Sammy Ahn is a chemical engineering graduate from the University of Calgary currently working as an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) at TransCanada Corp. Sammy became involved with LINKages during his last year of high school in 2010 when he was leader of the Sir Winston Churchill High School After-School Program. His involvement with LINKages continued on with his post-secondary studies when he founded the LINKages U of C Chapter in 2012. Sammy has experienced first-hand, the lasting impact of intergenerational connections. He had previously joined the LINKages' Board as Board Secretary and is now the Board Chair.
Alexis Bahry MacKenzie
Alexis Bahry MacKenzie is a senior Marketing and Communications professional with over 20 years’ experience developing organizational growth strategies, marketing plans and communications/outreach programs. She holds a Master of Communications Studies degree from the University of Calgary with a research emphasis on Intergenerational Communications. Alexis shares LINKages’ passion for doing innovative, meaningful work that sparks new connections and provides lasting community benefits. Her education and skill set supports LINKages in its approach to building community connections, developing strong outreach programs and sustaining growth. Alexis is currently the Vice Chair of the Board.
Kristine Williamson joined the board of directors in the Fall of 2012 and served as Vice-President of the Board from 2015-2017. Kristine is passionate about the experiences and relationships that LINKages facilitates to create a more inclusive and connected community. Kristine leads and integrated team of development and communications professionals at the Alberta College of Art + Design. As Vice President, Engagement, she and her team advance ACAD's Vision by building and nurturing community relationships to support students, faculty, and alumni in their creative endeavors. Kristine brings experience and leadership in relationship-building, government relations fundraising and marketing and communications to LINKages.
Sheryl Philips joined the LINKages board in 2015 and is a passionate advocate for creating lasting connections between youth and seniors. Sheryl is a creative and insightful results driven Senior Human Resources Leader with over 20 years of progressive experience within the Information Technology, E-Commerce, Manufacturing, Engineering and Construction industries. She is a leader who adapts quickly, works strategically and hands-on in dynamic work environments undergoing substantial change, transition or growth. Sheryl is currently the Director, Human Resources for Innova Global. Her previous not-for-profit board experience was as Treasurer for Sleep Wake Disorders – Calgary Chapter and as a parent volunteer at her children’s schools.
Brent Prenevost lives in Calgary and works with the Alberta Energy Regulator. Brent is a seasoned lawyer with over 30 years experience in the Energy, Financial services and administrative law areas. He is very familiar with the development of social policy through legislation and regulations. As a former director of a non- profit delivering alternative energy in the developing world, he appreciates how a clear vision, sound strategy and effective implementation contribute to the well being of communities. He believes that LINKages' work to foster inter-generational connections promotes character, strengthens families and contributes ultimately to healthy communities.
Sophie Sapergia has served with LINKages’ Board of Directors since 2011. Over 20 years ago she learned the value of fostering intergenerational connections as a youth volunteer with seniors living in long-term care. Since then, Sophie's career has focused on improving health services and supports for seniors and their families. Sophie has managed the development of Canadian guidelines for seniors’ mental health services and she has led Canada-wide and international research and service development initiatives. She currently works with Alberta Health Services in the role of Director, Permanent Supportive Housing & Residential Living. She holds a Master of Social Work with a specialization in gerontology.