Our Team

CSISS is represented by a board of directors and staff from a variety of non-profit organizations and government agencies all working to stop the spread of invasives in our region.

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CSISS 2018/ 2019 Board of Directors and Staff                            


Hannah Kendall

Invasive Species Program Assistant

Hannah will be working for the CSISS as an Invasive Species Program Assistant for the 2019 summer season. She completed a Bachelors of Science in Biology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC in 2014, and has since relocated to Revelstoke. She has spent previous summers working locally for the BC Wildfire Service and is excited to expand her skill set in conserving of our wild spaces. In the winter you can find Hannah working in the ski industry in our local mountain ranges.

Sam Legebokow

Invasive Species Program Assistant

A born and raised Revelstokian, Sam will be joining the CSISS team for her second summer as one of the Invasive Species Program Assistants. She is currently working towards a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Management at the University of Northern British Columbia. In her spare time, Sam enjoys hiking, climbing, skiing, and all other things intrinsic of nature.

Janelle Weslowski

Invasive Species Program Assistant

Janelle will be joining the team this summer as one of the Invasive Species Program Assistants. Born and raised in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Janelle has spent many summers travelling to BC to camp, hike and kayak. She is currently going to the University of Guelph in Ontario to study molecular biology and sociology. In her spare time, you can often find her near the water, exploring hidden corners of the world, or just curled up in the sun enjoying a book.

Robyn Hooper

Executive Director

Robyn Hooper is the Executive Director of the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society.  CSISS is a non-for-profit that works with a variety of land managers and stakeholders on invasive species management within the Columbia Shuswap region. Robyn has been working with CSISS since April 2014 on invasive species outreach programs, field mapping and monitoring programs, and partnership engagement. Robyn has a Dual Masters degree (Masters of Science, SLU and Masters of Forestry, UBC) and has worked throughout BC and Sweden engaging local communities and key stakeholders in climate change adaptation issues. Robyn is an Articling Professional Agrologist, a member of the Columbia Basin AIS Steering Committee, the National Clean Drain Dry Committee, and East Kootenay Stewardship Committee (Kootenay Conservation Program).

 

 

Laura Gaster

Field Operations Program Coordinator

Laura has a degree in Biology from the University of Northern British Columbia, as well as a course in Environmental Monitoring. She has spent time working for Golder Associates as a Wildlife Biologist, assisting with the Woodland Caribou project in Revelstoke and working locally for the BC Wildfire Management Branch. In her spare time, Laura can be found on local mountain trails. Laura Gaster joined the CSISS Team as Program Assistant in April 2015 and currently manages the CSISS Field Operations Program.

Kim Kaiser

Outreach Program Coordinator

Kim Kaiser joined CSISS at the beginning of the 2018 season after working with the BC Mussel Defense program in 2017 and training with the ISCBC job Creation program in 2016. She completed a Bachelors of Science in Biology at The University of Victoria in 2014. She began work with CSISS as the Education officer in 2018 and is continuing with a new role Coordinating the CSISS outreach program in conjunction with Aquatics Coordinator Sue Davies.

Sue Davies

Aquatic Program Coordinator

Sue Davies joined the CSISS team in April 2017 as our Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator. Sue comes to CSISS from previous work experience with the Invasive Species Council of BC’s 2016 Revelstoke JCP job training crew. She also has a Masters degree in Ecology from New Zealand and many years work experience in the environmental and education fields. Contact Sue to book outreach presentations and workshops at: sdavies@columbiashuswapinvasives.org

Chris Gill has 20 years of experience in applied conservation biology with a primary focus on protecting rare and endangered species. In 2010 Chris founded Coastal Conservation, an organization whose mission is to restore island ecosystems in Canada and internationally that have been impacted by invasive vertebrate species. Chris resides in the Shuswap and joined the CSISS Board in September 2017.

John Braisher is a rancher based south of Golden BC and brings extensive knowledge of agriculture and land management to the Board since joining in the fall of 2016.

Natalie Stafl is the Acting Ecologist Lead at Glacier and Revelstoke National Parks for Parks Canada. She joined the Board in September 2018 as a representative from Parks Canada, however she has been involved with CSISS previously as it’s first Coordinator in 2013 and as a Board alternate.

Diane works with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations as a Natural Resource Technician based locally out of Revelstoke.  She recently joined the CSISS Board of Directors in September 2015.

Hamish Kassa

Chair

Hamish is the Environmental Services Coordinator for the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.  He currently manages the Eurasian Water Milfoil Control Program, three mosquito control programs, the CSRD Noxious Weed Control Program and eight groundwater monitoring functions.  He is also responsible for inspections and maintenance of CSRD dikes, and partners with the Ministry of Environment to conduct water quality monitoring in addition to his participation in the Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process (SLIPP).

Hamish has worked with the Okanagan Basin Water Board, Ministry of Environment, Taranaki Catchment Commission in a variety of positions related to water quality, protection, management and invasive species. He has extensive underwater experience logging more than 4000 hours on SCUBA as well as receiving underwater photography awards while working  in New Zealand.  The winter months often find Hamish sliding on fluffy powder snow with friends and family.  Hamish is the current Director of CSISS.

Chris Cochran

Vice-Chair

Chris Cochran is the Manager of Operations for the Town of Golden where he has been the last four years.  Prior to moving to Golden, he served in the Office of Public Works for the City of Castlegar for 7 years.   Chris has an educational background in Civil Engineering and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Parks Canada Advisory Development Board as well as the board of BC Water Supply Association.  Chris enjoys camping, exploring the back roads with his quad and building models. Chris is currently serving as Vice-Chair of CSISS.

Adam is based in Revelstoke as a Senior Environmental Coordinator with BC Hydro and has served on the CSISS Board since the fall of 2013.

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