Invasive Species Council staff collaborate as a team and with ISC Board of Directors, Standing Committees and Advisory Committees, as well as regional organizations from around the province and across Canada to deliver on a wide variety of ISC programs, initiatives and events.
|ISC Staff (L-R): Gail Wallin, Danielle Toperczer, Stephanie Woods, Sue Staniforth, Dixie Ballantyne, Jodi Romyn, Julianne Leekie, Evan Rafuse, and Maggie Cahoon. Absent: Coleen Hougen and Jennie McCaffrey.
STAFF (listed in alphabetical order)
Dixie Ballantyne, Finance and Administration
Dixie has been a bookkeeper with ISCBC since September 2009, and joined the Williams Lake office as administrative support in September 2010. She lives in Williams Lake with her husband and teenage son and daughter. She enjoys spending time walking, reading, camping, gardening and crafting. Contact Dixie
Maggie Cahoon, Administrative Assistant
Maggie Cahoon has worked with the ISCBC since April 2010, providing administration and technical support. She lives in Williams Lake and her interests include snowmobiling, camping, crafting, and spending as much time as possible with her four grandchildren. Contact Maggie
Coleen Hougen, Manager
Coleen has been with the Council since 2009, coordinating projects such as the Hot Spots Program, the Invasive Species Strategy for BC, and Take Action (Clean, Drain, Dry). Her past work experience has included invasive plant management, habitat conservation, and fish and wildlife studies. Coleen lives in Kamloops, where she and her family enjoy spending time outdoors fly fishing, camping and ATVing. Contact Coleen
Julianne Leekie, Communications
Julianne has been with the Council since 2008, and has contributed photography, media relations, writing, and graphic design services since 2002. She is an accomplished artist with a speciality in flowers, outdoor landscapes, and wedding and portrait photography, as well as novelty cakes. Julianne and her daughter live in Squamish, where she enjoys festivals, hiking, kayaking, competitive races, and gardening. Contact Julianne
Jennie McCaffrey, Training/Outreach Coordinator (Maternity Leave)
Jennie has been with the Council since August 2012. She has experience in education management, specifically Environmental Education, as well as professional development and training for teachers. Jennie lives in Kamloops where she enjoys volunteering at the BIG Little Science Centre, and spending her time outdoors gardening, camping and hiking.
Jodi Romyn, Senior Manager
Jodi has been with the Council since 2005 and is currently managing human resources and major projects involving planning and budgeting. Her background is in natural resource management with a focus on working with stewardship groups and non-profits. Jodi, her husband, and two young children operate a dairy farm in Sorrento, BC and are active in sports and outdoor activities. Contact Jodi
Danielle Toperczer, Manager
Danielle has worked with the Council since 2010, and manages large ISC projects and fund development. Her past work experience includes fisheries surveys, range management and not-for-profit work. She is a Professional Agrologist and lives in Coldstream where she enjoys hiking, camping and gardening with her husband and children. Contact Danielle
Gail Wallin, Executive Director
Gail aided in the development of the Invasive Plant Strategy and the formation of the Council in 2001. Gail is an experienced facilitator for industry and government on complex resource management and land use planning issues across BC. Her work is focused primarily on the management of non-profit organizations as well as board development. Contact Gail
Stephanie Woods, Coordinator
Stephanie lives in Victoria and started with the Council in June, 2012. She has worked on projects associated with the horticulture industry as well as invasive species monitoring. Stephanie also has experience working with invasive plants in the gardening industry as well as species-at-risk programs in Ontario. She enjoys the outdoors, and camps and hikes often around Vancouver Island. Contact Stephanie