SACA BOD Bios

SACA Board of Directors Listing

President, Jim Palmer: Jim held a variety of senior corporate and operations business and finance manager positions over a 34 year career with Shell Canada. He recruited, coached and mentored people for 30 years and led many business process improvement, control, reporting and governance initiatives. Jim has served on the SACA Board for over 13 years in director capacities of Transportation, Vice President and President as well as on a number of committees. Jim has also held executive positions for sports, church and YMCA boards in Calgary and Fort McMurray. Currently beyond Scenic Acres, Jim is President of the Rocky Ridge Conservative Board, panel member of City of Calgary Subdivision & Appeal Board and Treasurer of his church board. He has been married to Sandy for 34 years and have 3 adult children. They have lived in Scenic Ares since 1993.

Vice President, Linda Miller: Linda joined the SACA Board in January 2016. Linda retired from the Calgary Board of Education in 2014. She specialized in teaching Mathematics and still continues to tutor junior and senior high students. Linda served on the Crowchild Skating Club board in Scenic Acres for 9 years in a variety of positions including President. She held a variety of Executive and committee positions on church boards, parent councils and a business club in Calgary and/or Mississauga. These experiences have provided perspectives in communication, leadership and governance which she brings to her role with the SACA. Linda and her husband Stephen have 2 adult children. They have lived in Scenic Acres since 1994.

Treasurer, Tom Mao: Tom joined the SACA Board in October 2017. Tom has over 10 years experience as an accountant and 4 years as a controller for a private company. Tom earned his Master of Education Degree from the University of Victoria in 2007 and recently earned his MBA Degree from the University of Calgary. Tom loves reading, traveling and practicing Chinese calligraphy. Tom and his wife moved to Scenic Acres in 2016 and instantly fell in love with the community.

Director, Facilities, Colin Yeo: Colin joined the SACA Board in March 2016. Colin is a retired geologist, having worked in the petroleum industry for 40 years. He is currently the Past President of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and was the President of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists in 2007. Based on this experience, he brings strategic, communication and governance insights to the Board. Colin is currently a volunteer on the Development Committee and continues to serve on the Franco-Sud School Committee. He is the President of the BP Alumni Club and an outreach ambassador for the CSPG. Colin and his wife Maryann have 2 children, and 2 grandchildren. They have lived in Scenic Acres for the past six years but were in Silver Springs for the prior 26 years.

Director, Marketing and Communications, Chantelle Sonnleitner: Chantelle joined the SACA Board in March 2016. Chantelle brings to the board experience in marketing and communications, event management, writing, editing, social media, website content, and public and volunteer engagement gained in previous roles with the University of Calgary, Alberta Ballet and The Galt Museum & Archives. Prior to that Chantelle worked for the City of Calgary for four years as an Archivist. Chantelle’s family moved to Scenic Acres 4 years ago. Chantelle and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors with their 2 young children.

Director, Parks & Environment, Ike Zacharopoulos: Ike led the initiative to mobilize the community to fund a special tax used fully to maintain and enhance community green spaces. He now leads the LEAF subcommittee who manages this annual maintenance program. Ike has extensive experience with property and employee legislation and has handled case work for various companies over a long career. Ike and his wife Julie have 2 grown children and have lived in Scenic Acres for many years.

Director, Sports Affiliates & Acting Secretary, Keely Willment: Keely has recently joined the board as a Director. In her day job she works for the City of Calgary in the Recreation department, coordinating programs, initiatives, and events. Keely has previously served on the board of directors for Alberta’s InMotion Network – the provincial organization charged with promoting physical activity for girls and women in Alberta. She has also dedicated a significant amount of time supporting the women’s rugby program at the University of Calgary. A born and raised Calgarian, Keely moved to Scenic Acres in 2015 with her husband and 2 small children.

General Manager, Ruth Sorrentino: In addition to being the SACA’s General Manager Ruth is a Provincial Returning Officer and Federal Field Liaison Officer overseeing all the Returning Officers in Edmonton and Central Alberta. She also sits on the Alberta Attendance Board where she helps mediate solutions for students who struggle to attend school on a regular basis. Ruth has been the Editor of the Scenic Review for almost 12 years. Prior to working for SACA Ruth was a stay at home Mum for 8 years who volunteered for SACA as a Director, as well as at Events. When not working, Ruth is a Hockey, Soccer and Football Mum but also enjoys reading, camping, volunteering and staying active. Ruth has been living in Scenic Acres with her family for 12 years.

Last updated October 12, 2017