Sharel Wallace, Past Chair, Appointed member
Sharel Wallace is the Controller at Independent Respiratory Services in Castlegar and has recently received her Certified Management Accountant designation. Sharel began her accounting career in Vancouver working for the Bentall Group as an intermediate accountant in their property management division.
Sharel returned to her hometown of Castlegar in 1990 to be able to raise her children close to their family. Sharel worked as a self-employed bookkeeper to be able to stay home and raise her children. Once her children reached elementary school age Sharel returned to work part-time with a public practice firm and moved to full time once her children reached middle school age. Sharel and her husband Dan enjoy spending time with their family and working in their yard (The old Robson Zoo).
Bruce LeRose, Chair, Appointed member
Bruce was born and raised in Trail, B.C. and was educated at the University of British Columbia. He has practiced in the West Kootenay with the same firm since being called to the bar in 1983. He was made a Queen Counsel in 2006 and received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Attorney General for British Columbia in 2013 for meritorious services to the Legal Profession. He is a Life Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia and served as its President in 2012. The first member of the Kootenay Bar to do so in the 130 year history of the Law Society.
Scott Weatherford, Appointed Member
Scott is the Chief Executive Officer of ATCO Wood Products Ltd. and The Nelson & Ft. Sheppard Railway Co. in Fruitvale BC. ATCO Wood Products is a leading manufacturer of softwood veneers for the plywood industry and a major forest license holder and forestry management company in the Lower Columbia region. Scott and his wife founded ATCO Wood products in 2006 as part of the reorganization of ATCO Lumber Ltd. Scott is responsible for oversight of all aspects of ATCO’s manufacturing and forestry business and for new business development activities. The Nelson & Ft. Sheppard Railway Co. is a 6 mile shortline railroad that operates near Fruitvale, BC.
Prior to joining ATCO in 2005, Scott held various executive assignments in purchasing and auditing with PACCAR Inc. (parent company of Kenworth and Peterbilt Trucks) in Bellevue, WA. Scott’s early career was as a mechanical design engineer with John Deere (Moline, IL), Cummins Engine Co. (Jamestown, NY and Seymour, IN) and Kenworth Truck Co. (Kirkland, WA). Scott is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Washington. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA).
While Scott was born and raised in New Jersey, USA, he is pleased to call Fruitvale, BC his home along with his wife and two children. Scott’s Community Activities include Director for the Lower Columbia Initiative Corporation, member of the Board of Governors for Selkirk College and Group Commissioner/Scout Leader for Scouts Canada in Fruitvale, BC.
Milane Kutcher, Elected Member (Support Staff)
Student & Campus Life Programmer at Selkirk College is part of what Milane has done at the College for the past 25 years. Recreation is Milane’s passion. Obtaining her Recreation Management Degree at the University of Manitoba, she has continued on that path of helping to educate individuals about the importance of recreation in our lives. Milane started her career in Toronto with corporate fitness but her passion of recreation eventually brought her out to the Kootenays on a Kokanee Glacier ski trip. The Kootenays gave Milane a sense of wholeness and tranquility which sparked her move and the start of a family of her own. Milane raised 2 children along with their father, and farmed in Big Sheep Creek having a certified organic garlic farm. Milane became a Baba this summer.
Career life in the Kootenays started as a recreational therapist and then proceeded to Selkirk in Trail as the Student Activity Coordinator.
Past recreational activities have been spending time in her yard with gardening, wood cutting, enjoying her animal critters and 22 years as a Boom Town Garter Girl in Rossland. Milane’s present passions are canoeing our beautiful BC waters and being involved with Castlegar Search and Rescue.
Presently, within the college, Milane works with the Student Experience Team Committee, Sustainability Committee and the Healthy Campus Committee.
Carol Andrews, Elected Member (Faculty)
Carol Andrews is a longtime resident of Castlegar, having moved here when she was just five years old. Three generations of her family have attended Selkirk College, and in 2004, Carol started her career as an instructor in the School of Environment and Geomatics. Passionate about sharing her love and knowledge of our natural environment, Carol has spent many years learning and exploring the ecology, history, communities, and people of this beautiful landscape. She studied Politics (BA), and Forestry (BSF) at UBC, and completed a Master of Arts (MA) in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Global Change (Athabasca University). Carol is committed to strengthening relations with our Indigenous communities and continues to explore reconciliation on a personal level, and within the College context. She has two wise and wonderful children, and in her spare time she likes to stay active and grow food.
Carol is honored to sit on the Board representing the Selkirk College Faculty Association.
Audrey Repin, Appointed Member
Audrey was raised in Castlegar and is an alumni of Selkirk College. Her career began with the provincial government and Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture and continued to the Ministry of Transportation and Highways working in infrastructure maintenance. For over 20 years, focussing on community engagement, she lead teams in the development of hydropower projects in the utilities industry with Columbia Power Corporation during the construction of three of the largest hydropower expansion projects in the region in the last quarter century.
