ISCBC STAFF, Spring 2016 at Spring Lake Ranch, Cariboo (L-R): Jodi Romyn, Dave Ralph, Sue Staniforth, Gail Wallin, Coleen Hougen, Erica Ponsford, Julianne Leekie, Dixie Ballantyne and Danielle Toperczer. Absent: Tina Benard and Jennie McCaffrey.

STAFF (listed in alphabetical order)

Dixie Ballantyne, Manager, Finance and Administration
Dixie has been a bookkeeper with ISCBC since September 2009, and joined the Williams Lake office as administrative support in September 2010. She lives in Williams Lake with her husband and teenage son and daughter. She enjoys spending time walking, reading, camping, gardening and crafting. Contact Dixie


Tina Benard, Office Coordinator
Tina joined the Council in November 2015. She has a background in administration and gives support to the other members of the Council as needed.  She lives in Williams Lake and enjoys baking, painting and gardening. Contact Tina


Katelyn Bissat, Kamloops Youth Facilitator
Katelyn has a Diploma in Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Technology and has been working in the environmental education and volunteer management industry for over 10 years. She is passionate about engaging children and young adults to become environmental stewards in their community. Katelyn’s love for nature is not only fulfilled in her career but also in her free time; she is often out hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing and geocaching. Contact Katelyn


Allyson Blake, Events & Communications Coordinator
Ally has developed skills in marketing, communications and event management through positions across three continents: learning and development in UK and Singapore, sales and marketing in the UK and most recently in tourism development in Canada. Ally loves being close to nature in the mountains and on water, enjoying snowboarding, skiing, rowing, canoeing and kayaking with her husband and dogs. "Through my work with the Invasive Species Council of BC, I am able to help protect the beautiful landscapes and communities we all enjoy across this amazing province." Contact Ally


Matt Burgess, JCP Supervisor
Matt became a resident of BC in 1994, after graduating from Franshawe College's Construction Engineering Technology Management program. He has been with the council since April 2019 and brings over twenty five years of field experience and supervision to the team. Matt is an avid outdoor adventurer. Contact Matt


Caitlyn Therrien Iannone, Indigenous Coordinator
Caitlyn is Syilx, Sto:lo, and French Canadian, influencing both her academic focus and career. Caitlyn has her Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Toronto and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of the Fraser Valley. She enjoys writing, gardening, and travel. Contact Caitlyn


Torin Kelly, Williams Lake Youth Facilitator
Torin is originally from Maple Ridge BC and moved to Williams Lake in 2018. Torin attended BCIT for forestry and natural areas management, then specialized in invasive species. Torin is passionate about teaching, and helping people gain new skills and tools to make a difference in their community. Contact Torin


Ksenia Kolodka, Outreach Coordinator
Ksenia has her Bachelor of Arts in Information and Media Studies, and Master of Environment and Sustainability both from Western University. She has experience working in the non-profit environmental sector, marketing, and graphic design. Ksenia is passionate about connecting with different audiences on environmental issues and new sustainability initiatives. In her spare time she enjoys crafting, fitness, and exploring local hiking trails. Contact Ksenia


Brittany Lowden, Communications Coordinator
Brittany returns to the council after a role as JCP supervisor in 2017. She has a Bachelor of Science Biology from Carleton University. Her background is diverse, ranging from at sea commercial fisheries work to the world of web design. She enjoys snowboarding, crafting and spending time with her many farm animals. Contact Brittany


Corbin Manson, Vancouver Youth Facilitator
Corbin received his BSc. in Natural Resources Conservation from UBC in 2019 and joined the Council soon after. He enjoys the challenge of somehow uniting his background in performing arts, his prior career in hospitality, and his passion for outdoor recreation into his new role: facilitating youth leaders to take action against invasive species in their communities. Based in Vancouver, Corbin can often be found rock climbing in Squamish or enjoying a novel and a cup of coffee at home. Contact Corbin


Dave Ralph, Manager, Operations
Dave joined the Council in May 2015. He has worked extensively with land managers and the agriculture industry in developing invasive plant management strategies and carrying out research for invasive plant control and management recommendations for pasture, range and intensive crop production. His current role with the Council is training and project coordination. Dave, his wife and son live in Kamloops where they enjoy the seasonal outdoor recreational activities.Contact Dave


Jodi Romyn, Director, Operations and Finance
Jodi has been with the Invasive Species Council of BC for 15 years and functions as Director of Finance and Operations, managing finances, human resources and operational projects including planning and reporting. Her background is in natural resource management with a focus on working with stewardship groups and community non-profits. Jodi, her husband, and two children operate a dairy farm in Sorrento, BC and are active in sports and outdoor activities.

Contact Jodi


Lynn Sales, Financing and Administrative Support
Lynn brings 20 years of experience in bookkeeping and tax preparation to the ISCBC. She has volunteered and sat on several non profit boards over the past 30 years, including Canadian Parents for French, Cariboo Fall Fair and Caribou Brain Injury Society. She enjoys cross country skiing, hiking and kayaking but her greatest passion is spending time with her grandchildren. Contact Lynn


Marie Sparvier , Contract Coordinator
Marie has a strong background in developing, administrating and monitoring community funded projects. Her passion is to explore ways in developing projects and partnerships that address environment issues, such as solar energy, agriculture, farming and forestry. She loves spending time being outdoors, mountain climbing, horse back riding, gardening, canoeing and being with family and friends. .Contact Marie


Sue Staniforth,Manager, Education and Outreach
Sue has been with the ISCBC since 2013, and has experience in curriculum development, teacher professional development and evaluation. Sue is developing and promoting province-wide educational programs on invasive species. She lives in North Saanich with her husband and daughter, and enjoys hiking, kayaking, gardening, and raising chickens. Contact Sue


Danielle Toperczer, Director, Programs & Communications
Danielle Toperczer manages and works on key ISCBC projects including program development and communications. She has a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta, majoring in Land Reclamation. Her work experience is diverse and includes a range of natural resource management projects including hydrology, fisheries, range management and not-for-profits. She is a Professional Agrologist and lives in Vernon, BC.  Contact Danielle


Gail Wallin, Executive Director
Gail has been involved with the Council since inception and is responsible for overall management and Board communications. Gail is an experienced facilitator for industry and government on complex resource management and land use planning issues across BC. Gail calls Williams Lake home where she enjoys time outdoors and travelling.Contact Gail


Nick Wong, Research and Projects Coordinator
Nick has diverse experience working previously in Pacific salmon and herring fisheries in BC, and has a PhD in Marine Ecology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Nick is passionate about teaching and creating engaging opportunities for people to learn and understand the role they can play in the prevention and mitigation of invasive species. Nick has been extensively involved in the coordinated response to the Japanese Beetle invasion in Vancouver in 2017. Contact Nick

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