Our People

It's about what we can do TOGETHER!

Helping our community help itself is a big job and requires coordination and passion. The staff on your local United Way team work hard to coordinate the many volunteers and donors that make United Way support available to Partner Agencies.

Our Staff

Vincent Varga

Interim Executive Director (2020)
Vincent comes to United Way with 40 years of leadership, management and curatorial accomplishment within a regional, national and international context in the not-for-profit public arts and museum sector. Most recently, Vincent spent five and a half years as the Director of the Whyte Museum of the... more

Janelle Marietta

Executive Director (On Leave in 2020)
Janelle is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge Management program, with a Masters of Science focusing on Marketing. She comes with over a decade of experience in not-for-profit, including the healthcare and post-secondary sectors.   Born and raised in Lethbridge, Janelle is proud to call... more

Riley Swanberg

Community Development Coordinator
While born and raised in Calgary, Riley has made Lethbridge her home for the past eight years. Moving to Lethbridge for her post-secondary education, Riley obtained a B.A in Sociology from the University of Lethbridge. She entered the non-profit sector five years ago, starting out in childcare... more

Connolly Tate-Mitchell

Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Connolly is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a B.A. in General Humanities, and also of Lethbridge College with a diploma in Communication Arts majoring in Print Journalism. As an INFJ, meaningful work, making connections with others and making a lasting impact on the world is... more

Sandy Kirk

Sandy makes sure every cent of your donation is accounted for and she makes sure it gets to the Community Fund or whichever Registered Canadian Charity you've designated it for. If you have any questions as to where your donation goes, Sandy is the one to ask.

Our Volunteers

Even though they technically aren't staff, we couldn't do what we do without all the help of our volunteers. Whether you're helping with data entry at the office, out on the campaign trail gathering support or volunteering at a Hurricanes game selling tickets, please know you are very important to... more

Board of Directors

Danielle Davids

Danielle started volunteering as an administrative assistant at United Way of Lethbridge and South Western Alberta in October 2016. In January 2017, she joined the United Way executive board as Secretary and also served on United Way’s Impact Committee and Allocations Committee. Professionally,... more

Jaci Zalesak

Jaci has always been passionate about her community.  She came to the United Way looking to volunteer and quickly joined the Board and the Allocations Committee.  Volunteering has always been part of Jaci's personal mandate and has also served on other boards and school councils.  Jaci holds a... more

Catherine Filgas

Catherine is a lifetime Lethbridge resident and an active volunteer in the community. She attended the University of Lethbridge and obtained a CGA designation. Upon joining the United Way board of directors in 2018, she put those skills to work as the Treasurer. Giving time and skills is an... more

Rylan Boudreau

Rylan’s interests in psychology, economics, human decision-making, and risk led him to pursue his career in law. Born and raised in Lethbridge, Rylan began his articles with Davidson & Williams LLP in the summer of 2014. Rylan was called to the Alberta Bar on July 31, 2015 and became a partner... more

Anne Dymond


Adam Weersink

Adam grew up in the Lethbridge area, spending much of his time pursuing athletics, especially hockey. Following the end of his career in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, Adam attended and graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management, Finance with Great Distinction.... more

Krysty Thomas