Safe and Caring’s Board of Directors includes representation from the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Alberta School Boards Association, the College of Alberta School Superintendents and other community organizations and individuals committed to the children and youth of Alberta.

Our Board and Advisors have diverse skills and expertise and share a deep commitment to achieving safe, caring, healthy and inclusive environments for all children and youth.

Board Members

    Leslie Ronaldson
    – Executive Director

    Leslie brings to Safe and Caring extensive experience in executive leadership roles in the not-for-profit, government, and private sectors. Her expertise includes: relationship building, organizational leadership, business planning, operations management, program development and evaluation, policy development, board development, public relations, and fund development.

      Barry Davidson
      – Board President

      Barry Davidson has served as a Director and Vice President with Safe and Caring for more than seven years and now has stepped into the role as Board President. He brings his passion for community, education and youth to the organization along with more than 3 decades of experience in the not for profit realm. He is currently the Senior Advisor/Strategist for the Canadian Crime Prevention Centre and a communications strategist for several firms and organizations.

      Robert Mazzotta
      – Vice President

      Robert Mazzotta is the coordinator of the Member Services program area with The Alberta Teachers’ Association. Robert has been with the ATA for 10 years and has worked in education for over 25 years. He has been on the board since 2015.

      Nichol Turner

      Nichol owns an event planning company based out of Calgary, Alberta. She has an extensive background in event and marketing coordination for community and fundraising events. Her input is fundamental to our organization in advising our large scale events and marketing.  

      Patricia Irvine

      Melissa Purcell
      – ATA Appointed

      Melissa Purcell is Dene from Smith’s Landing First Nation, Fort Smith, NT, and is an Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Indigenous Education with the Alberta Teachers’ Association.  Throughout her teaching and leadership experience she has continued to seek opportunities to support, guide and collaborate with others to increase Indigenous education for all.  She is passionate and committed to building capacity in Indigenous education, culture and language and is always excited to share her learnings with others.

      Sharon Vogrinetz
      Jeff Johnson
      Brian Andrais

      Shelley Magnuson

      John Blevins
      Neil O’Shea
      Rita Spain 
      John Zabos 


      Layla Dumont
      – Safe and Caring Connections Program Manager
      Carly Villeneuve
      – Safe and Caring Connections Program Coordinator
      Chad McDougall
      – Program Supervisor in Tsuu T’ina
      Layne Cardinal
      – Implementation Worker in Tsuu T’ina
      Kathleen McDermott
      – Program Supervisor in Wabasca