“ARBI provides an atmosphere that is caring and client oriented. The staff and volunteers have a level of optimism, enthusiasm and passion that is not often found elsewhere.”

- Arlin Pachet, PhD, CPsych

Our Team & Board

Together, We Achieve…

ARBI’s team of experienced personnel and dedicated volunteers have diverse professional and educational backgrounds. Our medical professionals, who have extensive experience in neurorehabilitation, include:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Community Rehabilitation Workers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Recreation Therapists
  • Rehabilitation Assistants
  • Social Workers
  • Speech-Language Pathologists

Brain injury survivors and their caregivers are also an integral part of the ARBI team. Working together creates an atmosphere of respect and trust with the clients’ goals at the forefront. This synergy has helped individuals achieve their goals, regain their independence and live their best possible life.

“The multidisciplinary staff of ARBI is committed to integrating the most current brain research with informed clinical practice in a setting that is respectful, caring, and fully dedicated to the well-being of all their clients and families.”

Donald H. Saklofske, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean Research, University of Calgary

Nora Molina, Executive Director

Nora Molina is an experienced non-profit leader with extensive experience working and volunteering in the sector. Her past leadership roles include Executive Director positions with the Human Resources Institute of Alberta and the Centre for Newcomers, as well as the founding COO with Technology Helps. For the past five years, Nora has been the Director of Career Services with the University of Calgary overseeing programs and services to support undergraduates and graduates across all faculties.

An active volunteer, Nora has served with a wide variety of organizations including as a canvasser for Heart & Stroke as well as JDRF, and as a board director overseeing services for childcare, housing, social programs, alumni, and museums. She is also a founding member of two non-profits. Nora is currently the Board Chair for The Hangar Flight Museum and will be reaching the end of her term in the spring of 2022. In 2017, Nora was recognized as a Woman of Inspiration, receiving the Authentic Leader award from the Universal Women’s Network. Nora holds two degrees from the University of Calgary; an MBA from the Haskayne School of Business and a BA in communications studies.

On a personal note, Nora feels a strong connection with ARBI’s work as three generations of her family have been affected by stroke. She is very excited to be joining the ARBI team and looking forward to working together with the dedicated staff and volunteers to advance ARBI’s new strategic plan.

Board of Directors

ARBI’s Board of Directors work tirelessly to see our vision come to life, supporting the needs of our team, and helping our clients gain access to the resources they need.

Ross Gilker, Acting President

Ross Gilker, Acting President

Ross is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education degree and holds his Certified Human Resources Professional designation with the Human Resources Institute of Alberta.

Ross Gilker, Acting President

Ross Gilker, Acting President

Ross is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education degree and holds his Certified Human Resources Professional designation with the Human Resources Institute of Alberta.

Ross is the owner and President of Gilker McRae Ltd. He leads the overall management and business development of the company and he provides transition and consulting services. Ross has prior experience in business ownership in the career transition and franchising industry which he readily shares with those interested in pursuing entrepreneurship. With qualifications and certifications in several psychometric assessment tools, he has assisted many individuals to find their passion and identify their ideal work.

After a stroke in 2007, Ross has dedicated himself to raising money for various charities through his cycle club, CycleTherapy. This group has supported the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, MS Bike Ride, and more recently has sponsored their own annual 100 km ride with funds going to support KidSport and the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured. For his commitment to community service, he was honored with the Human Resources Institute of Alberta’s Community Champion Award in 2013.

Erik Fraunberger, Secretary

Erik Fraunberger, Secretary

Erik is currently an MD student at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine. In July 2020, Erik completed his PhD in neuroscience specializing in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Erik Fraunberger, Secretary

Erik Fraunberger, Secretary

Erik is currently an MD student at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine. In July 2020, Erik completed his PhD in neuroscience specializing in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Having a father who suffered a severe TBI and understanding the difficulty of the rehabilitation process, Erik wanted to do what he could to facilitate the recovery of other individuals suffering from an acquired brain injury. Erik worked with numerous clients over his four-year term as a volunteer, gaining an understanding of the value that volunteers bring to the ARBI community and the integral role they play in making ARBI the success that it is.

Erik is a member of the Scientific Review Panel for the Branch Out Neurological Foundation and is the current Chair of the Student-Run Clinic (SRC) at the Mustard Seed in downtown Calgary.

