Executive Director: Joel Janow (B.A., LL.B.)

PLEA Board of Directors 2015-2016


President: Amanda Doucette; Individual Director

Amanda Doucette was admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar in 2008. She is an associate lawyer with the firm of Stevenson Hood Thornton Beaubier LLP in Saskatoon and works primarily as a litigator with a focus in the area of tax litigation. She also practices in the area of taxation law, with a focus on business and personal tax planning matters and corporate reorganizations. Amanda volunteers as a speaker with the PLEA “Request a Speaker” program, and also volunteers her time with Pro Bono Students Canada, and the Canadian Bar Association.


Vice-President: Allison Katarey; Individual Director

Allison Katarey graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College of Commerce with a major in Accounting in 2004 and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 2007. She was admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar in 2008 and practices with Burlingham Cuelenaere in Saskatoon. Allison practices in the areas of family law and real estate with a focus on builders and construction mortgages.


Secretary/Treasurer: Christine Varnam; representing Saskatoon Public Library

Christine oversees the legal collection at the Frances Morrison Central Library. This is a specialized legal collection for the layperson and is used by many people who wish to learn more about the law and legal matters.


Craig Goebel; representing Legal Aid Saskatchewan



Ian Hingley; Individual Director

Ian has been an educator and counsellor for the past 17 years in both Northern Saskatchewan and currently in Saskatoon where he lives with his life-partner Jennifer, daughter Jillian, and son Jayden. Ian is passionate “about” and “for” human rights education and social justice, First Nations and Metis epistemology, cultural responsiveness, counselling theories and practise, and relational ethics rooted in an ethic of care.


Melanie Hodges Neufeld; Individual Director

Melanie is the Director if Legal Resources at the Law Society of Saskatchewan. In addition to being responsible for the administration of the traditional library, Melanie is responsible for developing and recommending a strategic plan for the management of legal information within the Law Society and the province.


Heather Jensen; representing Law Society of Saskatchewan

Heather sits on the PLEA Board of Directors as a representative of the Law Society of Saskatchewan. Ms. Jensen is an associate lawyer with the Saskatoon law firm Plaxton and Company, where she works primarily in the areas of labour and employment law and human rights.


Andrea Jorde; representing Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch



Kim Newsham; representing Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice

Kim Newsham is a lawyer with Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice. She works primarily in the area of family law policy development, and training. Prior to her present position, Ms. Newsham practiced law with Herle & Co. in Regina, and with Cawood Walker in North Battleford. She graduated with an L.L.B. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1996, and was called to the Bar in 1997.


Boris Okrainetz; representing Saskatchewan Ministry of Education

Boris has been an educator for 37 years. During this time Boris has had the role of teacher, vice principal, principal, superintendent, Director of Education, and now works for the Ministry of Education as a Superintendent, Independent Schools & Home-based Education.


Karen Srodulski; representing Legal Aid Saskatchewan



Keir Vallance; representing College of Law, University of Saskatchewan



Shaela Marie Verma; Individual Director

Shaela Verma is a current student at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law. Born and raised in Saskatoon, Shaela managed a local retail business for six years before entering law school. She holds a prior degree in Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan and has been an active member of the local art community.


Zandra Wilson; Individual Director