AAPS Board of Directors

 

2020/2021 AAPS  Board of Directors

If you would like to contact an individual Board Member, their contact information can be found in the UBC Directory.

President:Afsaneh Sharif
1st Vice President:Kristen Korberg
2nd Vice President:Michael Lonsdale-Eccles
Treasurer:Lisa Wang
Secretary:Joel Kobylka
Members at Large: 
 Melissa Carr
 Lauren (Ilaanaay) Casey
 John Ede
 Alex Etesami
 Hélène Frohard-Dourlent
 Lindsay Howe
Non-Voting Members 
Past PresidentAndrea Han
Advocacy Committee ChairDenise Lauritano

 


Afsaneh Sharif
President
Term ending 2022

Board Member since 2015
she/her

 

It has been my pleasure to serve on your AAPS Board since 2015 as a Member at Large, Second Vice President, and First Vice President.  During my term, the Board of Directors has made significant progress in policy review, connecting with members, bargaining with the university, and shaping AAPS in a positive strategic direction. I look forward to continuing this exciting and challenging work, and I am seeking your support in the upcoming AAPS Board of Directors election as President of the Board. UBC is a wonderful place to work and is one of the largest and most complex employers in the province; Management and Professional staff play critical roles in every function of the university. I plan on dedicating myself to improving the UBC experience for all, and look forward to doing so through the combined efforts of members and the Board. I am inspired by our members' dedication to our workplace, our community and our professions, particularly over the last few months during the COVID-19 pandemic. I believe in continuous improvement and I will actively listen and voice your concerns. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any challenges or suggestions that may improve our procedures and association.

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Kristen Korberg
1st Vice President
Term ending 2022
Board Member since 2017

she/her

 

I have been serving as a Member at Large on the AAPS board for the past three years and as the opportunity to make a greater impact in AAPS decision making arises, I would like to take advantage of it. Being on the AAPS Executive offers me the opportunity to be much more involved in policy and decision making for which I would like to continue my work bringing Okanagan issues, and Okanagan innovation, into the light.  My desire to do this work is not just about the Okanagan campus, however. I have spent almost half my life working at, for, and with, UBC in some way and I have deep ties to this institution. I strongly believe in the idea of UBC as a community, and of us as citizens. I sincerely care about our experience here.

I started at UBC Okanagan in 2007, and I am presently the Associate Director of the Office of Research Services. I have a Master’s in Public Administration from UVIC, and an undergraduate degree from UBC. I am extremely proud to be both an alum and a staff member.

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Michael Lonsdale-Eccles
2nd Vice President
Term ending 2021
Board Member since 2017
he/him

 


After serving as a Member at Large, and more recently as Second Vice President, I am running for a second term in the same position. My priorities in representing AAPS members include the principles of equality, workplace flexibility to support all UBC families, fair value based wages that recognize regional living costs. I am running to improve the work lives of all AAPS members.

Over the last ten years, it has been my privilege to have worked within UBC IT, The Sauder School of Business, Internal Audit, and Safety and Risk Services. This broad exposure has formed my view that UBC Management and Professional staff are some of the most diverse, talented, and vital constituents of the UBC community. They will be shaping UBC’s Next Century.

Through my time at UBC I have engaged with the community through participation in many working groups and committees, ridden in UBC’s Ride to Conquer Cancer team, participated in UBC’s the Leave for Change Program in 2012 where I volunteered my skills and experience to aid disadvantaged children in Northern Vietnam.

I am a father of twin toddlers, who I’m bringing up with the support of my husband, who, after many years as an AAPS member is now studying for his PhD at UBC. Our collective UBC experience makes us a true UBC family. Our passion for UBC, the people that make it work, and the challenges they face; position me to continue to serve you, the AAPS membership, through bargaining and beyond.

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Lisa Wang
Treasurer
Term ending 2021
Board Member since 2021
she/her

 

After graduating with a BCom in Accounting from Sauder, I started at Financial Operations’ Procure to Pay team as a processor. Later, I was trusted with the role of Team Lead before joining the CPA training program with the Comptroller’s Office. I recently completed my rotations at Financial Reporting and Enterprise Risk and Assurance.

