Board of Directors

2016/17 AAPS  Board of Directors.

President:Andrea Han
1st Vice President:Lia Cosco
2nd Vice President:Afsaneh Sharif
Secretary:Mike Devolin
Treasurer:Paul de Leon
Members at Large: 
 Jacqui Brinkman
 Miranda Huron
 Margaret Leathley
 Joel Kobylka
 Tammy Yasrobi
  
Past PresidentIsabella Losinger
  

Andrea Han
President

 Term ending 2018

604 827 3912
andrea.han@ubc.ca

It’s been my pleasure to serve on the AAPS Board since 2011, first as a Member at Large, then as a Vice President and most recently as your acting President. Over the past several months as the Acting President, I’ve had the opportunity to fully appreciate the challenge of the role. I’ve connected with numerous members and the leadership of other employee groups. I’ve met several times with HR regarding a number of issues, including the market salary survey. I also had the honour of representing you on the Presidential Search Committee. Through these engagements, I’ve developed a strong understanding of the issues facing AAPS members and member concerns, as well as how to effectively advocate with the University on behalf of members.  I look forward to the opportunity to represent you as President.

I'm currently the Associate Director for Curriculum and Course Services in the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. I have a PhD in Educational Administration and have worked in a number of educational institutions over my career. Based on this experience, I believe that the expertise AAPS staff bring to UBC is one of its greatest assets. It's been my honour to represent AAPS members and look forward to continuing to do so.

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Lia Cosco
1st Vice President

Term ending 2018

604 822 5235
lia.cosco@ubc.ca

I am seeking your support in the AAPS Board of Directors election as First Vice President of the board. Serving in my capacity as Second Vice President since 2015, and as Member at Large since 2014, I have had the opportunity to help shape a positive strategic direction for AAPS. I would be honoured to be able to continue to lead our organization forward. My time serving and meeting members through Board and committees work and PD and networking events, has been invaluable in shaping my commitment to our workplace. The community of M&P staff is a dynamic one. I am continually inspired by the talent, energy and professionalism we bring to UBC. I consider it a privilege to be able to represent our community and our organization, and welcome members to get in touch with any issues or ideas anytime: cosco@allard.ubc.ca. Thank you for your consideration and support.

 

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Afsaneh Sharif
2nd Vice President

Term ending 2017

604 822 8411
afsaneh.sharif@ubc.ca

My name is Afsaneh Sharif and it's my pleasure to represent you as a Member at Large. I have been an employee at UBC and a member of AAPS since 2006. UBC is a wonderful place to work and is one of the largest and most complex employers in the province. I plan on dedicating myself to improving the UBC experience and look forward to doing so through the combined efforts of AAPS members and the AAPS executive team.

I am inspired by our dedication to our workplace, our community and our professions and I believe in continuous improvement. I am currently working as the Senior Instructional Designer/Project Manager in the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. I am interested in implementing research findings into practice and managing the development and delivery of quality online and blended courses and projects.

I have a PhD in Knowledge Management and have worked in different institutions such as Open University, and SFU in the last 16 years. My interests include quality enhancement, accessibility, community of practice, open education, online/blended learning and instructional/learning design. Thank you for your support.

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Mike Devolin
Secretary

Term ending 2018

604 822 3464
mike.devolin@ubc.ca

For the past 2 years I’ve been fortunate to serve on your Board and Executive as Secretary.  During this time, the Board has made significant progress in policy review, long/short term planning and developing a vision for the association. This has been an exciting, challenging and rewarding time to play a key role on this board.  I’m looking forward to continuing this great work and for your continued support during this campaign.  A little bit about myself: I joined UBC in 2011 as Facilities Manager with Building Operations, managing a portfolio of buildings primarily in the Faculty of Medicine.  In 2013 I was promoted to the role of Manager, Architectural Trades. In this role, I manage a significant collection of 9 individual trades groups that service the entire campus infrastructure/assets.  Professionally, I have chaired many committees during my career including; HSE, Diversity & Inclusion, and Organizational Capabilities to name a few.

