2018 Board of Directors
Rhonda is the owner and manager of Lorch and Associates, a Winnipeg based firm that has been supporting not-for-profit leaders in Manitoba since 2004. Her particular areas of expertise are governance, strategic planning and organizational effectiveness. As she transitions to semi-retirement, she has more time to share her skills as a governance practitioner on a voluntary basis with a number of non-profit organizations, including RMHC Manitoba. Rhonda’s other passions include travelling, gardening, reading, quilting and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Hong is a graduate of the University of Manitoba (B.Comm. Hons.) and holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Hong is currently working as Financial Reporting Specialist at Emergent BioSolutions, a multinational speciality biopharmaceutical company that develops vaccines and antibody therapeutics for infectious diseases, and provides medical devices for bio-defence purposes. In his position, he is responsible for divisional consolidation, master data management and various integration projects. Outside of accounting, Hong is a proud parent of two boys, Kyle and Bryan, and enjoys family camping trips and music.
Melissa is an associate with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP. She practices exclusively in the area of labour and employment law. Her experience covers all aspects of workplace law and includes acting for both employers and employees, in both unionized and non-unionized settings. Melissa has experience appearing before the Manitoba Labour Board, the Manitoba Human Rights Commission and the Court of Queen’s Bench.
Melissa is a graduate of the University of Manitoba (B.Comm-Hons, 2005 and LLB, 2008) and was born and raised in Winnipeg. In other community work, Melissa is also the current Vice-President of the Manitoba Bar Association. Melissa has enjoyed being on the Board of RMHC Manitoba since 2015.
Steven Paschak joined the RMHC Manitoba Board of Directors in 2015. Steven is currently Senior Financial Analyst at Canada Cartage Systems, one of the oldest over the road transportation companies in Canada. In his role, Steve is responsible for financial reporting and analysis for Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Steve brings prior experience in accounting, finance, investing, and operations excellence experience to help businesses create value for their customers.
A graduate of Winnipeg’s St. Paul’s High School, Steve completed a B.Sc at the University of Manitoba in 2005 and obtained his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the I.H Asper School of Business majoring in Finance in 2013. Steve currently holds the Chartered Professional Accountant designation and was a Certified Management Accountant prior to the merger of Canada’s accounting designations. In his spare time, Steve enjoys drawing, painting and playing with his son William.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health
I become interested in RMHC Manitoba about 20 years ago when I was one of a handful of men to attend the Hope Couture Fashion Gala (now there are 100s). Compared to other charities, RMHC Manitoba is one of the leanest charities in that a much higher percentage of money raised goes directly to support the cause and that is very important to me. As a Pediatrician, I see how important RMHC Manitoba can be for families. It allows families to take care of and be there for their child instead of having to worry about day-to-day living. I am very excited to be on RMHC Manitoba's Board of Directors.
Business Development Manager, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
PCL Constructors Canada Inc. in the Winnipeg District. Steve has over 29 years of construction industry experience and has been with PCL since 2010. As Business Development Manager, Steve manages the Winnipeg district’s marketing and business development practice including market research, planning, relationship management, market and business development strategy as well as proposal and presentation development for the Special Project’s Department.
Steve has a strong sense of community and is involved in many local charities and organizations. He has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity since 2010 and is a large supporter of the United Way of Winnipeg. He has volunteered at Siloam Mission and has been involved in a fund-raising capacity for Children’s Rehab.
Steve has sat on the Board of Governors at Elmhurst Golf & Country Club for two consecutive terms, as “House Chair” which required him to oversee building operations, planning and capital improvements. He also Chaired the St. Alphonsus School Gala Committee which raised funds to improve the facility by way of a new library, new science lab, and purchasing computer equipment.