Our Board

Curtis M. Palichuk, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D


Managing Partner, Wilde + Company Chartered Professional Accountants

"Cancer takes a devastating toll on families. When my father-in-law was dying of cancer we moved back to our Vegreville farm and I know my children cherished that time with their Grandfather. And with my work family, a thirty year accounting manager was blessed to live her final days inside Sorrentino’s Compassion House. Their battles inspire me to share my financial, governance and leadership expertise to grow this incredible organization."

Dr. William (Bill) Hnydyk

Vice Chair

Retired Physician

"Many members of my family have been touched by cancer. I personally undergo regular cancer screening because of my family’s cancer history. As a rural physician trained in palliative care, I’ve witnessed the challenges of women receiving timely diagnosis and treatment. And let’s not forget the psychological suffering. It is comforting to know that Sorrentino’s Compassion House provides a place of strength and comfort, critical elements in holistic cancer care."

Brenda Lee Kissel, Board Member

Brenda Lee Kissel


Retired Teacher

"I watched friends, colleagues and family fight breast cancer and then in 2003 I got that call from my doctor. As a rural woman I needed a place like Sorrentino’s Compassion House, a place to rest and recover in comfort. I bring that experience and my sense of humour to the job. It might be just a “little thing” we do but it means everything to me."

Carly Rigler


Manager, Practical Experience Requirements, CPA

"So many wonderful people that I know and love have been affected by cancer. When I visit Sorrentino’s Compassion House I can instantly see the sense of community and acceptance that is alive within the walls. As a board member, if I can help ease the burden these women face in any way, it is worthwhile."

Sterling Derk

Board Member

Vice President of Operations, Derks Fine Group of Companies

"The most beautiful people I know have faced defeat, struggle, and loss but somehow found their way through those obstacles. That kind of hope is what inspired Sorrentino’s Compassion House and it still drives us forward. We have something very special here, and I’m going to fight to make sure we have the right support to reach even further as we share that vision of survival."

Jackie Fox

Board Member

Owner, Women with Vision Opticians

"Cancer has touched my life both personally and professionally. I lost both my grandmothers to breast cancer. Our store was built on the strength of women who have been challenged with life threatening illness. For many years I have participated in the signature event Fashion with Compassion as a creative contributor and sponsor. Now as a board member I can use my skills of connecting the right ideas, people and solutions to make a difference in the women we serve."

Sharon M. Mallon

Board Member

Speaker/Author/Retired Broadcaster

"The idea of self care is often foreign to women, especially women in the country. In rural Alberta, there simply aren't as many amenities as there are in a city. Having grown up on a farm, and spending my entire working career in broadcasting, I believe I can use my media skills to help educate women in outlying communities about Sorrentino’s Compassion House. Having lost both my parents to cancer and receiving incredible support from volunteers during their battles, it important to give back by making a commitment as a board member to this amazing cause."

Judy Neves-Saccomanno

Board Member

Director, Alberta Health Services

"This past year I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The day I was diagnosed, my family said to me, we are going to fight this together. I believe that no person should have to deal with cancer alone. As a board member, my hope is to contribute to the vision of the Sorrentino's Compassion House and do what I can to ease the distress of the cancer journey for women."