 

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Paul de Leon
Treasurer

 Term ending 2017

604 822 6414
paul.deleon@ubc.ca

I have worked at UBC since 2004 in various financial, administrative, and operational positions in the Faculties of Science, Applied Science, Graduate Studies, and CFIS.  I have an Accounting Diploma and am currently the Director, Finance and Operations, in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  

Prior to UBC, I was employed by several non-profit organizations and the CRA in financial, operational, and audit capacities as well as having my own accounting and taxation business.  I joined the AAPS Board to contribute to maintaining UBC as preferred place for you to work and enhance your professional lives.

Paul currently serves as Chair of the Finance Committee.
 


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Members at Large

Jacqui Brinkman
Member at Large

Term ending 2018

604 827 457
jacqui.brinkman@ubc.ca

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year serving on the Board as a Member at Large and meeting many of you through events such as the Ideas Pub night, spring general meeting, and cycling art tour. I look forward to continuing my work with the Board and on the professional development committee. I believe one of my strengths is connecting people to each other and to resources they need. My practical attitude and ability to get things done will continue to be assets to the Board. 

I joined UBC in December of 2003 and, since June of 2011, have been the Manager of the Graduate Pathways to Success program in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  My current work focusses on improving the graduate student experience, with a particular focus on professional development. Prior to moving to Point Grey Campus, I spent 7.5 years in the Faculty of Medicine managing postdoctoral and undergraduate educational programs at the James Hogg Research Centre, St. Paul’s Hospital. Outside of the office, you’ll most likely find me cycle commuting or hiking and backpacking in the mountains!

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Miranda Huron
Member at Large

Term ending 2017 

604 822 3135
miranda.huron@sauder.ubc.ca

It has been my pleasure to serve you this past year as a Member at Large. Having learned the ropes this past year I am excited to increase my term to a two-year position. Given a longer term, I will be able to see through a number of projects and discussions started this past year.  Areas of utmost importance for me include Indigeneity (I hope to initiate professional development in this area), parental issues (work/life balance as well as affordability in this costly city), and inclusion.

I am part of the Sauder team, and work for Ch'nook Indigenous Business Education, but I have also worked in the Faculty of Arts, and am currently getting my MEd. My work also brings me out to the Okanagan, a thriving campus with an incredibly supportive staff. The ability to connect with other faculties is ever-so-important in an organization where silo-ization is the norm. I have been part of the UBC family since 1998, when I started my undergrad, and I feel like this campus is my second home.  In my spare time I learn languages, travel, bike across continents and climb mountains (both real and symbolic).

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Margaret Leathley
Member at Large

Term ending 2018 

604 822 8119
margaret.leathley@ubc.ca

My name is Margaret Leathley, and I have been lucky enough to have been part of the AAPS Board for close to 6 years as a Member-at-Large.  In addition to being on the Board, I have been part of a few AAPS committees during that time and currently hold a spot on the joint Disability Benefit Plan Committee.

Being part of an organization that is there to help its membership be able to work in a safe, respectful and outstanding environment is about a greater purpose - helping others.  I would very much like to continue to bring my experiences, knowledge and my volunteer commitment to the AAPS Board and by that to the AAPS membership, which is why I am putting my name forward once again for the Member at Large, 2-year term position.

I’ve been an employee at UBC since 1987, and while I have had the pleasure to work in a couple of departments, most of my 29-year career has been in Human Recourses.  My home for the last 25 years has been part of the UBC Staff Pension Plan team, of which 18 of those years has been your Pension Administrator (my official title, unofficial title “The Pension Lady”).  While my position encompasses many different roles, I strongly advocate the importance of member education and enjoy facilitating SPP seminars and assisting UBC employees with their retirement planning.

