Board of Directors

Wayne OTTENBREIT (president) is a marriage & family therapist in private practice – this additional career after many years teaching in the classroom. Education continues to be his primary occupation, now also as a guidance counsellor. Though raised in Regina, Wayne has lived in Calgary for his whole professional life. He and Jodean spend much of their time enjoying life with nine daughters.

Marlene FUREY (director) is from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and has worked in every Atlantic province, since starting out as a registered social worker in 1991.  She completed Masters degrees in counselling and social work.  She works part-time for the Nova Scotia Health Authority as a therapist in Mental Health and Addictions Services.   She is fascinated with the field of psychotherapy for the treatment of trauma and dissociation, and for all varieties of mental health and addictions issues.

Joining the Board in 2019, Marlene looks forward to promoting the mission of CPAC, and toward building up a network of Catholic Therapists who provide counselling and psychotherapeutic services which honour, promote, and integrate the Catholic Christian faith and culture, as vital to the growth and well-being of its members and perspective members.  The Church and the world is in need of Catholic Therapists who see the dignity of the human person as being in the image of its Creator, and as being deserving of love and mercy throughout all stages of life, from conception to natural death.


Dean DOWLE, JCS (spiritual director) was appointed by Archbishop Richard Smith to the position of Spiritual Director for the Catholic Psychotherapy Association of Canada in 2015. Outside of CPAC, he serves as Adjunct Judicial Vicar of the Interdiocesan Tribunal for the Archdiocese of Edmonton, and he also holds the position of Chaplain for the Edmonton Catholic Schools. Fr. Dean was born in Edmonton, raised in Fort Saskatchewan and ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Edmonton in 2010. He served in parish ministry at St. Theresa’s and St. Joseph’s Basilica before beginning graduate studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. Fr. Dean also holds a Licentiate in Canon Law.

Past Boards

2017/2018 Board of Directors:  Wayne OTTENBREIT (president); • Marcy D’AGOSTINI (secretary; president-elect);  Eunice PETERSON (past-president; treasurer);  Father Dean DOWLE (spiritual director)

2016/2017 Board of Directors:  Eunice PETERSON (president);  Marcy D’AGOSTINI (secretary);  PJ LEWIS (treasurer);  Wayne OTTENBREIT (president-elect);  Father Dean DOWLE (spiritual director); Amanda MARLEAU (director)

2015/2016 Board of Directors:  Eunice PETERSON (president); Irene MILLER (secretary);  PJ LEWIS (treasurer);  Wayne OTTENBREIT (president-elect);  Father Dean DOWLE (spiritual director);  Theresa ZOLNER (past-president);  Jean MacKENZIE (director, communications)

2014/2015 Board of Directors:  Theresa ZOLNER (president);  Eunice PETERSON (secretary; president-elect);  Melissa GUZIK (treasurer);  Father Andrew SZABLEWSKI (spiritual director);  Jean MacKENZIE (past-president; director, communications);  Wayne OTTENBREIT (director);  Pavel REID (director)

2013/2014 Board of Directors:  Jean MacKENZIE (president);  Eunice PETERSON (secretary);  Melissa GUZIK (treasurer; past-president);  Theresa ZOLNER (president-elect; director, communications);  Father Andrew SZABLEWSKI (spiritual director);  Patricia COSGROVE (director);  Pavel REID (director)

2012/2013 (founding) Board of Directors:  Melissa GUZIK (president);  Eunice PETERSON (secretary);  Jean MacKENZIE (treasurer; president-elect);  Father Andrew SZABLEWSKI (spiritual director);  Theresa ZOLNER (director, communications);  Jake KHYM (director)