Staff Leadership Team
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.
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.
Joanna Verano, Development Manager
Joanna Verano received her BA in Art Studies from the University of the Philippines and MA in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With over twelve years of experience in the field of arts and culture, she’s thrilled to join the VWTH team and apply her expertise in fundraising and marketing in the social services sector. Joanna is highly involved with volunteer work and is currently the Communications Chair for the Vancouver Island Chapter of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), Board of Director with Viva Youth Voices, PAC Chair for South Park Family School, and is a singing member and Social Media Administrator for the Victoria Choral Society. The rest of her free time she spends with her husband and young children exploring Vancouver Island and enjoying the wonderful community events that Victoria has to offer.
Janet Henly, Community Programs Manager
After completing her BSW in 1998, Janet was hired as a women’s counsellor at the shelter. Along with her position at VWTH and in other non-profit organizations, she has dedicated the last thirteen years of her social work career towards the goal of ending violence and abuse against women in relationship and in March 2011 she was pleased to join the management team at VWTH. In addition, Janet enjoys a career as an entrepreneur and owns and manages two boutique card and gift shops in Sidney BC. In her spare time she likes to… oh wait, what spare time?!
Tracy Lubick, Community Programs Manager
Originally from Colorado, Tracy feels fortunate to have called Victoria her home for the past seventeen years. After ten years in commercial banking in the States, followed by twelve years at the Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre, Tracy was pleased to join the VWTH team in June 2012. Passionate in her support for women’s organizations, Tracy is honoured to be part of a community that gives so generously and cares so deeply. In her spare time, Tracy enjoys laughing with friends and family, boating, riding motocross and watching as many NFL football games as she possibly can.
Christine Wright, Human Resource Manager
Christine Joined VWTH in 2015 after 9 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Christine brings a wealth of HR Experience and is passionate about supported return to work plans after illness/injury to staff. Originally from the UK, she moved to Canada with her husband and children in 2007. Christine has many years of experience working with adults and children with disabilities both in the UK and BC, and her family have opened their home to individuals who need a caring stable place to live when facing a challenging life. Christine loves to travel and explore new places but also has a passion for the camping life in their 5th wheeler.