Board Members

NIC’s Board of Governors oversees the strategic direction of the college. It is a policy governance board, which makes policy-level decisions to guide the organization. It is empowered by the College and Institute Act of British Columbia to manage, administer and direct the affairs of the college.

Contact the Board of Governors at 250-334-5275 or

Appointed Board Members

Jane Atherton (chair), Community Representative, Comox Valley
Jane Atherton has served on the board since 2017, including two years as vice chair prior to becoming chair. She has extensive experience developed through various leadership, executive and management roles. She owns Cottage Fever Interior Design and is the former publisher of 24 Hours newspaper. She was a Director for the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the BC Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Jane holds an Associate Diploma in Arts and Science from Capilano College and an Interior Design Diploma from Interior Design Institute.
Patricia Trasolini
Patricia Trasolini (vice chair), Community Representative, Comox Valley
Patricia Trasolini spent her career in the field of education where she served as a teacher of English, English Literature, Law and Public Speaking. After receiving her Masters Degree in Secondary Counselling and Administration, Patricia went on to be a high school counsellor, vice principal and ultimately retired as the Principal of Campbell River Secondary (Carihi). She remains active in her community as a volunteer with the Oyster River Enhancement Society, Island Soul Choir and Storey Creek Ladies’ Club (Rules Committee). Patricia holds a Masters of Arts in Educational Counselling and Administration from the University of Victoria and a professional Teaching Certificate and Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University.
Nancy Arsenault, Community Representative, Comox Valley
Dr. Nancy Arsenault is the Managing Partner of the Tourism Cafe Canada, an award-winning company specializing in tourism training and destination development, skills development, tourism product and market development, business and strategic planning. Her 30-year career spans the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in Canada and abroad. She is an entrepreneur, educator, researcher, and writer, committed to community service throughout her career, including an industry advisor to five tourism ministers. Dr. Arsenault holds a Ph.D. and Master of Arts degree (McGill University), a Bachelor of Recreation Studies (University of Manitoba), is a Certified Training and Development Professional (Institute for Performance and Learning) with certifications in Indigenous Awareness and Reconciliation Education (First Nations University of Canada).
Shelley Humble, Community Representative, Campbell River
Shelley Humble is a businesswoman and entrepreneur in Campbell River. Her business expertise includes human resources, project management, communications and media, marketing, sales and finance. Along with her business consulting work, Shelley is actively involved in the community, including with the Tidemark Theatre and the Campbell River Arts Council. She holds a business degree from Okanagan College, along with extensive professional development work in business and leadership.
Barry Minaker, Community Representative, Comox Valley
Barry Minaker is the owner of Barry Minaker Construction. He has previously been a Director with the Comox/Strathcona Regional District and the owner/operator of Pacific Installations. Mr. Minaker has been actively involved in his community as a Director on the boards of the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre, Comox Valley Arts Council and an executive member with the carpenters union in Courtenay. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Minaker is a journeyman carpenter and a member of the International Union of Carpenters and Joiners of America.
Eric Mosley (past chair), Community Representative, Port Alberni
Eric Mosley is a retired lawyer who practised primarily in the areas of commercial law, wills and estates, real estate and creditor remedies. Active in his community, Eric has volunteered with organizations in Port Alberni such as the Salmon Festival Society, the Chamber of Commerce, the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He has also been a guest lecturer in the Professional Legal Training Course. Eric graduated from the Osgoode Law School at York University.
Valery Puetz, Community Representative, Campbell River
Valery Puetz has been the Executive Director of the Campbell River and North Island Transition Society for over 20 years, seeing them through major capital and program expansions. Valery has been a community leader working to advance services for the vulnerable of our community particularly in the areas of violence against women, addictions, homeless and housing. She has served on many community committees for the purpose of coordinating and partnering services, finding and solving gaps in service and working towards increased community understanding and acceptance of difficult issues. Valery holds a Diploma in Crop Production from Fairview College, a Qualified Plantsman Certificate from the University of Guelph and a Management Certificate from the Justice Institute.

Elected Board Members

Murray Erickson, Faculty Representative
Murray Erickson is an instructor in the Business and Tourism & Hospitality departments. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and a Chartered Accountant (CA) designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Murray worked with Ernst & Young in Vancouver and Bermuda while obtaining his CA designation. After many years with Ernst & Young, he relocated to the Comox Valley to raise his family and to enjoy the lifestyle it provides. He has focused on small to medium-sized business operations with a specialty in tourism & hospitality.

In addition to his work at the College, Murray is actively involved in a number of businesses at both the board and shareholder levels. He has been involved in a variety of business ventures including food & beverage operations, transportation, manufacturing, and several retail businesses all of which have provided him with real working knowledge and experience to bring to the students. As he so often points out to the students “I am still learning” and this is what he enjoys the most.

Rylee LaTrace, Support Staff Representative
Rylee comes from a Cree and Anishinaabe family with roots in Saskatchewan and the Turtle Mountain Reserve of North Dakota. She was born and raised on Vancouver Island, and obtained an Indigenous Studies Diploma from Camosun College and then a Bachelor of Social Work Degree with an Indigenous Specialization from the University of Victoria. Rylee has spent her time working with various agencies in BC which support Indigenous communities, families, and individuals.
Rylee’s role at NIC is the Indigenous Education Navigator for the Campbell River Campus. The Indigenous Navigators work alongside Future and Current students to support them in various ways throughout their stay at NIC. Rylee enjoys working alongside students and advocating for change so that students are able to be successful in post-secondary.

Jaewon Kim
Jaewon Kim, Student Representative
Jaewon Kim has lived most of his life in the Comox Valley and started at NIC five years ago in the Bachelor of Business Administration General Management program. After taking two years to explore the Associate of Science Degree program, he is now finishing up a Bachelor of Business Administration. He brings with him five years of experience as the owner/operator of the Courtenay Return-It Depot, four years in the Canadian military as weapons technician, he currently sits on the board of directors at MARS Wildlife Rescue where he serves as treasurer, and has volunteer experience with several Comox Valley events and organizations. Jae believes his diverse experiences give a wide range of perspectives when tackling issues.
Sunny Thakur
Sunny Thakur, Student Representative
Sunny Thakur is pursuing a post-degree diploma in Global Business Management (GBM) and is currently in his second year at North Island College. He has more than six years of experience in the international banking sector, and during his first year at NIC, served on the Education Council where he worked on improving education plans. He points to his corporate background and describes himself as a “team player” who can face any challenge.

Ex Officio Board Members

Lisa Domae
On April 12, 2021, Lisa Domae assumed her role as North Island College’s sixth President. Lisa has lived in the Comox Valley since 2000 and during that time, has taken on progressively more senior roles at NIC. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UBC, a post-baccalaureate diploma from SFU, a master’s degree from Queens University and a doctorate from UVic. She is also a Registered Professional Planner and member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Wilma Gus, Education Council Chair