Agency Leadership

Executive Board

Ms. Bonnie Johnston, Chair
BMJ Strategic Consulting
Mr. Ross Middleton, Vice-Chair
Managing Director & Senior Partner Boston Consulting Group

Hull Services’ Senior Operations Team

 

Julie Kerr, BA & MS, Psych.
Executive Director

Julie’s degrees are in psychology, and she has worked in a variety of roles in the social service, health and not for profit sectors during her 30+ year career, ranging from front line mental health and family support work to senior leadership roles in large health care organizations. She has managed budgets in excess of $1.4 Billion and staff alotments exceeding seven thousand.

She has been the Executive Director at Hull Services since 2018. She believes that well-being happens within the context of meaningful relationships and meaningful activity, and her desire is to build and belong to inclusive and supportive communities where everyone can thrive and share their unique gifts. Hull reflects these values and Julie feels very much at home in this amazing organization.

 

Kevin Foran
Senior Director Community Services and Partnership Development

Kevin has been at Hull Services for over 30 years. He started as a CCC in a TCBC program for seven years before spending one year at the Hull School as a Transition Counsellor. Kevin then moved to Family Initiatives (FI) as a Program Coordinator and then into a Program Director role, overseeing several of the community programs including FI and Radisson Group Home. He was also a part of the start up and management of the Patch program, Lasting Impressions, FASD MAPS and High Fidelity Wraparound.

Kevin came to Hull thinking he would spend a couple of years here and move on, but the people that work here and the work that we do to improve the lives of the youth and families we serve is so important to him that it has kept him here all these years.

 

Dan Hornsberger, FMP
Director of Maintenance

Dan has been involved with Hull periodically for the past 14 years. He began as a summer groundskeeper right out of high school. In 2012, he moved to Vancouver to attend the University of British Columbia. He received his Bachelors of Science in Natural Resources Conservation in 2016 and then moved back to Calgary to be closer to family and friends. Quickly upon his return to Calgary, Dan joined the Maintenance department at Hull and became a full-time employee after a year. Three years ago, he became head of the Maintenance department. Dan is a member of the Calgary Chapter of the International Facility Management Association and has his Facility Management Professional designation. He grew up in Woodbine (5 minutes from Hull’s SW campus) and currently lives in Oakridge with his wife, Sarah and daughter, Lucille.

 

Colleen Fabbi, BA, ODCP, CMP, CHRP
Director of People and Culture

Colleen has worked in Human Resources, Learning and Development and Organizational Development in generalist and leadership roles for over twenty years. She brings a vast and varied level of experience and expertise to the Agency.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, she attended University of Alberta to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Management, followed by completion of her diploma in Human Resources. Colleen has worked in private and public sectors, supporting field-based operations, social services to the corporate office environment, and now, the non-profit sector. Colleen has a love of learning, and to round out her tool kit, obtained her designations as an Organization Development Consultant Practitioner (ODCP) and Change Management Practitioner (CMP).

She has proven to be a skilled leader who joined Hull in May 2022 and is excited to use her experience in employee relations, policy development, performance enablement, psychology safety, leadership and change management to help ensure the growth, engagement, inclusion, and well-being of all employees at Hull Services.

She is passionate about coaching employees and leaders to equip them with the skills, knowledge, confidence, and mindsets to foster a more resilient and healthy workplace culture. Colleen plays a critical role in the development and implementation of People and Culture strategies and best practices that support the organization’s vision, mission, and core values.

 

Patricia Lee, BSc, MBA
Director of Development and Communications

Patricia has been in the non-profit and public sector for over 30 years in Communications and Fund Development. An Honours degree in Geology helped Patricia with her first Communications position at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeonotology in Drumheller. Patricia’s fundraising career began in Banff at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies during their capital campaign to double the size of the building’s gallery and exhibition spaces. Since then, Patricia has completed an MBA, and has fundraised at two universities for scholarships and research, Hospice Calgary for 10 years, and now at Hull Services, as the Director of Development and Communications. If you are interested in learning more about opportunities to invest in children and families mental health, please contact Patricia.

 

Rob Leong, CPA, CMA
Director of Finance

Rob is a native Calgarian with an accounting designation in CPA, CMA since 1997. He comes with a vast and varied experience in finance leadership, accounting, projects, technology, operations, and transition management. He worked in sectors ranging from Oil & Gas (BP, Husky) to IT (IBM) and professional consulting during his 25+ year career having roles in front line accounting, project manager, controller, and CFO. Rob had the privilege working abroad and oversaw accounting operations in Middle East, China, United States, and India. In recent years, Rob focussed nonprofit organizations as a volunteer board member or staff with vision in helping this vital sector grow and thrive.

