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Senior Leadership Team

Alicia Talarico


Alicia has more than 15 years of non-for profit experience including Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services in Ottawa. Alicia provides strategic direction and oversight to the five Canadian regions, with a focus on our core campaigns and mission programs. Prior to her role as vice president in 2012, Alicia served as executive director for the Quebec and Atlantic regions for six years. Alicia obtained her bachelor in psychology and a certificate in marketing from Concordia University. She works in the Quebec office.

Joe DiPenta

Regional Director, Atlantic Canada & National Director, Engagement

Joe DiPenta played in the National Hockey League and was the first hockey player to bring the Stanley Cup back to his home town of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. He is part of a select group of players who have won both the Stanley Cup and the Calder Cup, the championship trophy for the American Hockey League. During his hockey career, he also played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Atlanta Thrashers, Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres. After graduation from California State University in Long Beach, Joe moved home to pursue his current position with LLSC in order to help children and other members of his local community dealing with cancer. Since joining the LLSC, his grandmother was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), making this position a very personal cause for him. 

Lauren Atkinson

Regional Director, Prairies

Lauren has been with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada since 2012 in various roles before moving into the Regional Director role in 2016.  She has worked in both the non-profit and corporate sectors in Canada and in Australia.  Lauren has a Bachelor of English Language and Literature from the University of Western Ontario as well as a certificate in Event and Meeting Management from George Brown College.  The LLSC is a personal cause for Lauren, her grandfather battled multiple myeloma for more than 10 years.