Our Board

Dr. William (Bill) Hnydyk


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."

Dianne Balon

Vice Chair

Vice President, Government - Alberta Blue Cross

"I have seen countless friends and family touched by cancer, including immediate family members. When I see the difference between how those in the city vs. rural communities have to deal with their treatments and the challenges of living far away from their families and support networks – my heart breaks. Living the impact of this with my family has heightened my awareness even more of the special role Sorrentino’s Compassion House plays in the lives of women fighting cancer. I want to be part of the amazing team and community that helps them ensure life is as good as it can be during this difficult time."

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."

Kevin Kozak


Senior Vice President + Partner - Connor, Clark and Lunn

"Having witnessed family and friends battle cancer I feel that no one should face this challenge alone. When I learned of Sorrentino’s Compassion House a number of years ago, I was pleased to hear they provided a safe and supportive place for women during their cancer journey. As a board member I plan to support and promote this extraordinary organization as it continues to evolve"

Karissa Anderson

Board Member

Managing Partner - AM/FM Inc.

"Like most people, I have unfortunately witnessed and tried to support family and friends with their cancer journey. I am honoured to be able to play an active role as a board member of an organization that I genuinely believe in—utilizing my marketing communications skills to the Compassion House Foundation as well as getting support from my network of young professionals for volunteering and fundraising."

Joni Brodziak

Board Member

Executive Director, Policy, Practice and Program Development at the Ministry of Children's Services

"In 2014 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I have many people dear to me who have also been impacted by a diagnosis.  It’s scary, but with a community and a network always there to help – I had many blessings.  I initially became a guest of Sorrentino’s Compassion House for the convenience, but stayed because of the people – guests and staff alike.  Having worked in social services for over 26 years I understand the critical importance of connection to overall well-being.  I’m grateful for the support and humbling experience of feeling like a woman amongst other women – none of whom was completely defined by cancer and I want to pay it forward in any way I can."

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."

Judy Neves-Saccomanno

Board Member

Director, Alberta Health Services

"In 2016 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."

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

Board Member

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."

Barry Reid

Board Member

Department Head Manager, Turn Around & Majors - Syncrude Canada

"I’ve witnessed my mom battle breast cancer and have seen the impact on her and our family. Sorrentino’s Compassion House is an organization which not only offers a place to stay during treatment, but provides patients a sense of home. This type of care makes all the difference. As a resident of Fort McMurray, I saw the outpouring of support our community received during the 2016 wildfire. Having experienced an event like that, I’m proud to be able to support an organization that takes care of those from remote regions."

Debra Tumbach

Board Member

Nursing and Law

"I am fortunate to have navigated my own cancer journey in the comfort of my own home with support of family and friends and easy access to medical services. But for so many others this is not the case. I now have the opportunity to utilize my skills, particularly in governance, policy development and strategic planning to help ensure that as many individuals as possible can benefit from this amazing organization."