Governance and Charter

Board of Governors

Dr. Charles Bidwell

Charles BidwellCharles Bidwell has a PhD in Educational Technology and Information Science from Syracuse University, and is a retired teacher of human sexuality at the University of Alberta as well as a retired ordained clergy.

Nancy Chegus

Nancy ChegusNancy has a master’s degree in Theological Studies from St. Stephen’s College, and an Education degree from the University of Alberta. She has worked as a music teacher, a choir director, and a Designated Lay Minister. She is now the Director of Music Ministry at Hillhurst United Church in Calgary, Alberta. Nancy is a published song writer and has offered music leadership for workshops and conferences. She continues to write music for worship and other special occasions.

Dr. Margaret Clark 

Margaret ClarkMargaret B. Clark, D.Min, has been an Instructor in Practical Theology at St. Stephen’s College since 1999, and is currently lead Instructor for The Sacred Art of Preceptorship course that is part of redeveloping Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in Alberta. She is a CASC/ACSS certified Spiritual Care Practitioner and Spiritual Care Supervisor-Educator. Margaret studied Theology at both Newman Theological College (M.Div. eq.) and St. Stephen’s College (D.Min) in Edmonton, and trained in spiritual direction by completing a Masters in Christian Spirituality at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Margaret enjoys opportunities to serve others through teaching, CPE mentoring, spiritual care, and spiritual direction. 

Larry Derkach

Larry DerkachLarry is a life-long Edmontonian whose career has focused on not-for-profit leadership and social justice advocacy. He completed a BSc at the U of A while working with inner city children and families at Bissell Centre, and remained at that agency for 25 years in various roles, culminating as the Executive Director. While in a similar role for 17 years at Jewish Family Services (the first non-Jewish Executive Director of such an agency in Canada), he earned a Licenced Lay Worship Leader Certificate at St. Stephen’s, and is a frequent guest preacher in the Edmonton area. His volunteer work has extended into many areas related to social justice. Now retired from “Executive Directoring” he is a consultant in the not-for-profit sector on matters of board governance, policy and strategic planning, and he serves on a variety of not-for-profit boards. He also loves to cycle in the river valley, and sing, presently with a community choir called Vocal Alchemy.

Dr. Mona-Lee Feehan

Mona-leeMona-Lee Feehan has been closely associated with SSC for over 20 years. She received her MTh and DMin from St Stephen’s and held the positions of Chair of the MAPPC, Chair of the MTS, and Chair of the MTh programs during her tenure there.  Upon retirement, she was awarded Professor Emerita, the first female to be awarded that honour at SSC.  She has been a Board member since 2013. 

Dr. Leslie Gardner

Leslie GardnerAfter graduating from York University, Toronto, with a PhD in Research Psychology, Leslie worked as a professional program evaluator in Ontario children’s mental health organizations until moving to
Alberta. She became a founding member and executive member of the Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society (1984-1991). As an active member of the St. Stephen’s College community since the 1990s, Leslie has served as associate faculty on the Doctor of Ministry Program Committee; Chair of Senate; and as a member of the Board. She teaches introduction to inquiry, program evaluation and qualitative research methods at St. Stephen’s, and enjoys mentoring, working and learning with doctoral and master’s thesis students, reflecting a variety of qualitative methods, including arts-based and Indigenous research approaches. After many years in Edmonton, Leslie moved to Lethbridge in 2012 and maintains an evaluation practice there. Her Lethbridge volunteer activities include being a Board member for both Ecumenical Campus Ministry, which sponsors a part-time chaplain at the University of Lethbridge, and for Lethbridge Family Services. . Leslie loves sailing her classic little wooden sailboat, which she keeps in a marina near Sidney, BC on Vancouver Island.

Timothy Grieco

Timothy GreicoTimothy Grieco is an Edmonton based artist and musician. His work incorporates an interest in human spirituality, and how it functions as an interface between our internal and external realities. He studied printmaking, drawing, and sculpture at University of Alberta and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2010. Since then he has worked in the not-for-profit arts sector as an instructor and coordinator. 

Jack Jervis

Chair of Personnel Committee 

Jack JervisJack is recently retired from the Government of Alberta after 40 years working in Human Resources specifically focusing on Employee Relations. He is on the Board of St. Paul's United Church and has had previous connections with St. Stephen's College. He is married to Lori and has two grown daughters and one wonderful granddaughter.

Dr. Kathleen Neufeld

Chair, Academic Senate

Kae NeufeldKae has a B.Ed. and M.Ed. from the University of Alberta and worked as a teacher and principal for Edmonton Public Schools. She then came to St. Stephen’s College where she earned her M.Th. and D.Min. degrees. She has served the College as a lecturer and administrator while also working with traumatized women and youth in Rwanda. She enjoys long distance pilgrimage walks, having walked several Caminos.

Winston Pei

Winston PeiWinston Pei brings to the St. Stephen's College Board 25 years of experience in corporate communications and community-building. Having earned a BA and an MA in English from the University of Alberta, he has built a career that has thus far ventured into communications, graphic design, publishing, post-secondary advancement, change management, software implementation, user training, technology consulting, arts management, and coffee. He currently serves as Digital Content Strategist for the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering, President of the Kokopelli Choir Association, and proud dad to three young adult humans.


Dr. Frederick Tappenden

Principal and Dean

Frederick Tappenden
Frederick S. Tappenden is Principal and Dean, and Professor of Theology, at St. Stephen’s College. His scholarly work focuses on issues of embodiment, cognition, social memory, and metaphor in religion, with a particular emphasis on ancient Christianity and ancient Judaism. Dr. Tappenden has published and taught widely in the fields of Biblical and Religious Studies. His 2016 book, Resurrection in Paul: Cognition, Metaphor, and Transformation (SBL Press), was awarded a 2017 Lautenschläger Award from the University of Heidelberg. Prior to coming to St. Stephen’s he was a Faculty Lecturer at McGill University. He has also taught and/or researched at the University of British Columbia, The King’s University, and Concordia University of Edmonton.

Waqas Yousafzai

Chair of Finance

Waqas YousafzaiWaqas’ passion for community service and and strategic leadership has seen him successfully serve multiple terms on national Canadian Boards, including as a two-term Director of the World University Service of Canada and the two-term Chair of Governance and Government Relations Committee of the Canadian Art Therapy Association. He is also the Committee Chair of Finance and Administration of St. Stephen’s College’s Board of Governors. He has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors’ NFP Governance Program and holds an MA in Public and International Affairs, an Honours Bachelors in Sustainable Economic Development, and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Royal Roads University.

Professionally, Waqas has professional experience working internationally and with all three orders of Canadian government. Currently, he is an Economist with the federal department responsible for western Canada's economic diversification. Previous to joining the national service, Waqas was a manager with the Province of Alberta's department of advanced education. In addition to being in strategic policy roles with Ontario and Alberta governments, he has also supported senior Canadian decision makers internationally in Syria, Austria, Qatar, Ghana, and Mongolia. Waqas is an avid traveller and has visited over 80 countries including being a participant in academic policy exchanges in United States, Sweden, and Israel.

Standing Committee of the Board