Board of Directors

2018/19 AAPS  Board of Directors.

President:Andrea Han
1st Vice President:Afsaneh Sharif
2nd Vice President:Michael Lonsdale-Eccles
Secretary:Joel Kobylka
Treasurer:Paul de Leon
Members at Large: 
 Jessica Allen
 Jacqui Brinkman
 Erica Commons
 Kristen Korberg
 Tammy Yasrobi
 Payam Zahedi
  

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 2019

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

Over the last eight years, it has been my pleasure to work at UBC within a number of departments including UBC IT, The Sauder School of Business, Internal Audit and Risk Management Services. During my time in these positions, I have collaborated with staff and faculty across a significant segment of the University at both campuses. After all these years, I honestly believe that UBC Management and Professional staff are some of the most diverse, talented and engaging people to work with. They are in no insignificant way, one of the key assets that will enable UBC to move from Excellence to Eminence.

My global experience in the UK and Canada, diverse roles across varied departments, as well as my professional qualifications make me an excellent candidate for the position. I am a Chartered Accountant, a Project Management Professional and hold a degree in Computer Science. I have engaged in the UBC community by participating in UBC’s Ride to Conquer Cancer team in 2013, the Leave for Change Program in 2012 where I volunteered my skills and experience to aid disadvantaged children in Northern Vietnam. I am a current member of the Managing@UBC advisory committee, a program designed to support managers in their role, recognizing the significant responsibility they hold for employee performance, engagement and achievement of UBC and personal goals. I’m married to a member of the University community who has held Faculty, Staff and Student roles, which uniquely positions us as a true UBC family.  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.

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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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Paul de Leon
Treasurer
Term ending 2019

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 have been involved with AAPS since 2012, first as a member of the Finance Committee and then as Treasurer. Besides the normal duties of working with the Board to achieve its goals of protecting your resources and providing value for your contributions, the past couple of years have been concentrated on reducing AAPS’ accumulated reserves down to the level recommended by our tax lawyer and actuary. This goal has been achieved.

I would like to continue my association with AAPS to ensure that our financial position remains strong and defensible as well as providing you—the membership—with the confidence that your assets are being carefully monitored and managed.

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Members at Large

Jessica Allen
Member at Large
Term ending 2020

604 822 0502
jessica.allen@ubc.ca

 

I’ve been lucky to spend much of my career here at UBC, learning and working alongside many accomplished and generous AAPS members.I currently work as a Digital Marketing Specialist with UBC’s student recruitment marketing team, where I collaborate with colleagues on both campuses to help achieve enrolment goals. In my spare time, I serve as a director of the board for LOVE BC, a non-profit delivering anti-violence programming to youth.

I want to advocate for modern workplace practices that promote mental wellness and work-life balance, like flexible hours and remote work/telecommuting. UBC’s two campuses are great places to work, but there is currently a large gap between how we talk about health and how we actually cultivate it in the workplace. Many of us balance long commutes with family commitments so that we can do the work we love at UBC. A more modern approach to how and where we work could help us find the balance we seek.

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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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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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Kristen Korberg
Member at Large
Term ending 2019

250 807 8832
kristen.korberg@ubc.ca

I have enjoyed the benefits of AAPS for over ten years, and believe it is now an appropriate time to give back. I started at UBC Okanagan in April of 2007, as a Research Officer charged with developing research administration capacity on campus.  Since then, my role has evolved to Associate Director of ORS, reporting directly to our Vice Principal of Research, Okanagan campus.  In 2016, I received a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Victoria, completed while working in ORS. I have an undergraduate degree from UBC (V), and am very proud to be both an alum as well as a current staff member—it feels like a natural progression.  Prior to arriving at UBC as a staff member, I worked in leadership positions at three different non-profit organizations, reporting to a Board of Directors, and I am now eager to serve in this capacity myself.  I feel especially drawn to the work that AAPS does in the areas of Advocacy and Professional Development, as I feel it is crucial to feel supported and valued in an environment as massive and complex as UBC, and continuing to add value to oneself through professional development is key in one’s career.

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Tammy Yasrobi
Member at Large
Term ending 2019

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.

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Payam Zahedi
Member at Large
Term ending 2019

604 822 1321
payam.zahedi@ubc.ca

My name is Payam Zahedi, and I am the Director of Strategic Planning and Operations in the new School of Biomedical Engineering, a joint partnership between the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Applied Science. I hold a BASc in Biomedical Engineering, and MSc and PhD degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences. I am committed to the vision of UBC continuing to be an environment that supports both employees and their families. Previously, I have served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Iranian Engineering Society and the Club for Undergraduate Biomedical Engineers, during which time I learned to act as a voice for a collective, improved my negotiation skills, and made long-lasting professional relationships. In my spare time, I enjoy playing sports, trying new restaurants with my family, and volunteering. In 2005, I received a Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Ontario Volunteer Service Award for volunteering activities at healthcare institutions and in not-for-profit groups.

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