Senior Leadership Team

NIC’s Senior Leadership Team is made up of dedicated individuals focused on student success. Led by John Bowman, the team is responsible for educational and administrative functions of the college.

Senior Leadership Team Members

John Bowman
It is a privilege to be a part of an institution that contributes so much to the health and prosperity of individuals and communities on the North Island.

John Bowman, President, NIC

Executive Assistant:
Sue Bate

John joined NIC in 2013 in the role of president. He is responsible to NIC’s Board of Governors to provide overall leadership and management of the college. The detailed duties of the president are set out in the BC Colleges and Institutes Act, NIC Board bylaws and policies and the president’s job description, as approved by the board. Aside from his work at NIC, John enjoys sports, movies, travelling to warm climates, fine food, craft beer and wine.

Lisa Domae
NIC is the most caring community of people who are passionate about student success. Everyday I am inspired by our faculty and staff’s commitment to students.

Lisa Domae, Executive Vice President, Academic and Chief Operating Officer

Executive Assistant:
Melanie Allison

Lisa’s areas of responsibility include instruction, student services, information technology, international education, institutional research, Aboriginal education and continuing education and training. She has worked at NIC since 2000. Aside from her work at NIC, Lisa enjoys reading, writing and spending quality time with her family.

Colin Fowler
I feel fortunate to be part of a team that is so responsive to the needs of our students. It is truly a privilege to work at North Island College.

Colin Fowler, Vice President, Finance & Facilities

Budget Analyst:
Jane Burch

Colin’s areas of responsibility include finance and budgets, facilities management, occupational health and safety, and purchasing, print and retail services, which includes college-wide purchasing, the bookstores and the college print shop. Aside from his work at NIC, Colin enjoys fishing and boating, spending time out on the water along the coast from Victoria to Quatsino Sound.

Randall Heidt
I feel very fortunate that we are able to help people improve their lives through education.

Randall Heidt, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Executive Assistant:
Sherri Wilson

Randall's areas of responsibility include the Centre for Applied Research, Technology and Innovation (CARTI); Marketing and Communications; the Office of Advancement; business development and government and community relations. Randall is also the executive director of the NIC Foundation. Outside of NIC, Randall loves sports, especially golf, hockey soccer and football. He also has a passion for the arts including music, plays and musicals, movies and books.

Tony Bellavia
I am proud to work at a college that provides high quality education as well as being an accessible pathway for learners.

Tony Bellavia, Associate Vice President, Access & Regions

Administrative Assistant:
Laura Needham

Tony’s areas of responsibility include developmental programs, including the Department of Accessible Learning, Adult Basic Education and the English language program, Aboriginal education, regional campuses, distributed learning and continuing education and training. Tony has worked at NIC since 2010. Outside NIC, Tony enjoys staying active and fit and “continuing to think I’m young while playing soccer”.

Kathleen Kuhnert
I have seen so much change at NIC over the years and feel proud of the vibrant community campuses that we have become. The one thing that has not changed about NIC is our commitment towards students.

Kathleen Kuhnert, Associate Vice President, Student Services & Registrar

Administrative Assistant:
Cindy Greenhill

Kathleen’s areas of responsibility include college-wide student services, including registration, admissions, advising, student records, student information system, the Library & Learning Commons, counselling, assessment services, student employment services, the Department of Accessible Learning and all other matters related to student affairs. Aside from her work at NIC over the past 25 years, Kathleen has raised three busy children and enjoys exploring the outdoors, gardening, travelling and reading.

Mark Herringer
I am happy to be part of an institution that prepares students to engage with the world and its cultures as they build their communities and careers.

Mark Herringer, Executive Director, International Education

Administrative Assistant:
Markella Gionet

Mark’s areas of responsibility include internationalization and global engagement. The Office of Global Engagement works with students, faculty and staff in learning outside of their current cultural context through welcoming international students to NIC and supporting students explore the world through study abroad and field school opportunities. Aside from his work at NIC, Mark enjoys being out on the water paddling.

Ken Crewe
It is rewarding to work in a leadership role in an organization where I can contribute to a positive employment and academic environment for our students, employees and the communities we serve.

Ken Crewe, Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development

Administrative Assistant:
Alena Barner

Ken leads NIC in hiring, retaining and supporting talented and engaged staff and faculty. His areas of responsibility include strategic and operational leadership of human resources, employee and labour relations, human resource policy development and contract administration, recruitment and selection, performance management and compensation, benefits and pension administration. Outside of NIC, Ken likes to camp, fish and spend time with family and friends.

Sue Bate
I am proud to be part of an organization dedicated to providing our students with the best learning experience possible and to work with people who are so committed to our students, to our institution and to our communities.

Sue Bate, Executive Assistant to the President

Sue provides overall administrative support to the college president, assisting him in the achievement of NIC’s annual objectives and action plans. She also supports the work of the Senior Leadership Team. Sue has been at NIC since 2007. Aside from her work at the college, she enjoys cycling, yoga, skiing and hiking and is a search and rescue volunteer.


Information on compensation for senior employees is available on the Reporting page.