Our Team

The heart of Trico LivingWell – our diverse team of health professionals and support staff have years of extensive experience in planning, management, health & memory care, and day-to-day operations of active agers. Our robust orientation, ongoing training, and education sessions for all team members ensure we deliver the highest level of quality care, and earn the trust, confidence and friendship of our residents and their families.

Here are a few of the friendly faces waiting to greet you at Trico LivingWell!

Kelsey Clarke

Kelsey Clarke

Executive Director

Kelsey is passionate about connecting with older adults in thoughtful, respectful, and meaningful ways. In 2010, Kelsey started her career in retirement living and has worked in various roles including housekeeping, reception, sales and operations. In 2015, she joined Trico Homes where she was awarded the Avid Service Award (2019 & 2020) for exemplary customer service scores. When Trico Homes announced that they would be venturing into the retirement living industry, Kelsey saw a rare opportunity to combine her passion for helping older adults with her deep trust and respect for Trico Homes. She had no doubt that the Trico values would bring Trico LivingWell to life and create an exceptional residence for older adults to call home.

When Kelsey is not at work, you can find her busy hiking, biking, and exploring the great outdoors with her husband, son and dog.

Cathy Lockhart

Cathy Lockhart BN, RN

Director of Nursing

Cathy is Trico LivingWell’s Director of Nursing. Cathy began her career as a registered nurse in the areas of maternity and the NICU, where she developed her skills in relationship-centred care. While raising her children, Cathy took a brief hiatus from nursing and worked in advertising and corporate design. Throughout her life, she enjoyed many meals with her grandparents and wanted to help other older adults live a life of meaning and purpose. She knew she needed to return to nursing, specifically senior living.

For 10 years, Cathy worked in a nursing leadership role in a retirement residence in Calgary. During that time, she was the recipient of several regional and national awards for clinical leadership. Cathy was fortunate to lead a high performing clinical team who regularly surpassed provincial audit requirements and as a result, she was featured in the 2017 Health Quality Council of Alberta’s Annual Report. Outside of work, Cathy enjoys spending time with her sons, family, and friends, as well as exercising and doing puzzles.

Liana Robberecht

Liana Robberecht

Executive Chef

Originally from Smithers, BC, Chef Liana is an accomplished culinary leader and international speaker who has helmed some of Calgary’s top kitchens, including the Calgary Petroleum Club and WinSport. Encouraged to challenge the status quo and ignite the passions of those around her, Chef Liana’s genuine curiosity and empathy have helped her forge lasting and meaningful relationships with other chefs, diners, and artists. With every bite, conversation, and mentorship, Chef Liana hopes to connect with others and evoke an impactful change for the future that inspires others to become the best versions of themselves.

Highly recognized in both in the industry and the community, Chef Liana’s long list of accolades include the 2011 Chef of the Year by the Alberta Foodservice Expo, a James Beard Foundation Collaboration Dinner in 2015, Outstanding Industry Contributions by the Canadian Restaurant and Bar Show in 2018, and an International Bronze Medal from Paris’s Chaine des Rotisseurs in 2019. She was also a participant on the Food Network show Guy’s Grocery Games and is a regular guest on CBC’s Alberta at Noon with Judy Aldous.

Outside the kitchen, Chef Liana is an avid painter and loves to spend time with her dog, Momo. She is actively involved in the community and has helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities through several culinary events she has co-founded, including Planted and the Cookie Exchange.

Brandie Young

Brandi Young

Sales Manager

As Sales Manager, Brandi is an ambassador for Trico LivingWell and the first point of contact for information, tours, and everything else! Brandi’s passion for helping older adults was ignited at a young age, while she was completing a co-op placement in Grade 11 at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. The empathy and compassion she felt for the patients and staff there led her to develop lifelong relationships with them, and she maintained these connections even after her placement had ended. This experience became Brandi’s first of many years working with older adults.

Brandi has 15 fulfilling years of experience working in the senior living environment and has had the pleasure of working in a variety of roles, including as a health care aide, receptionist, and recreation coordinator. Brandi has two fun-loving children and enjoys bringing them to resident events and teaching them the importance of inter-generational relationships.

Kate Rosling

Kate Rosling

Recreation Program Lead

As the Wellness Program Lead, Kate Rosling develops recreation programming with a team of artists, fitness instructors, and community connections to align all seven dimensions of wellness: Emotional, Environmental, Intellectual, Physical, Spiritual, Social, and Vocational. Kate has been passionate about supporting older adults since she was a young girl, when she used to volunteer in long-term care homes. Inspired by the fond memories she’d made, Kate decided to study Therapeutic Recreation and Gerontology at the University of Waterloo, where she turned her passion into her profession.

With years of working as a recreational therapist in a variety of senior living communities, Kate has made countless connections through her variety of continually evolving wellness programs. If she’s not working on a new wellness program, Kate is busy with one of her many hobbies, including painting, graphic design, puzzling, hiking, and playing soccer. When she needs to recharge, she spends time with her family and friends, preferably within view of the mountains. Kate is excited to spark new passions, make new relationships, and be inspired by the Trico LivingWell community!

