InMotion Network Board of Directors 2019-2020

Sharon Evens

Board Chair, Chair of Governance and Finance Committee

Sharon was born and raised in Alberta. She got her Electrical Engineering degree  and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Calgary. Her work experience is with working for a computer systems company in a variety of roles and with a utility company as the Project Quality Manager. Having been blessed with four children that were all active in variety of sports throughout their lives; she got involved in the soccer community at the club level and took a keen interest on how to support coaches from a club level. She moved to the city level to support infrastructure of indoor and outdoor facilities for soccer at a municipal level. After a few years, she took on the role at the provincial level of the soccer board to support administration of leagues for elite young and senior players to get to the national level.

Throughout her years on various boards, she has gained an understanding of the needed infrastructure support for recreational and competitive athletes, which includes players, officials, administrators, long term athlete philosophy and facilities.

She is very keen to state "I am very excited to be part of the InMotion board." I have spent many years on the municipal and provincial soccer boards and look forward to a wider mandate of supporting girls and women in sport and physical activity.

Franki Harrogate (they/them)

Board Vice Chair, Chair of Physical Activity Committee

Franki is a Registered Provisional Psychologist, with a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University. They started out as a volunteer public member of the Physical Activity Committee in 2007 (when it was still called the Participation Committee). Franki has experienced first-hand the difference in access to physical activity at varying stages of life: financial barriers, safety/inclusion, mobility issues, recovering from injuries, transportation, childcare, appropriate space(s) and/or available time … increasing access to physical activity for everyone who desires to participate is a cause near and dear to their heart.

Franki has also championed a specific SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) lens with increasing access to physical activity. They have supported the specifically and overtly inclusive language of InMotion’s programs: While they have had the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of physical activity, Franki’s favourites include kendo, aerials, fencing (foil & sabre), hiking, and boxing.

Having been a volunteer with InMotion for four years, Franki has had the opportunity to see first-hand what a difference the Go Girl, Girls in Motion and Women in Motion programs have made in communities and to participants. They are grateful for the opportunity to be part of what happens when girls and women are provided with the opportunity to explore the world of physical activity in ways that acknowledge and break down barriers to fitness.

Kody Taylor

Board Secretary

Kody Taylor is an Ojibway woman from the Berens River First Nation who grew up in the small community of Riverton, Manitoba. Growing up in a small community allowed for a real appreciation of grassroots programming. Kody actively participated in multiple sports as an athlete and a volunteer coach.

The love of sports and recreation spilled over into her professional life as Kody was the Assistant Executive Director of the Manitoba Badminton Association, under the umbrella of Sport Manitoba, for five years.

Kody, along with her 9 year old son Chayce, relocated to Edmonton to begin work as the Special Initiatives Manager with the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association.

She was also the recipient of a Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award (2011) and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). Kody holds two Bachelor of Arts Degrees from the University of Manitoba; the first in Native Studies and Ojibway (2014), the second in Political Science (2016).

As a single mother to a child who plays multiple sports, Kody understands the barriers that families face when it comes to participating in sport and recreation. She is excited to be part of the InMotion Network family to contribute what she can based on her experiences.

Jill Thygesen

Board Treasurer

Jill Thygesen has a Chartered Accountant designation (CA, CPA) complemented by a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Economics and French Language and Literature. She has a strong background in the fields of finance, accounting, and risk management, all honed during her time as an auditor at Ernst & Young LLP. During her career, Jill has become well-versed in the financial needs of NPOs. Currently the Director of Finance at Concordia University of Edmonton, she is excited to bring her passion for accounting and finance to the Board Treasurer position.

Jill has a love for traveling that took her abroad during her undergraduate degree and backpacking through South-east Asia for 4 months - it was no surprise that she jumped at the chance to live in Cologne, Germany for 13 months while working for Ernst & Young. She enjoys spending summers at the lake, snowboarding in the winter, and, yoga and reading year-round. She is quickly becoming an avid, albeit amateur, rock climber.

Jill strongly believes in empowering women and girls, and in particular, ensuring women and girls have equal choice and opportunity when pursuing their goals. She is very excited to join InMotion Network where this empowerment and opportunity can be seen firsthand!

Heidi Konnert

Director, Member of  Governance and Finance Committee

Heidi Konnert has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Calgary and a Juris Doctor from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. She is currently Legal Counsel at Inter Pipeline Ltd., and prior to that, she was an Associate at Bennett Jones LLP. Heidi was born and raised in Calgary and was actively involved in various sports organizations from a young age, including playing elite soccer for 20 years. Heidi has experience with several non-profit organizations, including acting as Vice-President Administration for the Women in Leadership Network, as well as volunteering for several pro bono organizations in Calgary's legal community. Given this experience, Heidi understands the barriers that girls and women face when it comes to participating in sport.

In her spare time, Heidi enjoys skiing, golfing, cycling and spending time with her friends and family. Heidi is excited to be a part of the InMotion team and to contribute to the mandate of inspiring and empowering girls and women to participate in sport and physical activity.

