board of directors
Riseup Society is a registered charity governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who recognize the impacts of family violence and are committed to addressing the issue through their involvement in Riseup Society Alberta.
Board Members listed below are current as of February 2020.
Leanne Fischbuch, Chair
Leanne Fischbuch has over 20 years of experience with not-for-profit governance, program delivery and management primarily in the agriculture sector. She has been a resident in Leduc County for over 16 years and has watched the communities within the area grow and prosper. The attraction to volunteer with Riseup is the opportunity for Leanne to give back to the community and help Riseup continue with the important vision of having a community free of domestic violence and abuse.
Carlee Ruddy, Vice Chair
Carlee Ruddy is a Senior Consultant in Addiction and Mental Health with Alberta Health
Services. She has worked in the area of addictions and mental health for the past 12 years and holds a BA in Sociology and an MSc in Psychiatry, both from the University of Alberta. Carlee has been committed to volunteering with YWCA over the years and is passionate about empowerment and equality for women and their families. In her free time, she enjoys doing anything outdoors with her husband and two children. Carlee is honored to sit on the Riseup Board of Directors to help those impacted by domestic violence in the Leduc and surrounding communities.
Donna Chen, Treasurer
Donna Chen has been a resident of Leduc for the past five years. She has been in the service industry for the past 35 years in various management positions. A local business owner, she holds the Tim Hortons franchise with restaurants in Leduc and Nisku. Donna always gives back to the communities where she lives. She volunteered with Big Sisters of Peel Region, and in the 1980s, with the Elizabeth Fry Foundation in Vancouver, B.C. She served as Rotarian in Invermere, BC., and has done significant work with the Family Resource Centre, where she served on the Board of Directors. The desire to serve women facing particular challenges in communities is very important to her. She is currently an Ambassador for the Tim Hortons Children Foundation that sends over 19,000 kids to the various camps in Canada and the USA on an annual basis. Her focus continues to be on, “possibilities not problems”. A quote she often shares is that “The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not fighting the old, but on building the new”.
Hunter Gates, Secretary
Hunter Gates is a director, actor, stuntman, theatre-maker, and educator. She specializes in movement as well as in devised theatre performance. Hunter has more than 30 years of experience in the professional and community theatre, film and television. She trained in physical theatre at the School of Physical Theatre in Toronto. She holds a Ph.D. in theatre philosophy, a pedagogical certificate in Physical Theatre and a certificate in stunt performance and teaching. Hunter also has extensive experience in stage combat. Quite often during the year she performs and teaches nationally and abroad. She launched her post-university theatre career in Montreal at the Just for Laughs festival. She was the founding artistic director (1996 to 2016) of The Hunter Gates Academy of Physical Theatre, a school specializing in training, new-play creation and international collaborations. Dr. Gates provides artistic innovation and dedication to the voice and spirit of the community. Hunter specializes in the creation of programs for seniors, adults, and at-risk youth.
Diann Tansem, Director
Diann Tansem has been a resident of Leduc for 10 years. She is a Registered Psychologist and is currently employed as a Clinical Supervisor with Alberta Health Services, Addiction & Mental Health. In addition, Diann has a part-time private practice in Leduc. She has worked with children, youth and families since 1981 and has a strong passion for helping others to live their best lives. Diann has been a Board Member with Riseup Society Alberta for three years and is committed to helping those who have been impacted by domestic violence.
Jen Aspelund, Director
Jen Aspelund graduated from Grant MacEwan with a Diploma in Child and Youth Care. She has worked with high risk youth exposed to or living with addictions and mental health issues including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, family violence, gang affiliations, and criminal behavior. She currently works for McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association as a group home Supervisor in Edmonton while residing in Beaumont. Jen’s experience in the twenty-five years she has worked with youth and their families, many of whom were victims of severe trauma, motivates her to want to make further contributions in addressing the negative impact of violence.