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

PLEA Board of Directors 2017-2018

President: Allison Katarey; Individual Director

Allison 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: Shaela Marie Verma; Individual Director

Shaela 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.


Janelle Anderson; representing Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice

Janelle Anderson works as Crown Counsel with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice in the Innovation and Legislation Division. In her role, she works to advance justice reform and innovation initiatives across the Ministry focused on creating more timely, affordable, and understandable services for citizens. She also serves as a Ministry liaison to external access to justice initiatives and organizations, including research initiatives at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law through CREATE Justice and the Deanís Forum. Janelle was admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar in 2015.


Amanda Doucette; Individual Director

Amanda 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.


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.


Andrea Jorde; representing Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch

A native of Regina, Andrea obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Regina and a Law Degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 2002. In 2003, she began her career as Deputy Director with the Office of the Rentalsman and in 2007, Andrea was promoted to Senior Deputy Director with the Office of Residential Tenancies. Much of her work includes assisting with the development of legislation, policies and guidelines. She regularly speaks to community groups and organizations about the rights and responsibilities of landlord and tenant issues. As a member of the Provincial Mediation Board she advises clients about debt repayment options, and acts for the Board in property tax, mortgage and lease dispute matters. Andrea is trained in mediation and the collaborative law process. She was previously a Board Member with Autism Treatment Services of Saskatchewan and has been a member of the Saskatoon Police Service, Crime Free Multi-Housing Advisory Committee, since its inception in 2009.


Stephenie Leitao Csada; representing Saskatchewan Ministry of Education



Maya Scott; representing Law Society of Saskatchewan

Raised in Saskatoon, Maya is a graduate of Bedford Road Collegiate and the University of Saskatchewan. She completed her law degree at the University of British Columbia in 2004 and has practised law in Saskatoon since 2006. Maya is currently a partner with Scott & Beaven Law Office. Her legal practise includes Wills & Estate Planning, Real Estate and Assisted Reproduction Agreements. Maya has a strong sense of community and enjoys being a part of community based volunteer initiatives.


Theressa Slind; representing Saskatoon Public Library



Keir Vallance; representing College of Law, University of Saskatchewan