Board Members

PresidentLee Deakin780-868-8300
Vice-PresidentGail Hickmore780-496-3143
Secretary-TreasurerShawn Wall780-496-4849
Executive CoordinatorChrisy Burton780-496-8300
DirectorsAmanda McDonald780-203-8825
Christine Baurenschmidt780-915-4240
Doug Sernecky780-221-2753 
James Cuddihy780-690-4643
 Josh Koehli780-508-9561
 Melissa Ziober780-496-3972
Robert Kuziw780-496-6767 
 Satya Gadidasu780-496-2407
 Steve Goodwin780-423-5697
Lee Deakin

Lee Deakin President

Lee has been employed with the City of Edmonton since 2018. He is a garage supervisor and a member of the transit Fleet Maintenance department, where he deals primarily with running a heavy repair shop for over 900 ETS Buses (Excluding Dats). Lee has over 26 years of experience within the Heavy Equipment industry.

Lee joined the CEMA Board to not only help assist in making a difference for its CEMA members but to also increase its members’ awareness of what CEMA has to offer.

Gail Hickmore

Gail Hickmore Vice President

Gail has been employed with the City of Edmonton for over 32 years. She started as a Planning Technician and quickly moved into a Development Officer Role. She was  also a Shop Steward for Civic Service Union 52.  In August 2010, she became a CEMA Member. Gail is the the General Supervisor for the Development Approvals area.

Gail joined the CEMA Board to make a difference for the CEMA members. She wants to be part of a team that ensures their best interests are heard and then acted upon.

Shawn Wall

Shawn Wall Secretary-Treasurer

Shawn is an Operations and HR professional with over 25 years of experience in financial, utilities, IT, and municipal government. For the past 4.5 years, Shawn has been employed with the City of Edmonton and is an Operations Manager with ETS. Having worked for Fortune 500 companies, Shawn is looking to bring new and creative industry initiatives forward to enable growth and change.

Chrisy Burton

Chrisy Burton Executive Coordinator

Chrisy joined the City of Edmonton in 1990 and is currently working for the Office of the City Auditor as a Strategic Coordinator. She has been the CEMA Executive Coordinator since September 2010 and Department Rep for the Office of the City Auditor since August 2005.

Amanda McDonald

Amanda McDonald Director

Amanda joined the City of Edmonton in 2011 and is currently in the role of Program Manager, Workspace Accommodations and Small Projects in IIS. Amanda’s work takes her to many sites and allows her to meet many people and learn about the work we do as her team supports staff accommodations, accessibility for persons with disabilities and various other initiatives. Amanda prides herself on working through problems and creating win-win situations and feels that she can bring that energy to the CEMA board.

Christine Baurenschmidt Director

Christine Baurenschmidt joined the City of Edmonton in 2015 after time spent in private industry working on many different plant sites within Western Canada. She has had the pleasure of working within Edmonton Transit, Parks and Roads Services and recently added Waste Services to her health and safety portfolio. She values strong and honest relationships and builds credibility by being supportive and attentive. With an opportunity to join the board she was happy to accept the position. She is looking forward to serving the members of the CEMA and looks forward to meeting more people within the organization.

Doug Sernecky

Doug Sernecky Director

Doug has worked for the City since 2017 and is currently the Program Manager with Infrastructure Delivery as part of the Integrated Infrastructure Services team.

Having worked in the industry for 35 years for privately owned, municipal, provincial organizations, Doug believes he can bring a broad range of knowledge and perspectives to CEMA as it pursues its goals.

James Cuddihy Director

James Cuddihy has been with the City of Edmonton as the Safety Engagement Lead for Edmonton Fire Rescue Services for just over 3 years. James holds a Master of Science in Occupational Hygiene and has more than 14 years experience in the Health and Safety field, working in various industries in the private sector and has served on various voluntary boards and committees. James has had the opportunity to work and study globally, including in China, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Josh Koehli Director

Josh has been with the City of Edmonton since 2012 leading teams within program design and customer service areas. Following a few different roles within the Community and Recreation Facilities branch Josh is now the Manager, Customer Experience within the Service Innovation and Performance branch where he intends to help the corporation improve overall service delivery. Josh is excited to join the CEMA board to advocate for member needs and plan social activities.

Melissa Ziober

Melissa Ziober Director

Melissa has been employed with the City of Edmonton since 2002, with a 7 year hiatus to raise her 2 children. She started as a Planning Technician, obtained her Building Safety Codes designation and moved into a Safety Codes Officer role. She also spent some time as a Supervisor with the Residential Compliance Team. Melissa is the Program Manager for Customer Service and Support, UFCSD.

Melissa was happy to join the CEMA team to be more informed and to inform. She enjoys meeting new people to learn and to strengthen her Team.

Robert Kuziw

Robert Kuziw Director

Robert has been employed with the City of Edmonton since 1985 and is currently the General Supervisor for Facility Maintenance Services, Fleet and Facility Services Branch. City Operations . He has post secondary education in the areas of mediation, arbitration and dispute resolution. He has 15 years of experience on the Collective Bargaining committee with CUPE Local 30. Robert was previously on the CEMA Board between 2013-2017 and the Board of Directors for the River City Credit Union between 2011 – 2018.

Satya Gadidasu

Satya Gadidasu Director

Satya joined the CEMA Board in March 2014 and is currently in the Director role.

Satya joined the board because he was passionate about the mission and values that CEMA held and wanted to share his skill set and talents to help accomplish them.    He wants to help increase member awareness regarding what CEMA’s roles and responsibilities are and how they can improve protecting the member’s interests.

He is a Senior Engineer, in Transportation Infrastructure. He has been with the City of Edmonton for 8 years.

Steve Goodwin

Steve Goodwin Director

Steve joined the CEMA board in 2018 after joining the City of Edmonton in 2016 as the Chief Plumbing and Gas Inspector.  He enjoys the unity city employees share after long career in the private construction industry as a master electrician and a red seal plumber with his own contracting company.  As someone coming from an industry where compensation often attracts excellent talent his interests are focused on wages and compensation for CEMA members across the corporation and hopefully his voice can represent the wishes of many of his colleagues.  

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