Meet The Team

Executive Directors:

President, Naydene Lewis

Naydene has worked, played and lived in Okotoks since 2003. As mom of 4 and a Kinship mom of 3 more, she spends her time devoted to her children and the Community through volunteering with various non profit organizations. She is currently the Admin for a Facebook group in the region but history tells us that she is Certified in Renewable Energy & Conservation, used her Paralegal education to help non-custodial parents and her Business Administration background to be an entrepreneur in the past. As an Okotoks Town Councillor from 2007-2010, she gained valuable knowledge of the inner workings of the Town.  As a Federal Union activist through her job at Stats Can, she was also an Adult Educator and supporter of the Accountability of Employees of the Federal Government.

1st Vice President, Marcia Dombroski 

Marcia is a retired Banker and stay at home mom and joined this group to try and help make a difference.

2nd Vice President, Available

Treasurer, Richelle Skrilec

Richelle, her husband, and their two daughters moved to Okotoks in 2005 and have watched the town grow immensely over the years. Richelle owns and runs a QuickBooks training and consulting business, a Canada-wide fundraising website, and a waterjet cutting business. She completed her Business Admin program at NAIT (what feels like a million years ago), and has been upgrading her tech and accounting skills ever since. Richelle has volunteered for many local organizations over the years, including Pound Rescue, Easter Seals Camp Horizon, school parent councils (where she served as Treasurer), and ARF.

Richelle believes that the Town Council should solicit feedback from town residents and business owners before making major decisions, that they should be more diligent in how administration spends our tax dollars, and she would love to see more transparency within the town operations. She brings solid business and financial management experience to the Board and her goal for the ORA is for it to be an unbiased source of information about town project and town spending. 

Secretary, Erin Risdon 

Born and raised in southern Alberta. Lived in Calgary, Strathmore and moved to Okotoks in 2002. Went to college in the US for 2 years before returning home to work as a Registered Dental Assistant. For the past 26 years has worked predominantly in the dental field as a chairside assistant, dental administrator, manager and dental assisting instructor at a local college. Has volunteered in the community with FCIS (Foothills Community Immigrant Services assisting with large events such as Canada Day Events at the Recreation Centre, Light Up Okotoks and many more. Worked in a volunteer position with Scouts Canada as the Foothills Area Scout Registrar for 3 years. Volunteered with OMHA, High River Flyers and High Country Rockies as a hockey parent volunteer. Very recently (November of 2019) went into business with family by opening a children’s clothing store in the heart of downtown Okotoks. A completely new venture!

Board Members:

Wendy Adam (Past ORA President)

Wendy taught at U of A for 3 years in the School of Medical Technology. She moved to Vancouver General Hospital as a Clinical Chemist and co-directed the installation of the first Laboratory Computer System in Canada. She then moved to Calgary and Foothills Hospital as Laboratory Manager with the responsibility of development and management of operating and capital budgets. Moved on to ranching – raising purebred cattle, marketing genetics and starting a pasture to plate partnership with a local restaurant.

Participation on Cattle Industry Boards – lobbying activities to the Provincial and Federal Government including changing the checkoff regulations for the cattle industry, BSE recovery plans, and federal species at risk legislation and its impact on the beef industry.

Participation on many political Boards both federal and provincial in many roles from president to sub-committee advocacy and/or advisory, political campaigns as both Campaign manager and campaign volunteer, non-profit Boards and service clubs in Okotoks and Calgary dedicated to the needs of the vulnerable and/or the community.

Udo Adams (Past ORA Treasurer)

Spent 3 yrs. as credit manager in an Edmonton steel fabrication company. Moved to Vancouver as a cost accountant for a major BC manufacturing company, managing the design and installation of a Bill of Material Processing Computer system in the plant.   Moved back to Calgary and employed for 15 years in the oil patch, computerizing accounting and business systems, the last 5 years as VP Finance and CFO of a major oil and gas supply company, including 2 major mergers.  Retired to participate in a ranching operation raising purebred cattle and selling genetics in the US and Canada; including the development of a pasture to plate partnership with a local restaurant  

Participation on federal and provincial political boards and campaigns, non- profit Boards, community organizations and service club boards dedicated to the needs of the vulnerable and/or community., usually in the capacity of CFO.

Leah Koski

Business owner for 30 years in Calgary and Okotoks, married 30 yrs with 3 children. Proud member of the Blood Tribe Kainaiwa. My father is Hugh Dempsey, a renowned Alberta historian, curator of Glenbow Museum for many years, and writer who focused on native history. My grandfather was the first treaty First Nation senator in Canada and was featured on Canada’s commemorative 150 anniversary $10 bill.

Property owner and landlord, including a historic house on Elma Street. Involved with the Okotoks Historical society and interested in the preservation of our local heritage.

Member of the Town of Okotoks Roger Brooks Downtown Steering Committee, member of Olde Towne Okotoks (volunteer, Membership Director and Vice President), founding member of the Okotoks Elma Street Business Group, and have an ongoing interest in the revitalization of our downtown. Member of local non profit organizations that focus on History, the Arts, Entrepreneurship and Business.

Local Social media influencer with 5000 Facebook followers. Manager of several Facebook pages and Instagram accounts. 

Ryan Nix

Ryan grew up living in south Calgary and moved to Okotoks in 2017. He is married and has 2 kids. He has a degree in Business Management with a specialty in Marketing and Strategy from the University of Lethbridge. Ryan and his team were the first students to win the U of L KPMG Business Competition in their 3rd year of studies and the first to repeat again in the fourth year.

Ryan owns and manages two small businesses operating in Calgary serving Southern Alberta and has been doing so since 2009. The businesses have grown from 3 to 10 employees, and the franchise business was awarded Canadian Franchise of the Year in 2017. Ryan’s family is a foster family for AARCS and helps rescue dogs find their forever homes.

Dan Onerheim

Dan is a local resident, growing up between High River and Okotoks, so is a ‘farm boy’ at heart. He has lived in both the rural area and also in major cities such as Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto. 

Dan has owned a home in Okotoks for 22 year’s, is a single dad and has served Calgary, Okotoks, High River and surrounding communities as a First Responder. Since 1999, Dan has owned a Medical Services business initially operating part-time but now full time and continues to provide services across Southern Alberta.

He has extensive Fortune 500 Corporate business experiences in Sales, Marketing, Promotions, Administration and Management. Dan has his Business Administration with a Major in Consumer Marketing and further education in minors of Psychology and Sociology, along with being a Registered Paramedic. Dan has a solid background and combined with his experiences in business, financial management, administration and volunteer work – has the skills to contribute in a meaningful, substantial and positive way to the community and is always open to engaging the community and his neighbours.

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