“Time spent with cats is never wasted.”
Meet The Cool Cats
At Pounce Support Services™, you will find experienced, authentic, and ethical professionals who are here to make your work life more manageable. Our Cool Cats have more than 100 years of combined experience to share with you. Each member of our team has a distinct set of skills and experience, making it easier for you to seek out the specific help you need.
“Knowledge decides what to Say,
Skill decides how to Say,
Attitude decides how much to Say and
Wisdom decides whether to Say or not!”
Mirande Alexandre is an accomplished Project Manager, Social Development, Marketing and Sales Consultant, and Fund Development Mentor with over 25 years of proven leadership with an outstanding record in managing and evaluating horizontal initiatives and building partnerships across federal, provincial, and municipal governments, the private sector, NGOs, and community groups.
Mirande has worked in various capacities for the Canadian and Jordanian Governments and local, national, and international companies in Canada and Mexico throughout her career. Mirande completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University and a Tourism degree from Lasalle College in Montreal, QC.
Mirande has worked with many businesses, service providers, NGOs, and communities to build sound projects that make a difference and get results! Presently, she assists many stakeholders with:
Grant writing (Government, Foundations, and other)
Interim organizational leadership
Oral translations in four languages
Project development & management
Strategic and business planning
Fluent in English, French, Arabic, & Spanish
“Life presents us with many obstacles; we can either look at them like they are hindrances or opportunities.
It is our choice. I chose the glass-half-full mentality.”
Sarah is a graduate of the Public Relations Diploma program at MacEwan University. Due to the successful internship with Pounce Support Services™, she is ready to pounce into her public relations career. She is enthusiastic about presenting high ethical standards. Sarah prides herself on her commitment to quality when completing tasks. Pounce Support Services™ carries this element when working with fundraising, communications, and public relations; therefore, Sarah is excited to continue with Pounce.
She wrote articles for The Cats Meow complimentary monthly E-Newsletters, did interviews with professionals of many fields, wrote a crisis communications plan, and was on top of helping with day-to-day PR tasks. Sarah is passionate and looking forward to continuing her work and she is looking forward to the tasks that are to come.
Following the theme of Pounce Support Services™, she also has an adorable calico Maine Coon cat, Bodhi, who is almost five years old.
Social Media Content Creator
“Innovation is the fuel of development, and the vanguard of sustainability.”
Imad-Dean Kaddoura is a seasoned veteran with over 30 years of business development, marketing, commerce, and fundraising experience. He is a recognized business development strategist.
Imad-Dean worked with many businesses, including the global multinational trading organization Sumitomo Corporation in marketing and sales throughout his career. He has coached several start-up businesses and developed digital strategic marketing courses, including numerous dynamic digital business and marketing tools for small businesses. In 2000, Athabasca University approached Imad-Dean to teach marketing, business management, commerce, and international business, where he was an instructor for over a decade.
Imad-Dean has also succeeded in becoming a catalyst for growth and development for the not-for-profit sector. He is an avid advocate of social innovation and, by nature, is restless in searching for and exploring creative and cutting-edge innovative solutions of fund development for the not-for-profit sector for the greater benefit of Canadian society at large.
Imad-Dean holds an MBA from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, and a bachelor’s degree in Business from Eastern Washington University. He also earned a diploma in Executive Leadership in the Non-profit Sector from MacEwan University and a diploma in computer technology from CDI College in Edmonton, Alberta.
Imad’s specialties include:
Blockchain technology for fundraising
Diversified & sustainable fundraising infrastructure development
Email marketing and automation
Moves management donor development
Stewardship programs’ development
Public relations building
Languages: Fluent in English and Arabic
“Those without wills have included lawyers amongst their heirs.”
Ron Knol was born and raised in Edmonton and greatly appreciates the city that has given him wonderful and rewarding opportunities throughout his various careers. As per his father’s advice, Ron pursued and achieved post-secondary degrees in Business (B.A. Business Admin.) and Law (U of A) which assisted him in his role in the family’s retail business (major lighting and appliance stores in Alberta).
