Leadership Team

The term ‘courageous leadership’ defines our approach to helping the most vulnerable people thrive. Courageous leadership encourages, cultivates and implements imaginative solutions and strategies to produce uncommon results. At CFS, it enables high performance individuals and teams, while inspiring a culture of innovation, trust and respect.

Thoughtful planning and rigorous evaluation of outcomes are essential to the Leadership Team. Review our Strategic Plan 2018-2022 for a summary of the blueprint which guides our organizational decisions and actions.

Patricia Jones, CEO of Catholic Family Service and the Unlocking Potential (UP) Foundation

Patricia Jones

Chief Executive Officer

Direct: 403.205.5200
Cell: 403.968.6820
patricia.jones@cfs-ab.org

Patricia Jones is CEO of Catholic Family Service. As a well-respected leader in the human service sector, Patricia is known for her reverence for anyone experiencing vulnerability. Her passion sparks courageous conversations which often lead to innovative solutions to help all Calgarians have the lives they have always wanted.

Patricia has invested over 27 years in the development and delivery of services at CFS that are all about building strong families. She knows that serving the family means serving the child and in doing so offers the best chance at breaking the cycle of generational vulnerability.

She has been married for more than 30 years (although she never remembers how many really) and has two children, one of whom resides in Auckland, NZ. She loves a good workout at the gym, and enjoys golfing and cross country skiing – referring to both golf clubs and ski poles as “torture sticks.”

Byron Chan

Senior Director, Strategy and Development

403.205.5221
byron.chan@cfs-ab.org

Byron joined Catholic Family Service in 2016. A lawyer by background, Byron adds a diverse skill set to the CFS Leadership Team. After several years practicing in the corporate sector, his passion for social justice and working with marginalized communities led him and his wife to Africa in 2012. While serving in the international non-profit sector, Byron gained a wealth of experience in program management and coordination and in utilizing community-based solutions to provide holistic and sustainable care. In 2015, Byron and his wife returned to Calgary with a renewed desire and commitment to help address vulnerability as it exists here at home.

Byron is passionate about connecting vulnerable individuals and families into greater community and believes that true sustainability is built through the support structures that only authentic relationships can foster. He is inspired to be part of a team that shares this vision and that seeks to make a real impact in their city.

Byron loves life as a husband and father of three. A serious foodie, Byron offsets his love of all “dirty foods” with an active lifestyle and a (not-so) slight obsession with sports.

Jessica Williams

Senior Director, Programs and Services

403.205.5222
jessica.williams@cfs-ab.org

Jessica Williams has been with Catholic Family Service since 2006. She has a Bachelor in Social Work (University of Victoria) and a Master’s of Arts in Leadership (Royal Roads University). In her undergrad, Jessica learned about the systems and structures that create and sustain vulnerability and inequality; in her graduate program, she learned tools and strategies for leading social change.

Jessica is passionate about building strong families and has experience in a number of programs with CFS: Counselling intake, F&ST, Crew, Never Too Late, volunteer services, and fund development/communications. After working on the CFS mission for 11 years, Jessica took time off in 2017 to start building her own family. She and her husband are proud parents of a curious and free-spirited toddler. Jessica says her daughter teaches her every day about the importance – and joy – of family, the potential for learning by taking a risk, and how brave (and wise) it is to ask for help.

Jessica values excellence, courage, and compassion. She strives to tackle new challenges with both optimism and humility. Jessica is a firm believer in trying something new and learning by doing. She knows from experience that it is embracing the imperfections of our stories that teach us the most incredible things about ourselves and, without fail, show us the next step forward.

Caitlin Ceal, Director - Financial and Administrative Services

Caitlin Ceal

Director, Financial and Administrative Services

403.205.5284
caitlin.ceal@cfs-ab.org

Caitlin Ceal joined CFS in 2018. Caitlin is born and raised in Hinton, Alberta. In 2004 she moved to Lethbridge to take her Bachelor of Management, majoring in accounting. After completing her Bachelor of Management, she then moved to Calgary in 2009 to work in public practice and pursue her Chartered Accountant designation. Caitlin successfully completed her Chartered Accountant designation in 2015.

