Senior Management

Raymond Swonek, CA, CIHCM

Chief Executive Officer

Raymond is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of business experience in Canada, New Zealand and Australia.  He has been involved in the Seniors Housing industry since 1997.  He has served on the Board of the Alberta Public Housing Administrators’ Association for numerous years.  He is the President of the Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association.  He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.  Raymond is passionate about positively influencing seniors' quality of life. He loves making a positive difference in the lives of the staff working at GEF and the seniors who make GEF their home.


Tracy MacLeod, CPHR

Director of Human Resources

Tracy is a member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA) and holds the designation of Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).  She has over 30 years in the field of Human Resources. Tracy joined GEF in 2005 from Alberta Motor Association where she held the position of Manager of Human Resources for 20 years.  She is a board member at Continuing Care Safety Association (CCSA), where she served in 2008 and 2009 and is currently serving another two year term.  When asked what Tracy enjoyed about working at GEF, she stated: “It is such a pleasure to work with people in an organization like GEF.  Every person that is employed by GEF has one thing in common: they truly care about others.”  Tracy can certainly include herself in that comment.  She truly embodies the caring nature that we have at GEF and she puts the human touch in Human Resources.


       

Doug Kitlar, CFM

Director of Facility Management

Doug Kitlar is a Certified Facility Manager with more than 25 years of facility management experience. Doug has been an active member of the International Facility Management Association since 2011 and current serves on the IFMA Northern Alberta Chapter board of directors. He joined GEF Seniors Housing in 2005 as the Planning and Facility Manager and he quickly discovered that working with GEF allows him the opportunity to apply his skills and experience in Facility Management to improve the lives and homes of the seniors the foundation serves. GEF’s values of Respect, Integrity, Well Being, and Accountability are well in alignment with his own personal values and he enjoys working with a staff that is committed to GEF’s Vision and Mission.


       

Nancy Simmonds, CPA, CA

Director of Operations

Nancy is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years business experience.  Prior to joining the GEF team in 2009 as the Controller, she worked at MNP LLP as a Senior Manager in the Assurance Department.  After serving as the Controller for 4 years, she returned from maternity leave taking on the role as the Director of Operations for the Organization.  Nancy is passionate towards the housing industry and the difference GEF is able to make in the lives of many seniors.  While working towards her Chartered Institute of Housing designation, she continues to mentor new housing professionals within the industry.  She is actively engaged with  the Alberta Public Housing Administrators’ Association benefiting from like-minded leaders and resources within the industry.  Within her community, Nancy continues to be active with the Chartered Accountants School of Business (CASB), marking student exams for the CA Institute.  Nancy’s passion and dedication make her a valued member of the GEF team.


Arlene Mazoleski, CPA, CGA

Controller

Arlene joined the GEF team in 2011 and is a Certified General Accountant with over 30 years of experience in both the not-for profit and the public practice sectors.  Having worked in not-for-profit for several years and then moving to industry and private practice, Arlene was missing the human component.  When asked why she enjoys working at GEF, Arlene stated: “It does my heart good to know my contribution to GEF matters more than just adding to the bottom line.  GEF has an incredible network of people, from hard-working front-line staff, to behind the scenes support from various Central Office departments, and clear vision from our Board of Directors.”  GEF is proud to have Arlene back in the not-for-profit sector and as part of the GEF family.  Arlene enjoys giving back to her community by using her expertise as the Treasurer on the Strathcona Hospital Foundation Board.  She is also a member of the Alberta Public Housing Administrators' Association (APHAA).


       

Stephanie Olsen

Director of Community Engagement

Stephanie Olsen has been a business consultant and marketing specialist in the United States for over 25 years. She has worked in the biotechnology field, corporate business field and the non-profit sector. Stephanie moved to Edmonton in 2015 when she married her husband who was born and raised in Edmonton. Her skills and passion for empowering others and using all available technology to share a message will be an asset to our organization. She joins GEF with a strong desire to serve the needs of seniors and to enhance the marketing and communications department of our organization. Stephanie has expressed “I am excited to be a part of such an excellent foundation whose vision is to positively influence senior’s quality of life. The exceptionally high standards here at GEF are in direct alignment with the congruency I demonstrate in my own life”.