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.
It’s been a pleasure to work with the Board as we implement the strategic vision laid out for NIC to strive to always improve programs and services for students and the communities we serve.
Appointed Board Members
Jane Marie Atherton, 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.
Ross Hunt, Community Representative, Mount Waddington
Ross Hunt is a First Nations Support Worker for the First Nations Education Committee, School District 85 (Vancouver Island North). He was previously a Youth Worker for Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations. He is actively involved in his community as a Youth Activity coordinator for the Kwakiutl First Nation. Mr. Hunt holds a degree in Early Childcare Education and a Child and Youth Diploma from the University of Victoria.
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.
Eric Mosley (vice-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 Murphy (chair), Community Representative, Comox Valley
Jane Murphy is the former President and CEO of St. Joseph's Hospital and a member of its Board of Directors since 2011. Ms. Murphy has extensive experience in health care management starting her career as a Registered Nurse working in a variety of clinical settings including adult and pediatric intensive care. She has held senior executive positions in the Lower Mainland including Vice President, Patient Care Services and interim CEO at Langley Memorial Hospital; Vice President of Strategic Health Initiatives for South Fraser Health Region; and Interim Chief Operating Officer for Surrey Health Services, which included Surrey Memorial Hospital and Community Health Services in Surrey.
Ms. Murphy also worked in Texas holding senior leadership positions in the large tertiary acute care hospital, CHRISTUS Spohn – Shoreline and at a specialized pediatric hospital, Driscoll Children's Hospital. While in Texas, she also served as adjunct faculty at the Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. Ms. Murphy holds a Diploma in Nursing from the Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing, a BSN from the University of Victoria and a Masters in Health Services Planning and Administration from the University of British Columbia.
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, Campbell River
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.
Danielle Hoogland, Support Staff Representative
Danielle is a Student Recruitment Officer for North Island College. In this role she supports and advises prospective students as they transition to college. Previous to her role at NIC, Danielle was a community-based literacy coordinator, practitioner and program manager for the Comox Valley Lifelong Learning Association where she worked collaboratively with multiple agencies and organizations to address gaps and opportunities in community-based literacy development. Danielle continues to be involved in community building with the Comox Valley Social Planning Society, Comox Valley Frontline Youth Workers, and the World Community Development Education Society. She has also worked internationally as a program supervisor and manager for intercultural youth exchange programs (Canada World Youth) and as an active travel guide (Backroads International). Danielle holds a Masters of Adult Education and Community Studies from Athabasca University and a Bachelor of Science, Major in Biochemistry from the University of Victoria.
Darius Bellrose, Student Representative
Jenny Sawatzky, Student Representative
Ex Officio Board Members
On August 1, 2013, John Bowman assumed his role as North Island College’s fifth President. In December 2017, his appointment was extended for a second term, to 2022. John has worked in the BC post‐secondary system for 28 years. Prior to joining NIC, John served seven years as President and Chief Executive Officer at the College of New Caledonia (CNC), headquartered in Prince George. John holds a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University.
Brad Harsell, Education Council Chair