Before joining CFS, Caitlin worked in the public practice sector as an auditor specializing in not-for-profits. While working with various not-for-profits in Calgary, she became very passionate about the industry and knew that this is where she wanted to be. She is very excited to be working for an organization like CFS where the focus is on building strong families as this aligns with her core values.

Caitlin enjoys music, yoga, hiking and cycling. Caitlin had the opportunity to go to Guatemala in August 2018 where she helped build houses for families as a volunteer. This experience was eye opening and allowed her to see that it isn’t what you have in your life that makes you happy but who you have in your life. It solidified how important family is and the importance of building strong families.

Hugh McGeary

Director, Counselling

403.205.5218
hugh.mcgeary@cfs-ab.org

Hugh joined Catholic Family Service in 2001 to manage the Family Services Employee Assistance Program (FSEAP). The program provided counselling, workshops, consulting and Critical Incident Stress Management services to a variety of local and national contracts. In 2007, when FSEAP was rolled into the Counselling Services division, Hugh assumed management of the combined programs. He is passionate about reducing barriers that interfere with people and families getting timely access to high quality, respectful and impactful clinical services.

With more than 40 years of experience, Hugh has worked in a variety of fields including child welfare, health care, mental health and family service throughout BC, the Yukon, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. In 2013, Hugh received an ACSW “Excellence in Social Work Practice” Award.

This is Hugh’s last year at Catholic Family Service as he leaves to focus on more play and to also spend time in private practice and teaching. he is proud of his contributions to and having been part of co-creating the special place that CFS continues to be.

Sarah Rosenfeld, Director - Community Services

Sarah Rosenfeld

Director, Community Services

403.205.5209
sarah.rosenfeld@cfs-ab.org

Sarah Rosenfeld joined Catholic Family Service in August 2012 as a supervisor in the counselling program. In January 2019, Sarah assumed her role as Director of Community Services. The Community Services Division offers early intervention and community-based prevention programs to children and their families.

Sarah was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work from McGill University in 1997. In 2002, Sarah traveled to Calgary and completed her Master of Social Work, Clinical Specialization, at the University of Calgary.

Prior to joining Catholic Family Service, Sarah delivered frontline counselling services to individuals, couples and families in Toronto and in the United Kingdom. She is passionate about being in service to others and has focused her career in the not-for-profit sector for various family service and child protection organizations. Empowering people to achieve their dreams and fulfill their potential means the world to her.

Sarah is married and has two teenage daughters. She is in her element when she is outdoors, spending as much time as possible skiing, mountain biking, hiking and travelling with her family and friends. Sarah values building strong families and is energized by the innovative programming offered at Catholic Family Service.

Cynthia Tonet, Director - Louise Dean Centre

Cynthia Tonet

Director, Louise Dean Centre

403.205.5886

cynthia.tonet@cfs-ab.org

Cynthia Tonet, BA, MSW, RSW, is the Director at Louise Dean Centre, a program of Catholic Family Service serving pregnant and parenting teens and their families. In this role, she works with Centre partners Calgary Board of Education and Alberta Health Services to support the health, well -being and resilience of young parents and their children.

Cynthia has been a social worker in Calgary since 1995, and has held leadership positions at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area and the YWCA where she worked for 14 years designing and delivering programs for women and their families experiencing domestic violence, poverty and homelessness.

Cynthia holds a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary with a clinical specialization, as well as a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and Law with a concentration in Criminology from Carleton University.

In her free time, Cynthia can be found on a trail somewhere, hiking, cycling or snowshoeing and loves spending time with her two adult children Benjamin and Alison.

“I attended Louise Dean Centre for one semester in the Fall of 1971. I was 17 and pregnant. To any teenager in the same situation today, I would say that education is paramount to any happiness, success, self-awareness and confidence you will have in your life. Today I am very proud that my daughter works with Catholic Family Service as a consulting psychiatrist. I am so happy that she is able to give back to the organization that helped me when I needed it the most.”

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