Our Leadership

Who are the people behind the scenes? TIES is made up of over 130+ staff and 100+ volunteers. Our Management team and Board of Directors are listed below.

Sally Zhao

President and Chief Executive Officer

Wei Dang

Chief Financial Officer

Suman Khanal

Chief Program Officer

Robert Toth

VP, Communications & Community Engagement

Jana Ciobanu

Senior Manager, LINC Program

Eva Su

Manager, Human Resources

Clifford McGuire

Manager, Facility & Operations

Wei Wang

Financial Controller

Kerry Howard

Manager, LINC Program

Irina Copil

Manager, Drop-in ESL & Volunteer Programs

Racine Diallo

Manager, Computer & Accounting Programs

Whitney Loewen

Manager, E-Learning & Special Projects

Ronni Abraham

Manager, Settlement & Mental Health Programming

Mayssoun Hniedi

Manager, Employment & Career Development Programs

Katerina Palova

Manager, Research & Program Development

M’Liss Edwards

Board Chair

Gita Boyd

Vice Board Chair

Nalini Plesche


Marilynne Smith


Peter Plesche

Board Member

Wilson Howe

Board Member

Rabil Qasir

Board Member

Barbara Mercier

Board Member

Marilyn Magnan

Board Member

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The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) is located on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nation. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.