Leadership Team

Katherine O'Neill

CEO, YWCA Edmonton

Katherine O’Neill joined YWCA Edmonton as Chief Executive Officer on March 16, 2020. She is a passionate advocate for the rights of girls and women and inspiring people to hear the important call of community service.

Katherine has worked in leadership positions in communications and politics throughout her career. A writer by trade, she spent most of her journalism career working as a national correspondent with the Globe and Mail, dispatching stories from across Canada and even the battlefields of Afghanistan in 2008.

After leaving journalism, the mother of three led several political organizations in Alberta. She also ran a communications company that specialized in crisis communications and media relations.

Katherine has led and volunteered with several not-for-profit boards and committees, including organizations with a focus on early childhood education, literacy and disability services. She currently chairs the River Valley Alliance board as a director-at-large for the City of Edmonton.

Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Journalism from Carleton University. In 2022, Katherine was awarded Alberta’s Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal in recognition of her significant contributions to community.

Jaime Dean

Director, Finance and Operations

Jaime brings over 12 years of experience to her role, having dipped her feet into various industries including (but not limited to) Oil and Gas, Government and IT Consulting. She has a passion for improving efficiency in processes marrying her experience in IT and her generalist accounting background. Since she has joined the YWCA, she has facilitated the move from a physical server onto the cloud, implemented a new payroll system and was an integral part of the team responsible for our new space on 124 St. In her free time, she loves to cook, travel (when she can again) and spend time with her husband and son.

Terry Konyi

Director, Camp Yowochas

Terry brings a creative passion to his role as Director. Since joining the YWCA in 2007, he has been committed to ensuring that no individual is ever overlooked. The importance of experiential education, empowerment and personal growth to him is unquestionable, and he is committed to providing opportunities for everyone to succeed, build confidence and develop a sense of belonging. Terry has established himself as a caring and supportive leader for all of those with whom he comes into contact, and he is looking forward to continuing to be a part of the YWCA’s legacy both now and in the future. He is happiest when he is spending time with his wife Krista and their children, Ruby, Luke, and Jack, who are his greatest inspiration.

Ashley Lim

Director, Counselling Services & Youth Leadership Programs

Ashley is a Registered Psychologist with over 15 years of experience. She has worked with adults, youth, families, BIPOC and other ethnico-cultural minorities, 2SLGBTQ+ clients, clients with disabilities, victims of domestic violence and their families. Ashley spearheaded substantial research-based improvements to YWCA Edmonton’s GirlSpace program and is a strong advocate for change in our community. She serves on the Leadership Team for CIAFV in Edmonton and works with YWCA Canada’s Violence Against Women Network to eradicate violence nationally. Ashley enjoys relaxing at the lake or farm with her family and pets, cooking, drawing, or watching movies with a big bowl of popcorn. Her favourite film is the Hundred Foot Journey.

Amber Niemeier

Director, External Relations

Amber Niemeier is a passionate and relentless advocate for equity in our community and a strategic thinker who believes in the importance of genuine relationships, clear strategy and true collaboration. Over Amber’s 16 years with the YWCA, she has been an integral part of local, provincial and national initiatives, including the provincial Human Trafficking Coalition, One Woman One Vote, UN Safe Cities and Safe Public Places and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Amber received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Service to Canada for her work in the YWCA movement and for women and girls’ equality. In all she does, Amber remains committed to the vision of equity: in an individual’s life, within organizations and in the greater community.

Greig Smith

Director, Disability Services

Greig Smith has more than 20 years of international and Canadian leadership experience in the social service sector, including serving as the CEO and Registrar for the Government of Jamaica’s Office of the Children’s Registry from 2011 to 2018. Most recently, he was a program manager for Caribbean African Canadian Social Services in Toronto. He also worked as an adjunct instructor at York University. A trained educator and social worker, Greig is passionate about equity and helping and reducing barriers and challenges for the most vulnerable in our community. He excels at advocacy, policy and program development and evaluation, financial management and leading large teams. He holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work and a Master’s in Leadership and Administration.