Rob joined Hull Services in late 2021. He leads Hull’s financial functions, including reporting, budgeting, risk, treasury, payroll, and IT.

Rob is an engaged citizen and community member, currently volunteering with the Pet Access League Society and also a volunteer board member and zamboni driver for Signal Hill Community Association in Calgary.

 

Shawn O’Grady, MSW, RSW, C&YC Cert.
Senior Director – TCBC, Group and Continuing Care

Shawn brings a great deal of expertise in leading, designing and overseeing treatment programs for children, youth and families, as he draws from his experience in child, youth and family treatment programs at Hull Services over the past 24 years. He is currently the Senior Director of Therapeutic Campus Based Care, Group, and Continuing Care at Hull Services.

Shawn has trained extensively with the Dr. Bruce Perry in the Neurosequential Model (NM) in the area of early childhood trauma and the ways that can impact children and even adults later in life. Shawn was also certified in Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT). This is an evidenced based model from the University of Miami and is effective for working with both the youth and family to eliminate chemical dependency and rebuild a strong, healthy, family relationships.

Shawn also has a specialty in parental capacity assessments, with a particular focus with families struggling as a result of domestic violence, high-risk child behavior, and complex needs children. He has considerable skill and expertise in the area of crisis intervention and in family therapy, and he draws heavily on his understanding of other treatment and assistance programs to provide leadership within his portfolio.

Shawn has been qualified as an expert witness in the Provincial Court of Alberta, in the areas of early childhood trauma, domestic violence, family therapy and parental capacity. Shawn received both his Bachelors and Masters of Social Work with a Clinical Specialization from the University of Calgary and is a registered social worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers.

 

Emily Wang, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Senior Director, Clinical Advancement & Centre

Dr. Wang has worked in the field of mental health for over 30 years, starting as a front line worker at the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Wang holds a Master’s of Science in Educational Psychology, a Master’s of Art and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Wang has been an invited speaker both internationally and nationally on many occasions, speaking most frequently about the impact of trauma on development to professional groups like educators, clinicians, Indigenous populations, ministries in Alberta and British Columbia and caregivers. She was responsible for the provincial training of the Neurosequential Model (NM) concepts and implementation in Alberta from April 2017-October 2018.

She currently works as a Senior Director of Clinical Advancement and Trauma Informed Services at Hull Services. Dr. Wang was an appointed Fellow of the Neurosequential Model Network between 2012-2020, and a specialist in Infant Parent Mental Health. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and a Sessional Instructor with the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary.  Dr. Wang is an Associate Member at Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education at University of Calgary, and as such is involved in several research projects related to child maltreatment and mental health. She has completed 445 hours of training in Reflective Practice and Supervision, and utilizes this skill as a tool to support others in leadership roles. Dr. Wang is the 2020 recipient of the University of California, Davis Continuing and Professional Education Parent-Infant and Child Institute “Bruce Perry, Spirit of the Child Award”.

 

Brian Zelt, Ph.D., R. Psych
Senior Director Quality, Safety and Outcomes

Dr. Zelt is a Registered Psychologist and has worked in the field of children and adult mental health for over 20 years. During his time, Dr. Zelt has provided assessment, counselling, and program development supports across several treatment and service environments including Therapeutic Campus-Based Care, Confinement and Stabilization programs, Employee and Family Assistance, and private practice. Dr. Zelt holds a Master’s of Arts Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Calgary.

Originally born and raised in Edmonton, Dr. Zelt has lived and worked in Calgary since 1998 and has been at Hull Services since 2004 when he was first hired as the Clinical Director for Secure Services. During his time within this role, Secure Services expanded to include the Stepping Stones, Reflections, PChAD Detox, and Recovery, Stabilization and Detox (RSD) programs as well as the outpatient care program known as Hull Psychological Services. Dr. Zelt continues to provide leadership and direction to these programs known collectively as Safe Directions.

Dr. Zelt has had a long-standing interest in children’s mental health, dating back to his first role as a clinician in Minnesota in 1997 while working with children, youth, and families with complex mental health and behavioral concerns in a therapeutic campus-based care setting. It was there that he was able to witness firsthand the “magic’ of treatment in a program milieu, and the importance of providing safe, secure, and relationally enriched environments for those he helped to care for.

In his current role as Senior Director of Quality, Safety and Outcomes, Dr. Zelt further supports program participant and staff safety and well-being needs through the oversight of Agency, Accreditation, and Occupational Health and Safety Standards as well through the continued integration of Training, Data Management and Outcome Reporting, and Program Improvement Objectives.