AAPS Board of Directors

2019/2020 AAPS  Board of Directors

President:Andrea Han
1st Vice President:Afsaneh Sharif
2nd Vice President:Michael Lonsdale-Eccles
Secretary:Joel Kobylka
Treasurer:Umberto Lombos
Members at Large: 
 Jacqui Brinkman
 Melissa Carr
 Erica Commons
 Hélène Frohard-Dourlent
 Lindsay Howe
 Kristen Korberg
  

Andrea Han
President
Term ending 2020

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, and most recently as your 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. It's been my honour to represent AAPS members and look forward to continuing to do so.

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Afsaneh Sharif
1st Vice President
Term ending 2020

604 822 8411
afsaneh.sharif@ubc.ca

It’s been my pleasure to serve on your Board and Executive since 2015. During this time, the Board has made significant progress in policy review, connecting with members and shaping a positive strategic direction for AAPS. I am looking forward to continuing this exciting and challenging work and seeking your support in the AAPS Board of Directors election as First Vice 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 and look forward to doing so through the combined efforts of AAPS members and the AAPS executive team. I am inspired by our members’ dedication to our workplace, our community and our professions, and I believe in continuous improvement.  Please don't hesitate to contact me with any issues or ideas that can improve our procedures and association: afsaneh.sharif@ubc.ca . Thank you for your continuous support!           

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Michael Lonsdale-Eccles
2nd Vice President
Term ending 2021

604 827 2389
michael.lonsdale-eccles@ubc.ca

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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Joel Kobylka
Secretary
Term ending 2020

604 822 3888
joel.kobylka@ubc.ca

It has been a privilege to serve on the AAPS Board as one of your Members at Large over the last two years where I gained substantial working knowledge about the association and our members. This year I hope to further my involvement as your Secretary. I am currently the Administrative Manager in the Teacher Education Office in the Faculty of Education. Prior to this role, I have worked in various positions within Enrolment Services including 5 years as an Enrolment Services Advisor. During my time at the University, I have contributed to several internal and external groups committed to advancing our communities, including the UBC Steering Committee for the United Way 2018 campaign, Co-Chair of my local United Way committee for 8 years, as well as the JOHSC in the Faculty of Education. Finally, as part of my ongoing efforts to build campus connections, I have been Captain for Team UBC in the Ride to Conquer Cancer where we raised over $275,000 for cancer research.

I believe my broad-based experience over 13 years at UBC and commitment on enhancing our workplace will allow me to continue to contribute to the AAPS Board and further support our colleagues across the University as we face the next round of collective bargaining in 2019.

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Umberto Lombos
Treasurer
Term ending 2021

604 822 9830
umberto.lombos@ubc.ca

I considered running for AAPS Board as Treasurer to give back and serve its 4000+ members, and to continue safeguarding its limited assets whilst fully supporting its programs, and ensuring the required reserve fund level is met and sustained.

I am a CPA, CMA. My varied exposures come from the oil & gas, insurance, education, non-profit and healthcare industries where I did the budget, revenue forecasts, financial reports, regulatory compliance, policy development, inventory control, project management, process improvement, strategic planning, training, teaching, administrative, and HR duties. 

Currently, I am a Manager, Pharmacists Clinic overseeing administrative operations and finances. Previously, I worked at VCH where I safeguarded various accounts totaling to around $1.3M. During my stint in Libya, I processed around $3M A/Rs monthly, and saved the company $130M+ through internal controls I implemented.   

Outside work, I remotely manage a private school I built in 2000 as its Founding Director and an immigration company that I established in 2015. I served as a Director-Operations from 2011-2014 of a CRA registered private charitable Society that I also incorporated.

Since 2011, as a CRA Volunteer for a downtown community, I filed around 500+ tax returns for seniors & low income residents.

Happy to serve!

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Members at Large


Jacqui Brinkman
Member at Large
Term ending 2020

604 827 457
jacqui.brinkman@ubc.ca

I have been serving on the AAPS Board for the past 3 years as a Member at Large and on the Professional Development Committee.  I have enjoyed working with the Board to support AAPS members at UBC.  A bonus has been the opportunities to meet so many other AAPS members through events such as art tours, beer tastings, general meetings, and the Welcome BBQ. I believe one of my strengths is connecting people to each other and to resources they need, and I look forward to continuing my work with the Board, particularly through this time of bargaining.  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 leading graduate student professional development initiatives in Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  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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Melissa Carr
Member at Large
Term ending 2021


melissa.carr@ubc.ca

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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Erica Commons
Member at Large
Term ending 2020

604 827 5096
erica.commons@science.ubc.ca

Hi, my name is Erica and I have been a visitor to Musqueam territory and a part of the UBC community since 2009. I’m an alumnus of the UBC Faculty of Arts (First Nations & Indigenous Studies), and I currently serve as the Student Engagement Officer for the Faculty of Science. I first fell in love with UBC and how this place works as a student, and now as a staff member. I’m running in this election because I want to make this University a more equitable place for us to work, now and for the future.

With the Collective Agreement expiring in June 2019, my top priority as a Board member will be renegotiating a new agreement with the University that meets the changing needs of our membership. The increasing cost of living and affordability in Vancouver is at the top of my mind, as I’m sure it is for many of you. I believe that UBC is a great place to work—largely because of the great work of AAPS—and I’m excited to contribute to that legacy as your newest Member at Large.

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Hélène Frohard-Dourlent
Member at Large
Term ending 2021

604 827-4989  
helene.fd@ubc.ca

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 2020

250 807 9382
lindsay.howe@ubc.ca

My name is Lindsay Howe and I’m the Communications and Events Coordinator for the Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences on UBC’s Okanagan campus. In my role, I have the privilege of telling the stories of change makers on the Okanagan campus, and supporting faculty events to raise the profile of the Barber School. Prior to joining UBC, I earned a degree in Communications and a diploma in Broadcast Journalism and spent time working in news radio and communications for local government.

I’m excited by the opportunity to represent AAPS members as a member at large.

During my time at UBC, I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside many talented and accomplished AAPS members on both campuses.I want to advocate for a restructure of our professional development funds to better reflect the cost of courses and conferences, leaving AAPS members looking to advance their knowledge with fewer out of pocket expenses. I also want to advocate for initiatives that support mental wellness, and for more flexibility in the workplace including hours of work and remote work opportunities.

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Kristen Korberg
Member at Large
Term ending 2021

250 807 8832
kristen.korberg@ubc.ca

I have been serving as a Member at Large on the AAPS board for the past two years; I would very much like to continue my work bringing Okanagan issues to the fore. Okanagan representation is crucial, especially now as we approach bargaining, and having over 12 years at the Okanagan campus, I believe I am in a great position to do so. I have learned so much in the past two years, and it has been such an honour to represent not only Okanagan M&P but M&P as a whole. I originally ran for this position because I wanted to give back, and now just as I have gained a firm footing on this board.

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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