Brad Perkins

President and CEO


Brad has been on the Board as President & CEO since March 1, 2016.  Born and raised in Edmonton, Brad graduated from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and former partner with KPMG. Brad has previously served on the Excel Society Board of Directors for 12 years including roles as Chair, Chair of the Building Committee, and Chair of the Audit Committee.

Our Board of Directors



Michael Walesiak

Board Chair

Michael holds a chartered accountant designation and has worked with the U of A Research Services Office (RSO) as Associate Director – Finance and Information; Assistant Director Finance, RSO; Finance Manager RSO.  Additionally, he was a senior manager at Deloitte, manager at KPMG, and an auditor with the office of the Auditor General of Alberta.

Don Smitten

Vice Chair

As the current President and CEO at the Alberta Motor Association, Don has always demonstrated a particular aptitude for seeing beyond the numbers and a passion for strategic thinking and planning. For the last 41 years, Don has committed his talent and energy towards ensuring AMA is always positioned to better meet the needs of its members and represent their interests by protecting the things that matter most to them.


Jeff Dumont

Secretary & Treasurer

Jeff is a Chartered Accountant. with over 20 years of auditing experience from working with KPMG and the Office of the Auditor General of Alberta. Jeff has been appointed as NAIT’s associate vice president, finance and corporate services, his portfolio includes several Government Ministries and board-governed Government Agencies.




Carol Moen


Carol Moen is the past Registrar for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and carried responsibility for APEGA’s regulatory policy and associated processes. As a leader in multiple positions and industries, Carol has an extensive knowledge base on both managing an organization’s environmental footprint while also generating operational success.




Damien is a partner in the law firm of Henning Byrne LLP where his practice is primarily focused on solicitor’s work. While he was born and raised in small town northern Alberta, he has called Edmonton home for the past 20 years.  When he’s not working, he enjoys running in the river valley, golfing, volunteering for various charitable organizations, and relaxing at home.


Garry Rentz


Gary has been with The Excel Society since 2002 and is a native of Edmonton. His interest in private schools and adult education, as well as experience in the field of disabilities has brought depth to the organization. “I chose to serve based on my history in the field and I see rapid growth in the field of specialized care.”


Ihor Pecuh


Ihor was raised in Edmonton and finished his BSc in Pharmacy.  He has since enjoyed a diverse and exciting career, including community & hospital pharmacy, corporate management and at a primary care network. 




Tamara Browning


Tamara is a director of St. Gregory’s Landscaping Inc. where she is responsible for the accounting, technology and administration.  As Tamara’s first born developed a rare syndrome, 4p minus, she is directly involved in her child’s PDD program where she advocates for funding, hires aides, plans daily programing along with managing all aspects of his funding.

Our Leadership Team



Chris Thomson

Excel Academy

With extensive experience as manager of Excel Society’s day option programs for adults with developmental disabilities, as well as briefly managing the child & youth services department, I bring an understanding of and a passion for seeing all individuals enjoy inclusion in their communities. That experience and passion deeply influences the learning and development culture of Excel Academy and the entire organization, which filters down to my focus on supporting best practices in health and human services, adult learning modalities, leadership development, and holistic practices, where everyone brings wisdom and experience to the shared learning experience.


Becky Elkew

Care – Grand Manor

Becky is our Director of Care for Grand Manor and began with the Excel Society as an LPN in 2005. She was promoted to Director of Care at Grand Manor in 2009 and over the years she has also worked at Balwin Villa. Becky and her husband Stewart enjoy spending their spare time heavily involved in their two children’s competitive sports teams and organizations.


Dawne Lonsdale


Dawne is our director of operations and leads a team that is responsible for all of the Excel Society’s physical and virtual properties. By ensuring that our equipment and resources are up-to-date, all members of the Excel Society can stay safe and comfortable within their positions. Over the past 5 years, she has been collaborating with several OH&S committees across Excel to bring greater awareness to staff safety.

Heather Rogers


Heather has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta and is a Certified Public Accountant (CMA). She has had the privilege of working in senior financial roles in Not-For-Profits and Charities for most of her career. Heather joined Excel Society in 2018, and she feels honoured to work with so many talented and caring individuals at Excel Society; it is really a special place!


Jennifer Thomas

Care – Balwin Villa

Jennifer is our Director of Care for Balwin Villa. She started with Excel as an LPN Residential Coordinator in 2012, and has been a Registered Nurse since 2017. While working as a Program Manager for Community Services, Jennifer led the development and opening of Residence 66.  She presented to Chicks with Cheques, being awarded $10, 000 to make the residence feel more like a home.  She developed the Penguin Recreation program to enhance clients’ quality of life, and is currently leading a new initiative at Balwin Villa, partnering with AHS to establish WORTHI (Wellness Oriented Rehabilitative Transitional Housing Initiative). Jennifer loves anything that has to do with penguins and is very family focussed.


Sue Kovich

Community Services

Sue has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Victoria and has worked in the social services field for 35 years, with 25 years spent at Excel Society. She has worked in various roles, including frontline staff, relief, coordinator, program manager, and now as Director. Sue has enjoyed the opportunity to work with many amazing clients and team members during her 25 years at Excel.



Sarah Ng

Human resources

Sarah is our Director of Human Resources who started working at the Academy. Sarah has worked for Excel Society since 2009. Some of Sarah’s major projects include the team member Appreciation & Recognition Program, Mentorship Program, and the soon to be released updated Volunteer Program. Sarah loves her dogs, to travel, and roller coasters/amusement parks.


Ryan Mundorf

Strategic Alliance & Quality

As Excel’s quality leader, Ryan focuses on ensuring the organization has the appropriate systems and processes in place to guarantee we exceed the standards set by our regulators and that our reporting mechanisms effectively facilitate good governance, great management, and exceptional services. Ryan graduated from Athabasca University’s Master of Business Administration program and holds a Certified Health Executive designation through the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Excel Society | Enriching Lives 



Edmonton – Head office

Office Hours: 9 AM – 4:30 PM (Weekdays)
Phone: (780) 455-2601
Fax: (780) 455-2589
Suite 500 – 9707 110 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5K 2L9

Calgary Office

Phone: (403) 730 2117
Fax: (403) 503 1126

intake information

For all intake inquiries please email:

Edmonton Residential Supports & Day Programming: or 780-733-0256

Excel Society Balwin Villa: (780) 757 5550

Excel Society Grand Manor: (780) 441 7979

Calgary Residential Supports & Day Programming:
(403) 730 2117 ext. 1