Randy Sunderman – Past President. Randy has degrees in economics and biology and is President of Peak Solutions Consulting Inc., a firm that specializes in economic development, impact assessments, community and business development, and the creation and implementation of outcome-based plans. As a long-time Kamloops resident, Randy previously served on the Board of Community Futures of Thompson Country, BC Economic Development Association, and Venture Kamloops Business Care Committee. He also sat as a member to the social and economic committee for the Forest Research Extension Partnership. Currently Randy is Chair of the Aberdeen Neighbourhood Association and is very active in numerous community groups & causes.
Trish Carlson – Vice President. Born and raised in Kamloops, Trish moved to Vancouver for several years where she worked in the legal field and tourism industry and gained valuable experience as a Director on the Vancouver Coast and Mountains Tourism Region Board. Additionally, Trish is known as an engaged community member and was an active organizer and volunteer for major sporting events in Kamloops and Vancouver. Trish is a passionate community member who is known for working to build collaborative relationships and facilitating diverse community needs to not only coexist, but to also thrive.
On moving back to Kamloops in 2018, Trish recognized her involvement in community matters was needed and she joined Kamloops Voters Society in 2021.
Jeff Rustand – Secretary. Jeff grew up in Burnaby BC and attended UBC were he obtained his law degree. In addition to practicing law in Vancouver and throughout the Cariboo, Jeff also embarked on international rule of law consulting in Albania, Cambodia, Poland, Kosovo and Afghanistan. Jeff taught English in Japan for 4 years. Having retired in Kamloops in 2018, Jeff spends his time enjoying a more relaxed pace and is also becoming increasingly involved in community groups and civic matters.
Garry Davis – Treasurer. Garry has been a resident in and around Kamloops for many years and through that time, he held numerous management positions, including that of Mine Manager of Afton Operating Corporation. Beyond this, Garry has worked around the world on environmental projects related to decontamination and land reclamation.
Garry is a firm believer in the importance of well informed & engaged community members being involved in civic matters. Garry has been an elected civic councillor and has served on many economic developments Boards around BC.
Joanne Mason – Communication Liaison and Member at Large. Jo’s career has been singularly devoted to the work of community-based, non-profit, & charitable organizations with mandates to improve the quality of life, services, and support for those who are often in the greatest of need. She is responsible for the good governance & ethical operation of a provincial charitable association & 21 community-based organizations. Jo has also been appointed to numerous Boards, advisory groups, and councils, including community foundations, economic development organizations and most recently being appointed to the Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society. Jo believes strongly in upholding ethical business practices to ensure accountability and ethical stewardship of public funds.
Chris Ortner – Member at Large. Chris is a Mediator, Forester, & Economic Development Specialist living in Kamloops. Chris worked as Woodlands Manager for Adams Lake Lumber, where he was responsible for all lands and timber tributary to the mill, with a $50 million annual budget. For 7 years, Chris was a senior manager with the Provincial Government, responsible for land related investments in the Southern Interior, and research investments throughout BC, with budgets averaging $400 million per year.
Chris completed a Masters program at Royal Roads University, and is a qualified mediator and negotiator.
Chris is actively engaged in the community and currently sits as the President of Sagebrush Neighbourhood Association and is a founding member of Kamloops Voters Society.
Tom Rankin – Member at Large. Tom has been an active and engaged Kamloops resident for over 30 years. While working and raising his family in Kamloops, Tom’s career path has included working as a professional forester, managing a non-profit organization and running his small business. Tom is involved in many community groups and organizations and sits on A Way Home Kamloops – Campout Committee. He continues to enjoy the many recreational opportunities Kamloops and area has to offer and is committed to helping build a healthy community. Interested in being part of positive change, Tom joined KVS three years ago.