Maggie Tang

Lead Administrator

Originally from Hong Kong, Maggie relocated to Calgary in 2021. With over 10 years of experience ranging from working as a flight attendant assisting passengers’ needs at 30,000 feet to the management of luxury hotels, Maggie uses her customer service, communication, and problem-solving skills to enhance and build lasting connections for residents in our community. Maggie’s philosophy that happiness is a journey and not a destination additionally complements her skillset, helping her cultivate a positive environment in both her personal and professional life. Outside of work, Maggie enjoys exploring different cultures and cuisines through literature and travel.

Nancy Pochakom

Nancy Pochakom

Clinical Lead & Educator

Nancy graduated from Mount Royal University in 2015, and has since worked with seniors in all stages of aging, ranging from day programs to hospices. Her experience throughout the years continues to spark her passion to destigmatize negative ideas about aging, and help older adults age well.

Nancy is currently pursing a Master’s of Nursing through the University of Calgary and has been fortunate enough to receive grant funding from ARNET (Alberta Registered Nurses Education Trust).

Outside of work she enjoys travelling to new places, knitting (she made the sweater in her picture!), and trying new restaurants.

Elma te Rietstap

Lead Receptionist

Elma worked as a Health Care Aide for 10 years, gaining experience in all levels of care before joining the Trico LivingWell team. As the first point of contact, Elma is always ready to greet new residents, families, and visitors with a smile as they walk through our front door. Whether it’s through a little chat at the front desk, solving a problem for a resident, or sharing a quick laugh, Elma ensures that everyone feels welcome at Trico LivingWell. Outside of work, Elma loves to crochet, go for walks with her dog, Maya, and cheer on the Edmonton Oilers on game day.

Naj Najmuddin

Building Operator

With over 11 years of combined experience as a Building Operator and 5th Class Power Engineer, Naj is deeply passionate about ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of various systems in commercial and residential buildings. Whether resolving a technical issue or interacting with our team and residents, Naj builds positive relationships with empathy and professionalism. Combining his customer-centered approach and expertise, Naj ensures the safety and comfort of our residents by upholding the optimal performance and safety of building features throughout our community.

Outside of work, Naj enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, camping, and volunteering. He is particularly dedicated to helping refugee families settle in Calgary.

Maria Besuijen

Maria Besuijen

Food & Beverage Administrator

Maria is the Food & Beverage Administrator for Trico LivingWell, where she will work both in the kitchen as well as with the service team. Maria grew up in DeWinton, AB, in a bustling family that connected over the dinner table, fostering a sense of community through the food they shared.

Maria has 15 years of experience in the culinary industry and completed her Red Seal through apprenticeship at SAIT in 2012. She has worked with Chef Liana for the past 12 years, both at the Calgary Petroleum Club and at WinSport Canada.

When not at work, Maria is busy pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics, playing soccer, swimming at the lake, and spending time with friends and family, her son Liam, and his three guinea pigs.

Wayne McPhee

Wayne McPhee

Maintenance Supervisor

With over 25 years’ experience, Wayne joined the Trico LivingWell team as Maintenance Supervisor in July 2022. He is responsible for completing daily preventative maintenance on the overall building and providing the day-to-day overview for our residents and staff. In his last position as the Director of Environmental Services, he oversaw all maintenance as well as managing the housekeeping department. Prior to moving to Alberta four years ago he worked in Property Maintenance at a Retirement Living residence in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia ensuring residents had all their necessary maintenance issues addressed in a timely manner.

Wayne is a Canadian Military Veteran who prides himself as a highly organized, energetic, great customer-focused individual who cares about the well-being of our seniors. Dealing with seniors is very rewarding and Wayne enjoys getting to know them and their families as well as assisting them in their transition into retirement living.

Wayne and his wife moved to Calgary 5 years ago to be closer to their son, daughter in law and 2 grandsons, Nolan and Jack. Grampy as he is known, enjoys hiking, biking, going to his grandson’s hockey games and weekend breakfasts with friends.

Wayne can always be found walking around the buildings with his little red tool bag ready to spring into action.

Khu Cherrington-Kelly

Khu Cherrington-Kelly

Facilities Supervisor

Khu was born and raised in Manila Philippines, and finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science with a major in Assembly Language before she migrated to Canada in 2006. She has 18 years experience in building management and turnover, starting in the hospitality industry in fort Mcmurray where she worked in one of Canada’s largest privately held management companies, with over 40 hotels from coast to coast.

After working in the hotel industry for 10 years, Khu ventured out into student housing management under CCC (Canadian Campus Communities). She served as the Housekeeping Manager for 2 years managing the bed turnover for every semester, and she also prepared the building for hotel and long stay service during Stampede! In April of 2018 Khu joined the YWCA as Facilities Team Lead/Coordinator where she able to serve women and children who are facing domestic violence and homelessness. She also served a supply chain mentor during the Covid pandemic and support the YWCA for procuring their Covid supplies after working with YWCA for 3 and half years. Khu Join Trico Living well in June 2022 as the Facilities Supervisor and though this is her first experience with retirement communities, Khu believes strongly in the idea of seniors health and wellness, being that she was raised in a culture that supports elderly and treats them as family. She currently finishing her diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

Outside of work, Khu plays competitive Tier 1/Tier 2 volleyball every Sunday, Monday and Thursday, and she enjoys spending time with her husband Shaun and her kids Gabriel and Samuel, who love to go camping and hiking together in the summer.