Board of Directors
Jarvis Pelletier, Chair
Jarvis is a member of Cowessess First Nation who now calls Saskatoon home since relocating in 2014 after being born and raised in Regina. Prior to relocating, he built a career over 20 years with Saskatchewan Government Insurance while earning his Administration degree from the University of Regina along the way. A frequent volunteer, Jarvis has continued this habit in Saskatoon in association with Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, where he currently holds the title of Assistant Vice President Gaming Services. Being raised in the Metis community by his Kokum, Jarvis was exposed early in life on the impact of literacy through the daily challenges his Kokum faced, though she could speak four languages she struggled in reading basic communication.
Jarvis firmly believes literacy, like the necessities of life, is the food and shelter for our minds and souls that plays a paramount role in all of our daily lives.
Kelsey Dixon, Vice Chair
Kelsey is a litigation lawyer with a focus on family law issues at Robertson Stromberg LLP. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and received her Juris Doctorate of Law from the U of S in 2014.
Kelsey’s commitment to her profession is mirrored by her commitment to her community. She is looking forward to blending her passion for reading with her legal experience on the Governance Committee to help READ Saskatoon accomplish the important work that it does.
Aaron Gaudet, Treasurer
Aaron Gaudet is the Manager of Strategy & Corporate Planning at Cameco Corporation where he facilitates the development of Cameco’s strategic plan and monitors Cameco’s corporate performance targets. Aaron is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Commerce and earned his Certified Management Accountant designation in 2008. Aaron has worked in the mining and agriculture sectors in accounting and marketing strategy.
Aaron started with READ Saskatoon in 2017 as a member of the Audit & Finance Committee. With an avid interest in personal finance, it was READ Saskatoon’s financial literacy program that initially drew Aaron to the organization. Aaron recognizes the critical work the organization does in the community and he looks forward to supporting its goals.
Alecia Nagy, Secretary
In 2008, Alecia Nagy moved to Saskatoon from Prince Albert where her family still resides today. She attended the University of Saskatchewan and completed her Bachelor of Commerce with High Honors and Great Distinction in 2012, en route to becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant in 2015. From October 2016 to October 2018, Alecia was very fortunate to accept a secondment to KPMG UK in Edinburgh, Scotland as an Assistant Manager in the Financial Services Department. She is currently an Audit Manager at KPMG LLP. She has worked with clients in many sectors including mining, banking, insurance, non-profit, education, and healthcare.
Alecia has been a member of the Audit & Finance Committee for two years and is excited to bring her experience to READ Saskatoon as a Board member. One of her favourite memories from childhood was reading books before bed with her mom and sister, and she believes every family should have the opportunity to create memories like this.
Leah Shipley, Past Chair
Leah has lived in Saskatoon since 2002, after previously attending the University of Saskatchewan where she received her Bachelor of Commerce degree. Working for Saskatchewan Blue Cross for the past 16 years, she manages a team responsible for training and process development in the Customer Service departments and leads many continuous improvement projects for the company. She earned a Certificate in Adult Continuous Education through the U of S in 2012 to better meet the needs of the adult learners she works with in her training function. She is also a certified Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) Practitioner and facilitates training sessions for her company.
Leah has always been an avid reader and sees the value of literacy for everyone. She is excited to be part an organization that combines her passions of ongoing education and opening the world of literacy to all of those in our community.
Stephanie Mulhall, Member at Large
Stephanie is passionate about creating access and opportunity for students in higher education. Currently the Manager, Flexible Learning with Continuing Education, she previously spent 12 years working for the University of Saskatchewan in student transition, planning, assessment and evaluation. She has been a Student Transition Coordinator, Residence Life Manager, and Coordinator of Assessment and Evaluation for the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition as well as the Coordinator of Planning and Assessment for Teaching Learning and Student Experience at the University of Saskatchewan. She has led strategic planning, accreditation and workforce planning processes. She has had the great pleasure to work with and learn from both the International Students and Study Abroad Centre, as well as the Aboriginal Students’ Centre at the U of S.
Among her qualifications, Stephanie graduated with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration in 2016.
