Dunville, Treasurer
Lisa Dunville is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is a Partner at KPMG LLP. Previously Lisa served on the Board of Directors of READ Saskatoon and is the lead partner in charge of delivering KPMG’s Not-for-Profit seminar series to the Saskatoon community. Lisa brings experience to the Board in the areas of finance and accounting, governance, and risk management. Lisa is committed both professionally and in volunteering to empowering women to achieve their goals, and values the opportunities that YWCA Saskatoon provides in the community in supporting women and girls. Lisa serves on the Finance committee and became a Board member in 2019.
Audrey Armstrong is from the Thunderchild First Nation and now calls Saskatoon home. She is a Dream Broker with Sasksport Inc. and works with underprivileged kids in core neighbourhoods to become involved in sport, culture, and recreational opportunities by reducing barriers to participation. Audrey is also a Crisis Worker with Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Centre. Audrey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Indian Social Work from FNUniv/U of R and is working on her Master’s Degree with Dalhousie University’s distance learning program. Audrey’s passion lies in community service and helping to empower women & children to be successful in whatever they choose to do, both professionally and personally. Audrey has served on the board of directors for SIMFC and currently sits on the board for Awasisak Nikan Child and Family Services in Thunderchild First Nation. Audrey is honoured to be a part of the YWCA in the capacity of a board member and joined the Board in 2019.
Breanne Chaben is a recent graduate from the University of Saskatchewan, with a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources. She has a history of community involvement including Habitat for Humanity and The Ronald McDonald House. Breanne is looking forward to giving back to the community, with an emphasis on empowering women and girls and providing services to those in need. Breanne joined the Board in 2017.
Dana holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors from the University of Saskatchewan in Regional and Urban Development. Dana has spent her 15 year career as a Registered Professional Planner with the City of Saskatoon, currently in the Regional Planning Section as the Senior Planner responsible for enhancing Regional Partnerships. Dana has a long history of community involvement, most recently with Dress for Success Saskatoon. Dana is also an active volunteer with the Canadian Institute of Planners and currently sits on the Professional Standards Board of Directors. Dana is passionate about empowering women to achieve their goals, both professionally and personally. Dana joined the YWCA Board of Directors in 2018.
Alison Murawsky brings experience in business development, communications, and marketing to the YWCA Saskatoon Board of Directors. As the Director of Marketing at Remai Modern, she has oversight for marketing, communications, guest experience, and retail operations for the museum. She has also been a long-time dance instructor, working with children of all ages at Sitter School of Dance. With a Bachelor of Commerce degree in marketing, she has worked in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. With a strong commitment to Saskatoon, Alison is looking forward to working with the Board to advance the interests of women and girls in this community. Alison joined the Board in 2018.
Raegan Pollard is a Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional who currently works as a Senior Project Manager at Graham in their Industrial Division. She has volunteered with many organizations, with an emphasis on supporting other women and girls, including Saskatoon Industry Education Council’s Connected event and Betty-Ann Heggie Womentorship Program. Raegan holds the same values as the YWCA in both her personal and professional life. Raegan joined the Board in 2017.
Kathleen is a fundraising professional with DCG Philanthropic Services and has led multi-million-dollar campaigns alongside organizations such as Food Banks of Saskatchewan, Oxford House and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Saskatchewan which deepened her love of travel and grassroots development. Contributing to the community has always been important to Kathleen. She has dedicated her volunteer time to community-based, arts organizations, including PAVED Arts, Nuit Blanche Saskatoon, and Business for the Arts, and looks forward to broadening this work with YWCA Saskatoon.
Namarta Kochar, Special Projects Officer in Strategic Communications at the University of Saskatchewan, has helped strengthen various spheres throughout Saskatchewan, volunteering for an array of organizations including the Saskatoon Salvation Army, The Secret Santa Foundation, the YWCA Women of Distinction Gala committee, and the Royal University Hospital Royal Ball Planning Committee. Namarta currently serves as Chair of the City of Saskatoon’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee and sits as a public representative on the Drug Advisory Committee of Saskatchewan for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. Namarta was awarded the highest volunteer award in Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal, from the Government of Saskatchewan. She was named a Woman of Influence by SaskBusiness Magazine, a USask Arts & Science Alumni of Influence, and CBC Saskatchewan’s top 40 under 40. Namarta received the Community Leadership award from Leadership Saskatoon, an Alumni Achievement Award from USask, the City of Saskatoon’s Living in Harmony award and the Champion of Children award from The Saskatoon Preschool Foundation. For her work in philanthropy, Namarta was awarded the Chamberlain Scholarship from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.