Staff Spotlight

Meet the incredible team who make up the AdaptAbilities family.

Michelle Hordal

Founder and CEO

Michelle Hordal

Founder and CEO

Michelle represents the heart and soul of the AdaptAbilities family. As our founder and CEO, Michelle is a leader by setting an example. Her hard work, dedication and leadership inspires our entire team to deliver exceptional services to the families we work with.
Her passion for AdaptAbilities is both contagious and inspirational. When asked about the favourite part of her day, Michelle shares that she “loves seeing the smiles on the children’s faces, the stories families share about how our services are making a difference in their lives and the passion and commitment I see in our dedicated staff.”
Summer time is busy in Michelle’s house. She lets out her competitive spirit on the softball diamond, and by supporting her son’s baseball team as coach.
While being founder and CEO is an incredibly demanding position, Michelle recognizes the importance of self-care and practices it by spending time at the lake in the summer and sharing chai lattes with friends.
Family time is really important for Michelle. Their current family project is training their dog D.J., who has a difficult temperament. While working through these challenges, Michelle’s kids are learning about acceptance and understanding.

 

Michelle's hard work, dedication and leadership inspires our entire team to deliver exceptional services to the families we work with.

James Berge

Chief Operating Officer

James Berge

Chief Operating Officer

As our Chief Operating Officer, James gets to support the organization in many different ways.
James practices self-care by keeping his work/life balance in-check. His goal is to be present and engaged when at work and at home.
And what better way to keep his life-balance in check then by enjoying a burger and fries; his favourite go-to meal.
James chooses to approach life in a positive manner. When asked what he would bring if he was stuck on a deserted island he said, “My wife, that way we could call it a holiday!”

As our Chief Operating Officer, James gets to support the organization in many different ways.

Anita Penner

Finance Manager

Anita Penner

Finance Manager

Anita definitely is one of those people that use both sides of her brain. As our resident ‘numbers-person’, Anita does a stellar job balancing our books as the finance manager. But in her off-time, Anita flexes her creative muscles by painting on a regular basis.
Anita is grateful for the opportunity to work with AdaptAbilities because of the difference she is able to make in the quality of people’s lives.
Did you know Anita practices self-care by helping others as a volunteer with Scouts Canada?

Anita is grateful for the opportunity to work with AdaptAbilities because of the difference she is able to make in the quality of people’s lives.

Rich Horning

Director of Development and Communications

Rich Horning

Director of Development and Communications

Rich has joined AdaptAbilities in the very important role of Director of Development and Communications.

He looks forward to working with our team and making a difference in the lives of the individuals we serve. In fact, if he had one superpower it would be to ensure that every day everyone on the planet would have access to clean water, food, clothing, shelter and at least one close friend.

 

Richard is our Director of Development and Communications

Divya Sasikumar

Human Resources Manager

Divya Sasikumar

Human Resources Manager

 

Bonnie Walzack

Program Manager

Bonnie Walzack

Program Manager

If you have used our services, chances are you’ve had the chance to speak with our Program Development Manager, Bonnie Walzack!
Bonnie loves her job because it helps lighten the heavy load that our families carry every day.
Bonnie approaches life in the most positive way by having fun, enjoying regular massages, and practicing prayer, worship and meditation. If stuck on a desert island, she would love to have the company of The Rock (Dwayne Johnston), because he survives everything.
She has recently surprised herself by watching The Walking Dead. She resisted watching the show for a long time on principle but is now quite captivated by the reflections of human nature and moral questions the show reveals.

Bonnie loves her job because it helps lighten the heavy load that our families carry every day.

Landon Penner

Quality Assurance Manager

Landon Penner

Quality Assurance Manager

Landon Penner is the Program Delivery Manager for AdaptAbilities – meaning he oversees all of the programming within AdaptAbilities! Talk about a heavy load!
Landon and his partner love traveling in Canada. In fact, one of their travel goals is to see all the legislature buildings in our country. They only have 8 more to go!
Closer to home Landon loves doing almost any type of art. From drawings, paintings, sculpture and woodwork, all his creative pursuits leave a unique and artistic imprint on his home!
Landon shares this home with two dogs who are his pride and joy; a cocker-spaniel named Pepper-Anne and a young shih tzu called Major.

