VRA Alberta Board of Directors

2014-2015

Shelley Langstaff, MDCSPresident

Shelley graduated from the Master of Disability and Community Studies program at the University of Calgary in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies from the University of Calgary, and an Intervenor for Deaf/Blind Persons Diploma from the Medicine Hat College. She has previous experience working in for-profit and not- for- profit environments with vulnerable populations and has been a member of the VRA since 2007.

Valerie Siska BA, RVPSecretary

Valerie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. She started her role as a Rehabilitation Consultant with Great-West Life in April 2002. She has a wide and varied experience in providing vocational rehabilitation services to a diverse population of clients through her past employment as a Rehabilitation Specialist with Sun Life of Canada (1994) and her work as a Social Worker and Probation Officer in rural Alberta.

Giles Rieger RRP, CCRC, CVPTreasurer

Giles has over 20 years experience as a rehabilitation consultant. He has worked with Great-West Life as a Rehabilitation Consultant and Regional Manager of Rehabilitation Services. He has also worked with WCB as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor and with Right Management as a Human Resource Outplacement Consultant. He presently is employed as a Rehabilitation Consultant with the University of Alberta – Health Promotion and WorkLife Services.

Yves GagnonDirector

Yves Gagnon is originally from the province of New Brunswick and is fully Bilingual. Yves moved to Alberta in 2001 and stepped foot in the Capital City. Yves spent approximately 11 years in Edmonton.

Yves holds a degree in Leisure Recreational Technology from Université de Moncton and has been working in various capacity in Vocational Rehabilitation since 2001. He holds a designation of Registered Rehabilitation Professional (R.R.P) through VRA Canada and his a Certified Vocational Professional (C.V.P.) through the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals. Yves completed two certificates with YorkVille University/Life Strategies through their Career Management Professional Program.

Yves has worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist with Millard Health Centre/Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta. With the same company, Yves held a Team Lead role as well as a Service Manager position. Yves has also worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist for Innovative Rehabilitation Consultants (IRC) as part of the CanVet program, which is to assist Veterans with their career transition. Yves has facilitated various return to work workshops, computer workshops, job search workshops, etc.

Yves currently works as a Senior Disability Advisor for an oil and gas company out of Calgary, Alberta. He is passionate about his work and will bring a wealth of experience and professionalism to the VRA – Alberta Chapter.

Yves is also a well decorated and accomplished runner and has competed both locally and at the national level. He also enjoys extensive travel and is an avid photographer. Yves enjoys the outdoors with his two Boston Terriers.

Andrea Murphy, BCRDirector

Andrea is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with 10 years experience in both the private and non-profit sectors working with a variety of clients experiencing various disabilities including: Cardio Vascular Accident, Cerebral Palsy, Cognitive Disabilities, Orthopedics, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Mental Illness, Acquired Brain Injury and Developmental Disabilities.

She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. Andrea is also a designated Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Assistant from Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology.

Vocational rehabilitation is an area Andrea has a strong passion for as it aligns with her philosophy of empowering clients while on their path towards recovery. Her client centered approach demonstrates Andrea’s appreciation for the needs of those with disabilities or compromised lifestyles. Andrea’s experience and education in disability services has allowed her to develop the appropriate communication, listening, collaborative, interpersonal and counseling skills to assist clients in achieving their rehabilitation goals.

Deb Sibley, M. Ed., RRPDirector

Deb Sibley has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Manitoba and a Graduate Degree in Educational Research focusing on Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies from the University of Calgary. She currently works in Addictions and Mental Health at Alberta Health Services focusing on building capacity within staff who support individuals with complex or challenging behaviors and mental health concerns.

Zsuzsa Tamas, MDCS, RRPDirector

Zsuzsa graduated from the Master of Disability and Community Studies program at the University of Calgary in 2012. She holds a Conductor Diploma from the Peto Andras College Budapest, Hungary. Zsuzsa has more than twenty years’ experience working with widespread of patients representing the full spectrum of neuromotor disabilities such as cerebral palsy, head injury and stroke, across all age groups. Her professional involvement well-versed in rehabilitation and interventions and she has previous experience in program development, assistant research, advocacy and in preventative methods. Zsuzsa has become a member of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada) in 2012 and she holds a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) designation.

Paula Wischoff Yerama, RRP, RVPDirector

Paula Wischoff Yerama is a Registered Rehabilitation Professional, Registered Vocational Professional, and Certified Career Development Professional with a Bachelor of Management degree in Human Resources and Labour Relations.

Paula has been working with individuals and organizations for the past 15 years in various capacities. Her skills and experience include vocational assessment, transferable skills analysis, career exploration, job search strategy, and personal branding and marketing. As a dedicated professional Paula is also actively involved with the Career Development Association of Alberta and the Canadian Council for Career Development. In 2013 she was awarded a Life Membership with the Career Development Association of Alberta for her commitment to the profession and her work in growing the association.

Sheri WorthingtonDirector

Sheri has worked in Vocational Rehabilitation for over 15 years in a variety of roles including return to work specialist, job coach, rehabilitation coordinator, workshop facilitator and vocational specialist. She has worked with a range of insurance companies, public and private agencies and legal companies. Sheri enjoys meeting new people and is privileged to hear of each person’s individual story. She truly enjoys the journey to support them with engaging in and returning to productive life and work.