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Executive Team


Executive Director

Funke has extensive work experience in the social service industry working with diverse populations and sectors in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta where she has continuously promoted equity in policy and practice that has led to transformational relationships between individuals and within systems.

She has a B.A. Hons. in Psychology from York University, a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary, a Masters degree in Education from the University of Alberta, and she is a Registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers.

Funke has earned many recognitions over her career lifespan and in 2020, she was named Top 40 under 40 for her continued work in influencing policies and practices across various sectors in Alberta. She currently serves on the boards of the Bredin Centre for Career Advancement, Black Business Ventures Association (BBVA) and is the convener of an Ethnocultural Community Leadership Circle.

Funke is excited to join Ribbon Rouge Foundation as she continues her journey on equitable relationships and transformative leadership.

Board of directors

Ima Anugom

Interim Chair 

Knowledge Synthesis Lead for Applied Research and Evaluation; MBBCh, MPH

Ima’s personal and professional journey includes working in health and public health on local, national and global levels. Her unique experiences working with community organizations, not-for-profit organizations, international NGOs, Indigenous organizations and the government has afforded her the opportunity to witness the consequences of social inequity on people’s health in her community and around the world; and through her experiences she has come to understand the need to close the inequity gap in Canada and across the world. Using her knowledge, voices from her past, her current public health networks and evidence-based practice, she is committed to advocating for and influencing policies and practices that promote and ensure equitable access for diverse communities, especially vulnerable and marginalized populations, to achieve healthy lives.

celeste Hayward

Vice-chair, BA, MPP

Celeste has an extensive history working with diverse non-profit organisations throughout Canada and involving a wide range of communities. She has advocated for and was involved with establishing a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency with the University of Toronto. She is highly skilled in development and delivery of training for variety of topics, including board governance, lateral violence, STBBIs, grief and loss, strategic planning, suicide intervention, trauma-informed approaches, program management. Her experience in management roles of non-profit organizations has provided her with significant experience with human resources, negotiation, finance, program management, and has a solid foundation and experience with research, proposal writing, logic models, policy and procedure development, and program reporting, making Celeste an invaluable asset to the foundation.

Kim Teichroeb

Treasurer; BA, MBA, LLM In progress, Supply Chain Management Professional

Kim’s personal and professional journey includes having a long list of skills involving project management, financial planning, and risk management. She has significant experience as a leader in the business sector with extensive subject matter expertise and success in Procurement, Supply Chain, Operations and Facilities. Kim has a track record of exceeding expectations in service, while reducing costs, in a variety of sectors including food service, facilities, manufacturing, hospitality, and retail in Canada and the US. Kim will be a key member in the board with her ability to be a team player and strong business skills

Thomas Bankole

Director for Stakeholder Engagement

is a retired Engineer. He is a passionate social advocate and a community organizer. He is an avid advocate in matters of socio-economic inequities,disparities in health care accessibility and social justice. Mr Bankole worked for various international companies in Canada and the United States, among which are Coca-Cola, Nestle USA and SlimFast
Foods. He is an active Volunteer with Canadian Red Cross, Catholic Missions In Canada and Rhema Chapel Kids Club.

Khadija Othman

 has over 8 years working in the healthcare field and brings skills and knowledge in Home Healthcare Management, Refugee Health, and Rehab Case Management. Khadija graduated from York University in Toronto where she completed her bachelor’s in health studies. Currently, Khadija is in her last year completing her master’s in health management at the University of Lethbridge, Calgary. Khadija’s passion is to volunteer in non-profit to promote the rights of Black women and their social determinants of health such as gender bias and discrimination in the community.

Carissa gravelle

BA in Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Minor: Indigenous Health and Wellness

Over 10 years combined experience working with stakeholders across sectors (For-profit, Non-profit, and charitable) from an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion lens to better serve BIPOC and marginalized people’s needs in a greater capacity. Leadership experience in developing specialized programming and facilitating several councils and committees on ED&I, focused on addressing complex needs of racialized individuals in Toronto, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta.

Carissa is passionate about equity, diversity and inclusion and strives to help organizations maximize their impacts by utilizing powerful strategies that embed diversity, inclusion and cultural competencies with the organizations she supports.

jackie foord

MBA, Award from the Edmonton Pride Society  

Jackie has spent much of her life pursuing social justice and advocating for the equitable application of human rights. Currently the Branch Manager of Social Development at the City of Edmonton, Jackie has served her community through a career in the non profit sector that
included senior leadership roles with YWCA Edmonton, Covenant Health, the Kidney Foundation, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. She received her Bachelor degree in Political Science from the University of Regina and her MBA from Athabasca University. 

Jackie devotes considerable time to volunteerism. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and was the inaugural Chair of the Women’s Advocacy Voice of Edmonton (WAVE) which is the committee that advises city council on issues related to gender. Jackie is also the President of the Good Hearts Transplant Foundation. In 2013 Jackie was named one of Edmonton’s Top 100 Women in Business and in 2014 she received the Lifetime Achievement. 

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