executive director

Linda Wilson

Executive Director

Linda is the founder and president of CorQuest Inc., a specialized training firm focused on enhancing individual and group effectiveness.  Since establishing the firm in 1993, Linda has been designing, facilitating and speaking on topics related to human behavior, teamwork, change, leadership and group dynamics.  In 2010 The Leadership Centre contracted CorQuest Inc. to run the Centre.  Since that time, the Centre has expanded its services to offering three levels of the Leadership Networks program, the annual Leadership Conference, which was established in 2013, and is currently establishing a new program, Mastermind groups, to support business owners, CEOs, CFOs and Human Resource managers throughout Central Alberta.  This program is being designed by the collaboration of several community partners.

Linda grew up in the Sylvan Lake area and is passionate about working with Central Alberta organizations to help create a stronger community of leaders in all sectors.  She resides with her husband and son at Sylvan Lake, Alberta.  

Board of directors

Laura Nelson

Board Chair

Laura grew up in Central Alberta and has called Red Deer home since 2003. The bulk of her work life has been spent in various roles within the beverage container recycling industry.

Laura is a graduate of the Leadership Networks class of 2012, and has served on the Board since fall of 2012. 




Katie Barron


Born in Fernie, Katie moved to Red Deer in 2003 to attend RDC where she earned her Business Admin Diploma. She then turned that into a Commerce Degree with an Accounting major through Athabasca University. Katie articled at Pivotal LLP, (then known as Heywood Holmes & Partners LLP) and became designated in 2013. There, she prepared the year end financials for The Leadership Centre for quite a few years. In 2015, Katie started working at the City of Red Deer as a Financial Reporting Analyst, and it was then she joined the The Leadership Centre. Katie has been our treasurer for a little over a year and has enjoyed every minute of it. When she is not working or attending board meetings, she is at home furiously writing and publishing her fantasy novels as well as performing bookkeeping and tax services for a few clients on the side.


Avery Acheson


Having been raised in Red Deer, Avery is proud to be a board member of the Leadership Centre of Central Alberta, an organization that helps build leaders in Central Alberta. As the Intake and Settlement Manager for the Central Alberta Refugee Effort, Avery attended the LN201 cohort in 2015. He found the course to be an amazing asset, and he was very excited to have the opportunity to give back to the organization that helped him develop. In his extra time, he loves being outdoors; hiking, running, climbing, paddling and skiing are some of his favorite activities to do with his wife Charlotte and their Border Collie Kiwi. Avery is also an avid musician, playing drums for a variety of Jazz and Blues acts around Central Alberta.





Sharon Diep


Sharon returned to Red Deer shortly after earning her Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary. She is involved in numerous community initiatives and not-for-profit groups, as she truly believes in power of communities and working together. She is enthusiastic to be able to support leadership development in others as well grow and develop herself.

Fueled by curiosity, Sharon brings diverse experience from various sectors and is currently working with the City of Red Deer's Community Services Division. You can also find her leading and supporting her restaurant team in Sylvan Lake.

Dennis Allan


Dennis has been a true “Alberta boy” his entire life – born and raised in the Edmonton area, and a Red Deer resident for the past 20 years.

He owns Juiced Audio & Lighting and is the Program Director for KRAZE 101-3 and 100.7 CRUZ FM.

Dennis is a graduate of the Leadership Networks programs and is now honoured to be an executive on the Leadership Centre Board of Directors.




Judy Scott


Judy was born and raised in Southern Alberta but has called Central Alberta home since 1979. She has been  working with Family Services of Central Alberta for the past 18 years in various roles from front line, management and now has the honor of being the Executive Director for the past 3 years. She was recently asked by a practicum student what kind of leader she was, and after some deep thought she believes she has a mix of styles. Her philosophy is around leading by example and she likes to be active in the work we do as an agency. Her door is always open, she respect people’s ideas, and is open to listening. If she had to give it a name, it would be “Participative/affiliative or Diplomat". One of her favorite Leadership gurus is Stephen Covey.