Dana Kiefer

Director

Dana Kiefer was born and raised in Calgary and obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary. She is currently a litigation associate lawyer at Bennett Jones LLP in Calgary. Dana has a general commercial litigation practice, with particular experience in labour and employment, the energy industry, civil matters, contractual disputes, collections matters, as well as landlord tenant disputes.

Dana has welcomed the opportunity to work with the InMotion Network. She spent eight years working with the Calgary Stampeders Outriders Cheer Team in the Canadian Football League. As a female athlete in a male dominated sports league, she has witnessed some of the institutional hurdles and barriers that women and girls face in accessing or participating in sport and physical activity.

As a now retired cheer and dance athlete, Dana enjoys boxing, yoga, and group fitness classes to keep her motivated. She is a passionate advocate for gender equality, and is thrilled to be using her education and experienced to give back to her community.

Laura Mullen

Director

Laura Mullen has a Bachelor of Management from the University of Lethbridge and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA).  Laura is currently the Accounting Manager at PCL Construction Management Inc. where she’s worked for the past 11 years. Growing up in Edmonton, Laura was actively involved in a variety of sports, with soccer being her main passion. She coached a number of youth girls sports teams and saw firsthand the impact sports made in their lives.  Through that experience, Laura learned the importance of keeping girls motivated in maintaining an active lifestyle and the need for more female role models in sports.

In her spare time Laura enjoys spending time with her two young children, golfing, playing tennis, and snowboarding.  She is excited to be a part of the InMotion Network and the work they’re doing to provide opportunities and inspire girls and women to participate in sports and physical activity.

Jacob Lee Hendy

Director

Jacob Lee Hendy is a family man and proud husband and father of four children (two girls and two boys). Jacob met and married the love of his life Shakeh Crowfoot, from the Siksika Nation just outside of Calgary, in 2004. Shakeh Crowfoot is a 3rd great-granddaughter of the Blackfoot Chief Crowfoot who signed Treaty 7. 

A dual citizen, Jacob was born in the state of California and grew up in the state of Utah. Out of high school he left on a 2 year service mission in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario that supported many single mothers and their children. Upon returning home from Canada, Jacob played College/University football for 5 years between Snow College/Dixie State College (both in Utah) and Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Graduating with a Bachelor's in Communications he tried out for the NFL and CFL.

Jacob was in the direct sales industry for 12 years (managing for 6 of them) traveling all over the United States and Canada.  In 2014 he joined the board for the Edmonton Native Ball Association which puts on the Alberta Indigenous Games and became the CEO in 2016. Jacob is also the Executive Director for the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta, the provincial sport body for sport, physical activity and recreation for Indigenous people of Alberta.

Jacob is very excited to be apart of the InMotion Network team in supporting and providing opportunities for women and girls throughout Alberta to become the best selves they can be.

Tara Sliwkanich

Director

Tara holds a Bachelor's Degree in Women's and Gender Studies ('13) and a Master's Degree in Gender and Social Justice ('19) from the University of Alberta. Tara works as a public servant in educational policy for the Government of Alberta, wherein part of her role is providing gender, diversity, and intersectional analysis on policy and programs. Tara has a strong understanding of the experiences of women and girls (inclusive of gender non-binary, queer, and trans* women and girls) from diverse backgrounds and approaches to achieving gender equality. As a settler living and working in Treaty 6 and Metis region 4, Tara has learned of the history and legacy of residential schools, Treaties, and the contemporary experiences of Indigenous peoples from traditional knowledge keepers and Elders.

Additionally, Tara has 10 years of sport coaching experience, specifically for girls. She has also been heavily involved in the development of baseball for girls and women in Alberta for the past 12 years. She herself has been a high-level athlete, playing university rugby and played for the Canadian Women's National Baseball Team for four years, including completing in the 2012 WSBC Women's World Cup of Women's Baseball hosted in Edmonton. As a now retired athlete, Tara enjoys strength training and conditioning to keep physically and mentally well, Ukrainian dancing with her local dance group, and hiking and camping with her spouse and dog. Tara is incredibly passionate about achieving gender equality, specifically in advancing girls and women in sport, so she is excited about being on the InMotion Network's board to continue to support girls and women to participate in sport and physical activity!

Aman Brar

Director

Aman is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) and earned a Bachelor of Arts specializing in Economics and Finance from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario she moved to Edmonton 10 years ago. She works for CapitalCare Group a subsidiary of Alberta Health Services as a Manager, Financial Reporting. From a young age she has actively participated in various organized sports.

Being an ad hoc volunteer for several organizations over the past years, Aman is passionate about empowering girls and women of all abilities in Alberta to participate in physical activity and sport. She is enthusiastic to help reduce barriers for girls and women – it helps with physical, mental, social and emotional health.

In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, working out, travelling, reading and spending time with family and friends. She actively participates on her son’s hockey & soccer teams and volunteers on the parent council at his school.