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Governance and Leadership

St. Thomas More Collegiate (STMC) is an independent trust, The Saint Thomas More Collegiate (2002) Trust, which is overseen by appointed Trustees. The Trustees in turn appoint the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall stewardship of STMC. The Board is comprised of unpaid volunteers who support the mission and advancement of the school through the gift of their time, talent and treasure. The Board includes professionals experienced in governance, alumni and parents. The Board meets regularly to set the strategic direction, review school progress, ensure financial stability and approve major decisions.

The Board adopted a President/Principal model for school administration and governance. The President, who reports to the Board of Directors, is responsible for the business and administrative aspects of the school including implementation of strategic direction, advancement, alumni relations and communications. The Principal, who reports to the President, is responsible for all educational aspects of the school including faculty and students and all faith, academic and athletic programs.

 

Trustees

STMC Trustees
Archbishop J. Michael Miller CSB

Fr. Gary Franken (’80)

Karen Keilty (Marian High Alumna)

Kevin MacDonald (‘78)

Doug Witzel

Board of Directors

Dan Eisner, Chair

Dan, his wife Michelle, and their two children belong to St. Mary’s Parish in Vancouver. He is the proud parent of 2 daughters – Jacqueline (Class of 2014) and Katelyn (Class of 2018). Dan is a Chartered Professional Accountant but has been working in Human Resources for the past 16 years, currently as an Employee Benefits Advisor with ZLC Financial. From a board experience perspective, he served for 11-1/2 years on the Board of the Alzheimer Society of BC in the roles of Treasurer, First Vice-President, President, and Past President. During that time, he also served on the Board of the Alzheimer Society of Canada for 7 years in the roles of BC representative and member-at-large.

Frank Chay, Vice Chair

Frank and his wife Margaret are active members of the St. Francis de Sales parish in Burnaby. They were married at SFDS church in 2002 and have two children, Andrew and Isabelle. Andrew (Class of 2021) attends STMC and Isabelle attends St. Francis de Sales School. Frank was born in Trinidad and immigrated to Burnaby in 1987. Frank graduated from SFU and has held senior IT Management positions in multiple organizations, as well as establishing multiple work programs to foster and mentor students.

Ed Duda ('78), Treasurer

Ed Duda is a STMC grad of 1978.  Ed and his wife, Darlene, have been married for nearly 25 years and have three children:  Lauren (Class of 2013), Matt (Class of 2015) and Chris (Class of 2017). Ed has lived in Burnaby his entire life.  He received a BBA from SFU in 1983, CPA, CMA designation in 1988 and has numerous Canadian Securities Institute certifications.  Ed has over 30 years of private and public company experience in financial services, mining and not-for-profit sectors- holding a number of senior positions, including experience as a management consultant. He has worked for complex national and international organizations. Ed has been involved extensively with boards and executive committees and, currently, he is a mentor for graduate and undergraduate business administration and finance students attending SFU.  The Duda family attend St. Francis de Sales Parish.

Lisa D’Errico

Lisa with her husband Stefano and children Gabrielle (Class of 2016) and Matteo (Class of 2020) reside in the Coquitlam West where they are parishioners of Our Lady of Fatima. For almost two decades Lisa has enjoyed a fulfilling career with BC Hydro.  Lisa graduated UBC (Urban Land Economics, Sauder School of Business) and has applied her skills and knowledge of the Real Estate industry to several major projects that the Crown Corporation has undertaken.  Currently she is working on Site C travelling frequently to Fort St John.   Lisa is a proud member of the Metis Nation of British Columbia.  She volunteers her time with the BC Hydro Indigenous employee network and the Real Estate Institute of BC, Member Services Committee.

Neysa Finnie

Neysa is the President of St. Thomas More Collegiate – serving in this capacity since June 1, 2015.  Prior to joining STMC, Neysa was the principal of her own firm which in specializes assisting companies in the technology industry with a wide variety of services related to their contracting needs.  In addition to being a practicing lawyer, Neysa has an MBA and started her career as a software developer.

Neysa is the Vice Chair and a founding director of the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation (a national foundation created by the Catholic Women’s League) and a director of Catholic Pacific College.  Previously, Neysa served as Chair of St. Mark’s College and Corpus Christi College at UBC, as a member of the Archbishop’s Pastoral Council and as a member of the Archdiocese Stewardship council. She served as a lay advisor to the Oblates’ Provincial Council for 4 years.  At UBC, Neysa is a guest lecturer in the MBA program and in the leadership program at Corpus Christi College. Internationally, Neysa has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, assisted Computer Aid International (London, England), and founded Oblate Mission Travel leading lay people on short term mission trips at home and abroad where the Oblates are ministering.  She lived in Tanzania and taught conversational English at a Catholic secondary school.

Neysa was a 2013 recipient of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal from Pope Francis (the highest honour a lay person can receive from the Pope) and is a dame of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Neysa and her husband Gord Brown reside in Kitsilano where they are members of St. Augustine’s Parish.  Whenever they get a chance, Neysa and Gord are traveling the world.

Matthew Friesen ('89)

Matthew graduated from STMC in 1989 and had two brothers that also attended STMC. He has three boys, Alex (Class of 2014), Niklas (Class of 2016) and Tate (Class of 2020). He graduated from BCIT in Finance, winning the Wolverton Securities award for the Best Overall Achievement in the Faculty of Finance and also attended UBC in Political Science. Having grown up in Burnaby, he currently resides in Yaletown. From 1999 till 2009, he owned and operated an injection moulding plastics plant in Surrey with 300 employees, which was the largest injection moulding plastics company in British Columbia. The business was sold to a New York private equity in 2009. Matt currently is a private investor, turnaround specialist, works with IPO ventures and owns shares in several private and public companies. Matthew also sits on the Foundation Board of Fraser Academy in Vancouver, which educates students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences and is a regular contributor to the Union Gospel Mission, on the Downtown Eastside.

Shannon Kaustinen

Shannon, her husband of 24 years, Mark, and their three children have been living in Burnaby for 21 years.  Originally from Edmonton, Shannon has a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge (majoring in Marketing and Human Resources), CPA and public practice license.  Two of their children, Oliver (Grad of 2021) and Spencer (Grad 2022) attends STMC, while their daughter attends French Immersion at Seaforth. Her entire family is very active in sports, playing soccer, hockey, lacrosse and ball hockey.   Believing that sports are lifelong, Mark and Shannon can be found pursing their own lifelong sports – cycling and soccer.

Shannon has spent 20 years in the life science and tech sectors.   She is currently a Vice President of Neurio Technology.

Their family are active parishioners at St. Michael’s Parish.

Caterina M. Kennedy

Caterina Kennedy has worked in the field of education since 1990, as a teacher and administrator in the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese. For the last 18 years she has served as a principal in two elementary schools; 13 years of which have been at her current school of St. Michael’s Elementary. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a Bachelor of Education Degree. In 2003, she received a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from SFU. She and her husband, Shane, live in Port Moody and are members of All Saints Parish. They have two children, one attending SFU and the other attending Douglas College. Caterina has served on a number of committees, which have focused on school improvement initiatives, along with a variety of community based councils

Nalini McIntosh

Nalini, her husband Glen and daughter Cyena (Class of 2021) are members of Our Lady of Mercy Parish.  Nalini is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and has been working in Human Resources for over 15 years.  She is currently the Vice President of Human Resources for Photon Control Inc. Nalini has served on the Board of the Vancouver Society of Children’s Centres, Learning Disabilities Association – Fraser South and is currently the Secretary for the Shasta Trampoline Club Board. Nalini joins the STMC Board after being a member of the STMC Parent’s Association for 2 years.

Dave Morris

Dave Morris and his wife Tonya have been married for over 25 years.  Their three sons, Andrew, Reese and Cameron, graduated from STMC in 2012, 2014 and 2017 and are currently pursuing degrees while playing basketball at UFV, Douglas College and UBC.  Dave is a lifelong resident of Burnaby. He graduated from Burnaby South Senior Secondary and Simon Fraser University and received his (CPA) CA designation while working for Price Waterhouse Coopers.  Dave worked in the Finance office at SFU for 17 years before starting up a business (also in Burnaby) distributing “green” environmentally-sound bathroom and kitchen plumbing products across North America.  During basketball season weekends, Dave and Tonya can be found sitting in the bleachers cheering for their sons’ teams.

Brother Peter O’Loughlin

Brother Peter was born in Sydney, Australia and migrated to Vancouver, Canada with his family in 1976.  After completing his B.Ed. at the University of British Columbia, he joined the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers in 1981. He received his M.Ed. Admin in 1993 from UBC.

Brother Peter has taught in Newfoundland, Ontario and British Columbia.   He was principal of St. Ann’s Academy, Kamloops, BC, 1994-1997 and St. Thomas More Collegiate, Burnaby, BC, 1997-2000. In 2003, Brother Peter was appointed to the last Canadian Province Leadership team.  In 2005 the three Edmund Rice Christian Brothers’ Provinces of North America became Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America.

In 2007 Brother Peter moved to Chicago, Illinois’ to become Director of Formation and Novice Director.  In 2010 he returned to teach at Vancouver College. Brother Peter sat on the Board of Directors of Brother Rice, Chicago 2008 – 2014 and presently sits on the Board of Directors of St. Thomas More Collegiate, Burnaby, BC.

In 2014 he was appointed to Province Leadership team for Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America. Brother Peter now resides in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Donovan Plomp

Donovan, his wife Catherine and their two children (both attending St. Helen’s elementary) belong to St. Helen’s Parish.  Donovan is a partner with the law firm McCarthy Tétrault, practicing labour and employment law. He also serves on the board of the Children’s Foundation, a lower mainland charity focused on improving the lives of children, particularly children under the age of 12 who have suffered trauma or are coping with a mental health condition.

Mike Rickaby
Sean Rodrigues ('86)

Sean and his wife Chantal have been married since 1996, are members of Holy Cross Parish and have two daughters Danielle (Class of 2016) and Soraya (Class of 2020). Chantal has been a teacher with the CISVA since 1992.

Sean is proud to have completed his education at STMC in 1986. Following undergraduate studies in Building Technology at BCIT and Anthropology, Sociology and Art History at UBC, Sean obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies and Master of Architecture from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1997.  Working his way through school to today, Sean has worked as a technologist, estimator, architect, contractor and project manager delivering a number of significant civil, institutional, residential and commercial projects both as a designer and project manager. He is the Director, Construction & Property Renewal for the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

Sean is a registered architect and consummate volunteer serving on many professional and volunteer boards as Member (RCAV Building Commission), Chair (Canberra Accord for Architectural Accreditation and the Architectural Institute of BC’s Licensing and Registration Board as well as the Oral Review Panel) and President (Canadian Architectural Certification Board).

Sean is a woodworker and painter – his artwork reaching gallery status in 2001. Sean has lived in over a dozen countries and traveled to over two dozen more around the world.

School Administration

Mrs. Neysa Finnie

President

Mr. Stephen Garland

Principal

Mr. KC Steele

Senior Grades Vice-Principal

Mr. Joe Adams

Junior Grades Vice-Principal