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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. 

Andy Fratino

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.