Board of Directors

John Howard Society of Saskatchewan Board of Directors

The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan Board is committed to governance excellence and is a Board that effectively oversees the organization. Our Directors have a diverse combination of competencies, experience, knowledge and personal attributes. Our dedicated Board members provide valuable expertise on good governance and accountability.

Directors are elected through a democratic process with members voting in accordance with our bylaws. The Board consists of a President, Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Past President, Treasurer and Secretary and up to six additional members at large. Regular meetings are held at least 4 times per year with additional participation in Committee meetings and working groups. The Board abides by existing governance regulations for not-for-profit, and the guidelines set out by Imagine Canada.

Committees of the Board

  • Governance Committee
  • Human Resources Committee
  • Audit & Finance Committee
  • Funds Development Committee

Board Members

Benedict Feist

Ben Feist joined the board of The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (JHSS) in September of 2017 and currently sits as President &  Chair of the Board.

Ben is from North Battleford, Saskatchewan. He works in the Battlefords in a three-member firm as a lawyer in private practice. Mr. Feist’s interest in The John Howard Society developed from experiences with prison law, human rights, and social issues in Saskatchewan. Currently, Ben’s work takes him throughout the Northwest part of Saskatchewan.

He remains active in provincial political circles and also sits on the board of the Battlefords Immigration Resource Centre and other local initiatives.

Jennifer Angus
Vice Chair

Jennifer Angus joined the Board in June 2020.

Jenn is currently the Executive Director of the Moose Jaw Women’s Transition Association/Transition House. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Regina, with a focus on Justice Studies. She has extensive experience in Board Governance and policy development through her role as current Board Chairperson with Thunder Creek Rehabilitation Association, as a current board member of the Provincial Association of Transition House of Saskatchewan (PATHS), and as the previous board secretary for the YMCA of Moose Jaw.

Jenn has a passion for restorative justice, program development, and community partnerships. In her free time she co-facilitates leadership programs for girls and young women, reads, kayaks, and spends time with her family. She resides in Moose Jaw with her husband and 19 year old son.

Phaedra Hitchings
Second Vice Chair

Phaedra Hitchings has been working in collaboration to connect communities and learning for over 15 years. Currently the executive director for the Saskatchewan Literacy Network, she previously worked as Saskatchewan’s Regional Coordinator for Frontier College, and Community Service-Learning Coordinator at the University of Saskatchewan. She is passionate about bringing together different ways of knowing and building partnerships for mutual benefit and greater successes.

Phaedra lives just outside of Saskatoon and joined the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan board in June 2020. In her work, Phaedra has started and supported education programs for people in incarceration, as well as programs for those who work with people involved in the justice system to help them better understand some of the societal issues involved in prevention and intervention. She also volunteered for five years as a literacy tutor in a correctional facility. She firmly believes in literacy and learning as part of the solution for building a stronger province for everyone.

Wanda Clare

Wanda Clare awa, is a proud member of Montreal Lake Cree Nation. Additionally, Wanda joined The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (JHSS) Board in 2018.

Wanda has experienced several nontraditional careers and has completed her Bachelor of Education and also a Masters of Education. Wanda has dedicated her educational journey to working on First Nations Schools and enjoys being a role model and positive person to not only the staff and students she has the pleasure to work with, but also to her daughter, son and her six beautiful grandchildren.

Wanda only asks that everyone keep an open heart and mind to the challenges that some people have and are going through.

Michelle Caron

Michelle Caron joined the board of The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (JHSS) in 2018 and is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and Funds Development Committee.

Michelle is originally from Thunder Bay, ON but moved to Saskatchewan in 2013. Michelle has a busy private practice in Prince Albert, SK and the north. Prior to attending law school, Michelle was a teacher in a remote community, studied a semester in Helsinki, Finland and travelled to many countries. Michelle’s interest in the John Howard Society developed from experience with individuals in custody, access to justice and prison law.

Peter Braun
Board Member

Peter Braun joined the Board of The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (JHSS) in June 2017. Peter is retired from the Public Service of Saskatchewan where he held various positions in human service ministries, including Probation Officer, Regional Director of Community Corrections and Director of Strategic Partnerships with the Ministry of Corrections and Policing. 

Peter is currently the 2nd Vice President of the JHSS Board and sits on the Human Resources and Finance Committees. 

Anna Robinson
Board Member

Anna Robinson joined the Board in June 2016. She served two terms as President, handing the reins off to Benedict Feist in 2021, and remaining on as a Board member. She finds it an honour to work with such an amazing group of volunteer Board members, passionate JHSS staff and supportive stakeholders. Anna currently resides in Regina.

Anna first learned about the John Howard Society through her graduate studies, which focused on restorative justice. She saw firsthand the benefits and success of restorative processes by facilitating mediation, developing and implementing programs and evaluating outcomes. She brings passion for restorative processes and community development, experience in collaborative governance models and background in program and policy development. She looks forward to continuing to advance our missions of assisting individuals who are at risk or are involved in the criminal justice process by providing prevention, intervention, support services and advocacy.

Tammy Williams
Treasurer of the Board

Tammy Williams was elected to The John Howard Society Board of Directors in September, 2017.

She currently works for the Government of Saskatchewan as a Program Effectiveness Consultant in the Ministry of Social Services. Prior to her work with the province, Tammy worked for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan – Regina Branch.

She also has previous volunteer experience with Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan and Special Olympics Saskatchewan.

Tammy has completed Bachelor’s degrees in History, with a minor in Psychology, as well as Human Justice with a concentration in Criminal and Restorative Justice from the University of Regina. She has completed the coursework toward her Master’s degree in Justice Studies.

She is excited to be a part of The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan Board of Directors, and is very proud of the work that the John Howard Society does across the province.

In her spare time, she enjoys curling, walking, baking, spending time outdoors, playing floor hockey, and travelling.

Tammy lives in Regina full-time and Nokomis part-time with her partner, Blake, and golden retriever, Rosie.

Tyler Gray
Board Member

Tyler Gray is a graduate of the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan and a student-at-law with McKercher LLP in Saskatoon. Tyler is also completing his MBA with focused research and project work on innovation in economic and community development in Indigenous communities and hopes to continue this work as he begins his legal and business career.

Tyler lives in Saskatoon with his wife Erica and six-month old son Leo and joined The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (JHSS) as a board member in September of 2019. Tyler sits on the Audit & Finance and Funds Development committees as part of his board service.

Prior to completing his studies in Saskatoon, Tyler worked for five years in the non-profit sector both as a front-line worker and in management and is focused on supporting organizations to deliver effective services that deliver meaningful impact and change in our communities. Tyler also believes strongly in meaningful conversations that stimulate action to address injustice and it is the combination of these beliefs and passion that led Tyler to join The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan board of directors. Tyler enjoys experiencing the outdoors and staying active by playing sports and loves spending time with his family.

Roger Bucsis
Board Member

Roger Bucsis joined the Board in June 2020. Previous to joining the Board, Roger worked for the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan as Director of Finance for 2 years, ending November 2018. He enjoyed his employment with the society and will bring helpful experience to the Board.

Roger is originally from Regina, but has lived in a number of other cities in western Canada through his adult years. He returned home to Regina in 2002. As a designated accountant, Roger has worked in various capacities of finance, accounting, and management. Currently he is the Saskatchewan Regional Director of Finance for the Dilawri Automotive Group.

In his personal time, Roger enjoys playing music with the Poltava Ensemble of Music and Dance. He likes carpentry and takes on many projects around his home and farmland. As well, he enjoys spending time with his family.

Fayth Runns
Board Member