Senior Leadership Team
Dean brings drive and compassion to his work as UGM President. With a background in pastoral and nonprofit leadership, Dean is motivated by the inherent personhood of everyone he meets. “I believe that everyone has worth, value, and is deserving of dignity. I want to see community members experience life to the fullest, to lead a life of wellness and independence.”
Before coming to UGM, Dean was a pastor for 17 years. He then served as Executive Director for The Mustard Seed in Edmonton, and later as Chief Regional Officer, overseeing programs and operations for teams in Edmonton, Kamloops, Red Deer, and Medicine Hat. He thrives in an environment where he can bring people together around a common purpose.
Dean holds a Master of Arts in Christian Studies from Ambrose University, and a Bachelor in Secondary Education from the University of Alberta. He has been married for 26 years to his wife Sasha, and they have three adult daughters and three dogs. Dean enjoys podcasts and live music, and he follows sports—namely the Oilers.
Dan RussellVice President, Mission Initiatives
Dan brings a plethora of expertise to his work at UGM. He has a Master of Christian Studies and Doctorate of Ministry. Prior to UGM, he held roles such as the Director of Finance at a Christian Conference Centre in Austria and District Manager at General Motors.
He has a heart for our world broken by poverty and addiction, which is what brought him to UGM, 15 years ago. Dan is motivated by the beauty and resilience of our community members, the compassion and expertise of our staff team, and the love of God in action, resulting in changed lives.
Beyond being thankful for his wife Karen, three grown children and daughter-in-law, Dan is loving the new experience of being a grandfather to Elias. He also enjoys walks on the beach, resting in God’s presence, talks and games with family and friends, watching sports, a round of golf, and European chocolate.
Ryan KochVice President, External Engagement
Ryan is an expert at integrating his skills of fundraising and faith and he has brought this expertise to UGM to serve people in real, tangible ways for the past 11 years. Ryan has comprehensive fundraising experience with a variety of organizations in education, healthcare, and social services.
At UGM, Ryan is consistently inspired and motivated by “the incredible bravery of community members, the realness and authenticity of the UGM community and the fact that we can all come together (staff, community members, volunteers, donors) as broken human beings and experience the incredible richness that God creates out of the whole.”
Outside of UGM, Ryan enjoys doing anything creative, being active outside, spending time with his family and challenging himself with new recipes. Ryan has been married for 20 years to his wife Laura and together they raise three daughters and two dogs.
Stacey ReyesVice President, People Excellence
Stacey loves people, culture and serving others—and is thrilled by how her role at UGM allows her to unite those passions. Her educational background and previous professional experience within various industries has fully equipped her for her position at UGM.
Community is the heartbeat of UGM and Stacey says she loves that working at UGM enables her to “witness the love of God in action through the discipleship of the UGM team and the transformative impact it has on the community we serve.”
Stacey enjoys spending quality time with her family and serving with various ministries through her church. She is an active volunteer within her community and is a board member with the Richmond Multicultural Community Services. Stacey and her husband, Justin, share three sons — Malhakai, Thaddeus, and Dominic — and fur babes Finnigan and Coraline. Together, they love to worship, enjoy the outdoors, watch Sunday night football, and take unplanned long-drive adventures.
Angel TseVice President, Finance & Operations
Angel is a finance professional who is motivated by giving back. Joining UGM with 16 years’ experience at notable Canadian financial institutions and internationally owned companies, Angel brings a wealth of expertise—and heart—to her new role. “Being a part of UGM enables me to work with a team of warm-hearted senior leaders who share the same faith and want to care for people.”
A Chartered Professional Accountant since 2009, Angel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and is in the process of pursuing an Executive MBA. A seasoned leader, she appreciates every opportunity to add value to organizations and her community.
Angel lives with her husband and son, and enjoys volunteering, gathering with friends, and travelling. She is also a sport and music enthusiast.
Rob ThompsonSenior Director, Community Services & Career Development
Rob has a variety of experience within UGM and beyond, that have perfectly prepared him for this role. He has been at UGM for 17 years, first starting as an Associate Chaplain, serving on the front lines. He worked a number of roles at UGM before ultimately becoming the Director of Housing and Support Services. Rob also holds a Masters of Divinity, a Doctorate of Ministry and a certification as a Certified Leadership Coach.
Rob lives out his desire to be a servant-leader and mentor at UGM every single day. “My favorite thing about working at UGM is serving alongside fellow servant leaders and seeing transformation in the people and communities we serve.”
Married with 3 adult children, Rob enjoys working on classic motorcycles and cars, kayaking and spending quality time with family and friends.
Tara MacDonaldSenior Director, Women and Families Programs
Tara is known for her passion and care for our community. The impact she has made at UGM has been truly evident over the last four years. She is a capable, skilled and articulate champion for UGM’s women’s ministries. Tara has a diverse background that includes executive level planning and administration and she possesses significant leadership experience managing recovery programs and supporting staff at all levels.
Tara finds joy and motivation collaborating and strategizing with our incredible women. Tara values the opportunity to develop and nurture meaningful relationships with our community members, walking alongside and encouraging these beautiful people and families as these women, mothers and infants journey toward their goals and dreams.
Tara’s passion for people is also apparent beyond her work at UGM. In her spare time, she enjoys rest and relaxation in nature, socializing with friends and family, fostering new relationships while nurturing existing ones. She and her husband of 17 years share four children—Zoe, Zachary, Zander and Zane—and a fluffy 8lb Morkie named Lola.
Mary Lum, CPA, CADirector, Finance
Mary’s analytical, critical thinking and collaborative approach has made a significant impact on UGM as she has served as Director of Finance the past four years. She draws on her previous experience as a manager in public practice accounting firms and as a controller in not for profit organizations.
She is most impacted by the people and culture of UGM and is driven in her work daily by “the courage of our community members, the integrity and authenticity of our colleagues, the generosity and commitment of our donors and the divine grace of our God.”
Mary and her husband Jerry have raised two sons together, savoring food and family time during their favorite dim sum lunches. Mary also enjoys steep walking, wild gardening, spiritual retreating and deep conversations.
Board of Directors
Stanley MartinVICE CHAIRPERSON
Lawyer, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin
Finance Professional, Self-Employed
Project Director, Spruston Pacific Consulting
President, CFO on the Go!
Dr. Joseph Yang
Family Practice Physician
Dr. Toma Timothy
Family Practice Physician
Founder & CEO, Kasandy Inc. & Co-Founder BEBC Society
Co-owner, The Dirty Apron
Family Practice Physician
Chief Operating Officer, Translink
Founder & CEO, Chase Office Interiors
Will you join our mission? Together, we can transform communities out of poverty, homelessness, and addiction for generations to come.