Lerena Greig, Executive Director

Lerena Greig (Executive Director) has worked in the non-profit sector for over 13 years, specifically in the field of addiction and recovery. She has presented all over Alberta with her lived experience and advocates for change in the stigma of mental health and addiction. Recently she joined as a Director of the Board for Our House Addiction Recovery Centre and this year has a contracted position as a Recovery facilitator for Recovery College Edmonton.

As Executive Director of Parents Empowering Parents (PEP) Society, Lerena oversees and implements the programs for PEP, hiring and training of the administrative staff and facilitators, while also fulfilling the role of public relations and resource development. In 2020, Lerena was appointed an advisor on a council for a research project for the Alberta Health Ministry and sits at the Leadership Table for Social Framework for Strathcona County along with other committees focused on addictions and mental health. Lerena is passionate about empowering families and individuals to take that step into recovery and break the cycle of addiction.

Carol Zukiwiski, Chairperson

Carol Zukiwiski (Chairperson) lives in Edmonton and is serving her 7th term as Chair of PEP. Carol has practiced law for over 25 years, and has considerable experience with various types of non-profit organizations.

Pat Kuefler, Secretary

Pat Kuefler (Secretary) is a resident of Sherwood Park for over 17 years. She has served on PEP’s Board in two different roles.  She is a retired business woman formerly in retail management for an education institution, department store an bookstore. Besides her volunteer position on the board, Pat volunteers at the Strathcona Library and as an ESL (English Second Language) tutor in the County. She says she is eternally grateful for the support and information she received as a parent participant at PEP and is a great addition to our volunteer board of directors.

Jessica Hippe Vice Chair

Jessica Hippe (Vice Chair) is a resident of Strathcona County and joined the Board in 2018. She works with Victim Services, Strathcona County.  Her skills and abilities are a great asset to the Board.

Jamie McAuley Lain (Treasurer)

Jamie McAuley Lain (Treasurer) joined the Board in 2018. She resides in Ft. Saskatchewan. She attended PEP over 9 years ago and her story provides hope to others.

Brenda McNeil, Director

Brenda McNeil(Director) Brenda joined the board in November 2015. She was previously employed for 7 years as a special needs educational assistant. Currently she is exploring new opportunities and is an independant distributor in the health and wellness field. Her volunteer experience includes 5 years with a program called “The Kids and I”. Brenda is a parent who says she is blessed by the support and education at Parents Empowering Parents (PEP) Society.

Audrey Stewart, Director

Audrey Stewart(Director) Audrey joined the Board in 2016.  She is a self-employed Independent Broker in Financial Services.  She is committed to PEP’s mission and is a parent who attends PEP’s innovative support group.