Janet Ryan-Newell

CEO

Janet holds an M.Ed. with Distinction in both Counselling Psychology & Psychometric Assessment. For the first decade of her career Janet worked with Edmonton Public Schools, first as an Elementary School Teacher and then as a School Psychologist.

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Elaine Roemmich

Executive Director

Elaine has worked with the agency group since its beginning, first as a policy development consultant, and then as a manager and director. Her years of work with the Federal Government prepared her especially well for the complexities of overseeing working with government-funded programs.

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Jo-Ann Klapstein

Director of Foster Care and Kinnections

Jo-Ann has been with Crossroads as a staff member since 2005. She also worked with our sister agency Kells Counselling as a Psych Assistant and a learning specialist. Jo-Ann’s educational background is in teaching, and she has worked in Aboriginal communities.

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Annette Thiessen

Business Operations Manager

Annette has been an integral part of Crossroads Family Services since 2002. She oversees our human resource needs as well as anything to do with office equipment and information technology.

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Michelle Caouette

Foster Care Program Manager

Michelle was hired as a Support Worker in 2007 but prior to that she worked a year at The Retreat ~ Crossroads Treatment group care program. Michelle’s educational background is in social work and she is highly skilled at combining her work load with ongoing education.

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Craig Ryan

Kinnections Program Development Supervisor

Craig began working with Crossroads as a youth worker nearly 10 years ago. Craig has extensive experience working with children and youth, in foster care and group care.  He has a steady, warm, and playful presence that welcomes people of all ages.

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Barb Tenney

Kinnections Program Delivery Supervisor

Barb was invited to Crossroads in 2013 from the ‘group care world,’ to work as a Foster Care Support Worker. In 2014, she transitioned to our Kinnections Respite program, and was soon promoted to a Team Lead.

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Candace Cooper

Foster Care Support Worker

Candace has been with Crossroads since 2009, working in various administrative positions before becoming a Support Worker in 2014. She has unique insight into the behind the scenes workings of a large foster care program.

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Melissa Viste (On Leave)

Foster Care Support Worker

Melissa is currently on Maternity leave enjoying time with her baby boy, and young daughter. Melissa started working at Crossroads in 2012. We are very happy to have Melissa, as her organized, practical, and child-focused case work is an excellent fit with our program.

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Shauna Benvik

Foster Care Support Worker

Shauna has been with Crossroads Family Services since 2009 and has an educational background in Early Childhood Development. Prior to Crossroads, she worked extensively as a Family Resource Worker developing and facilitating numerous programs for families in need. Shauna believes strongly in children and families and their ability to succeed. She is beloved by the families she works with.

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Elizabeth Lucas

Foster Care Support Worker

Elizabeth joined Crossroads in 2017 and has been a wonderful addition to our dynamic team. She has been a registered social worker since 2002, with a background in the nursing field and rehab. She previously worked with Victim Services and the RCMP, school systems, Lakeland Centre for FASD, in the medical field, with seniors in long term care, and ran a palliative care group home for people with cognitive and physical challenges. 

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Gurneet Kandola

Foster Care Support Worker

Gurneet was born and raised in India. She moved to Canada in October 2009 after marrying her husband. Gurneet has an extensive education! She has a Masters in Social Work and is a registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Work, and she has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.

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Stephanie Sputek

Foster Care Support Worker

Stephanie started with Crossroads in 2014 as a practicum student and impressed us so much that she was offered a position as a Support Worker after she completed her Child & Youth Care degree.

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Lena Dobson

Compliance Officer and Admin Support.

Lena started working for Crossroads in January 2013 at our main office reception desk. In 2014, she moved to a Program Support Worker role, coordinating our training program and tracking compliance requirements for foster parents in both regions.

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Pauline Duperreault

Reception and Admin Support

Pauline began working as the agency receptionist in February 2014. She is a wonderful addition to our Crossroads family. Pauline loves to learn, is unfailingly kind and welcoming, and has a lovely sense of humour.

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Sarah Legere

Home Study Coordinator

Sarah is a Registered Social Worker with a great deal of experience working with special needs children and youth. Sarah first began working for Crossroads as a Foster Care Support Worker in 2000, and stayed in that role until she left to start her own family.

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Cathy Klapstein

Recruitment Coordinator

Cathy has been involved with Crossroads ever since its inception in 1997. She has been our recruiter for several years now, and we think her bubbly personality and positive attitude are a perfect fit for that role.

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Lasha Markowski

Kinnections Scheduler and HR Support Worker

Lasha started at Crossroads Family Services in 2015 as a summer student in the Kinnections Program. We loved her work so much that we convinced her to return to us for summer work and casual work, while she completed her degree!

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