Her areas of interest, study and publication include student perception, teaching evaluation, internationalization, accreditation processes, and data-informed decision-making in higher education. But, she’ll happily nerd-out on all manner of student support strategy.
She currently serves on READ Saskatoon’s Board of Governor’s as a Member at Large. She loves baking, gardening and running, usually frantically, after her rambunctious toddler.
Kristine Sparrow, Member at Large
Kristine Sparrow is a partner at MNP LLP in Saskatoon where she deals with small business, primarily in the agriculture industry. She obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 2012, having obtained a Bachelor in Commerce in 2009.
This is Kristine’s third year on the READ Board. Kristine is excited to work with READ as Literacy is important part of any community and it helps us stay connected and continue to grow in our ever changing world.
Jamie Miley, Member at Large
Jamie Miley is a long-time Saskatoon resident and volunteer. His volunteer experience includes the Canadian Special Olympics, United Way, The Trans Canada Trail, Friendship Inn, and Persephone Theatre.
He is a public affairs professional with Earnscliffe Strategy Group and provides government relations counsel and communications assistance to clients in Western Canada. He is also a licensed addiction counsellor and provides help for those suffering from the disease of addiction.
Dylan Youngstrom, Member at Large
Dylan grew up in rural Saskatchewan, attending school in Elrose. He now resides on an acreage just outside of Saskatoon with his wife, Laura. Dylan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Edwards School of Business at the U of S and works as a Named Account Manager with Fortinet.
As an avid reader from a young age, he is aware of the profound effect reading can have on shaping one’s childhood and adulthood. Dylan knows that READ Saskatoon is the perfect avenue to help drive the positive outcomes that literacy can enable. He is thrilled to offer his continued support to READ Saskatoon as well as their events throughout the year.
Sereena King, Member at Large
Sereena holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources. She has over 17 years professional HR experience with CNH, Hatch, and BHP, along with 5 years as a post-secondary instructor for an HR certificate program. She is a senior results focused business leader supporting organizations through effective strategic planning, change management, organization design, and innovative talent attraction and development initiatives. Currently, she is accountable within BHP for strategic integrated HR service delivery across Canada as a member of the senior global HR team. Sereena continues to be active supporting our local community, most recently completing her term as Board Chair for YWCA Saskatoon, and now as the incoming Vice-Chair for YWCA Canada.
This is Sereena’s second year on the READ Saskatoon Board, after having joined the Audit and Finance Committee in September 2018.
Sereena has always had a love for reading and a thirst for learning. She is passionate about the positive impacts literacy has on socioeconomics and is thrilled to be part of READ Saskatoon and their commitment to support and advance literacy in our community.
Miles Burkholder, Member at Large
Miles is the Vice President of Finance for Doepker Industries Ltd., here in Saskatoon, leading the accounting, treasury, information technology, and scheduling aspects of the business. Miles is a graduate of the University of Regina, Business Administration, and earned his legacy Certified Management Accountant designation in 2014. Miles has worked in the manufacturing and dealership industries for the majority of his career. Currently, he is working on his MBA with the University of Athabasca, along with pursuing higher levels of certification with Lean Six Sigma.
Miles was attracted to the READ Saskatoon organization due to its literacy programs. Miles is passionate about literacy as it is a critical part of lifelong learning and development for everyone. Strongly believing in the power of literacy and how it enables everyone to the best of their ability, he is very excited to give back to the community and support the organization.
Heather Persson, Member at Large
Heather Persson is the Director of Research Profile and Impact at the University of Saskatchewan. A journalist for almost 25 years, she spent 11 years working in British Columbia before returning to her home province to take the helm of the Prince Albert Daily Herald. She has now been in Saskatoon for about a decade. An award-winning writer herself, Heather has led the StarPhoenix to the most National Newspaper Award nominations in its history. She also created the Raise A Writer program, which encourages people to explore their own personal stories and set goals through writing.
Serving with an organization founded on literacy is a natural role for a writer like Heather. An admirer of the work of READ Saskatoon for many years, she is excited to get down to work after joining the board in 2017.