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Senior Leadership Team

Shelagh Tippet-Fagyas


Shelagh has served in executive leadership roles in health, children’s and social service charities across Canada and internationally for over thirty years, leading them to be strategically focused to diversify and increase revenue and brand equity while enhancing services to members or patients. Shelagh also led a consulting group in strategic and business planning and fundraising for over 30 charities. Shelagh has a B.A. and Masters of Science in applied health from the University of Waterloo and is a graduate of Richard Ivey School of Business, executive development program. She has been the president of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) since 2014.

Alicia Talarico

Vice President of Engagement

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.

Felicitas Adrian

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Felicitas is known for her expertise in brand and business building. She joined LLSC following a 20-year career in marketing, branding, communications and public relations, serving the private as well as not-for-profit sectors. Felicitas graduated from the Executive Development Program at Kellogg Graduate School of Management specializing in marketing and business development and holds a B.A. in communication studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. Felicitas’ major focus is to develop innovative marketing and branding strategies to support our position as one of the leading health care agencies in Canada.  She is a member of the Canadian Marketing Association and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. 

Marg Banke, CPA, CGA

Vice President of Corporate Services

Marg is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with over 20 years of Canadian and global experience in the not-for-profit sector. She is a strong advocate of transparency and accountability and has a successful track record of building effective teams. In her previous role with World Vision International, she developed a shared services model to capture and maximize organizational efficiencies. She has worked as a subject matter expert combining experience and expertise in both programming and finance in such diverse emergency response locales as Palestine, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Haiti and a number of African countries.

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. 

Andy Fratino

Acting Regional Director, Quebec

Andy is known for his business development and operational leadership. With over 15 years of experience in management of various corporate and not-for-profit organizations, he has held senior management roles in companies such as Staples, American Express and Sears Canada. Prior to joining the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, Andy was a consultant at BNP Performance specializing in capital campaigns and major gifts.  Andy holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a certificate degree in philanthropic management. He volunteers on several committees and boards devoted to children health and education.

Sandra Harris

Regional Director, Ontario

Sandra has over 15 years of not-for-profit experience as a strategic and operational leader and has served in senior leadership roles for the past 7 years.  She held director roles at CNIB, Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada (Ontario Region) and Canadian Cancer Society, Relay for Life (Ontario Division).  She has also held a variety of roles at the Ontario Lung Association, Canadian Football League and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.  Sandra has a Bachelor of Science and a certificate in volunteer management.

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.

Donna McLennan

Regional Director, British Columbia & Yukon

Donna is a strategic leader with over 25 years of experience in creating sustainable growth for some of Canada’s iconic foundations, programs and causes.  She has held senior leadership roles at Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society (BC/Yukon Division) and Rick Hansen Foundation.  She has also held a variety of roles at United Way of Winnipeg, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba and Manitoba Theatre for Young People.  Donna holds a bachelor’s degree in family studies and human development, certificate in fundraising and resource development and completed an integrated management course.  Donna also volunteered as board director of the Associations of Fundraising Professionals (Manitoba) and Manitoba Theatre for Young People.