In 1991, Ron joined a local law firm where he practiced commercial and estate law and, in 1997, became in-house legal counsel for a large advertising firm and its three affiliated companies. This also involved acting as the commercial property and leasing manager for a 20,000 sq. ft. historic building with eight commercial tenants.
Ron’s experience in law and retail management led him to various careers, one of which involved professional sports team management (Edmonton Drillers). He also had the unique experience of assisting with the preparation of the 2008 Olympic Games’ feasibility study for the City of Edmonton.
Ron is passionate about marketing, commercial property management, commercial leases, corporate structure advice, society management and legacy gift planning and enabling “stewardship” of our gifts. He has worked for and volunteered for, numerous charitable organizations including, but not limited to, Cornerstone Counselling, The King’s University, Hope Mission, Christian Stewardship Services, and the Edmonton Society for Christian Education.
Ron can provide information about legacy giving and has provided numerous presentations related thereto. He translates complex gift planning terms into everyday language that we can all understand and appreciate. His expertise includes:
Creating a family legacy
Planned giving & administration
Speaker, facilitator & trainer
Fluent in English “Legalese” and some Dutch
“Embrace all opportunities to learn constantly,
to give selflessly, and to live beautifully.”
Brianna MacLean is a public relations professional with a passion for learning, media, communications, pop culture, and volunteering; most importantly, she possesses an unyielding altruistic drive to serve and uplift her community.
A recent graduate of MacEwan University’s acclaimed Public Relations program, Brianna also has a Bachelor of Arts in Women & Gender Studies with a minor in Social Anthropology from the University of Alberta in 2020. She completed her PR practicum at Pounce Support Services™ as the Cub Brand Ambassador in the spring of 2022 and is thrilled to be making her epic return as an official member of The Cool Cats!
Brianna specializes in:
“Philanthropy is both an art and a science.
Your donors aren’t just giving money, but also time, their expertise, and their support.”
Charles MacKenzie is a fund development professional with over a decade of experience helping non-profits across Canada achieve their fundraising goals. He has worked extensively in the non-profit sector and the academic world. He is a self-described fund development generalist with a broad professional practice that includes major gifts, grant writing, strategic planning, and prospect research. He has held senior positions with several major national organizations, including Diabetes Canada, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Alberta AdaptAbilities Association.
Charles is a graduate of Cape Breton University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. He has also pursued graduate studies in history, completing his MA at the University of Western Ontario. In 2022, Charles earned the recognized international credential of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
An active community volunteer, he has served on the boards of several organizations across Canada, including Hospice Toronto, AFP Edmonton, and AFP Nova Scotia.
His specialties include:
Strategic prospect engagement
“We all have feelings. Never leave your donor feeling like a chequebook.“
Kat Mooney has always had an entrepreneurial and youthful spirit. Along with an abundance of energy and creativity when it comes to helping organizations do the greatest good, Kat believes it is important to pay it forward and to help shape the next generation of leaders by providing a hands-on learning opportunity through internships at Pounce Support Services™. Her deep-rooted and innate understanding and belief “we are in the business of helping people” has been her motto and driving force that supported the people in organizations she has served for almost 30 years.
Kat’s experience is in fund development, communications, public relations, marketing, volunteer services, and special events management. Earlier in her career, she was a social service worker.
She earned and held senior roles within the non-profit and corporate sectors, including Program Manager, Communications and Marketing Specialist, Director of Development, Executive Director, Mentor, and Consultant.
With five years of post-secondary education, Kat received a diploma from Dawson College, took multiple Applied Social Sciences courses at Concordia University, and has a Certificate in Public Relations Management from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She is also Brené Brown Dare to Lead Trained™ and is currently pursuing her Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE), an internationally recognized fundraising designation.
Kat can help you with:
Building infrastructure and organization sustainability
Capital campaign management
Creating your organization’s case for support & case statements
Developing a culture of philanthropy
Direct mail campaigns
Fund development & communication plans
Generating publicity & newsworthy stories
Fluent in English & French