terminator's Team

Erin Smith

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Erin is highly motivated by loving people and living with purpose. Her gregarious and warm nature creates a welcoming space for anyone she crosses paths with. Many consider her to be a ‘Jill-of-all-trades’ due to her success in several industries.

She’s a local creative: singer-songwriter, photographer, and former worship & creative arts pastor. She has worked in Education as well as the Oil & Gas industry for several years. Her diverse background and unique skillset enable her to bring creative solutions and strategy to her role within the Terminator Foundation while serving the team and the athletes with profound care. 

Jennifer Schmidt

HOLISTIC HEALTH COORDINATOR

Jennifer is a Recreation Therapist, Holistic Health Coach, off-road triathlete and self-proclaimed “health nerd.” She loves learning and sharing strategies to enhance health in order to bring vitality to the lives of anyone willing to listen and try new things.  She is especially passionate about mental health support and prevention using alternative approaches.

Jennifer’s triathlon journey started when she decided to take her own medicine (recreation as therapy) while struggling with depression, and has never looked back. She is an Xterra World Championship finisher, and is currently a member of Age Group Team Canada’s Cross Triathlon team, with plans to compete in the 2021 World Multisport Championships in Almere, Netherlands. When not training for races, Jennifer can be found reading (about triathlon), doing yoga (to help with triathlon) or cooking (to fuel for triathlon).

Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism from the University of Alberta, trained as a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach through the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy and holds her Group Exercise Leader certification with the Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association.

carissa peterson

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Carissa is friendly, personable, and great with people. Her passion for listening, relating, and helping others makes her a great fit for Terminator’s Volunteer Coordinator. She has many skills developed from her training as an LPN and works hard every day as a loving mother to her three children. Whether it be wound dressing (Band-Aids), juggling multiple people, tasks or projects at once or changing a diaper with half a wipe, Carissa’s resourcefulness is one of her greatest strengths. Carissa is also an entrepreneur with a small business creating florals for weddings in the Calgary area. Carissa’s love for God, Family, and People keep her grounded and fulfilled from day-to-day.

Elissa Grohne

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Elissa holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Mount Royal University and has since carved a path to a marketing career. She uses her strong communication skills to work closely with stakeholders while developing Terminator’s strategic marketing initiatives. Marketing has given Elissa the opportunity to pursue what she loves– engaging with people, story telling and creating content. Elissa is responsible for social media management, design work, event planning and more. She is extremely passionate about helping the Terminator Foundation’s programs become more visible and accessible for Calgary’s youth and young adults who are struggling with addiction and mental health issues.