Landon Penner is the Program Delivery Manager for AdaptAbilities.

Kellie Steele

Executive Assistant

Kellie Steele

Executive Assistant

 

Ayo Adeyeri

Fund Development Officer

Ayo Adeyeri

Fund Development Officer

 

Aurora Halldorson

Human Resources Generalist

Aurora Halldorson

Human Resources Generalist

Welcome to the team Aurora! She is joining us to help support our AdaptAbilities staff in the important role as HR generalist.

In her free time Aurora likes to read, work out and eat tacos or chili. Aurora loves to live the ‘Pura Vida’ or ‘simple life’ in her favourite travel destination of Costa Rica.

Aurora loves to live the 'Pura Vida' in Costa Rica.

Katelynn Stoesz

Program Coordinator, Hearts in Action

Katelynn Stoesz

Program Coordinator, Hearts in Action

Katelynn is a valued program coordinator for our Hearts in Action summer camps.
In her spare time, you’ll find Katelynn being crafty by latchhooking (aka making rugs!), and playing floor hockey. Katelynn practices self care by enjoying daily bubble baths and reading books!

Katelynn practices self care by enjoying daily bubble baths and reading books!

David Tao

Program Coordinator, Strathcona

David Tao

Program Coordinator, Strathcona

David Tao is one of our amazing program coordinators. He enjoys spending time and having fun with AdaptAbilities participants.
He balances work and life by practicing self-care such as turning off his cell phone when he can and spending time with his wife.

If David could eat one meal for the rest of his life it would be pizza. And that might be a very long time because if he had one superpower, it would be immortality!

He balances work and life by practicing self-care such as turning off his cell phone when he can, and spending time with his wife.

Remy Haynes

Program Coordinator, West

Remy Haynes

Program Coordinator, West

 

Remy is our team lead for in home services!

Taiba Hamza

Family Liaison

Taiba Hamza

Family Liaison

Taiba’s friendly demeanor and beaming smile can’t be missed at the AdaptAbilities office. With a passion for helping others that is unparalleled, Taiba makes sure she always makes time for herself, practicing self-care and watching a movie or TV show – she’s currently binging on Ballers!

Taiba is a world traveler, who is drawn to positive vibes, cultures, and, of course, the food! A self-proclaimed foodie, she marks Malta as her favorite destination. Catch Taiba eating out around Edmonton and exploring the local food scene as a mini-staycation!

A woman with an adventurous heart and a passion for self-care, Taiba is often the first person families meet when they come to AdaptAbilities for the first time!

Nazish Jabeen

Intake Coordinator

Nazish Jabeen

Intake Coordinator

 

Laurie Morin

Team Lead, McKernan Centre

Laurie Morin

Team Lead, McKernan Centre

Laurie is one of our amazing team leads. She loves working at AdaptAbilities because of the friendships she has with co-workers, the awesome participants she works with and the feeling of doing something meaningful while making a difference.
The force is strong with Laurie because her favourite hobby is collecting Star Wars memorabilia. She counts Edmonton Expo (Comic Con) as one of her favourite festivals to attend in Edmonton.

She loves working at AdaptAbilities because she enjoys the feeling of doing something meaningful while making a difference.

Sarah Farrants

Team Lead - Orange Hub

Sarah Farrants

Team Lead - Orange Hub

Sarah is a bookworm – and a proud one! Listing an unlimited amount of books as one thing she’d like to have on a desert island, she also lists her desired superpower as speed reading and the ability to retain it all, sharing that “there’s never enough time in one lifetime to read and learn everything.”

A proud mom, she shares her passion for literacy with her daughter, and loves Gilmore Girls because of the relationship between Rory and Lorelai (even moreso because Rory is a bibliophile!)

