Who We Are - National Staff - Bios
Denise Dubyk, National President
Denise relocated to Calgary, from Oshawa, Ontario in 1975, with her daughter Tammy. The oil and gas development in Western Canada opened up many avenues into the world of office administration and management, providing opportunity for employment and in 1982, Denise started working with the United Association, Plumber’s and Pipefitter’s Union, Local 496, as Office Manager, remaining in this position until retirement, in June 2008.
Denise served on the Executive Board for the Canadian Office and Professional Employees, Local Union 379 for 17 years, in the volunteer positions of Vice-President, Treasurer, and Trustee.
Married to Ken Jones for 22 years, Denise has one daughter, two stepsons and four grandchildren. Along with an eclectic nature, interests such as gardening, reading, golf, close friendships and enormous amounts of quality time with grandchildren keep Denise busy.
In May 2000, after the loss of her son-in-law Darryl, who was a passenger in a vehicle driven by an impaired driver, Denise became a founding member of the MADD Calgary Chapter in 2001. Passionately involved with the mission of the Chapter since that time, she has held the positions of President, Vice-President, and Treasurer and currently sits as a Board Member. Denise's understanding for the Chapter's mission is exemplary and her levelheaded guidance and approach to the business of Chapter function; as well as her compassion for people show strong leadership abilities. In 2003 she was the recipient of the Western Region Award and the John G. Bates Award.
Denise believes that by working together, with the strength and commitment of the MADD Chapter volunteers and under the leadership of MADD Canada, we can continue to make positive changes in our communities and lessen the statistics attributed to 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 national programs and services to its 110 plus community volunteer organizations 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 over 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 of 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. In 2005, Mohawk College awarded Andrew its Alumni of Distinction Award.
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.