Our Team at CRIEC


Nketti Johnston-Taylor

Executive Director (20212 – Present)

Dr. Nketti brings over a decade’s experience in international community development, non-profit leadership and organisational development and management. She is also a strong advocate for evidence-based practice and programing and robust outcome measurement practices. Nketti has an undergraduate degree in Management Economics, a Master’s degree in Development Economics and Policy and Multidisciplinary PHD in Economics, Politics and Community Development. 

Nketti is a lifelong learner and enjoys using her skills, competencies, knowledge, and time towards towards building tomorrow’s leaders and empowering communities. She is a “Pracademic” as she has found the best way to blend her passion for community development, the world of academia and organisational management. As an immigrant, Nketti’s mission in life is to support people, communities, and organisations to unleash their potential.

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” — Mattie Stepanek.


Jaya Dharan

Community Outreach and Office Manager (2012 to Present)

A networking enthusiast with a passion for volunteering, Jaya has a Master’s in English Literature from India, experience in the Education sector in the Middle East and now works with newly-arrived immigrants.

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh


Rosa Martinez

Learning and Development Manager (2014 to Present)

Rosa brings 10 years’ experience working in Adult Education, with 5 of those in Career Advising and E-Learning in the non-profit sector.

“Start where you are, with what you have. Make something of it and never be satisfied.” — George Washington Carver


Teresa Stevens

Mentoring Partnership Coordinator (2021 – Present)

Teresa is passionate about using the power of diversity to boost innovation. Teresa has worked for over six years helping immigrants from all over the world use their amazing skills to benefit Canadian organizations, our City, and Canada as a whole while at the same time pursuing a good life for them and their families.  With an MBA, and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, Teresa loves meeting people and connecting new immigrants with expert mentors through her role with CRIEC.  She loves living in Calgary because of its diversity, unlimited possibilities, and the amazing experience of nature at its best.

Allison Flach

Mentoring Program Supervisor (2020 – Present)

Allison is an energetic educator and human services professional with over eight years of experience serving the community in both not-for-profit and post-secondary organizations. With a background in International Development and Education, Allison’s passions lie in women’s education, community development, and the settlement experiences of newcomers. Born and raised in Calgary, she is an amateur urban homesteader, itinerant artist, and loves coffee, bikes, and wandering the unbeaten paths of the world.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately” Henry David Thoreau


Lana Voloshina

Mentoring Partnership Coordinator (2021 – Present)

Lana is a driven and dedicated career and employment specialist with over fifteen years of experience in Human Services, Career Development and Education. She finds purpose in supporting her clients to empower themselves and reach their full potential.

“Believe you can, and you’re halfway there” – Theodore Roosevelt


Anna Garleff

Manager of Special Projects (2022 – Present)

Anna is an organizational psychologist with significant international experience across industries, both in Alberta and internationally. She is recognized for her original research, design and delivery of best practice strategic projects that empower complex multi-stakeholder environments.

“I raise up my voice – not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.” – Malala Yousafzai