Orson Ross, Treasurer

Orson Ross, Treasurer

Orson has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is a CPA, CA who articled with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Orson Ross, Treasurer

Orson Ross, Treasurer

Orson has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is a CPA, CA who articled with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Orson has held various senior leadership roles including director, treasurer, and vice president with public companies in Calgary such as Talisman Energy, Petro-Canada, Suncor, Canexus, TransAlta, and Source Energy. Orson is currently the Vice President of Finance at Dexterra Group Inc (formerly Horizon North) where he has responsibilities for financial reporting, treasury, financial planning and analysis, and tax compliance.

Orson is a finance professional with 20+ years of experience in both public accounting and industry, predominantly with public companies.

Dr. Alex Hillyard

Dr. Alex Hillyard

Dr. Alex Hillyard has worked and studied in the field of human services for 45 years, retiring from public service in 2018.

Dr. Alex Hillyard

Dr. Alex Hillyard

Dr. Alex Hillyard has worked and studied in the field of human services for 45 years, retiring from public service in 2018. Alex has an undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta.

During his career, Alex has had frontline and senior executive leadership positions working across the lifespan from infant and preschool intervention programs to public education and adult services. The first 25 years involved infant and preschool intervention, mental health services, and public education. The last 20 years were spent with disability services in positions as Chief Executive Officer for the North East Alberta Community Board (1998 – 2005), the Calgary Region Community Board for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (2005 – 2014), and as Regional Director, Disability Services, Calgary Region (2014-2018).

The core of Alex’s passion has been to help build the capacity of communities and family/social networks to support children, adolescents, and adults to have a meaningful life. Alex has served on advisory committees for the Community Rehabilitation Programs at Grant MacEwan University (Edmonton), University of Calgary, and Mount Royal University (Calgary). Alex has received awards of recognition and appreciation from parent groups, service providers/organizations and was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for Public Service.

Brandy Hunter

Brandy Hunter

Brandy’s passion for health and rehabilitation began in 1997 when she started volunteering with ARBI.

Brandy Hunter

Brandy Hunter

Brandy’s passion for health and rehabilitation began in 1997 when she started volunteering with ARBI. Seeing firsthand the difference organizations like ARBI can make in people's lives inspired her to pursue rehabilitation as a career. This led to her experience as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in neurology and mental health for 5 years.

Brandy is currently the CEO and co-founder of Sleep Culture, a company dedicated to improving quality of life through sleep. She leads the strategic direction and business development of this fast-growing start-up. Sleep Culture has enabled her to give back in a larger capacity by combining her education, a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology, and previous corporate, health and rehabilitation experience to shift the way organizations view sleep and facilitate change to ensure sleep is a priority.

Previously, Brandy was the Vice President of Operations for a multiproduct SaaS Company where she was responsible for the integration of acquisitions, right-sizing, and scaling for new products by driving the vision and go-to-market strategies.

She has always believed in people and community first and received Calgary's Top Manager award in 2013 for her excellence in this arena.

Jim Saunders

Jim Saunders

Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in 1982. Jim is a Calgary-based independent businessman with over 35 years of experience.

Jim Saunders

Jim Saunders

Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, from the University of New Brunswick in 1982. Jim is a Calgary-based independent businessman with over 35 years of diverse oil and gas industry, technical, managerial, and board experience.

Jim was previously the Founder and Chairman or CEO of four publicly listed oil and gas exploration and production companies: Twin Butte Energy Ltd., Prairie Schooner Petroleum Ltd., Great Northern Exploration Ltd., and Ionic Energy Inc.

Jim previously served as Chairman of the Board of Savanna Energy Services and as a Director of RMP Energy Inc., both publicly traded (TSX) companies. Jim acted as an advisor to three private equity funds specializing in emerging opportunities in the energy services business.

Janet Russell, Q.C.

Janet has 30+ years of experience as a lawyer, mediator, and arbitrator. In 2010, Janet was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in recognition of her exceptional legal skills and contributions to the profession.

Janet Russell, Q.C.

Janet has 30+ years of experience as a lawyer, mediator, and arbitrator. She graduated from the University of Toronto Law School with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1984. In 2010, Janet was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in recognition of her exceptional legal skills and contributions to the profession. She earned a "Mediating Disputes" certificate through the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School in 2013. Janet is a partner at Scott Venturo Rudakoff LLP in Calgary, AB.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Janet worked as an economist after graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Cum Laude (Honours) in Economics.

Janet has been an active volunteer and board member. She has guided the strategic planning processes and by-law reviews in her previous board positions. Since 2012, Janet has held a volunteer advisor role on the United Way’s GAIN Committee. The committee offers high-level services to agencies requiring support to improve their organization and service delivery.

