The MindFuel team is comprised of top talent in areas of product innovation, science and education, financial management, and market development. Our 20-person core team engages with thousands of contractors and volunteers each year to gain subject matter expertise, develop and test products, provide product insights, host professional learning workshops, become community ambassadors, and support community events.
Our leadership team has over 100 years of combined experience in all areas of product innovation, market development, and financial management. Meet our leaders:
Cassy Weber: Chief Executive Officer
Like a valence electron, Cassy is drawn to positive environments, people and results. So, after graduating with a B.Comm from the University of British Columbia, working abroad in the Pacific Rim, and completing her third year of science at the University of Waterloo, she took a leave of studies to enter the exciting high-tech space in the mid 1990s where she honed her knowledge-base in product management and innovation, team building, and sustainable organizational growth. It was only a matter of time before she found her way to our team. Fueled by a deep interest in science, a love of poached eggs, frequent lattes and climbing mountains, she spends her days sitting in meetings, strategizing on whiteboards, and acting as a human lightning rod in brainstorms. Cassy has made a career of zigging when others zag, and she brings this commitment to innovation to all of MindFuel’s initiatives.
Alma Abugov: Director, Development & Community Engagement
Alma never met a comfort zone she liked – which is why she spends so little time in them. Constantly pushing the boundaries and frontiers of connecting and forging new bonds, Alma brings over 20 years of sales experience and scientifically-proven success in the Calgary community to MindFuel. Equipped with a University of Calgary MBA, an unquenchable curiosity and self-confessed obsession for details, (not to mention Sudoku and sweet onions) Alma is the oxygen that feeds the fire of our key relationships within the greater community. When not nurturing these relationships, she’s nurturing home-grown tomatoes and flowers that think her real name is “Mother Nature” – and a daughter every bit as imbued with wonder and a love of learning as her mom.
Freeda Mulenga: Director, Finance & Administration
Freeda began her career in public accounting where she attained her designation as a Chartered Accountant. She brings the foundation over 10 years of diverse financial management experience, having worked in both South Africa and Canada.
Driven by real world problems that require critical thinking and the challenging of underlying assumptions, it is no wonder Freeda is a firm supporter of MindFuel’s initiatives in STEM. Before joining MindFuel, Freeda worked within the technology sector where she helped start-ups grow and realize their potential.
Freeda’s African roots and passion for fashion led her to co-found an award winning e-commerce business in 2013. She also enjoys listening to podcasts about human experiences and spending time with family and friends.
Sabina Bauer Lewis: Director, Programs
With a passion for transformative education, inspiring students and teachers, and working collaboratively with change makers, Sabina loves to spark ideas and implement new initiatives. Grounded with a B.Ed and B.A. from UBC, she has a perpetual interest to create and do new things, including teaching in England & Germany, running a home-based business, and co-founding a pre-Kindergarten – Grade 6 place-based, nature immersion educational program. When she is not asking questions, immersing in PD, such as project-based learning & blended learning, and innovating MindFuel’s real-world STEM programs, Sabina enjoys exploring, skiing, and learning new tech skills, like coding & video editing with her boys.
Ric Resch: Director, Product Licensing & Marketing
Growing up on a working farm in rural Saskatchewan, Ric was a curious and inquisitive child who, armed with a microscope, liked sharing his first-hand learnings about science with others. He especially loved fascinating his teachers and classmates with ruminants from the fall animal harvest, bringing discarded pig’s kidneys and eyeballs to school in the city for show-and-tell – not because of some morbid fascination, but rather a deep interest in exploring the world around him and learning more about the animals on his parent’s farm.
Life and experiences led Ric down a path of business, where he has amassed 30 years’ experience in the technology sector, leading sales and marketing in IT and Ed-Tech, including several years at SMART Technologies before joining MindFuel as Manager – Sales & Marketing. With his inquisitive nature and drive to ask questions, seek opportunities for growth and improvement, Ric has developed a strong ability to build relationships and has a keen understanding of sales and customer care, partner management and the education market.
Kind of a sports nut, when not at work you’ll find Ric playing a variety of team sports, including baseball, hockey and curling, or cheering for his favourite teams in the NHL and Canadian Football League.
Erik Yuzwa: Director, Innovation & Technology
Erik is passionate about building technology solutions that improve peoples’ lives and he brings to his role a comprehensive understanding of architecting solutions that are highly impactful. Erik’s motto is “persevere creatively” realizing that tech environments, while at times brittle and obstinate, can also present a powerful and amazing expression of humanity.
Graduating with a B.SC from University of Calgary, he has enjoyed tackling new challenges throughout his career – from starting his own web consulting company, to authoring 2 books on game development and teaching an adult education class among other achievements. When he’s not in the office, Erik enjoys weightlifting, writing, coding & video editing and just enjoying life with his amazing wife and four energetic kids