Hope’s Home proudly employs qualified and energetic staff whose passion for helping children with complex medical needs is just as strong as our own.
Jacqueline Tisher, RN – CEO & Founder
With a 19 year background in paediatric nursing, Jacqueline is a Registered Nurse and the Founder and CEO of Hope’s Home. Under the authority and guidance of the Board of Directors, Jacque works closely with her executive assistant, and she is responsible for implementing the organization’s strategic plan and achieving the missions, goals and objectives of Hope’s Home.
Jacqueline has excellent interpersonal skills that are essential to working with a diverse group of individuals. She consistently and effectively represents the organization at meetings with government officials and other agencies, creating liaisons to promote the growth and development of the organization, as well as creating new partnerships to facilitate the growth of Hope’s Home.
Nicole Cook, LPN – COO
Nicole Cook grew up in Prince Albert in an environment with many hardships. Despite the challenges she endured, Nicole was the first in her family to graduate from high school. She went on to study nursing. Shortly after her graduation from the nursing program she welcomed her first child into the world, who was born with complex medical needs. Her struggle to find the necessary support and care for her son led her to Jacqueline Tisher, who shared her determination to make the world a better place, and the modest daycare that would become Hope’s Home. Today, Nicole is the Chief Operating Officer of Hope’s Home, starting as an LPN within the organization, she continued to take on various leadership roles and core responsibilities, eventually finding her niche as a passionate leader alongside the CEO. Nicole has incredible vision and a knack for turning innovative ideas into reality, which secured her an integral role in growing Hope’s Home from a small organization to the provincial corporation it has become. She oversees and improves all the functional aspects of the organization from finances and human resources to the day-to-day operations of nursing and early childhood education. Nicole was a graduate from Saskatchewan Institute of Health Leaders in 2011 and a proud recipient of the CBC Future 40 Under 40 Award for Saskatchewan in 2016.
Sudesh Galhenage, CPA CGA – CFO
Sudesh is a financial professional with over fifteen years of experience in accounting and financial management, enterprise risk assessment, business planning and system implementation. He graduated from the University of Colombo Sri Lanka. Sudesh is currently a member of the Charted Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA), Charted Institute of Management Accountant (UK) as well as the Global Risk Management Institute, Inc. In addition, he has completed his Master of Business Administration from Laurentian University.
Amanda Montgomery, LPN – Senior Manager of Supportive Living
Amanda graduated from Alberta’s Practical Nursing program, and has brought a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to Hope’s Home. Amanda’s responsibility is overlooking all operations for our supportive living homes. These homes provide 24/7 care for children with complex medical needs who do not have a place in a community home. Amanda works hard to ensure that these children have a fun and safe environment to live and play alongside other children, and to participate in the early development programming we offer at Hope’s Home.
Lisa Wyatt, BA – Senior Manager of Early Learning & Childcare
Lisa Graduated from the University of Regina and quickly found her place at Hope’s Home in 2009. She has grown within the organization and now oversees the programs of our childcare centres within the province. Lisa strives to ensure each child has a place to grow and flourish in an integrated program. Early learning and intervention are key initiatives that Hope’s Home offers all our families whether in house or partnering with outside agencies. Allowing children to explore and learn in safe and fun ways no matter their condition/ability is something we strongly believe for.
Kelsey Stewart, BBA – Fund Development & Marketing Manager
As a graduate from the Paul J. Hill School of Business at the University of Regina, Kelsey has her degree in Marketing with a Certificate in Economics. At Hope’s Home, she is responsible for managing internal and external communications strategies, as well as implementing a strategic plan for raising vitals funds for the organization, including attending and planning a variety of fundraisers throughout the province.
Kelsey has a lot of experience in the non-profit sector, and is very much involved in volunteer opportunities in the community, including travelling to different countries to build homes for low-income families.
Colin Lewry, MPT – Senior Manager of Therapies
Colin first came to Hope’s Home in 2009 working first as a Developmental Worker and then as the Developmental Worker Coordinator. While working for Hope’s Home and attending children’s appointments at Wascana Rehab Centre – Children’s Program, Colin was inspired to follow a new career path as a Physical Therapist. Graduating from the Master’s of Physical Therapy program at the U of S in 2014, he worked first in private practice before securing a maternity leave position working in the Children’s Program at WRC. During this time, he started to re-connect with the kids, families and staff at Hope’s Home and soon came back in a new capacity as a therapist. Now as part of the provincial operations team, Colin oversees the implementation of therapy services at our different centers across the province.
Evelyn Marcil – Executive Assistant
Evelyn came to Hope’s Home over three years ago to fill the position of executive assistant to the CEO. Having a child with complex medical needs within her family circle, it was Hope’s Home’s mission, vision and values that drew her to the organization. Her many years of experience in the administrative field and organizational abilities has proven an asset to the CEO.
Joseph Friedt – Finance Administrator
Joseph, casually referred to as Joey, is a graduate of the Paul J. Hill School of Business at the University of Regina with a degree in Accounting and a Certificate in Economics. Joey’s responsibilities at Hope’s Home include: general accounting, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and supporting the other departments.
Rae Hawkins – Executive Assistant to the COO
As the Executive Assistant for Nicole Cook, Rae provides any assistance required to the COO in managing provincial operations. With 10 years of experience as an administrative professional and a Legal Assistant diploma from Saskatoon Business College, she also contributes to the administrative functions of Hope’s Home on a provincial level.