Who We Are - National Staff - Bios
Angeliki Souranis, National President
Angeliki Souranis is a resident of Montreal, Québec. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from McGill University in Montreal, and is a Social Worker at Montreal Children's Hospital. With an expertise in Trauma, Angeliki provides intervention, evaluation and counseling to children and families in the Emergency, Intensive Care and Acute Care units of the hospital. She also has extensive experience in teaching, and public speaking in the areas of child physical and sexual abuse, and traumatic injury.
Although Angeliki has 27 years of professional experience in the field of social work and she has helped countless parents and families on their journeys of grief and healing, it could not prepare her for the loss of her own son, Craig, in an impairment-related crash in 2008. Craig was a passenger in a van with a young, inexperienced driver who had also drank, drove much too quickly down a dirt path and lost control.
Angeliki struggled to deal with the senseless loss, and with the knowledge that her life and her family was forever changed. As she explains, "One of us is missing, and we can never again be whole".
On one of many sleepless nights after Craig's death, she found the MADD Canada web site and was immediately drawn to its goals of ending impaired driving and supporting victims. She began to take part in local Chapter activities and eventually became President of the Montreal Chapter. She later joined the National Board of Directors as the Québec Regional Director and, in September 2013, was named National President.
In her role as National President, Angeliki will be a voice for victims of impaired driving, speaking on behalf of those whose lives have been shattered by this terrible crime. She also hopes that by telling Craig's story and by sharing MADD Canada's message, she can help other families avoid the terrible pain and grief caused by impaired driving.
Andrew Murie, Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Murie has been MADD Canada's Chief Executive Officer since 1997. His responsibilities include managing the National Office and facilitating MADD Canada's public policy agenda, national programs and victim services to its 100 volunteer groups across Canada.
Andrew has conducted hundreds of presentations on impaired driving to elected members of government, government staff, police enforcement officers, traffic safety organizations and other community-based impaired driving organizations.
Andrew's career spans 35 years within the not-for-profit sector at local, provincial and national levels. Prior to joining MADD Canada, Andrew worked for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada.
Andrew has a Masters Degree in Management from McGill University, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from McMaster University and a Diploma in Recreation Leadership from Mohawk College.
Andrew is a member of ICADTS (International Committee on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety) and a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel for the development of DADSS (Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety) technology. He is also a Co-Chair for Canada's National Alcohol Strategy Advisory Committee.
Mohawk College awarded Andrew its Alumni of Distinction Award in 2005, and nominated him for the Premier Award for Community Services in 2013.
In 2012, Andrew was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in honour of his long-term service to the charitable sector.
Wanda Kristensen, Director of Programs
Wanda Kristensen joined MADD Canada in July 1999. In November 1996, Wanda lost her 16-year-old son, Dave, who was the passenger in a car driven by an impaired driver. She has personal experience with the criminal court case of the impaired driver and civil suits. Wanda is a graduate of the Volunteer Management Program, a trained Victim Advocate for MADD Canada and a trained facilitator for Bereaved Families.
Wanda is the Director of Programs and is responsible for all Chapters, Victim and Youth services. Wanda lives in Burlington, Ontario with her husband Peter, son Ryan and dogs Kiki and Kiwi.
Dawn Regan, Director of Public Awareness & Partnership Campaigns
Dawn Regan joined MADD Canada in 1995. She is the National Director of Public Awareness & Partnership Campaigns for the organization. Dawn is responsible for developing new Public Awareness and Partnership Campaigns that embrace the mission of MADD Canada as well as providing the strategic direction, evaluation and planning of these campaigns. Dawn is also responsible for the telephone communication, the mail communication and cause-related programs.
In addition, Dawn is acting Chief Executive Officer in Andrew Murie's absence and Editor of the MADD Matters newsletter.
Dawn is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Greater Toronto Chapter). Dawn has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Arts from McGill University. Dawn and her husband, Greg, live in Oakville, Ontario.
Shaida Tabatabai, Director of Finance
Shaida Tabatabai joined MADD Canada in July 2008 as the Director of Finance. She is responsible for the National office accounting functions including payroll and financial statements. In addition, she oversees the Chapter financial statements and the set up of Chapter bank accounts. Prior to joining MADD Canada, Shaida worked for Redwood Custom Communications, Lancaster Cosmetics (Coty Inc.), Unilever Cosmetics International, University of Toronto Faculty Association, Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Shaida has her CMA and lives in Oakville with her husband, David, and her daughter, Natalie. Her son, Ryan, is currently an engineering student at the University of British Columbia.