Outside of UBC my passion lies with the Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS) where I hold a Board position plus volunteer weekly at the RAPS Cat Sanctuary.  Anyone who knows me well knows that Wednesday nights are Cat Night—a night when I’m at my happiest as I’m giving to one of my favorite passions and getting heaps in return. This what volunteering is all about and why I wish to continue to volunteer my time for you via the AAPS Board.

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Joel Kobylka
Member at Large

Term ending 2018 

604 827 0108
joel.kobylka@ubc.ca

Since arriving at UBC in 2005, I have been actively involved in multiple organizations focused on serving fellow colleagues and our community. I would like to add to the Board’s ability to represent its diverse constituency, sustaining the effective composition of the current Board. In particular, I would like to work with the Board to find innovative ways to engage our newest members. Reflecting on my own first weeks and months as a new UBC employee years ago, I understand how important it is to feel connected and supported, particularly during this formative time.

For the past four years, I have been an Enrolment Services Professional (ESP) within Enrolment Services, supporting students across all faculties and programs at UBC. During my time at the University, I have contributed to a number of internal and external groups committed to advancing our communities. I am currently the Treasurer for the Association of Student Award Personnel and have been on the Board since 2014. I am also on the UBC steering committee for the United Way 2016 campaign, as well as the Chair of my local United Way committee. Outside UBC, I have taken part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer for four years and am now proud to lead UBC’s 2017 team as co-captain. I have also been a volunteer mentor for Big Brothers for the past ten years.

Originally from Ontario, I am an avid Toronto Blue Jays fan, enjoy travelling, camping, cycling, and exploring our beautiful West Coast. I believe my broad-based experience with colleagues across UBC and commitment to groups focused on enhancing our community will allow me to successfully contribute to the AAPS Board, and I’m excited to use my skills and experience to help the Board further support our colleagues across the University.

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Tammy Yasrobi
Member at Large

Term ending 2017

604 827 1547
tammy.yasrobi@ubc.ca

I am excited by the opportunity to represent AAPS members as a Member-at-Large. I came to UBC in 2011 and became a member of AAPS in 2012. As the Manager, Learning Applications for UBC IT I am in the unique position of working in close collaboration with AAPS colleagues across UBC in central and academic units. That collaboration has the allowed me to see first-hand the opportunities and the challenges that we all face as members of the UBC community.

AAPS members have been acutely impacted by the wave of change at UBC. However, I believe that change brings the chance to articulate a strong vision and to reconfirm our shared commitment to continue to improve UBC and to make it a great place to work and to study. My professional background in communications and change management would be beneficial as we work with the University on making this progress.

I have a degree in Political Science and since coming to UBC, have worked for the Faculty of Dentistry; the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology; and UBC IT. Outside work, I can be found playing dodgeball, softball, or exploring Vancouver. Thank you for your consideration.

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Isabella Losinger
Past President

604 827 4169
isabella.losinger@midwifery.ubc.ca

I have been honoured to serve the AAPS membership in a variety of capacities since 2006. I am currently Chair of the Advocacy Committee and Chair of the M&P Disability Benefit Plan Governance Committee.

My working experience in the university sector dates from 1984, as a librarian at the University of Ottawa. Since joining UBC in 1998, I have worked in a variety of departments and roles within the Faculty of Medicine. At present, I am the Acting Director of Administration in the Department of Family Practice.

Throughout my years of service to AAPS I have been guided by principles of fairness, integrity, and respect. I believe that we all need to work together to ensure that UBC provides a working environment that is rewarding, productive, and conducive to personal and professional growth. Today our working lives are ever more complex: changes in technology, business processes, competing demands, and the sheer pace of the daily schedule are all challenges we face.

The honour of once again serving in the capacity of Past President will provide me the opportunity to work with the Board in the best interests of the AAPS membership: promote the welfare of our members through advocacy, bargain on their behalf for the best possible employment contract, and facilitate opportunities for professional growth.

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