Meet Our Board Of Directors
The Community Futures Highwood Region team is powered by its Board of Directors. Our board members really care about the community and understand the challenges of owning a business. Meet our Board of Directors:
Councillor Veronica Kloiber is an elected official with the Town of Black Diamond. She is an entrepreneur at heart having owned either store-front or home-based businesses for most of her adult life. Veronica studied communications and journalism at Mount Royal University (then College) and uses her skills to support tourism initiatives within the region through the Foothills Tourism Association. A lover of dogs, horses and the outdoors, you can most often find her exploring the trails to the west of her home.
Don Waldorf is a long-time resident of Division 6 in Foothills County and was proud to have been elected as the new area Councillor in October 2021.Don Waldorf is a long-time resident of Division 6 in Foothills County and was proud to have been elected as the new area Councillor in October 2021.Prior to the election, Don served as Community Manager for the Lake at Heritage Pointe and held progressively senior management roles with Northsport Ltd, Molson Breweries, Alberta Lotteries, Paraducks Marketing Group, and Homebath Renovations.This results-producing Marketing Professional has a proven record of accomplishment in planning and leading comprehensive marketing strategies in support of business goals and objectives. Don has expertise in directing the creation of marketing tools and steering the execution of marketing programs and has demonstrated success driving growth in targeted markets through implementation of key projects.
He is a solid leader who is able to build and guide top-performing marketing teams in cooperation with company operational requirements. Don is well adept at communicating with management, staff, vendors, and external clients to coordinate overall marketing and operational efforts.
Don is thrilled to have been elected to the Community Futures Highwood Board of Directors as Vice Chair and is looking forward to working collaboratively with the team in the days ahead.
IRC Vice Chair
Kerri Ann Colby
Treasurer / IRC
A former small business owner in Okotoks, Kerri Ann received a start-up loan through Community Futures in 2014 and went on to build, scale, and eventually sell her successful business in 2021. She received Business Excellence awards from the Okotoks Chamber of Commerce in 2016 and 2018 for Best New Business and Community Impact respectively.
Kerri Ann is currently the Executive Director of Give A Mile, a non-profit operating in Canada and the US, and offering flights worldwide for people with terminal illnesses to connect with their loved ones in person for a final goodbye.
In addition to her volunteer role with Community Futures, she is a member of the Okotoks Youth Justice Committee.
Secretary / IRC
A retired banker in Vulcan, Sherri spent many years working with small business clients as well farmers, assisting them with their financial needs. After retiring in 2017, Sherri maintains a home-based health and wellness business.
An active Grandmother, Sherri spends a lot of time enjoying her family as well as traveling to visit family in New Zealand. Aside from volunteering with Community Futures, she also volunteers with Journeys Therapeutic Riding Society in Nanton.
Director / IRC
M.D. Willow Creek
This is my second term as a councillor for the town of Turner Valley. It is my first year serving as the rep for Community futures however, I was an alternate last term.
My wife and I moved here from lac la Biche in 2009. We retired here in the beautiful foothills.
I was an educator for thirty seven years, about half as a high school biology teacher and the other half as a vice principal and principal. Being a teacher and helping kids be "all they can be" was a special career and one I enjoyed. During that time we raised two sons and currently have three grandchildren. I have always been a volunteer, in the communities I've lived, including here as I'm a active member of the Foothills lions Club.
I am very pleased to be involved with Community Futures. It is an organization that strongly supports and encourages entrepreneurs in our area. Small businesses are the life line of our communities and this support is vital in business development and sustainability. If you are planning on a business start up or to expand and improve your current business, please reach out to Community Futures for assistance and guidance.
It is a pleasure serving the residents of Turner Valley. I also enjoy golfing, gardening and being involved in the community. We also like to travel so, hopefully Covid is in the rear view, and we can make some travel plans.
Oliver Hallmark is a first-time councillor with the Town of Okotoks. He is a huge supporter of the business community, both in Okotoks and the surrounding region. He devotes much of his time to local charities and community initiatives. A small business owner himself, he is aware of the demands of self-employment and the need for supports for entrepreneurs. Oliver sits on several other boards besides Community Futures Highwood, including Family Community Support Services, Friends of Champion Park, and the Healthy Okotoks Coalition. Outside of his role as councillor, Oliver enjoys spending time with his family and his dogs Noble and Finley.
Kelly Nelson, a first-time councilor for Vulcan County Division 5 and farms with her husband, son and daughter-in-law in the Milo area. She grew up in Vulcan County and wants to see our area prosper while taking care of the people in the area. A life long learner Kelly is working on her Master Gardener certificate, is a paralegal and has an Agribusiness Finance Certificate. Standing up for the landowners in dealings with oil and gas companies has been a passion for Kelly for quite some time and deals with the Land & Property Rights Tribunal for landowners. Kelly and her husband also have a passion for classic cars and trucks and has a 1974 Javelin that she loves to drive.
Director / IRC
Serena is the CEO and Sole Owner of Because You Cann Inc. the 2nd Health Canada licensed Micro Cultivation facility in Alberta and 25th in Canada. She is opening a cannabis Dispensary and is the owner of a cannabis education retreat centre. She has been on the Community Futures Highwood board from 2017- 2021 as an elected official for Vulcan County and is the current member at large for Vulcan County. She and her husband are proud farmers in Mossleigh, Alberta. They have five children between the two to them and five grandchildren. Serena enjoys being on business focused boards and committees that benefit other businesses in the region.
Are you a prominent member of our business community and looking to make a difference?
Impact the growth of our community and join our board. We’re always looking for great people to help better our business community here in the Highwood region and offer new growth opportunities to Highwood region based entrepreneurs.