Board of Directors
Tristan Robinson, Chair
Tristan’s career has centered on working with vulnerable, immigrant, refugee, and Indigenous communities across Alberta. With a strong background in qualitative research and evaluation, Tristan has helped organizations and non-profits utilize data to evaluate programs that seek to improve the lives of their participants. She continues to serve as a qualitative research consultant on projects across Canada. During her academic career, Tristan obtained a Masters of Science in Human Ecology from the University of Alberta where she focused on the importance of family for Indigenous peoples undergoing treatment for Tuberculosis.
In addition to her professional work, Tristan is an active member in her downtown community, volunteering at many events that support the most vulnerable citizens in the city centre core. In her downtime Tristan is a lover of the outdoors where she spends as much time as possible trying to tire her dog out.
Sea Taubner, Vice Chair
Sea is a retired lawyer and full-time mom to four very active children. Her law background focused on commercial, employment and municipal concerns. Sea has extensive volunteer experience locally and internationally with immigrant and refugee, non-profit organizations.
Roxanne Yip, Secretary
For over 10 years, Roxanne has been working with ethnocultural communities in various capacities, including frontline support for youth and families, project coordination and mentorship for youth, as well as liaising between system partners and community groups/agencies in order to foster better working relationships and develop mutual understanding. Her passion lies in supporting youth and young adults to believe in their capabilities and achieve their goals.
Michelle Mayner, Treasurer
Michelle works with a wide variety of for profit and not for profit Edmonton organizations through her position with a public accounting firm. Over the past two years as a board member, Michelle has seen MFRS expand reach to help more refugee and immigrant families in the Edmonton area.
Michelle enjoys living an active lifestyle that includes running, playing soccer and squash with family and friends.
Naureen Mumtaz, Director
Naureen is a PhD student at the University of Alberta where her research involves participatory design, arts-based research, globalization and pedagogy. Trained as a Visual Communication Designer, Naureen has taught Design Studies courses in the Department of Art & Design at the University of Alberta and at Fatimah Jinnah Women University, Pakistan. She also works as a visual communication designer, a participatory design researcher in multicultural community-based projects in Edmonton and overseas.
Naureen’s academic, practical and teaching experience in Visual Communication Design is highlighted by her strong affinity for social issues of equality, justice and well being. She believes in pedagogy and research that draws from the thorough understanding of local contexts and epistemologies. Naureen enjoys crossing boundaries and linking seemingly unconnected dots in both her academic and personal life.
Fadumo Robinson, DIRECTOR
Fadumo came to Canada in her late teens as a refugee. This experience shaped her perspective on integration and community service.
She obtained a bachelors degree in Social Work, Nursing, and a Masters in Nursing. She currently works as a Patient Care Manager with AHS. Fadumo lives in Edmonton with her husband and two children.
Members of the Board are elected at the AGM (annually in May) to serve a two year term. A director may serve up to four consecutive terms. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, contact Executive Director,Winnie Chow-Horn, for more information.