Our Team at CRIEC
Executive Director (2022 to 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 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.
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
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
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.
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, and 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
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
Director of Operations (2023-Present)
Susan’s career in the museum sector has seen her building community relationships, designing engaging experiences and sharing compelling stories and she looks forward to drawing upon her skills to advance the vision and mission of CRIEC. She has guided many collaborative projects with cultural and community groups, has a broad range of board development experience having service as a Director and President of an international museum organization and enjoys empowering teams to think creatively about a sustainable future. In her spare time Susan enjoys visiting Calgary’s cultural attractions, parks and pathways as well as volunteering with a local animal rescue organization.
“Only when diverse perspectives are included, respected, and valued can we start to get a full picture of the world.” – Brene Brown
Mentorship Program Coordinator (2023-Present)
Anjali is an energetic and driven human services professional and she brings over ten years of prior experience in fields from human resources to retail banking. Anjali has a bachelor’s degree in commerce and an MBA in human resources.
She has over five years of experience in human services as a career and employment specialist working with newcomer immigrant professionals and supporting them to realize their full potential. In her free time, Anjali is an amateur chef and gardener and an aspiring baker. She enjoys hiking the Canadian Rockies, reading, singing, and party planning.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
Mentorship Program and Project Specialist (2023-Present)
Mosope Idowu has over a decade of work experience in the Oil and Gas sector, in engineering and project management.
While her new role as the Mentorship Program and Project Specialist marks her career transition into the not-for-profit sector, she is no stranger to philanthropic work. She is an experienced speaker, mentor, and process improvement specialist. Mosope is excited to bring her professional and personal experiences together to refine the mentorship programs at CRIEC.
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein
Employer Engagement & Communications Specialist (2023-Present)
Rosanna has many years of experience in non-profits, focusing on mentorship programming for technology-focused companies in Calgary with an emphasis on financing and attracting capital. As a second-generation Canadian, Rosanna was born and raised in Calgary. Her entrepreneurial spirit brings a unique creativity to her work.
Rosanna’s excited to strengthen CRIEC’s current employer relationships and connect new industries and employers with CRIEC.
“Whatever you choose to do, leave tracks. That means don’t do it just for yourself. You will want to leave the world a little better for your having lived.”— Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Mentorship & Employer Communications Specialist (2023-present)
Brianne specializes in building relationships on a strong foundation of clear communication. With five years of experience in various communications roles and a degree in Creative Communications, Brianne aims to highlight the people and community that CRIEC serves. Having moved to Calgary in 2020, Brianne has fallen in love with the community’s resilience, kindness and resounding ability to grow.
“If we do not exist as individuals then our relationship does not exist.” – Hugh Prather