Glynnis Lieb – President
Glynnis has a PhD in Personality and Social Psychology from the University of Manitoba. She began her career working for the Government of Manitoba, with people who were living with complex needs. Glynnis has worked for various social and justice services in government and not-for-profit sectors for 18 years, and has also been teaching psychology and criminal justice courses in various post-secondary institutions for 11 years. Her primary areas of interest are promoting mental wellness as well as the relationships between Canadians and our formal systems. Glynnis is currently teaching at three post-secondary institutions in Alberta and is involved in multiple social justice-related initiatives.She is currently the Director of Outreach for the Alberta Federation of Labour and Board Director of the Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction, an initiative aimed at reducing stigma related to mental illness.
Jessie Kienlen – Vice-President
Jessie has a Police Studies diploma from Grant Macewan with a multitude of security experience. She has also worked with several non-profit organizations to help support marginalized populations. Jessie aspires to have a career in law enforcement and remains dedicated to helping offenders of all backgrounds. Her belief in restorative justice methods and the effect they can have on individuals motivates her to volunteer with COSA. She has been involved as a circle volunteer since March 2018.
Calvin Klontz -Treasurer
Calvin Klontz is a retired Chartered Professional Accountant with finance and accounting experience in financial management for not-for-profits and charities. His worked with included alternative dispute resolution, restorative justice and health regulation not-for-profits. Calvin became familiar with CoSA during his time working at the Mediation and Restorative Justice Centre. He thinks CoSA serves as an important resource by providing support to offenders so that they can live peacefully and safely with others. His education and broader experience includes sociology and inter-disciplinary social sciences, mathematics, business, mediation, interest-based negotiation and accounting.
Tessa Lawlor – Secretary
For the last three years, Tessa Lawlor has worked as a Team Leader for Winder Inclusive Communities Service, a not-for-profit organization that supports adults with developmental disabilities. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University, and volunteers at the Distress Line through the Canadian Mental Health Association. She previously volunteered in a CoSA circle for almost two years, and fully believes in the initiatives of the organization to provide accountability and support, while striving for “No More Victims.”
Arthur serves as Deacon at St. Faith Anglican Church in the Edmonton Diocese of the Anglican Church of Canada and as Community Chaplain at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. He has been associated with COSA since 2011, both as a volunteer and as the Program Coordinator. As a 20-year resident of Edmonton’s inner city, he has served as President of the Spruce Avenue Society for Inner City Kids, President of the West Central Community Health Council and as a charter member of the Arts on the Avenue society.
Bliss is a technologist in the Department of Laboratory Medicine with Alberta Health Services with nearly 30 years’ experience in several disciplines in laboratory testing. She has specialized in testing for Emergency and Urgent Care for the most of her career. As a follower of Jesus Christ, and a 25-year resident of the inner city, she holds a strong belief in the power of redemption and lives these values by supporting the efforts of those who have significant challenges that result in marginalization. She has been involved as a circle volunteer with CoSA Edmonton since March 2017.
Nishant is a Security Agent with a Bachelors degree in Criminology from the University of Alberta. Nishant aspires to have a career in law enforcement and has a multitude of volunteer experience with various organizations. As an advocate for restorative justice, Nishant believes in the results produced by initiatives structured around supporting marginalized populations. He has been involved as a circle volunteer with COSA Edmonton since April 2017