Audrey is an experienced Director with a strong passion for community development and Indigenous Relations which lead to Indigenous Leadership, Governance and Management Excellence certification from the Banff Centre along with along with certification in Land Negotiation from the Justice Institute of BC and a Legal Assistant Certificate from Selkirk College.
She is a proud mother of two grown daughters, both graduates of Selkirk College’s Nursing Program. Audrey enjoys spending quality time in the Kootenay communities she loves with her two young grandsons, family and friends.
Kris Salikin, Appointed Member
Kris Salikin is the Executive Director of the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society. She previously was the Coordinator of the Aboriginal Family Services Development Program with the Castlegar and District Community Services Society. Kris holds a Masters in Social Work (Leadership) from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor in Social Work (Indigenous specialization) from the University of Victoria
Margaret Sutherland, Appointed Member
Margaret Sutherland is the Executive Director of Programs and services with Decoda Literacy Solutions. She was formerly the Communications manager with Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. Ms. Sutherland is active in her community as a member of the Columbia Basin Trust (Social Grants Evaluation Committee), Robson Community memorial Church and Castlegar Literacy Planning Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (English and History) from Thompson Rivers University, a Provincial Instructor Diploma from Vancouver Community College and a Certificate in Workplace & Essential Skills from Douglas College.
John Dutton, Appointed Member
John Dutton was born and raised on Vacouver Island and grew up with a love of the outdoors and a passion for outdoor pursuits. He has a diploma in hospitality management and a Bachelor of Commerce which he completed at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. After working in the hospitality industry for ten years John decided that adventure tourism was more to his taste. In 2010 John started Nelson Whitewater Rafting Company which expanded to include Nelson Paddleboard and Kayak Rentals in 2015. John is also the manager of the Prestige Marina in Nelson which serves as the office and base for both of his businesses. For six years John was on the board of Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism. In the winter he works as a back country ski guide and is certified through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.
Danny Bradford, Appointed Member
Danny completed an apprenticeship with Cominco as a Millwright and holds a Red Seal certification. He holds an Instructors Diploma teaching certification from the University of British Columbia and has taught all levels of Millwright apprenticeship training as well as being involved in provincial curriculum development and served as Chair of Selkirk College’s School of Industry and Trades Training.
Danny has been actively involved in Advanced Education System initiatives including serving as Board Chair of the Center for Curriculum, Transfer and Technology of British Columbia, served on the Board of Directors of the Industry Training and Apprenticeship Commission as well as serving on many other similar committees. He also served on the Premiers LNG Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of the Canadian Apprentice Forum.
Danny served as a Trustee on the College Pension Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2016 and also served as a Director on the BC Pension Corporation Board from 2006 to 2012.He is certified in Advanced Trustee Management Standards in Pension Fund Leadership.
Danny was a long-time member of the BCGEU Provincial Executive serving as a Provincial Vice President resulting in extensive experience in the areas of Union/Management Labour Relations.
Santanna Hernandez, Elected Member (Student)
Santanna Hernandez is an Associate of Arts student at the Castlegar Campus. She has sat for two terms on Education Council and holds a position on the Selkirk College Students Union. Advocating for her fellow students has become a passion of hers as she works in creating accessible and affordable post secondary education.
Santanna grew up in British Columbia and after getting her Selkirk College start in Upgrading (formerly ABE) she enroled in the Rural Pre-Medicine program eager to make a difference on the rural health care scene. She continues to study toward this goal.
Santanna currently lives in Trail and is a mom to four children.
Madison Morehouse, Elected Member (Student)
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Angus Graeme, Ex-Officio Member
Angus Graeme is the President of Selkirk College. He started with the college in 1992 as faculty in the School of Renewable Resources. Since then, he has served in a number of other capacities including department head, school chair, dean and vice president.
Angus has a bachelor’s degree in forest resource management from the University of British Columbia, and a master’s degree in leadership from Royal Roads University. He is a Registered Professional Forester in the Province of BC. Angus lives in Nelson with his wife Alison and their three children.
Allison Alder, Ex-Officio Member
Allison sits on the Board as chair of Selkirk College's Education Council and is also school chair of Academic Upgrading and Development.
She began her career with Selkirk College in 1991, working with adults upgrading their education in Nakusp and then Nelson, and now supports upgrading and special education programs in communities throughout the college region. She is inspired every day by the courage, tenacity and appreciation for learning that is apparent in both learners and instructors.
Her love of nature led her to complete a Bachelor of Science, followed by a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education and then an MBA in Leadership.
Allison loves getting involved and throughout her career has participated in many different committees and organizations, including Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, ABE Articulation, Nelson Daybreak Rotary Club, Arrow Lakes Youth Society and numerous college committees. She also enjoys play of all kinds, exploring, cooking, reading and engaging in conversation with family and friends.
Dr. Jack Colbert