I have spent almost a third of my life studying, working and living at UBC. What kept me here year after year is the support network that UBC helped me build: colleagues who are now my friends and role models; former supervisors who became my mentors and offer their continued support. I don’t take this culture that supports and values growth and development for granted: it’s something that everyone works hard to achieve and maintain, and AAPS has an important role in this as well. By maximizing the value created from your contributions, I hope we can find more ways for our members to form meaningful connections, whether it’s building/growing your own support network or finding mentors, which can seem daunting in an organization of UBC’s size.

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Joel Kobylka
Secretary
Term ending 2022
Board Member since 2016
he/him

 

It’s been an honour to serve on the AAPS Board over the past four years, currently as your Secretary. I have gained substantial working knowledge of the association, and developed a deep respect for our members. I am especially proud of the collective hard work and dedication demonstrated during the last round of bargaining to successfully ratify our new collective agreement. As Secretary, I led a working group that revamped our AAPS Award program making it accessible to more members and their families studying outside of UBC in a wide variety of programs. I am once again asking for your confidence to serve and continue this important work for another two years as Secretary.

During my 15 years working at the University, currently as the Administrative Manager in the Teacher Education Office, I have contributed to several groups committed to advancing our communities, including the United Way, the Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI)-Inclusive Education Advisory Committee and Captain for Team-UBC in the Ride to Conquer Cancer raising over $275,000 for cancer research. I believe my broad professional experience and commitment to enhancing our workplace will allow me to positively contribute to the Board and further support our colleagues across UBC.

 

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Members at Large


Melissa Carr
Member at Large
Term ending 2021
Board Member since 2019
she/her


 

Hi! My name is Melissa Carr and I’ve been an employee of UBC since 2003. I began my career at UBC Robson Square, then moved to the Faculty of Medicine at VGH, and am now a Communications Strategist in the VP Students portfolio here on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

Through the years, I have benefited greatly from my AAPS membership, and feel it’s a good time for me to give back. I strongly believe in work/life balance and want to advocate for our members’ health and well being. I’m also interested in fair and equitable hiring practices, as well as innovative professional development opportunities to help our members grow their careers at UBC and beyond. I’m also committed to ensuring our salaries and benefits are fair and realistic given the time and place we are living and raising families in.

I believe my tenure at UBC as well as my strong ability to communicate about and advocate for relevant issues will be an asset to the AAPS Board of Directors.

Outside of work, you’ll find me running, swimming, biking or skiing - sometimes with my family, sometimes solo.

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Lauren (Ilaanaay) Casey
Member at Large 
Term ending 2022
Board Member since 2020


 

Within the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office at UBC, I’m the Indigenous Support Specialist and Educator. My role is to support survivors to access services, and find healing, whatever form that takes for them. As an educator, I do prevention work with students, staff and faculty to change culture on our campus to one that centers consent in all areas of life.

I’m a proud member of the Haida Nation from the Skidegate Band, located on Haida Gwaii, off the north-central coast of BC. I am also of Cree Métis heritage. My ancestral name given to me by my Nuni (grandmother in Haida) is llaanaay, meaning beloved friend. I am committed to working to serve Indigenous peoples locally, in BC, and across Turtle Island. It is the Grandmothers, the Elders, and the Knowledge Keepers in communities across this land that I credit with educating me to better understand Indigenous history, culture, and ways of knowing. This sacred knowledge is what guides me in my work every day.

Through my participation on this board, I hope to ensure that the voices of staff who live at the intersections of equity-seeking identities are heard, by our association and by the university.

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John Ede
Member at Large 
Term ending 2022
Board Member since 2020


 

I want to join the AAPS Board of Directors to serve my community first and foremost. While serving, I hope to learn more about bargaining and advocacy in an organization as complex, diverse and professional as we have in UBC.

