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.
Appointed Board Members
Eric Mosley (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.
Jane Marie Atherton (vice chair), Community Representative, Comox Valley
Jane Atherton is the former publisher of the newspaper, 24 Hours Vancouver, and has enjoyed a long career in sales, marketing and media. She has extensive experience leading all aspects of a business, developed through various leadership, executive and management roles with organizations such as Viceroy Houses, Ashton College, Pacific Newspaper Group and the Globe and Mail. Ms. Atherton was president, vice-president and secretary for the Canadian Mental Health Association (Vancouver Fraser Branch) and 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 she has recently completed an Interior Design Diploma at Interior Design Institute.
Rob Everson, Community Representative, Comox Valley
Former K’ómoks First Nations Chief Rob Everson is a long-standing supporter and alumnus of NIC. He graduated from NIC in 2002 with a Computer Sciences diploma and Computer Information Systems certificate. In addition, all three of his children studied at NIC. In May 2015, then chief Everson and the K’ómoks First Nation hosted NIC and representatives of 35 First Nations from Vancouver Island and the BC Central Coast at the K’ómoks Big House to sign a ground-breaking Indigenous Education protocol, which was recognized nationally in Maclean’s Magazine. Everson also sits on the executive of the Kumugwe Cultural Society, which preserves, promotes and advocates for cultural activities of the K’ómoks people.
Sharlene Frank, Community Representative, Comox Valley
Sharlene Frank is a member of the K’ómoks First Nation. Ms. Frank is a Policy Consultant as an Independent Contractor. Previously she was an Adjunct Teaching Professor for the Indigenous Community Planning Program (ICP) at the University of British Columbia. Active in her community, Ms. Frank was a Board of Director for Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC). She also served as an Elected Councillor for the K’ómoks First Nation. Ms. Frank served as a Task Force Member for the BC Task Force on Family Violence. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Simon Fraser University.
Arlo McCubbin, Community Representative, Comox Valley
Arlo McCubbin is currently the Treasurer for Cumberland Community Schools Society. He has had a long career as an accountant during which he has worked with First Nations as a controller, auditor, trainer and trustee for two First Nation settlement trusts. He also owned an accounting practice for 28 years for corporate, non-profit and personal clients. He has also been active in his community as the Treasurer for Street Link in Victoria and the Comox Valley Art Gallery. Arlo was also on the board of the Cumberland & District Credit Union prior to its merger with First Credit Union after which he held the position of Audit Chair. Arlo has worked as a Cuso International volunteer in Vanuatu setting up finance systems for Island Local Councils. He was a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC until he retired in 2018.
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.
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.
Patricia Trasolini, 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.
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.
Christopher Scarlatti, Student Representative
Christopher Scarlatti is an Indigenous student from the Ojybwa Nation taking his Bachelor of Business Administration-Accounting Degree at NIC. In 2019, he represented students while serving on the Education Council and its Curriculum and Planning and Standards committees, and attended every meeting along with reviewing hundreds of pages of documents related to Education Council work. As a student representative on the Board, he promises to bring forward Indigenous issues, both on-campus and off-campus, while representing diversity within the College’s student population.
Benson Daniel Babu, Student Representative
Benson Daniel Babu is an international student from Mumbai, India currently enrolled in NIC’s Business Administration Post Degree Diploma - Global Business Management. Benson brings with him valuable experience in sales and marketing and hopes to represent all students by delivering values and impacting others’ lives as a student representative on the Board of Governors.
Ex Officio Board Members
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