President – Cher Weisgerber – Cher’s son Chad passed away from Sarcoidosis in May 2012. It is with a strong devotion to raising awareness for Sarcoidosis that she started the Canadian Sarcoidosis Organization in 2016 and brought our amazing team together. She has spent the last 6 years committed to Sarcoidosis groups and has helped with the Annual Golf Tournament raising funds since 2011. Recently she has been invited to join a new global board of directors being formed for Sarcoidosis awareness with the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (F.S.R) out of Chicago in the United States and continues to be a guiding light in promoting awareness. Cher ran a successful insurance brokerage started in 1991 and has recently sold and retired. She brings a wealth of experience through volunteer activities such as parish council, Calgary Legion board of management, Calgary Board of Education volunteer, Hockey Mom coordinator, Brownie Leader, travel coordinator and entreprenuer to our team.
Vice President – Norm Berard – Norm resides just west of Airdrie, AB and has for more than 32 years. He was in the Automotive Industry for more than 40 years and is now retired. Norm and his wife Sharon have 3 children and now 7 grandchildren. They are busy enjoying them growing up. Our interests range from cooking, golfing, travelling, walking and putzing around the acreage. He hopes their health holds up for many more years and he is able to continue volunteering with CSO far into the future.
Secretary – Sundae Ranger – Sundae lost her mother to Sarcoidosis in 2002 when this disease was virtually unknown. Wanting to become involved and with encouragement from her employer and the insurance industry, Sundae found the Canadian Sarcoidosis Organization. She is passionate about her involvement with this group in helping to increase knowledge and awareness in the community.
Treasurer – Natalie Laurencelle – Natalie has a background in Accounts Payable for the past 16 years and other accounting experience. She is committed to helping the Canadian Sarcoidosis Organization raise awareness and support for the disease. She has been closely connected to the Weisgerber family for the past 20 years and saw first hand what the family went through when they lost Chad Weisgerber to Neurosarcoidosis. Natalie is looking to bring her expertise to help out wherever needed in support of the organization and those afflicted by this disease.
Tom Pirie – Tom has a background in management that includes financial, sales and marketing. He also has a wealth of experience with various charities in many positions from stuffing envelopes to Chairman of the Board. His goal is to make CSO a strong viable organization that meets its goals.
Angela Pirie – Angela has a strong background in Art, writing and editing, helping and volunteering. She has been able to help the Canadian Sarcoidosis Organization/Foundation with a number of jobs requiring the above traits in addition to the loyalty, patience, time and compassion required to be a good member.
Todd Weisgerber – Todd has a background in almost all areas of Information Technology and has been working in the industry since 1990. An avid golfer at times and has been involved with IT management, golf tournament coordination, martial arts instruction, and working with several non-profit organizations previously. Todd is here to help the board with all of their technology needs and working with the Golf committee to help put on a successful Golf Tournament Fundraiser every year.
Ryan Krutzfeldt – Ryan is a CPA, CGA located in Red Deer. He is the VP of Finance for an oil and gas service company. Ryan joined the board to become more involved in the effort to find out more and fund research for Sarcoidosis. Ryan is married with two small children. In 2014, Ryan was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis but it has since gone into remission.
Mark Anderson – Mark is a software programmer who also does many IT support functions from remote server management to network and security troubleshooting. He has a background in music and does some estate management as well. He has joined the board to help out with IT functions for the CSO and assist in other aspects with promoting Sarcoidosis awareness.
Tanya Saban – Tanya lost her brother to Sarcoidosis in 2012. In 2011 she had realized there was a major need for Sarcoidosis awareness in Alberta and Canada in general. She started the golf tournament in 2011 to help fund research in to this little known disease which has since become an annual fund raising activity for Sarcoidosis research in Canada. Tanya has worked with several non-profit groups, loves event planning and giving back to the community. Tanya is a small business owner with a strong background in insurance, project management and coordinating social groups. She brings a unique point of view to the team.
Bryce Chinook – Bryce is a father and small business owner in the Calgary area. Born and raised in Alberta, Bryce enjoys giving back to the community through volunteering here at the Canadian Sarcoidosis Organization and also with the Promotion Committee at the Calgary Stampede. He is honored to be with the organization and hopes to raise both awareness and funds for a disease that is mostly unknown and affects 1 in 5 Canadians.