Janet lives with a person who suffered a brain injury and has seen first-hand the positive benefits of therapy and ongoing support.

Jeff Nish

Jeff is a professional engineer with over 35 years of experience in the electric power industry. He has held increasingly senior positions at Ontario Hydro, TransAlta Utilities, ENMAX Corporation, Northstone Power, Balancing Pool, and the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO).

Jeff Nish

Jeff is a professional engineer with over 35 years of experience in the electric power industry. He has held increasingly senior positions at Ontario Hydro, TransAlta Utilities, ENMAX Corporation, Northstone Power, Balancing Pool, and the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). Jeff holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a Life Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

As an active volunteer in the not-for-profit sector, Jeff was a member of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Alberta for seven years, two of which were as chair of the board. He has served on the boards of Scouts Canada (Calgary Region), Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation (Calgary Chapter), and the Calgary and Area Child and Family Services Authority. Additionally, Jeff taught governance principles to not-for-profit organizations throughout Alberta as a volunteer instructor for the Alberta Board Development Program and spent six years volunteering for the Calgary Police Service at a community-operated police station.

From 2006 to 2013 Jeff was the provincially appointed Chair of the Calgary Region Community Board for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, ensuring that adults with developmental disabilities have the support they need to live as full citizens of their communities.

The mission and values of ARBI resonate strongly with Jeff. In addition to a strong desire to contribute to the well-being of Albertans, he has a close relative who has endured two separate traumatic brain injury events.

Deb Milimaka Miles

Deb has received over 10 professional certifications and awards, including the Women of Inspiration™ Award. This accolade is for role models who have taken the road less traveled, paved the way for others to follow, and have used their platform to create positive change.

Deb Milimaka Miles

Deb has over 30 years of extensive C-level experience within a broad scope of industries. Her leadership roles within companies on both the national and international stage have been a driver of success for organizations such as Harvest One Inc., SMART Technologies, Aguila Convergence Worldwide, Foxconn, Loblaws, Hudson’s Bay, Scotiabank, and BMO. Her business and HR experience proffers a wealth of hands-on work in guiding corporations through periods of global transformation, acquisition, and divestitures.

Along with Deb’s education at the University of Alberta, she has also become a Certified Trained Facilitator in The Leadership Challenge and a Personal Resilience Practitioner which has assisted her in gaining new perspectives in challenging times.

During her career of driving transformation by innovative and effective approaches to strategic planning, leadership, and organizational effectiveness, Deb has received over 10 professional certifications and awards, including the Women of Inspiration™ Award. Created to recognize the achievements of women from diverse industries across Canada, this accolade is reserved for role models who have taken the road less traveled, paved the way for others to follow, and have used their platform to create change on a local, national, and global scale.

Throughout Deb’s life, she has seen family and friends experience brain injuries and knows first-hand how difficult it can be to manage. Knowing the work ARBI provides to help people in these situations, she wanted to give back and help make a difference by joining ARBI’s Board of Directors.

Randy Fowler, Lifetime Director

Randy Fowler, Lifetime Director

Before Randy’s car crash in 1982, he had an aspiring career in professional football. He played with the Calgary Colts, Calgary Mohawks and the Medicine Hat Rattlers.

Randy Fowler, Lifetime Director

Randy Fowler, Lifetime Director

Before Randy’s car crash in 1982, he had an aspiring career in professional football. He played with the Calgary Colts, Calgary Mohawks, and the Medicine Hat Rattlers. In his final year with the Rattlers, Randy was invited to the Saskatchewan Roughrider’s training camp. However, all of Randy’s dreams came to an abrupt halt when he suffered a traumatic brain injury due to driving under the influence of alcohol. He was involved in a serious car crash that killed his best friend and left him in a coma. When he awoke from his coma, he learned he had sustained a severe traumatic brain injury.

In 1985, Randy began a rehabilitation program at ARBI. He made tremendous strides during this time and his incredible motivation to overcome the next hurdle had a ripple effect on the other clients in the program.

Randy is a compelling motivational speaker and his message has a lasting impact on audiences. He is a preferred keynote speaker at national brain injury conferences and a sought-after presenter by United Way of Calgary and Area during their annual campaign. Randy also volunteers his time assisting ARBI and other non-profits with annual fundraising events.

Randy’s 20+ years of volunteer work with the PARTY (Prevention of Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) Program has been spent educating students on the importance of making safe choices. His personal story and positive approach leaves an incredible impact on these young people and their future decisions.

In 2012, Randy received the Prime Minister’s Award for life-long volunteer achievement for his work in educating youth about the risks of drinking and driving.