2018 Board of Directors

Rhonda Lorch

Rhonda Lorch

President

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.

Dave Coverdale

Dave Coverdale

Vice President

Dave brings over 20 years of experience in investment management, corporate banking and financial analysis to Private Investment Counsel. Prior experience includes cash management, real estate investment analysis and financial planning. His career is balanced between servicing both institutional and High Net Worth clients, and from an investment and corporate lending perspective.
In his current role, Dave is responsible for the discretionary wealth management of institutional and High Net Worth clients. This includes the investment management and administrative oversight of these clients, as well as ensuring all other income and estate planning requirements of these clients are being attained. Dave is a graduate of the University of Manitoba (B.Comm.-Hons.) and has received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He is a member of the Winnipeg Society of Financial Analysts. He has completed the Canadian Securities and the Canadian Investment Funds courses, and is licensed under the Insurance Council of Manitoba.

Hong Zhang

Hong Zhang

Treasurer

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 Beaumont

Melissa Beaumont

Secretary

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.

Britta Spiring

Britta Spiring

Britta retired after a career of 35 years in banking, primarily with TD Bank Financial Group as an Account Manager. Over her career, she has developed extensive experience managing relationships with a dedicated book of clients including high net worth professionals, personal and small business credit and investment management. Britta's international volunteer experience includes a 13 month posting with Cuso International which included the role of Advisor for RISE Life Management Services in Kingston, Jamaica. RISE provides life and employability skills to at-risk adolescents and youth in inner city Kingston. She has also enjoyed serving on the executive of the Canadian Women's Club of Jamaica and varied volunteer activities within her community.

Britta was introduced to Ronald McDonald House Charities Manitoba 22 years ago through the Hope Couture Fashion Gala fundraiser. She was fortunate to become more involved in a professional capacity prior to her retirement and has enjoyed various assignments through the House, Golf Committee, Finance Committee and executive positions on the Board of Directors.

Britta continues to travel extensively within Canada and abroad, and enjoys hiking, geocaching, throwing pottery and other creative arts.

Steven Paschak

Steven Paschak

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.

Timothy O'Connor

Timothy O'Connor

Jan     Augert-Yarema

Jan Augert-Yarema

Steve Bulejsza

Steve Bulejsza

Wayne Devlin

Wayne Devlin

Dean Melnic

Dean Melnic

Norm Silver

Norm Silver