Merritt Ranseth | President
Merritt Ranseth is currently the President of the CKE Community Association and has just started his second year in the role and on the Board. He has lived in Chinook Park for over 8 years with his wife Nicole and 2 boys, Brady 10 and Max 8. In the winter you can typically find them in a hockey rink or skiing in Montana. Their summers are spent at the lake, mountain biking or on a golf course.
Marnie Sullivan | Vice President
Marnie Sullivan has held the position of Vice President since May 2017. Marnie and her family have resided in Kelvin Grove for the past 9 years. She’s been involved in many community programs over the years including Heritage Soccer before joining the board. Marnie loves to spend time in her garden and hang out with family and friends. Fun facts about Marnie: She is a level 1 Sommelier (aiming to become fully certified) and I has earned her orange belt in Muay Thai Kickboxing.
Chris Doyle | Secretary
Chris Doyle, the current Board Secretary, spent part of his youth growing up in Chinook Park and attended Henry Wise Wood high school. He was happy to move back to the neighborhood with his wife Lisa and two daughters in 2011. This is his sixth year on the board. Chris currently is also a member of the Planning Committee. You’ve probably seen him riding his bike down your street.
David Milne | Treasurer
This is David Milne’s first year on the CKE Board and he currently holds the role of Treasurer. He has lived in Kelvin Grove with his wife and daughter since 2014. David values the community and all the great people within it.
Jackie Pontin | Facilities Director
Jackie Pontin, has been on the board for so long she’s lost count of the years, but thinks it’s around 30. She has lived in Chinook Park with her husband and three sons (all of whom have now left home and married) since 1986. Being National Director-Past President of the Association of Administrative Professionals still keeps her busy, but in her spare time she loves to read, travel, and spend time with her 4 (soon to be 5) grandchildren.
Robin Daigle | Membership Director
Our Membership Director, Robin Daigle, moved to Chinook Park in 2010 with her husband, Blair. They have a 13 year-old daughter, Grace, and a 5 year old son, Cash. Robin grew up in a small town and always longed to get back to a community where neighbours laugh, cry, celebrate and volunteer together – CKE is this community! This is Robin’s 8th year as a board member and she’s developed friendships that will last a life time throughout the various roles she’s filled. Robin is a Certified Emergency Manager and work as an Emergency Manager in Oil and Gas. She has a passion for gardening, cooking, good garage sale finds, antiques, fishing with my family and hanging with my girlfriends – oh yah, and she loves Johnny Cash.
Dawn Messer | Director at Large
Dawn Messer is currently a Director at Large and has been on the Board since 2012. Kelvin Grove is where Dawn grew up and 9 years ago she found herself back in the hood, happy to be raising her family here. She has 3 boys and a dog and you may also know her husband Tony from “Ask Tony” in the newsletter. Dawn loves the neighbourhood and thinks of it as a hidden gem in the city. When she isn’t at the hockey rink or baseball field she likes to garden, travel and enjoy happy hours with friends and neighbours.
Liz Fontana | Communications Co-Director
Liz Fontana is currently our Communications Director but has served on the Board since 2014 in a few roles. She’s lived in Chinook Park since 2007 with her husband, Lorenzo, and their two energetic boys aged 12 and 14. She is a part-time teacher whose hobbies include socializing, reading, traveling and unsuccessfully avoiding social media. Liz is continually impressed by the quality of people in the CKE who devote their time, energy and various talents to their community. Above all, Liz loves to have fun and has discovered that attending Board meetings and having fun are not mutually exclusive things.
Sonja Johnson | Planning Director
Sonja Johnson is the current Planning Director and has served on the Board since 2015. She has lived in Chinook Park with her husband and 2 children since 2007. She loves to ski, bike, hike, travel and walk her dog and enjoys tutoring Math students in the CKE and beyond.
Harry Schaepsmeyer | Garden Club Director
Harry Schaepsmeyer is the Garden Club Director and has served in this capacity since 2016. Harry and his family have lived in Kelvin Grove since 1993 and enjoy the community immensely. When not pulling weeds in the garden you can find Harry either cycling about or at Repsol Sports Centre in the pool.
Dan Kennelly | Director at Large
Dan Kennelly has served as a Member at Large on the CKE board since 2016. He has lived in Chinook Park since 2006 with his wife Wendy, daughter Sarah, son Joey and dog Lucky. Dan has also volunteered for the CKE Rink Rat crew, Capital Campaign, Wine and Whiskey, Heritage Soccer and various other community events. Dan enjoys golf and heading to the BC mountains in his spare time.
Brent Barker | Construction Liaison/Traffic Director
Brent and his wife, Krysti, moved to Chinook Park a couple of years ago. He likes long walks on the beach, coffee before noon, beer and wine after coffee. Brent’s a professional chauffeur for his 6 and 10 year-old boys but in his free-time, can be found halfway up a mountain or waist deep in a river fly fishing. Professionally, Brent’s a Program Engineering Manager. In addition to the CKE Board, Brent volunteers for a host of community support and outreach programs and for his kids’ sports teams.
Lindsey Stene | Recreation Director
Lindsey Stene is new to the board and is the Recreation Director. She and her husband and their 5 and 7 year olds moved to Kelvin Grove in 2017 and are so glad they did. Lindsey is a speech pathologist and teaches HIGH fitness on the side. A few of Lindsey’s favorite things include tennis (of course!), mountain biking, skiing, Netflixing and eating peanut buster parfaits.
Mike Cleghorn | Director at Large
Mike is new to Kelvin Grove but jumped right into becoming part of the CKE community as a Board Member at Large in fall 2018. He is originally from Victoria but has lived in Calgary for 8 years and enjoys the Rocky Mountain lifestyle playing hockey, mountain biking, snowboarding, and most of all spending time outdoors with his wife and 2 young daughters. Career-wise he keeps busy in the healthcare IT industry but learning quickly there’s more fun to be had in the CKE Community!
Keltie Baxter | Communications Co-Director
Communications Co-Director: Keltie proudly joined the board in 2018 as Communications Co-Director along with a dedicated and passionate group of fellow members. Both her and her husband grew up in Chinook Park and have developed a deep-rooted appreciation and fondness for this amazing community. They are now thrilled to be raising their son and 2 cats only streets away from their childhood homes. Occupying a marketing and communications role in the new home building industry, Keltie is thrilled to apply her energies to her very own community. In her spare time, you’ll find Keltie practicing yoga, Netflixing, enjoying good food and gazing at world maps longing for her next vacation.
Allison Brown | Director at Large
Allison moved to Kelvin Grove in November 1993, with his wife Jennifer and 3 children aged 7, 5, and 8 months at the time. Surprisingly, community tennis courts in the neighbourhood were not at all a criterion for choosing a new home in the SW; four bedrooms were. Come spring of 1994, he discovered the Chinook Park Tennis Club and has been involved ever since, initially as a member and helper with the facility maintenance and later in 2000, as President as one else wanted the job. He continued in that role until 2017. From 2007 until 2017 he sat on the Board as the Tennis Director, and since then has served as a Director at Large.
Aside from playing tennis at the courts, you are likely to find Allison cycling, wood carving, carrying out various DIY renovations – invariably at a slower pace than planned or expected by his wife, playing recreational non-contact hockey, x-country skiing, and of late learning to play bridge.