BOARD OF DIRECTORS

THE RIVER VALLEY ALLIANCE HAS EIGHT MUNICIPAL DIRECTORS APPOINTED BY THE MUNICIPAL SHAREHOLDERS AND EIGHT DIRECTORS AT LARGE.  

Municipal Directors

Councillor
Ben Gronberg,
Town of Devon

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Councillor
Sally Kucher Johnson,
Parkland County

Sally Kucher Johnson has lived in Parkland County for 23 years and now serves as the Councillor for Parkland County division 1, an area between Devon and Spruce Grove. Before this role, she served for 8 years as a School Board Trustee for Parkland School Division. Her background previously was with working with youth at risk and special needs in a variety of settings. Her favourite things to do are hiking, canoeing and travelling.

Councillor
Michael Janz,
City of Edmonton

Michael is a father of two, living with his partner in the Garneau neighbourhood. Prior to being elected to Edmonton City Council, Michael served as a three-term, 11 year, Edmonton Public School Board Trustee and as Board Vice-Chair, and Chair.

Michael has an extensive background in neighbourhood and community development helping neighbours turn ideas into action as Marketing Director of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues.

Michael has also played other leadership roles in the provincial and national non-profit sector supporting the youth mentoring movement.

Councillor
Ashley Salvador,
City of Edmonton

Ashley is an urban planner and has experience working across sectors. Born and raised in Edmonton, she holds a BA Honours in Sustainability and Sociology from Dalhousie University, and a MA Planning from the University of Waterloo.

Ashley is passionate about building a healthy, equitable, and climate resilient Edmonton.
She has been active at the municipal level for close to a decade and has been a longstanding advocate for zoning reforms and sustainable urban development.

In her off time, Ashley is an avid cyclist, and enjoys hiking and cross-country skiing in Edmonton's River Valley.

Councillor
Robert Parks,
Strathcona County

Robert worked in the financial services industry for almost a decade, starting in the branch network as a Financial Advisor, and later as a Branch Manager and then in Agricultural Lending Practices. After leaving the bank, Robert worked extensively with small, medium and large organizations in assisting them build their footprint and grow their business. He is actively involved with the United Way’s Tools for School Program and believes that all children deserve an equal opportunity to achieve their version of success.

Robert’s hobbies include golf in the summer and five-pin bowling in the winter.

Councillor
Dan Derouin,
Sturgeon County

Councillor Dan Derouin was elected to Sturgeon County Council on October 16, 2017.

Dan was raised on the family farm, east of Gibbons, that was settled by his grandfather in 1897 and homesteaded in 1903. Dan, who has owned and operated several businesses, the last one being Tim Hortons in Fort Saskatchewan. Dan resides with his wife Susie and they have three grown daughters, and six wonderful grandchildren. Dan has been actively involved in the community and served as a firefighter with the City of Edmonton for over 30 years.

Councillor
Birgit Blizzard,
Fort Saskatchewan

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Directors at Large

Nancy Thornton, Board Chair, Strathcona County
Marilyn Cox,
City of Edmonton
Marilyn Cox is a retired registered nurse with a rich personal and professional life. A mother of four and grandmother of two, Marilyn has been happily married for 40 years, all of which she has spent in Edmonton. Originally from Calgary, she enjoys golfing and gardening in her leisure time.
Brad Armstrong,
Strathcona County
Brad joined the Board in April 2021. He is a member of the RVA’s Implementation Committee.
Mark McRae,
City of Edmonton
Mark joined the Board in April 2021. He is the Chair of the RVA's Finance Committee.
Nancy Thornton,
Strathcona County
Nancy joined the Board in April 2022. She is the Chair of the RVA's Governance Committee.
Ron Walker,
Treaty 6 Territory

Ron joined the Board in April 2022.

Ron Walker was born in Treaty 8 territory. He likes to say he is a son of a son of a commercial fisherman. This has taught him to appreciate wildlife and nature as his father went from place to place trying to make a living off the land. He has very recently resigned as the Executive Director of the Edmonton Friendship Centre after 7 years to focus on his true calling. Producing festivals with an emphasis on music and culture. He has had breakfast with Blue Rodeo and dinners with 3 Grammy winner Bill Miller. He focuses on community development through the arts and sport. He is a two time Canadian Masters Shot Put and Discus Champion.

Anita Cardinal
City of Edmonton
Gary Lukawesky, CEC Chair,
Town of Devon