Who are the people behind the scenes?
TIES is made up of over 130 staff and 100 volunteers. If you are looking for more information on a particular program or manager, check them out below.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
SENIOR DIRECTOR, CLIENT SERVICES
Phone: 403-291-0002 ext. 312
DIRECTOR, RESEARCH & PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Phone: 403-291-0002 ext. 410
SENIOR MANAGER, LINC PROGRAM
MANAGER, HUMAN RESOURCES
MANAGER, FACILITY & OPERATIONS
MANAGER, LINC PROGRAM
With over 8 years of experience at TIES, Kerry Howard has held numerous roles prior to taking on the role of LINC Program Manager including LINC Program Instructor, PBLA Lead, and LINC Program Supervisor. Through these roles, Kerry has developed a detailed understanding of all CLB levels through the courses he has taught as well as the instructors that he has coached as a PBLA Lead and supervised as a LINC Program Supervisor. Kerry has attained a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and English Literature from Memorial University of Newfoundland as well as a Master of Arts (TESL) from the University of Birmingham. Kerry is committed to assisting TIES’ clients in their path to settlement in any way that he can.
MANAGER, DROP-IN ESL & VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS
Irina has been with TIES since 2013, and has fulfilled different roles in the LINC and Drop-In ESL programs including: LINC Program Supervisor, LINC Program Instructor, LINC Program Coordinator, Volunteer Program Coordinator, Calgary Learns Programs Coordinator and Drop-in ESL Program Coordinator. Besides supervisory experience, Irina has vast experience teaching English at the primary, secondary, and university levels and has successfully completed SIT TESOL and CCLB PBLA certificate courses. Irina holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and French Linguistics, a Master’s Degree in English Linguistics/International Studies from Moldova State University and acquired an A.E.C. certificate (Program Scholar) at the Centre for Continuing Education at Vanier College in Montreal. Currently, Irina holds the position of Manager, Drop-in ESL and Volunteer Programs and is delighted to provide support to clients and volunteers at TIES.
MANAGER, COMPUTER & ACCOUNTING PROGRAMS
MANAGER, E-LEARNING & SPECIAL PROJECTS
Phone: 403-291-0002 ext. 421
MANAGER, MENTAL HEALTH & MINDFULNESS PROJECTS
Ronni Abraham was born in Calgary and raised across the Canadian prairies. She comes from Metis and Mennonite heritage. She holds a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Manitoba. She began her career as a university professor with a research focus that included the development of empathy and social determinants of wellbeing for children, women, and families. She shifted her focus to community-based work to create innovative programs that celebrate the power of the ordinary—family, play, community—to help people create joyful lives and hopeful futures. She served in leadership positions in several Calgary agencies and is delighted to be supporting TIES' mental health and wellness projects in her current role.
MANAGER, EMPLOYMENT & SETTLEMENT
Mayssoun was born and partially raised in Syria, and moved to Canada as a teenager. She joined TIES as a volunteer for Empowering Syrian Refugees (ESR) program in 2016 before she was hired as a program coordinator for the Economic and Social Integration of Syrian Refugees and Other Youth (EASSY) and later Empowering Youth through Employment (EYE program. She took on different additional projects in the Employment and Settlement Department and then became Employment and Settlement Supervisor in 2019.
Mayssoun volunteers for various organizations and charities in Calgary. Mayssoun has a Business Administration Diploma from Lambton College in Ontario. Mayssoun is passionate about empowering newcomers and helping them integrate smoothly into their new home, hence her work at TIES is a channel to put that passion into action.
Kim Throndson has worked with TIES since 2019. Kim has her CPA, CMA designation, and has several years experience as a Controller and Finance Manager in Private and non for Profit enterprises. Kim likes the complexity of working for non for profit, and enjoys using her time and talent to benefit the Community. There are so many in need. She is happy to contribute to the TIES team.