Our Staff

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Joe Masi

Executive Director

Joe has been the AMM Executive Director since 2001.  As Executive Director, Joe coordinates the overall activities and business affairs of the AMM.  He liaises with senior officials of external organizations, the federal and provincial governments, municipalities and the media.

Joe enjoys sports, hiking and contributing back to his community.  He has served as a board member of the Portage Credit Union since 1999, including serving as President for five years.  Joe believes strong and effective municipal government is important for the success of Manitoba and believes the AMM must continue to evolve to meet the needs of the membership in these ever changing times.

204-856-2360 jmasi@amm.mb.ca

Linda Hargest

Director of Administration and Marketing

Linda has made Portage la Prairie her home for 20 years, after being raised in southwestern Manitoba. Originally she worked for the AMM’s predecessor, the Union of Manitoba Municipalities (UMM) and helped the organization transition into the AMM as it is today. Responsible for managing the finances of the AMM the MTCML and overseeing AMM event and education planning, she also has a diploma in Human Resource Management.

Linda has a son, daughter and son-in-law, two beautiful granddaughters named Emilie and Isabelle, and two puppies, all of whom she adores.

204-856-2361 lhargest@amm.mb.ca

Denys Volkov

Director of Advocacy and Communications

Denys coordinates and develops the lobbying activities of the AMM, and oversees the preparation of the written materials and research activities for the AMM lobbying strategies. Denys is also responsible for coordinating the resolutions process and the communication strategy of the AMM.

He was previously employed in the Mayor’s Office at The City of Winnipeg for over six years, and served as a representative on the Mayor’s Environmental Advisory Committee and the Mayor’s Seniors Advisory Committee. Denys also worked as a liaison with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayors’ Caucus, North America’s Corridor Coalition (NASCO) and the Winnipeg-Kansas City Economic Partnership Agreement.

204-856-2362 dvolkov@amm.mb.ca

Julia Green

Administrative Assistant - Board and Administration

Julia has been working for the AMM since 2003. Throughout the years her duties have adjusted to meet the organization’s changing needs. Currently she is the main contact person for the AMM and is responsible for incoming and outgoing correspondence.  She also provides administrative support to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director and the Administration and Policy departments.

Outside of work, Julia enjoys attending her children’s extracurricular activities, spending time at her family cottage and refereeing ringette.

204-856-2365 jgreen@amm.mb.ca

Lynne Bereza

Communications Coordinator

Lynne joined the AMM in 2004. She develops the AMM’s communication tools including the website, annual report, news bulletin, member advisories and news releases. She also coordinates the AMM social media strategy, is editor-in-chief of the Municipal Leader magazine, and designs much of the AMM’s print material.

She and husband Jeff are life-long residents of Portage la Prairie, where they raised their daughters and now reside with a Bassett Hound named Sophie and an English Bulldog named Archie. In her spare time Lynne enjoys yoga, running around beautiful Crescent Lake, working in her garden and travelling.

204-856-2366 lbereza@amm.mb.ca

Patti De Baets

Finance Coordinator

Patti joined the AMM in 2000. She is responsible for the general accounting of the AMM, MTCML and Loss Pool including accounts receivable/payable, and inventory control. She also reconciles the investment accounts, processes Loss Pool claims payments and MTCML rebates, shipping orders to the municipalities as well as posting tenders on the MERX website.

Patti has lived in Portage for the past 16 years but is truly a farm girl at heart having been raised on a dairy/grain farm south of Cypress River. She enjoys hiking, golf and fishing but her favourite pastime is riding her quad in the gorgeous Whiteshell.

204-856-2367 pdebaets@amm.mb.ca

Nick Krawetz

Senior Policy Analyst

Nick holds a MA in Political Studies (International Relations) from Queen’s University and a BA (Double Advanced) in Economics and Political Studies from the University of Manitoba. Since completing his studies, Nick has demonstrated his passion for public policy and democratic governance while gaining federal government work experience with the Canada Border Services Agency and participating in Election Observation Missions overseas on behalf of the Government of Canada.

As AMM’s newest team member, Nick is looking forward to researching and raising awareness about issues affecting AMM members and Manitoba communities. His work can be viewed in AMM’s position papers, briefing documents, legislative submissions, and other AMM publications such as the Municipal Leader and the Resolutions Update.

204-856-2371 nkrawetz@amm.mb.ca

Donna Belbin

Events Coordinator

Donna joined the AMM in 2004, after several years working in hotel management. Her experience and attention to detail help to ensure the AMM’s membership events are second to none.

In addition to planning and executing the AMM’s events, she researches and provides administration for the AMM Education Program, and coordinates the events, accommodation and travel for the AMM Board of Directors.

Donna has a wide variety of hobbies and interests including travel and cooking, and she frequently spoils the AMM staff with her culinary creations.

204-856-2374 dbelbin@amm.mb.ca

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