Travel is also high on Sarah’s bucket list. Any time she can throw on a pair of hiking boots and explore the culture, history, and architecture of a destination is where she’d like to be! Rome, Wales, and Tibet are on top of her dream destinations.

Sarah is passionate about self-care! Whether it's making jewelry, walking, kayaking, or mindfulness and meditation, Sarah aims to live a well-balanced, centered life with her daughter.

Karlynn Willier

Team Lead, McKernan House

Karlynn Willier

Team Lead, McKernan House

 

Michelle Acheson

Team Lead, SIL

Michelle Acheson

Team Lead, SIL

 

Scott Eason

Team Lead, Orange Hub

Scott Eason

Team Lead, Orange Hub

 

Maria Reid

Team Lead, 1 to 1 Orange Hub

Maria Reid

Team Lead, 1 to 1 Orange Hub

 

Julie Walker

Coordinator - In Home Adults

Julie Walker

Coordinator - In Home Adults

 

Robert Susut

Program Assistant, Centres

Robert Susut

Program Assistant, Centres

Robert Susut is a valued member of the AdaptAbilities family, and works as a team lead for one of our centers.
Robert’s favourite animals are giraffes because as he points out, ‘what else has a purple tongue?’
Quantity is the name of the game for Robert, as he is the first person to admit he plays a big variety of sports, but rather badly. He practices self-care by travelling, exercise, massage and mind-reading (we’re just kidding on the last part).
Robert loves his job because of the wide variety of people he works with.

Robert loves his job because of the wide variety of people he gets to work with.

Rebecca Walchuk

Program Assistant, Hearts in Action

Rebecca Walchuk

Program Assistant, Hearts in Action

Rebecca is thrilled to be joining the AdaptAbilities team as our program assistant for Hearts in Action summer camp.

Rebecca is a true world traveler with Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, Mexico as her second home. She credits the beautiful coastal beaches, laid-back towns and amazing friends she’s met with filling her heart over the last ten years.

When at home you’ll find Rebecca on the water as much as possible. She spent most of last summer kayaking in Canmore!

Rebecca is a true world traveler.

Pauline Lam

Finance Assistant

Pauline Lam

Finance Assistant

Pauline is the newest member to our Finance Team! She practices self-care and stays active by playing badminton in her spare time, something she enjoys just for fun!

An avid traveller, Pauline lists her favorite destination as Hong Kong – there is just something so attractive about the hustle of such a big city (and being a shopper’s paradise, doesn’t hurt either)!

Pauline joined AdaptAbilities because she felt aligned with the organization’s vision – helping individuals become their best self through empowerment. The mission and vision resonated with her, and she uses her role to help families achieve peace of mind.

 

 

Pauline loves the vision of AdaptAbilities - helping individuals improve their lives by empowering them to grow, succeed, and belong.

Lisa Budden

Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Lisa Budden

Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Chances are you’ve probably spoken with our friendly administrative assistant Lisa.
Lisa is an island girl at heart. Lisa’s all-time favourite destination is her home province of Newfoundland and Labrador where she enjoys watching the ocean from her patio with a glass of wine. She is a proud Newfoundlander who will gladly share with you the famous ‘newfie’ delicacy of wings, chips, dressing and gravy.
If she could harness any superpower, Lisa would zap away any worries about the little things in life we don’t have any control over.

Lisa is a proud Newfoundlander who will gladly share with you the famous 'newfie' delicacy of wings, chips, dressing and gravy.

Christina Schofield

Behavioural Support Coordinator

Christina Schofield

Behavioural Support Coordinator

 

Emily Sanderson

Program Assistant, Management

Emily Sanderson

Program Assistant, Management

 

Ryan Shapitka

Human Resources Assistant

Ryan Shapitka

Human Resources Assistant

 

Shiva Zandi

Payroll Administrator

Shiva Zandi

Payroll Administrator

 

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