Sharel Wallace, Chair (Appointed)
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, Vice Chair (Appointed)
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.
Michael McIndoe, Appointed Member
Mike came to the Kootenay in 1997 and worked as a Principal (Salmo Secondary, Trafalgar Middle School and LV Rogers) for the next ten years. Mike has a Bachelors degree from UBC and a Masters Degree from Western Washington University. He is a trained Covey facilitator and has a lot of leadership and governance training and experience. Before serving on the Selkirk College Board Mike spent six years on the Board of the Nelson Municipal Police department. Two of Mike’s three children did two years academic transfer at Selkirk College and one son still maintains that his Selkirk experience was the best experience of the five post secondary he attended. Mike is delighted to be able to serve on the Board of Selkirk College, an institution he is very proud to be associated with.
Greg Garbula, Appointed Member
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 Wellness 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.
Patricia Dooley, Appointed Member
Pat retired as Superintendent of Schools for School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) in July 2010, and worked in a variety of educational leadership roles for BC school districts and the Ministry of Education. She is an educational advisor, leadership coach and organizational facilitator, currently working as co-chair of the Rural Education Advisory Committee, focused on education and innovation in rural schools and districts. She was honoured with a Distinguished Service Award from the BC Schools Superintendents’ Association in 2008.
In addition to being a member of the Selkirk Board, Pat is a member of the Board of Directors for the Interior Health Authority, Chairperson of Nelson and Area Friends of the Family and member/Past-President of the Nelson Daybreak Rotary Club. In her work with IHA, she is current chairperson of their Governance and Human Resources Committee.
Pat and her husband John have 3 children, Erin (Pete), Shelagh (Patrick), Sean (Courtney) and 7 beautiful grandchildren.
Danica Lee, Appointed Member
Danica Lee is Cree from Peguis First Nation in Manitoba and is proud of her Aboriginal heritage. She was born and raised in Nelson, BC and is very happy to call the West Kootenay her home. After graduating high school, Danica went on to study social work at the University of Victoria and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Social Work with Indigenous and Child Welfare specializations.
She has worked in Aboriginal Education in School District #8 and is currently working for Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family Services Society with children and youth in foster care. Involvement and connection with the Aboriginal community is something that has always been very important to her and empowerment of Aboriginal people through education is one of her major goals. In her spare time, she enjoys the sport of triathlon and is currently training for Ironman Canada.
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.
Staci Makortoff, Elected Member (Student)
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
Dr. Jack Colbert