No matter their size or strength, all organizations in Canada and the world over are having to adapt to the evolving challenges this year has brought; changes to the nature of work due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the greater consciousness on equity, diversity and inclusion. Leaders in this era have to be adept in engaging their community and flexible in how they approach problems. Based on my graduate study in Public Policy and Global Affairs from UBC, and my student leadership experience while I presided over the Graduate Student Society of UBC Vancouver, I am equipped to support the AAPS Board of Directors in navigating this pivotal time in history.

I believe that employer and employee relationship must continue to evolve from being contentious to being collaborative; and there may be no better time than now to pursue deliberative collaboration as all stakeholders focus on keeping UBC a world class university.

Unified action releases the strength in numbers.

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Alex Etesami
Member at Large
Term ending 2021
Board Member since 2020
he/him

 

As an employee of UBC for 15 years, and engaged as a student and alumni for nearly 30 years, I am delighted to be considered for a Member at Large position on the AAPS Board of Directors. I am currently a Senior Client Services Manager for UBC IT, and have been working with a number of faculties and units.  My experiences have allowed me to form valuable relationships with the UBC community, and understand the role UBC plays within and outside the community.

I have always valued the collegiality and inclusiveness of UBC. I would really welcome the opportunity to serve on the AAPS board and hope I can contribute in various respects. As a part of the UBC community I deeply care about decisions and policies that affect our staff. Doing what is right is a principle I live by and will always guide the choices I make.

In summary, I plan to be a Member at Large who will act with care for AAPS members and regard for the mission of UBC.

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Hélène Frohard-Dourlent
Member at Large
Term ending 2021
Board Member since 2019

 

I have worked on the Point Grey campus since 2008 and joined AAPS two years ago. As a student, then a post-doc, and finally a staff member, I have gained many perspectives and insights on the workings of UBC. I would love to use this knowledge to support AAPS and advocate for its membership as a new Member at Large.

In my current position, I work for the Equity & Inclusion Office, in close partnership with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. I am passionate about creating respectful and inclusive work spaces to enhance the wellbeing of everyone who works at UBC. I am especially interested in making sure that policies, systems and procedures work for people in all of their diversity, and engaging different people in respectful dialogue to figure out what that looks like. I would be excited to bring these values and skills in equity and inclusion to the work that AAPS is doing.

I moved to Canada from France 12 years ago and became a Canadian citizen a few years later as I wanted to be able to take part in civic life in the place that I now call home. I've always felt it was important to give back to the various communities I belong to, and representing my AAPS colleagues would be a powerful way to do so.

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Lindsay Howe
Member at Large
Term ending 2022
Board Member since 2019

 

It's been my pleasure to serve as a Member at Large on the AAPS board for the past year.

I work in communications on UBC’s Okanagan campus, and am a graduate student in UBCO’s Master of Education program. Over the past year, I’ve learned so much about the intricate relationship between AAPS and UBC, and would very much appreciate the opportunity to continue learning and using my voice to promote equitable, inclusive and healthy work environments for all AAPS members in all UBC locations.

My priorities include continuing to advocate for a restructuring of professional development funds (increasing the annual per-member amount), supporting initiatives that improve mental wellness, as well as advocating for fair wages across both campuses.

I’ve enjoyed having the opportunity to connect with members over the past year, and encourage anyone who has ideas, comments or concerns they’d like me to bring to the board to reach out.

I believe AAPS members are critical to UBC’s continuous success and have a right to complete their work in a safe, supportive environment, free from bullying and harassment, and filled with opportunity.

It’s been an honour to represent AAPS members, and I would greatly appreciate your support moving forward.

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Non-Voting Members


Andrea Han
Past President 
Board Member since 2011
she/her

 

It’s been my pleasure to serve on the AAPS Board since 2011. I started on the Board as a Member at Large, then moved on to Execuitve roles, and was elected two terms as President. Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with AAPS members across UBC’s locations and hear their stories. I am convinced that our members play an important and pivotal role in shaping UBC and 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.

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. 

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