Caitlin originally comes from Conception Bay South, Newfoundland. She spent 4 years living in Halifax obtaining her degree in Public Relations and another 3 years studying Law at the University of Leicester in the UK. After taking 2 years to work in the field of Public Relations in London and Leicester, she moved back to Canada to pursue her accreditation in becoming a qualified lawyer in Canada.
While completing her accreditation and looking for an articling position in Newfoundland, Canada worked as an Events and Communications Manager for Manuels River Interpretation Centre, a registered charity. Caitlin has a passion for volunteer work and has volunteered for many charities including: UNICEF, World Vision and Cystic Fibrosis Canada. She has been a "big sister" with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and has volunteered at the Multicultural Festival in Halifax. In 2010, after the earthquake in Haiti, Caitlin spent 10 days volunteering at a local orphanage in Port-au-Prince and returned for another trip in 2011, this time helping build a school.
Caitlin moved to Fredericton in 2019, and has since completed her articles and has been called to the bar. She currently practices law with Bishop's Law. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her fiance, three stepchildren, two dogs and cat.
Ann Smith is a human resources professional with a decade of successful experience working within the intricacies of people management. Ann recently retired from the University of New Brunswick after 16 years; the last 14 within the Human Resources Generalist role at the College of Extended Learning and has joined St. Thomas University as their Human Resources Officer. A firm believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace, Ann regularly develops internal wellness campaigns to assist employees with effective mental health techniques. She leads mainly by example, always doing her best and encouraging others to do the same.
Ann is also highly experienced as a board leader. She is currently the Treasurer of the CPHRNB Fredericton Chapter and sits on the CPHRNB Provincial Finance Committee. She is past Treasurer of the Prince Edward County Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, Past Secretary of the Astra 5PBA, Past Chair, UNBCEL Wellness Committee, and Past Chair, Parent’s Committee, Belleville Children’s Chorale Choir.
Ann is honored to serve on The Ville Board and is looking forward to helping make a difference within the community.
Acting President & Chair
Romain is a lawyer with the law firm of McInnes Cooper. His practice areas include commercial litigation, professional negligence, property law and energy law. Romain has represented clients in all levels of Court in New Brunswick.
Romain grew up in Ripples (north of Fredericton) and went to École Sainte-Anne. Romain obtained two undergraduate degrees, one in Kinesiology and one in Business Administration, as well as his law degree at the University of New Brunswick.
In addition to the Ville, Romain volunteers with the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame and various committees with the Law Society of New Brunswick and mentors law students.
In his spare time, Romain enjoys keeping up with his two daughters, fitness, and playing and watching various sports.
Acting Vice President
Feeling like the conversation around inclusive and diverse decision making was lacking on the East Coast in Canada, Katie Davey created Femme Wonk – a podcast about policy, politics, and current affairs through an inclusive lens. Through Femme Wonk, she also speaks, consults, and hosts a book club. Once called ‘the feminist money girl,’ Katie advocates for the integration of economic and social policy.
Katie has served as Director of Policy and Stakeholder Relation at the Office of the Official Opposition in New Brunswick, Senior Advisor for Policy and Stakeholder Engagement in the New Brunswick Premier’s Office, and President of the University of New Brunswick Student Union. She currently holds the role of Policy Lead at the Public Policy Forum. Katie has a Master of Applied Politics from Wilfrid Laurier University where she focused on policy analysis and community development.
She is a member of the Youth Working Group on Gender Equality for the Government of Canada, a 2019/20 Action Canada Fellow, a Coach for Girls on Boards, a board member at Human Development Council, and Interim President of the Board of Directors at The Ville Cooperative.
Nick is a Chartered Accountant and partner at a local accounting firm in Fredericton, Spacek Armstrong & Norrad. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Board.
Nick enjoys using his accumulated knowledge and interest in finance as a means to help people and organizations achieve their goals.
When not in the office or volunteering his time, Nick enjoys spending time with his young family and playing golf with friends.
Originally from Miramichi NB, Alexa developed an early interest in agricultural practices from her grandfathers large backyard garden along the Miramichi River. Observing and watching him tend to his garden and enjoying the vegetables grown every summer and fall is one of her best memories growing up.
During her 6 years in university, Alexa learned the value of community, sustainability, and environmental awareness when it comes to everyday lives. In her last year of her bachelors degree she was the team lead in her fourth year Capstone group project. Alexa and a team of 6 individuals created a regenerative agricultural land plan and crop layout for a local crop farmer. Together they created a report that recommended a series of best practices according to the clients specific goals. Through this experience, her eyes were opened to the issue of food sovereignty, food deserts, environmentally sustainable practices, and the importance of developing strong roots with your local community.
Alexa is very excited to be able to share her knowledge and continue learning at The Ville.