Meet Our Board
Kasey Machin – Chair
Kasey Machin is the Co-founder and Chair of ParityYEG. As a Communications and Policy Advisor to an Edmonton City Councillor, Kasey suggests changes to improve public policy and works with citizens every day to help them navigate municipal government. With over 20 years of volunteer experience in her community, Kasey tackles challenges through committee involvement, advocacy, and education. Working in government and for numerous nonprofit organizations has cemented her passion for encouraging people from all paths of life to get involved in politics.
Amanda Dunlop – Vice Chair Finance
Amanda Dunlop is a co-founder and current Vice Chair of Finance for Parity YEG. She grew up in the Edmonton area, bringing years of experience volunteering within her community, and more recently on political campaigns, to the board. Currently working as an administrator, with a background in finance as a controller, Amanda uses her experience to help maintain the operations and plan for the future of the organization. Her experiences volunteering in a variety of non-profit and community organizations inspire her to move ParityYEG’s goals forward, encourage more women to run for public office, and motivate her twin daughters to be leaders in their community. In her spare time, Amanda likes to travel, practice yoga, and ski with her family.
Ann Gordon-Tighe – Vice Chair Communications
Ann is both new and old to the ParityYEG Board. Back in 2018, she was fortunate to work with the team that founded ParityYEG, and now she’s back to take the lead on Communications. Ann is an (almost) lifelong Edmontonian, who worked and volunteered in municipal politics for several years before becoming a Strategist for Y Station Communications & Research. Ann recently completed her master’s in Communications and Technology at the U of A, focusing on social media harassment of Canadian female politicians. Ann is excited to be back with the ParityYEG and can’t wait to get to work helping women take the leap to run for office.
Samantha Hees – Vice Chair Events & Programming
Samantha grew up in Edmonton and was lucky to have very politically involved parents. She learned about the importance of speaking up and hard work at a very early age. Today, Samantha is an administrator at the University of Alberta for the MD Program, and lives in south Edmonton.
Samantha has run for office across many levels of government starting in the 7th grade with the student council and now can add a seat on NorQuest’s Students’ Council and campaigns for Municipal and Provincial Government to her resume. In her spare time (not that she knows what that is) she is the head coach at Victoria School of the Arts for the all-girl and coed High School cheer teams. Through this program, she has taken athletes to compete at High School Cheerleading World Championships in Orlando and American Nationals in Las Vegas. She credits her 2019 provincial campaign to her athletes and said that she wanted to show them that they were capable of doing great things.
Rhiannon Hoyle – Vice Chair Membership
Rhiannon Hoyle is a highly engaged and passionate community leader in Edmonton. She is a master collaborator with impeccable integrity, who has a proven record of accomplishment in building communities and advocating for families, newcomers, seniors from the inner city to suburbia.
Public service is Rhiannon’s life’s work; she has a love for people, is a lifelong learner and cares deeply about good governance, community engagement, diversity, transparency and inclusivity. She has over 16 years of volunteering for various political and non-profit organizations and has sat on many non-profit governance boards. Rhiannon has spent most of her adult life advocating for women in leadership in both public and private sectors, and is deeply passionate about getting more women elected into office. Rhiannon has collaborated with Municipal politicians, Provincial politicians and political parties, The Women’s Advocacy Voice of Edmonton Committee, Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, and the Junior League Edmonton towards enhancing communities across the Province. Currently, Rhiannon is a Senator at the University of Alberta, Vice Chair of Membership for ParityYEG, and Past President of the Alberta Party Political Association.
Rajah Maggay – Vice Chair Research
A community advocate passionate about social action, accessibility and social equity, Rajah has lived in Edmonton her entire life. She is currently a Research and Policy Advisor, with previous event planning/management experience and has been volunteering for the City of Edmonton Youth Council for four years. She chairs the Engagement and Outreach subcommittee and previously served as vice chair for the Health and Wellness subcommittee where she has helped host a number of projects and initiatives. Her ultimate goal is to get more involved in politics and to learn as much as she can.
Hibo Mohamed – Vice Chair Volunteers
Hibo Mohamed is a recent Bachelor of Arts graduate from the University of Alberta, double majoring in Political Science and Art & Design. She is passionate about both her artistic development and political work. Hibo has extensive volunteer experience in non-profit and political organizations. Hibo is the Volunteer Coordinator at ParityYEG, her role is to recruit, manage and engage volunteers. She believes that volunteers are the life-blood of political campaigns. Hibo enjoys working with volunteers and seeing their different experiences and perspectives improve the work of ParityYEG.
Norma Rodenburg – Vice Chair Governance