AAPS Board of Directors

 

 

2021/2022 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: 
 Lauren (Ilaanaay) Casey
 Lerato Chondoma
 Anthony Dodds
 Lindsay Howe
 Shuchita Husain
 Kelli Kadokawa
Non-Voting Members 
Past PresidentAndrea Han
Advocacy 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 2023
Board Member since 2017
he/him

 

As a member of the AAPS board since 2017, and a UBC employee since 2010 with experience spanning Sauder, UBC IT, Internal Audit and Safety & Risk Services I bring significant UBC and AAPS expertise. This exposure has formed my view that UBC’s Professional staff are critical constituents within the UBC community. We will be shaping UBC’s Next Century.

My AAPS tenure, spanning two presidents, has included bargaining the 2019-2022 Collective Agreement which resulted in UBC offering paid parental leave (a personal priority), significant PD fund improvements, and new language to support time for religious and culture observances. This experience will be invaluable in shaping the future of AAPS.

My service will be based on the principles of equality, developing strong representation for UBC Professionals while forming a collaborative UBC relationship, striving for workplace flexibility to support all UBC families as we forge the future of the workplace, and competitive value-based wages.

My husband and I are proud fathers of twin who keep our toes moving and floors messy.  As a current UBC PhD student, my husband broadens my view to UBC and our passion for it. I hope to continue to serve you, through bargaining in 2022 and beyond as the 2nd Vice President.

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Lisa Wang
Treasurer
Term ending 2023
Board Member since 2021
she/her

 

I had the opportunity to serve on the AAPS Board as Treasurer since May this year due to an unexpected vacancy and coming in second place at the last election. Although it has only been five months, I have gained valuable experience and would love to continue to be involved in serving our members.  

I have been at UBC since 2011 both in the capacities of a student and a staff member. After graduating with a BCom in Accounting, I have worked in Financial Operations, Financial Reporting, Treasury and currently, the Office of Enterprise Risk and Assurance as a Senior Consultant. After passing my designation exam for the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) last year, I am now pursuing the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation. I believe my education and experience will be a valuable asset to the AAPS Board, especially in the role of Treasurer.  

The last year and half have been an incredible period of change and we are still working through many of the resulting challenges. By maximizing the value created from your contributions and making fiscally responsible decisions, I hope we can find more ways to help our members in this difficult time

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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


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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Lerato Chondoma
Member at Large 
Term ending 2023
Board Member since 2021
she/her


 

My name is Lerato Chondoma and I am the Associate Director of the Indigenous Research Support Initiative in the VPRI Office. I am from the Batuang Clan of ba ha Moletsane from Lesotho in Southern Africa and acknowledge that I am an uninvited guest on the unceded, ancestral territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking Musqueam people and has lived across various parts of Vancouver over the last 12 years.

I believe that representation matters, especially of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. I would like to join the AAPS Board to a) advance anti-racism and equity measures for AAPS members and b) understand and contribute to cultures of good collective decision-making. I would like to advocate for a system of care that understands the nuances as well as the intersections of power and hierarchies of oppression that racialized staff at UBC face. I have more than 15 years’ combined experience in anti-racism work, community-based research and employment equity law. I sit on various boards, committees at UBC and co-chair the Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee to Vancouver City Council advising on equity, race and inclusion. I would like to use this combined experience to build more equitable workspaces for racialized staff at UBC.

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Anthony Dodds
Member at Large
Term ending 2023
Board Member since 2021
he/him

 

Hello! My name is Anthony Dodds and I’ve been employed with UBC since 2005. I am currently the Manager, Student Recruitment and Advising, based on the traditional lands of the Syilx Okanagan Nation and its peoples, living in what is now known as West Kelowna.

As a Member at Large for the AAPS Board of Directors, my goal is to listen and advocate for our membership through an inclusive lens. I am an active member of the Joint Equity Committee for Enrolment Services and the International Student Initiative, and the lessons I’ve learned around engaging traditionally underrepresented populations at UBC would be an asset to this role.

My time at UBC has brought me many privileges. In 2019, I was granted a Staff Award of Excellence for Leadership, an achievement not possible without the professional development opportunities and backing from AAPS and members like yourself. I believe in supporting your development as well, and feel now is the time for me to give back by serving on the Board.

Outside of work, I’m a bit of an Okanagan cliché. I spend my personal time trail running, mountain biking, and on the slopes of Big White with my wife and two kids

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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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Shuchita Husain
Member at Large
Term ending 2022
Board Member since 2021
she/her

 

I have had the pleasure of working in international student recruitment at UBC’s Okanagan campus for the last ten years and have proudly witnessed the growth of diversity in our student body and campus community. The last ten years have also afforded me the chance to participate in many opportunities for professional and personal growth through workshops, courses, certificates and numerous other initiatives. As a result of my experiences, I am passionate about offering varied professional development opportunities for staff and to assist in funding these opportunities to ensure accessibility. I appreciated being able to lean on my AAPS PD fund and can understand why PD funding is integral for many to access chances for professional growth.

Personally, I have two small children and recognize the importance of supports for staff with young families. I will champion for issues that matter such as: scholarships for dependents, paid dependent care days and more options around parental leave – especially for fathers. If elected, I hope that you will share the issues that matter to you so that I can advocate on your behalf.

I hope for your support and look forward to working together to build a stronger UBC community.

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Kelli Kadokawa
Member at Large
Term ending 2023
Board Member since 2021
she/her

 

I have been a member of the UBC community for almost 20 years, as a resident, a member of the UBC Daycare Parent Council, a CUPE member and an AAPS member. I am currently the Graduate Program Support Manager within the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, working closely with graduate program staff and faculty across campus, building community, and coordinating strategic support for them to achieve and maintain excellence in graduate administration.

When I was younger, my grandmother taught us that it was important to make time for the things we had to do as well as the things we wanted to do. We all had paths for the day that included both, and to this day, I value the idea that priorities are broadly construed and include what makes you happy. On my “work path” I have all the tasks and projects associated with my current role, but I also have the capacity and motivation for participating in UBC community initiatives that have the potential for positive impact.

I’m interested in the morale and wellbeing of my fellow UBC staff members and hope to work more closely with the AAPS board to promote a positive and fair work environment.

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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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