Our Team

Kate Bailey, Acting Executive Director

Kate Bailey, Acting Executive Director

Kate Bailey joins APPLE School with over 15 years of managerial experience. She was the previous director of operations for a small business in Edmonton, has experience managing not-for-profit associations, and was the director of operations for Mayor Iveson’s re-election campaign. She has also recently completed her MBA and currently sits as the chair of the City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence Sports Committee, which oversees Edmonton’s Sports Hall of Fame. On top of that, Kate is the sports presentation manager for the World Triathlon Series Edmonton, which she has volunteered for since 2001. She has been playing ringette for over 30 years and traveled to every continent, including Antarctica, where she spent her time taking in the majestic beauty of the icebergs and penguins.

Marg Schwartz, Sustainability Manager

Marg Schwartz, Sustainability Manager

Marg Schwartz has been involved with school health promotion for over 30 years. She has a passion for health promotion in schools and has worked in a number of roles to support her vision for healthy, active Alberta schools. Marg was the founding manager for Schools Come Alive and Ever Active Schools and has worked for both Alberta Education and Alberta Health and Wellness. Marg received the Health and Physical Education Council's Distinguished Service Award and Robert Routledge Memorial address, and has been inducted as a fellow into the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals. She completed her bachelor of education and master degree in education at the University of Alberta. She is a mom, a grandma, a hiker, a curler, and loves to travel. 
 
Nicole Deschner

Nicole Deschner

Nicole Deschner started with APPLE Schools in November 2016 as a Knowledge Exchange Assistant. She comes with solid organizational and planning skills from experience in administration and coordinating and executing various events. At a time when APPLE Schools was expanding, she came on board to help with the increasing administrative duties and event planning  across Alberta to better serve APPLE School communities. Nicole graduated in 2017 from the University of Alberta with a bachelor of science in nutrition and food, and a minor in health education – she has always had a passion for healthy eating and exercise, and believes that being part of the APPLE Schools team allows her to use that passion to help kids have a healthier future. In her spare time, Nicole loves running, playing soccer, cooking, dabbling in new exercise classes, and spending time with friends and family. 

Katherine Dekker, School Health Mentor

Katherine Dekker, School Health Mentor

Katherine Dekker come with vast experience as a previous teacher and administrator where she shared her passion for supporting students to be the best that they can be for over 30 years. In 2010, she joined the APPLE Schools world as a School Health Mentor through her position as principal of the Edmonton catholic school St. Francis of Assisi. She saw first hand how committing to a comprehensive school health approach could change the world for students. She is excited to support school staffs in creating and maintaining environments where the healthy choice is the easy choice. An avid traveler, Katherine enjoys weaving travel tails to anyone who will lend her an ear.

Ryan MacDonald

Ryan MacDonald

Ryan MacDonald graduated from the University of Alberta with a bachelor of physical education and is currently working on getting a nursing degree. He started working at APPLE Schools in 2012 as a school health facilitator for two years, then as a school health mentor for one year. He has returned as a summer student since then, helping staff in the Edmonton office. This year, he is providing mentor support to the Fort McMurray Catholic School District. Ryan is a firm believer in health and promotion and chronic disease prevention; his goal is to support schools and the APPLE Schools project in any capacity he can. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys being active, cooking (consider yourself lucky to try his creations!), spending time with friends, and bowling — he bowled for three straight hours on his 31st birthday.

Magdalena Pawlowski, Communications Coordinator

Magdalena Pawlowski, Communications Coordinator

Magdalena Pawlowski started at APPLE Schools in October 2016. Her journey of work experience includes carpentry, teaching social studies in Edmonton and London, U.K., being a frame tech for a telecom company, then finally, communications! After completing her bachelor of secondary education degree, she pursued the public relations program at Grant MacEwan University. She brings with her a wealth of communications experience from the Edmonton Humane Society and APEGA. She is an avid aerial-artist-in-the-making and loves animals, reading, dancing, cooking, travel, and anything involving the great outdoors. 

Landra Walker, School Health Mentor

Landra Walker, School Health Mentor

Landra Walker completed her bachelor of physical education in 2013 at the University of Alberta. She has been with APPLE Schools in varying capacities since 2012, and is now a school health mentor where she applies her passion for health by supporting the northern expansion APPLE Schools. The highlight of her job is hearing stories from School Health Facilitators and health champions about how they successfully implemented an activity or initiative in their school community and its positive impact, and celebrating their successes. She believes that working to improve the lives of students through healthy eating, active living, and mental wellbeing creates balance in her own life. Landra loves to spend her spare time outdoors, travelling, and hanging out with Max, her rambunctious beagle. 

Tyler Smith, School Health Mentor

Tyler Smith, School Health Mentor

Tyler Smith hails from Nova Scotia, where he graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a bachelor of science in human kinetics, and a bachelor of education. He’s been teaching elementary and junior high physical education in Fort McMurray since 2012. He became involved with APPLE Schools that year as a School Health Facilitator. After a hiatus, he is excited to be back as a School Health Mentor. He focuses on empowering students to be leaders and make healthy lifestyle choices for themselves and is enthusiastic about promoting health in the public district and supporting sustainability. Tyler is a sports fan and enjoys exercising and spending time with his wife and children. 

Jenn Flynn, Executive Director

Jenn Flynn, Executive Director

(Currently on maternity leave) Jenn Flynn completed her bachelor of physical education at the University of Alberta. She has worked as a School Health Facilitator at Lee Ridge School, Fort McMurray regional manager, APPLE Schools manager, and is now the Executive Director of APPLE Schools. She has keen organizational skills and a wide variety of experiences working with children in a physically active setting. Jenn's team skills are evident as she plays an integral role in planning processes. She brings a level of excitement unsurpassed by most, and displays leadership through her logic skills and expertise.