Keely Wight-Young, M.A. – Executive Director
Keely has been working in the autism field for over 20 years. She began her career at ARC as a Family Support Worker while attending university in Regina. After a year of work and travel in Japan, she attended the University of Toronto where she received a Master of Arts Degree. Following this, Keely worked directly with children and families at the Geneva Centre for Autism in Toronto, was an Autism Consultant with Kinark Child and Family Services in Toronto and a Senior Program Analyst on the autism portfolio with the Ontario government. In 2012 Keely was delighted to receive the Deputy Minister’s Award for outstanding achievements in partnership for work done on an ABA initiative. She returned to ARC in 2014 in her current role as Executive Director.
Brian Lach, B.Ed, M.Ed. – Operations Director
Brian recently joined the Autism Resource Centre staff following a 30 year career in education. During his time in education he was a classroom teacher, curriculum implementation lead teacher, vice principal, principal, and superintendent. Brian has also been actively involved in many volunteer boards and committees as his way of giving back to the community. Brian has a Bachelor of Education degree and Masters of Educational Administration degree both from the University of Regina.
Stacey Herperger, B.A – Program Director
Stacey began her career as a Special Needs Coordinator at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre in Ottawa. Upon returning to Regina she worked at the Ranch Ehrlo Society for six years as a Job Coach and Vocational Resource Trainer. She joined ARC in 2013 as a Program Coordinator and has also been our Summer Program Director. She is currently covering the role of Program Director. Stacey has a Bachelor of Sociology degree from the University of Regina as well as a Recreation and Leisure Services Diploma with honours from Algonquin College.
Becky McLeod, B. Ed. – Program Director
Becky began her employment with ARC in 2012 as a Summer Program Staff while she worked to complete her Bachelor of Education. After completing her degree, graduating with great distinction, she left to teach abroad in Thailand in for two years before returning to Regina, and ARC, in 2016. At ARC she has successfully balanced the roles of Employment Coordinator, Social Drop-In Coordinator and Summer Program Coordinator for youth ages 7-12. She was hired as a full time Program Coordinator in 2018. Becky is passionate about helping members increase their independence and reach self-identified career and social goals.
Morgan Kuntz, B.Kin. – Program Coordinator
Morgan began working with ARC in 2011 in the Therapeutic Summer Program where she worked in both supporting and directing roles. While completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology in Adapted Movement Science, Morgan worked and volunteered with various organizations supporting youth with autism and varying abilities. Morgan also completed her university practicum at ARC where she assisted with the facilitation of adult programming. Morgan started her current position as Program Coordinator in 2018.
Diandra Nicolson, BHJ – Employment Coordinator
Diandra has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Human Justice and a Minor in Psychology. Although she is a recent graduate, her career in human services began years ago. She loves the direct, hands-on work with people experiencing disabilities, addictions, and/or mental health issues. She is the Employment Coordinator at the Autism Resource Centre, supporting adults with autism to gain or maintain employment. Diandra also has a young nephew, who she loves with all of her heart, that has recently been diagnosed with Autism. Aside from her employment, Diandra also has a strong love for social justice, music, art, animals, and family.
Chris Mbah, B.A. (Hons), M.A., MPhil, CCIP™ – Employment Coordinator
Chris began his career in 2009 as an Investigative Journalist before moving into the field of human services where he has worked with individuals with autism and other disabilities in Supported Employment. As a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP™), Chris believes in breaking barriers to meaningful employment and that everyone that is capable, regardless of cognitive and physical challenge. From his experience and education, he understands the value and benefits of an inclusive workforce and engages employers to create this awareness and other onsite supports backed by evidence-based practices. He received MPhil in Peace and Conflict Transformation from University of Tromsø, Norway, MA in Justice Studies from University of Regina and BA (Hons) in History from University of Benin, Nigeria respectively. He remains a devoted volunteer in Regina since 2013 and also a fan of country music.
Marci Down, BKIN – Employment Coordinator
Marci graduated from the University of Regina in 2011 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology in the Adapted Physical Activity area with a minor in psychology. She worked in the disability area all through university and did her fieldwork placement at Inclusion Regina, where she worked after finishing her degree. There she worked as the Next Chapter Book Club coordinator, recreation coordinator and facilitator and then moved into the Employment and Transition Facilitator position. In this role, Marci gained over 8 years of experience providing support to high school students and adults in employment and transition planning from high school into adulthood. She believes that people with Autism should have all the opportunities that people without Autism have in life and that we are all unique, which is what makes our world a beautiful place.
Shannon Theriault, BSW, RSW – Mental Health Counselor
Shannon recently joined ARC as the Mental Health counselor, a role she is familiar with. She has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years, first as a Psychiatric Nurse and now as a Social Worker. Shannon has worked for the Regional Health Authority in a variety of roles both in community and hospital settings. She has also done work in community based organizations like Phoenix Residential Society.
Shannon offers a variety of counselling modalities; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Choice Theory, Person Centered Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Family Systems Theory and works from a Strengths Based Trauma Informed perspective.
The foundation of any therapeutic relationship is trust. Shannon skillfully approaches her work in a non-judgmental, thoughtful manner to facilitate this trust. She believes people can and do change. She provides counseling for anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, relationship and communication skills.
She is very glad to be working for such a progressive and highly regarded organization!
Brenna Steffensen, B.A. – RWA Labour Market Facilitator
Brenna has recently joined the ARC team as a Labour Market Facilitator for the Ready, Willing, and Able initiative and brings with her over 10 years of experience supporting individuals with varying abilities in gaining and maintaining suitable employment. She has recently moved back to Regina after spending the last 7 years in Saskatoon where she worked in the supported employment division of SaskAbilities. Brenna completed her B.A. in Social Sciences at the University of Lethbridge in 2010. When she is not passionately doing her part to increase inclusivity in the workforce Brenna enjoys sports, baking, reading, and spending time with her family.
Ryan Tourney, B.A. (Psychology) R.P.N. – Residential Support Coordinator
Ryan began his career in Yorkton, SK as a drug counselor at the Whitepruce Youth Treatment Center. He later worked in several positions provincially and federally in Corrections. After 22 years of service he was briefly retired before joining ARC as a respite worker. When the pilot Residential Program began in August 2019, Ryan accepted the position of Residential Support Coordinator. The health and well-being of the residents are a top priority. Ryan is a graduate of SIAST as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
Deborah Banks, B.Admin. – Executive Assistant
Deborah joined ARC in 2017 after a successful career in the insurance and investment world that focused on marketing and customer support. She has a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Regina and has always enjoyed taking courses to further her knowledge. She is enjoying her change to the world of office administration and loves working with the amazing staff and members at ARC.
Autism Resource Centre
199 N Leonard Street
Regina, SK S4N 5X5
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