Staff Leadership Team


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Makenna Rielly MA, Executive Director
Makenna has worked in the non-profit sector for over 30 years, and has a strong commitment to providing needed services to survivors of violence and their families, supporting prevention education and building public awareness. In addition to her great sense of humour and love for the group of people she works with, Makenna brings valuable management skills to VWTHS including more than 20 years executive administrative experience in fiscal and risk management and strategic planning. She has worked successfully as a liaison with program partners, community agencies, and funders and recently oversaw the partnering collaboration between VWTHS and the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre which resulted in the implementation of an administrative consolidation of the leadership structure. As well, Makenna is a General Surveyor for CARF International, an accreditation organization where she is an administrative surveyor and consultant.


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Parm Kroad, Deputy Director
Parm joined the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society as a counsellor in 1983 , after completing her degree in Social Work, and spending several years in the social services field. She began her management career as the Shelter Program Manager until 2005 at which time she was promoted to a senior management position and currently serves as the Deputy Director. She sits on many working committees locally and provincially on the development of services for abused women. Her commitment to working with ‘women for change’ compelled her to continue her dedication with this agency. She has one son who is studying abroad and when she is not being a great-Aunty, she does yoga and takes long walks.



Lorelle Posten BBA, MSc, CA Finance Director
Lorelle is a Chartered Accountant with experience in business, education, government and third sector organizations in Canada, the US and the UK. She has a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from the London School of Economics and professional experience in program management, finance, strategic planning and capacity building in non-profit agencies. Her employment portfolio includes work with the Exploratorium, UBC, The San Francisco Council on Homelessness, International Institute for Child Rights and Development, Ernst and Young, and the Auditor General of Canada. Lorelle joined VWTH fall of 2011, and is grateful to contribute her skills, experience and commitment to its mission and work creating hopeful futures for women and their families.



Susan K.E. Howard, Development Director
Susan is honoured to work with the incredible team at Victoria Women’s Transition House in support of women and children leaving abusive family situations. Trained as a classical ballet dancer at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Susan turned her passion for the arts to non-profit income development and has more than 20 years non-profit leadership experience in communities across Canada in fund and community development, marketing, communications and board and executive management. A graduate of SFU with a degree in business and liberal studies, she has a particular interest in integrated marketing and development programs. When not working, she enjoys fitness, cooking & attending performances and concerts. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Dance Victoria, and consults on a project basis for BC non-profit organizations.

Management Team  – Bios coming soon!

Elizabeth O’Brien, Development Manager

Sandy Lundmark, Community Programs Manager

Meredith Knox, Shelter Programs Manager

Sharde Long, Human Resource Manager

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