About Us

Distress Centre Calgary (DCC) provides 24 hour crisis support, professional counselling, youth peer support and referrals through 211 and our programs at SORCe – all at no cost. For over 50 years, Distress Centre has served Calgary and Southern Alberta, ensuring everyone has a place to turn in times of crisis.

We do not define crisis.  We do not judge. Anyone can call us day or night.

Mission: Provide compassionate, accessible crisis and navigation support that enhances the health, well-being and resiliency of individuals in distress.

Vision: Everyone is heard.

Values: Belonging, Service to Others, Excellence, Volunteerism, Integrity, Collaboration, Innovation, Leadership


Robyn RomanoRobyn Romano

Chief Executive Officer

Robyn Romano is Chief Executive Officer at Distress Centre Calgary (DCC). In her 10+ years at Distress Centre in various roles, Robyn has been instrumental to the growth and development of the agency as a critical resource in crisis intervention and system navigation. Robyn holds a Masters of Social Work in Leadership in Human Services from the University of Calgary and is a Registered Social Worker. Outside of work Robyn can be found spending time with her two French bulldogs, cheering on the Calgary Flames or relaxing in the mountains.


Mike Velthuis Kroeze

Mike Velthius Kroeze, BSW, RSW

Director of Programs & Performance

Bianca Zhou MSA, CPA

Director of Finance

Karen Gallagher-Burt, MSW

Director of Strategy & Engagement

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Candice Giammarino

Director of Programs at SORCe

Christie Schulze, CPHR

Director of People & Culture


David Kirby

David Kirby, MSW, RSW, RCSW

Clinical Services Manager

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Sangeeta Sharma, PhD, Psych

211 Program Manager

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Lindsay Douglas, BCMM

Communications Manager

Juliet Burgess, RSW

Crisis Program Manager

Board of Directors

Distress Centre Calgary is governed by an exemplary group of volunteers who make up the Board of Directors. They bring exceptional skills, vision and experience from a variety backgrounds to lead strategic direction, governance and fiduciary accountability. The Board is committed to ensuring Distress Centre remains an accessible, innovative and compassionate agency that delivers excellent service to our clients and continues to meet the emerging needs of our community.

Board of Directors 2022-2023


  • Duncan Melville, Chair – The Boston Consulting Group
  • Chantal Milloy, Vice Chair – Levvel Inc.
  • Amanda Kousinioris, Vice Chair – Alberta Securities Commission
  • Lori Berg, Treasurer – ATB Financial


  • Aminda Galappaththi – Calgary Housing Company
  • Beth Pollock – Gibson Energy
  • Dianna Jossa
  • Dilan Yogasundaram
  • Kelly Sutton – RBC
  • Kevin Drinkwater – JFive
  • Kiersten Mohr – Terra Firma Transition Consulting
  • Sarah Wilson Cook – MEG Energy
  • Serge Leckie
  • Shauna Moscovich – SMART Technologies
  • Tonino Rizzuti – ENMAX

Our Impact Funders: