Board of Trustees

Brescia’s Board of Trustees is the chief governing body for Brescia University. As fiduciaries, Brescia’s elected Trustees are vested with a special responsibility for overseeing Brescia’s operations and governance in a way that assures its institutional health and well-being. Trustees must, at all times, avoid the situation of conflict of interest in exercising their duties to Brescia.

The responsibilities of the Board of Trustees is to ensure that Brescia’s operations and actions align with its vision, mission and values. In achieving effective stewardship of Brescia, the Board engages in a variety of activities, including facilitating institution-wide strategic planning, overseeing the conduct of annual operating and capital budgets, ensuring that Brescia achieves a positive annual financial audit and ensuring the establishment of institutional policies that align with legal requirements and best practices. Additionally, the Board of Trustees has responsibility for hiring, reviewing and setting goals for its sole employee, the Principal of Brescia. Finally, the Board of Trustees ensures that Brescia meets its legal, budgetary and financial obligations at all times, identifying and managing risks and ensuring the responsible management of Brescia.

Board of Trustees Members for 2019–20

 

Karen McKayKaren McKay
Chair
Karen is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees and is an ex officio member on all standing and ad hoc committees of the Board. She has served on the Board for three years as an Elected Trustee, was Chair of the Employee Relations Committee and Vice – Chair from 2018–19. Karen is a lawyer in London and runs her own law firm, Karen McKay Law LLP, specializing in corporate and commercial law.


Karen Fryday-Field
Past Chair
Karen is currently Past Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Governance Committee. She is also an ex officio member on all standing and ad hoc committees of the Board. Karen is the lead consultant of Meridian Edge Leadership and Governance Consulting, a London based firm dedicated to excellence in organizational development, dynamic strategic planning and effective governance.


Sr. Marian Krauskopf, osu
Representative of the Ursuline Community
Sr. Marian is serving her first term on the Board of Trustees as an Elected Trustee and a representative of the Ursuline Community. She also sits on the Governance Committee of the Board. Sr. Marian currently works in adult faith formation as a spiritual director.

 


Sr. Eileen Schuller, osu
Representative of the Ursuline Community
Sr. Eileen is serving her first term on the Board of Trustees as an Elected Trustee and a representative of the Ursuline Community. She also sits on the Employee Relations Committee of the Board. Sr. Eileen is actively involved with the McMaster Catholic Students Association and the Jewish–Christian dialogue in Canada. She is a professor emerita in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


Profile iconMonica Belcourt
Elected Trustee
Monica is starting her first term on the Board of Trustees as an Elected Trustee and she sits on the Employee Relations Committee of the Board. Monica is a former university professor and administrator at York University with extensive experience in governance, human resources and strategic planning.


DSC_1851 (Copy)Ashley Conyngham
Elected Trustee
Ashley is serving her second term on the Board of Trustees as an Elected Trustee. She is Chair of the Institutional Planning Committee of the Board and sits on the Executive Committee of the Board. Ashley is the Director of Marketing & Communications at the London Economic Development Corporation and is a Brescia alumna.


DSC_1872 (Copy)Kimberly Darling
Elected Trustee
Kimberly is serving her second term on the Board of Trustees as an Elected Trustee. She is Chair of the Employee Relations Committee of the Board and sits on the Executive Committee of the Board. She is the Financial Services Director with the London Police and has been with the force for 30 years.


Gwen DuBois-Wing
Elected Trustee
Gwen is serving her first term on the Board of Trustees as an Elected Trustee. She is the Vice–Chair of the Employee Relations Committee and sits on the Institutional Planning Committee of the Board. Gwen is with DuBois–Wing & Associates, where she works with individuals to maximize their leadership effectiveness. Gwen also works with CEOs and Boards of Directors to develop a high–performing board, board culture and systems–wide governance.


DSC_1878 (Copy)Mitra Khademi
Elected Trustee
Mitra is serving her second term on the Board of Trustees as an Elected Trustee. She is Past Chair of the Advancement Committee of the Board and sits on the Governance Committee of the Board. Mitra is a financial consultant and is a Divisional Director with Investors Group in London, and is a Brescia alumna.


Sandy McCallum
Elected Trustee
Sandy is serving his first term on the Board of Trustees as an Elected Trustee and sits on the Finance, Audit and Investment Committee of the Board. He is a Partner with BDO Canada LLP, with 30 years of experience providing assurance and accounting, tax and advisory services to businesses across a range of industries.

 


Louise Moist
Elected Trustee
Louise is serving her first term on the Board of Trustees as an Elected Trustee. She is Vice–Chair of the Institutional Planning Committee of the Board. Louise is a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

 


erin-thumbErin Rankin Nash
Elected Trustee
Erin is serving her first term on the Board of Trustees as an Elected Trustee. She is Chair of the Advancement Committee of the Board and sits on the Executive Committee of the Board. She is a lawyer at Ferguson Patterson Professional Corporation and is a Brescia alumna.

 


Sharon Rich
Elected Trustee
Sharon is starting her first year on the Board of Trustees as an Elected Trustee. She sits on the Institutional Planning Committee of the Board. Sharon is a former university professor and administrator at Nipissing University, the University of New Brunswick and Western. Currently, she is Vice Chair of the Community Services Coordination Network (CSCN) Board of Directors for London and surrounding counties and a member of the Ontario Museum of Archeology Board.


ruth-tisdaleRuth Tisdale
Elected Trustee
Ruth is serving her first term on the Board of Trustees as an Elected Trustee. She is Chair of the Finance, Audit and Investment Committee of the Board, and sits on the Institutional Planning Committee of the Board. Ruth is with Youth Opportunities Unlimited, and is a Brescia alumna.


Laure Eldik
Elected Trustee
President of the BUC Alumnae Association
Laure is in her second year on the Board of Trustees as President of the Brescia University College Alumnae Association. She also sits on the Advancement Committee of the Board. Laure is a Brescia alumna and has served on the Alumnae Association for the past seven years. Laure is a Community Planning and Research Associate with the City of London.


Susan Mumm
Principal and Secretary to the Board
Susan is serving her first term as Principal of Brescia University College, having started in 2015. She serves in an ex officio capacity on the Board of Trustees and as Secretary to the Board. She also sits on all standing committees of the Board and Brescia Council. Susan is a historian of Victorian Britain and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


Lauretta Frederking
Vice-Principal & Academic Dean
Lauretta is serving her first term as Vice–Principal and Academic Dean and is serving on the Board of Trustees in an ex officio capacity. She also sits on the Advancement, Employee Relations, Governance and Institutional Planning Committees. Lauretta oversees all faculty teaching and research portfolios at Brescia as well as having responsibility for Library Services and the Advanced Learning and Teaching (ALT) Centre.


Marianne Simm
Vice-Principal, Students
Marianne is serving in an ex officio capacity on the Board of Trustees. She is the Vice–Principal, Students at Brescia. Marianne also sits on the Institutional Planning Committee of the Board.

 


.Paula Dworatzek
Brescia Faculty Representative
Paula is serving on the Board of Trustees as a representative of the full–time faculty at Brescia. She also sits on the Finance, Audit and Investment Committee of the Board. Paula is the Chair of the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences and is a Brescia alumna.

 


Marlene J. LeBer
Brescia Faculty Representative
Marlene is serving on the Board of Trustees as a representative of the full–time faculty at Brescia. She also sits on the Institutional Planning Committee of the Board. Marlene is Chair of the School of Leadership and Social Change and an Associate Professor in Leadership Studies.


 heather-campellHeather Campbell
Brescia Staff Representative
Heather is in her first term on the Board of Trustees as a representative of the full–time staff at Brescia. She also sits on the Institutional Planning Committee of the Board. Heather is the Associate Director of the ALT Learning and Teaching Centre.

 


Ingrid Christensen
Brescia Staff Representative
Ingrid is serving her first term on the Board of Trustees as a representative of the full–time staff at Brescia. She also sits on the Finance, Audit and Investment Committee of the Board. Ingrid is the Payroll & Benefits Officer at Brescia.

 


Kathleen Dahl
Brescia Staff Representative
Kathleen is in her first term on the Board of Trustees as a representative of the full–time staff at Brescia. She also sits on the Institutional Planning Committee of the Board. Kathleen is the Library Collection Management Coordinator at Brescia.

 


Steve Hajpel
Senior Administrative Leadership Team Representative
Steve is serving his first term on the Board of Trustees as the Senior Administrative Leadership Team representative. He also sits on the Institutional Planning Committee of the Board. Steve is the Director of Facilities Management at Brescia.

 


Mikaila Hunter
Brescia University College Students’ Council President
Mikaila is serving in an ex officio capacity on the Board of Trustees as the President of the Brescia University College Students’ Council. She acts as a representative and advocate for Brescia’s diverse student population.

 


Lucyanne Davison
Executive Assistant to the Principal and Associate Secretary to the Board
Lucyanne is the Executive Assistant to the Principal and Associate Secretary to the Board of Trustees since 2011.