2017-2018 Board of Directors
Dave has been a Ronald McDonald House Charities Manitoba (RMHC Manitoba) Board member for seven years and was also the former Chair of the FORE! THE HOUSE Tournament of Champions. Dave’s current position with McDonald's is Operations Manager for the Saskatchewan market. He has spent over 25 years with McDonald's, having held various positions throughout his career.
Dave has been married for over 17 years with four kids (two boys and two girls) and was born and raised in Winnipeg. In his spare time he coaches both Youth hockey and soccer with his kids and enjoys playing golf.
Dave’s priorities are his family followed by his job and, of course, a strong passion for RMHC Manitoba.
Ryan is currently an associate at Taylor McCaffrey LLP, carrying on a general corporate and commercial practice. His experience includes, without limitation, helping numerous clients with the purchase and sale of businesses, property development and real estate transactions, financial services and restructuring (i.e. banking and finance) and various e-commerce transactions and related issues.
Ryan is a graduate of Minot State University (B.Sc., summa cum laude, 2008) and the University of Manitoba (J.D., 2011). He is currently a member of Canadian Bar Association and the Manitoba Bar Association.
Steve Paschak joined the RMHC Manitoba Board of Directors in 2015. Steve 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.
Kyle Millar, MD
Kyle joined the Board of Directors at Ronald McDonald House Manitoba in 2012.
Kyle is currently a pediatric resident at the Winnipeg Children's Hospital. Previously, he worked as a research manager at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and as a research coordinator at Northwestern University in Chicago.
He has often committed his time to people in need as he previously volunteered as a career counselor to homeless Chicagoans and as a patient advocate at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. When he is not doing overnight shifts at the hospital, Kyle enjoys reading about history and running with his dog, Snickers.
Alison Maxwell Diacos
Alison joined the Board of Directors at RMHC Manitoba in 2012.
With a background in Pharmaceutical Sales and Broadcasting, Alison brings a unique perspective to her career as a residential Real Estate Agent in Winnipeg. You can find Alison working out the offices of Century 21 Bachman & Associates.
Alison came to RMHC Manitoba as a volunteer in the Family Room before joining the Board of Directors. Currently, she is very proud to Chair the Hope Couture Fashion Gala Committee. In other community support, Alison is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary and Middle Schools.
Alison graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She and her husband Nick Diacos are the proud parents to their son, Jordan.
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.
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 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 specialty bio-pharmaceutical company that develops vaccines and antibody therapeutics for infectious diseases, and provides medical devices for bio-defense 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.
Lanette has served as a member of the RMHC Manitoba Board of Directors and sits on the Governance Committee. She is a Program Director for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and an Adjunct Professor with the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing.
Over the years, Lanette has worked as a Registered Nurse in Women’s Health and within the community sector. As well, she has held administrative positions in the Child Health, Women’s Health and Surgery Programs.
Lanette is currently pursuing her doctorate degree at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland. She holds a master’s degree in Nursing Administration and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba.
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.
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 traveling, gardening, reading, quilting and spending time with her children and grandchildren.