Board Bios

Jeff Wilson (Board Chair)

Jeff has one son who attends the Southeast Elementary Campus. He is a passionate advocate for FFCA, which in his view deserves to be celebrated, recognized and protected. He is currently serving in the role of Board Chair.

Jeff is an experienced Account Executive for a national company in the field of Live Events, utilizing technology to help non-profits and Fortune 500 companies alike find effective ways to share their message and engage their audiences. He took a break from his career from 2012 to 2015 to serve as an MLA for Calgary Shaw, where he honed his skills in community engagement and developed a reputation as a strong public speaker, community advocate, and effective collaborator.

Past volunteer experience consists of service in student government at MRU, sitting on local association boards, work with Ronald McDonald house and the Calgary Emergency Women’s Shelter, to currently volunteering as a coach for his son’s sports teams each spring and serving as a Director on the Board of the Alberta Association of Former MLAs.

Faruq Suleman (Vice-Chair)

Faruq is married and has 3 children in the FFCA program, two girls at the Northwest Elementary and a son at the High School. He has held the school council roles of Treasurer, Vice-Chair, and Chair at Northwest Elementary, North Middle School, and High School over the last five years, served as Co-Vice Chair of the FFCA Board and currently holds the position of Vice-Chair. Faruq is a designated accountant (CPA, CGA) with over 20 years of progressive leadership experience in the oil and gas industry. He is currently working for federal government in a corporate tax audit role.

“I am continuously amazed at the sheer brilliance and passion that I see every day from our kids -- whether it’s a young child in kindergarten or a young adult in high school – FFCA kids are articulate, driven, and respectful. I know it comes from our exceptional parents, teachers and administration who are equally passionate and excited to be a part of this program. It’s a true partnership – one built on the back of hard work, love and laughter. It makes it easy for me to want to give back!”

Rizvan Bharmal

Riz was elected to the FFCA Board of Directors in December 2017 and has served as Board Treasurer and Chair of the Audit Committee. Riz has two sons who both attend FFCA. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and he also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

Riz appreciates the opportunity to give back to FFCA and to represent the FFCA society members. The school continues to provide an outstanding education and is instrumental in the development of a strong character within its students. Riz is determined to help FFCA continue with this strong tradition and is dedicated to lend support wherever needed to help FFCA, the FFCA society and ultimately the FFCA students achieve their goals.

Sumara Diaz

Sumara Diaz, CPA, CMA is a Senior Finance and Accounting Professional who has worked in the Energy industry in Calgary for the past 20 years. Sumara has a unique finance and planning background that has given her the opportunity to work with government bodies on policy and compliance matters. As an experienced advocate, she is looking forward to continue to promote Chartered schools in Calgary.

Sumara holds a Bachelor Commerce degree from the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business and has her CPA, CMA designation. Sumara has three children, two of whom currently attend FFCA and one who is a recent graduate. FFCA was the school system of choice for her family over 16 years ago and ever since, she has proudly promoted chartered schools and the option of choice in Alberta’s education system.

Sumara has been described by those who have worked closely with her as focused, dedicated, committed, passionate but rational, and a strong leader who is not afraid to challenge the status quo. All attributes she feels strongly align with the character and leadership virtues instilled at FFCA. She is proud of FFCA’s high academics standings and strong believer that it is the character and leadership attributes that are shaping FFCA students into the leaders of tomorrow. She is honoured to have the opportunity to join the board of directors of FFCA.

Jenny Hill

Jenny Hill has two children that have attended FFCA since kindergarten and are currently working their way through and into middle school. Jenny’s passion for FFCA and parental involvement lead her to start as a room parent when her daughter was in kindergarten and a few years later she became a member of school council and the Association of School Councils (ASC). As a new member of the Board, Jenny has taken on the role of Board Secretary.

During the day, Jenny works full time for Horizon Housing Society, a local non-profit affordable housing provider where she works closely with their Board of Directors and has plenty of knowledge and experience working with a governance board.

Jenny is not only a fantastic cook and a bit of a fitness junkie, but she is also an avid reader and if you ask, she is always happy to give you a book recommendation.

“The ceiling you once aspired to becomes the floor you now walk on.”

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Naren Makwana

Naren has a daughter attending FFCA’s Northwest Elementary Campus. He is the Corporate Controller & Director of Finance at the Alberta Energy Regulator, and has over 20 years of service within the provincial government. He works daily with multiple areas of the regulator providing leadership and support for strategic and operational planning, monitoring performance and reporting, and developing and implementing policy and control processes.

Naren’s volunteer experience includes serving on the boards of the Calgary International Reggae Festival and the Calgary chapter of Financial Executives International. He has taken on the role of Board Treasurer for 2019.

“I appreciate the quality of education that FFCA provides, the teachers and staff that are passionate about the investment they are making and the values that the school believes in.”

Jehn Scantlebury

A born and raised Albertan, Jehn grew up in Calgary attending CBE schools. Her family has a history with FFCA spanning back to the early 2000s when her younger sisters attended. Her daughters go to SMS and SEE, with her young nephew on the SEE wait list for kindergarten in 2021. She also has two stepkids in a CBE middle school. Jehn owns a small business offering marketing consulting services to tech companies and associations, which fills her days, while her evenings and weekends are spent chauffeuring her kids to various extra curricular and social activities. Jehn is passionate about volunteering and building community, having served as a Sparks leader for Girl Guides of Canada and Chair of the Communications & Sponsorships for the Mahogany HOA Volunteer Committee. She’s also spent many hours supporting her local MLA and managing online communities to practice and promote good digital citizenship. In her spare time, she enjoys watching hockey (Go Flames!), cooking, gardening, socializing, traveling, and reading.

“I believe in choice in education; in the special blend of modern ideas and traditional learning practices that FFCA offers. I want to learn as much as possible about our place in Alberta’s education system so I can be a stronger advocate for our children. I want to help educate people on who the FFCA community is, what we stand for, and why we deserve support from the province.”

Randall Spahl

Randall has a daughter attending Grade 9 at FFCA High School. He has served as School Council Chair at FFC High School, and in the fall of 2018 was inspired to run for a position on FFCA’s Board, with a particular interest in addressing the Wait List by looking for ways to expand FFCA. Randall brings to the Board a willingness to research issues and ask tough questions. Randall has been with the City of Calgary Parks Department since 1981, specializing in Urban Forestry. For many years an active cave explorer and veteran of several expeditions to Mexico and Central America, he has held previous executive positions with the University of Calgary Caving Club, the Department of Geography Palliser Club and the Alberta Speleological Society, and represented the latter to the Federation of Alberta Naturalists.

Robert Zagorsky

Robert grew up on a farm in Southern Alberta. He and his wife have two daughters, one in elementary at FFCA and one soon to enter kindergarten. He believes that service in the board member role is a great way to give back to FFCA, and the school his daughter loves.

In 2003, Robert founded a cyber security firm headquartered in Calgary. It’s continued success results in part from community development and customer education initiatives. Robert will use his experience to bring a creative approach to the board with a communication style that is forthright and with a bit of levity. He will strive to develop and facilitate forward-thinking strategies that will serve the FFCA students and community for years beyond his term.