Our Leadership

Board of Directors

Dianna Bussey – Appointed in November 2019. Dianna is Director at Salvation Army Correctional and Justice Services in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  With degrees in Social Work and Biblical Studies coupled with years of leadership in social service, she has a clear perspective of the needs of individuals who have suffered marginalization, abuse, incarceration, homelessness, and mental health issues.  She believes that Forward House has a real opportunity to impact and transform the lives of those we serve to help.

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 (Vice-Chair) – Appointed in February 2021.  Robert is the owner of Faveri’s Wood Furniture and 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 operate their business 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 (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.


Staci Bailey (Executive Director) – Appointed in January 2020, following many years of experience in working with the marginalized, homeless, and abused, having previously been engaged with the Salvation Army and the Main Street Project.  A university graduate, she also has formal training and education in Applied Counselling, Restorative Justice and Childhood Development.  She brings a passion and commitment to improving the lives of the marginalized and disadvantaged unable to help themselves.  As Executive Director, she leads a staff of 5 full-time and part-time staff, some of whom are also residents at Forward House.

Hennes Doltze (Chief Strategy and Development Officer) – Appointed in January 2021.  Hennes has many years of experience working with ministry and social service organizations in Canada and Europe, most recently with the Salvation Army Correctional and Justice Services.  He has leadership experience with organizations supporting individuals and groups in crisis, abuse, and with physical, emotional and spiritual needs.  With a degree in Social Work and post graduate training in leadership, he is committed to making a positive meaningful difference in the lives of the marginalized and disadvantaged.