Board Chair and Trustee, Leduc Electoral Subdivision 1
Michelle Lamer and her family have resided in Leduc since 1999 and attend St. Michael Parish. Michelle and her husband Bruce are active participants in the Catholic Women’s League and Knights of Columbus. Their three children attended St. Benedict and Notre Dame elementary schools and all graduated from Christ the King School. Michelle is employed in an administrative position in the oilfield service sector, and has served in various volunteer roles, including a mission trip with Christ the King Youth Interact Rotary group. Michelle believes Catholic education is a valuable gift that promotes the full development of a student through faith and knowledge.
Vice Chair and Trustee, Wetaskiwin Ward
Henry Effon is originally from Ghana, West Africa, and moved to Canada in 1998 for new life opportunities. Henry is a social worker and is serving his second term as a trustee, he attended Catholic schools for most of his life prior to moving to Canada. Henry is particularly interested in policies and practices that will preserve and support Catholic education for future generations. One of his many priorities as a trustee is to advocate for children and families in educating the complete person under Canon Law. Henry and his family reside in Wetaskiwin, his three children attend Sacred Heart School; and Henry and his family are members of Sacred Heart Parish. Henry volunteers in many church and community initiatives.
Trustee, Drayton Valley Ward
Sandra Bannard was born and raised in the Drayton Valley area, where she and her husband own their own business. Her five children all attended or are attending local STAR Catholic schools (St. Anthony School and Holy Trinity Academy). As a lifelong member of St. Anthony Parish, Sandra has volunteered in many roles including as a confirmation teacher. She is in her fifth term as a trustee, serving on the Board with a passion for Catholic education, the development of children and helping make school a positive place where children can encounter the love of Jesus.
Trustee, Leduc Electoral Subdivision 1
Shaun Meaden is a graduate of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Hotel and Restaurant Management, and has spent 20 years in the hospitality industry. Born in Calgary, Shaun was involved in a Calgary youth group before moving to Leduc. Shaun, attended Christ the King School, and is a parishioner of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, where he was an altar server. He is passionate about Catholic education and growing educational opportunities for students. Shaun is serving his first term as trustee and believes being a trustee is not only a calling, but his passion, as he strives to raise awareness for Catholic education and serve his constituency and STAR Catholic community.
Trustee, Beaumont Electoral Subdivision 2
Liz Taylor-Sirois and her husband Denis have resided in Leduc County for 21 years. She is employed by Covenant Health in emergency admitting at the Grey Nuns Hospital. Liz has four daughters and 10 grandchildren, several attending Académie Saint-André Academy. She enjoys gardening, walking, pontoon boating and hosting celebrations for family and friends. Liz attends St. Vital Parish, is a member of the Catholic Women’s League, and also is the Parish Activities coordinator. Serving in her first term, Liz believes quality Catholic education is so very important and hope for our children. She believes that our Catholic schools are another avenue for promoting the Gospel of Jesus.
Trustee, Ponoka Electoral Subdivision 1
Dan Svitich and his wife Kimberly are the proud parents of two children who attend St. Augustine School in Ponoka, where Kimberly also works as a Student Services Facilitator for junior and senior high students. Dan brings 13 years of experience working in various school divisions to his second term as trustee. The Svitich family attend St. Augustine Parish, where Kimberly and Dan teach children’s liturgy and a baptism course, and their children participate in Catholic Kids’ Club. An officer with the Ponoka Fire Department, Dan is proud to serve his community in this unique way, and he looks forward to sharing his passion for Catholic education and the enrichment it brings in the development of children.
Chair and Trustee, Lacombe Electoral Subdivision 2
Donna Tugwood is a wife, mother of five, step mother of four and grandmother of 17. Donna attended Nova Scotia Teacher’s College, and Red Deer College where she received an Early Childhood Diploma with a Major in Speech. After moving to Lacombe, Donna worked with Alberta Health Services for 18 years as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant in Catholic, Public and Private schools, including at Father Lacombe Catholic School from 2012 to 2017. Donna has attended St. Stephens Parish since 1994, serving on Parish Council for six year, three years as Chair and is an active member with the Catholic Women’s League. She continues to serve at the Parish at Mass as a Eucharistic minister. Donna loves to travel, is an artist and an executive member for the Lacombe Art Guild. She is happy to be serving her first term on the STAR Catholic Board, and is passionate about keeping faith as the heart and soul of education. Donna wants to ensure students have the knowledge, skills and faith that will enable them to do well in life.