Our Leadership

Board of Directors

Scott Groen – Appointed in September 2019. Scott is the Pharmacy Manager with Tache Pharmacy in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and has been a long-time supporter of Forward House, both professionally and personally. As a pharmacist he brings a unique perspective of what is needed to effect positive change in the lives of our residents. Having many years of experience working with men’s groups and their growth as individuals, he is passionate about the transformative role we can have on improving the lives of our residents.

Robert Kreis (Chair) – Appointed in February 2021. Robert has launched and operated several successful enterprises over the last several decades. He has also served in leadership capacities in several commercial and community organizations. He and his wife have operated their businesses with a commitment to integrity and respect for people, which is rooted in their faith and a caring for people regardless of their situation. They feel strongly that we need to do more in helping the marginalized and disadvantaged.

Ernie Warkentin (Past-Chair) – Appointed in April 2019. Ernie is the founder and President of Ernst David International Inc., a management consulting firm. He has extensive experience working with various organizations and ministries in Canada and the USA, in refocusing and reorganizing them towards greater and successful achievement of their Vision and Mission. He and his wife are dedicated to making a positive transformative difference in the lives of residents entrusted to Forward House and in our community.


Tammy Hansen (Executive Director) – Appointed in March 2022, she brings over 25 years of related senior leadership experience working with disadvantaged adults and youth. In addition, she has advanced education and training in counselling, addictions recovery, and crisis intervention. She has worked with diverse Indigenous organizations, and is a faith-based leader experienced in mental health, wellness support, and operations delivery. She brings a passion and commitment to improving the lives of the marginalized and disadvantaged. As Executive Director, she leads a staff of 5 part-time people, some of whom are also residents at Forward House.