ISCBC STAFF, Spring 2016 at Spring Lake Ranch, Cariboo (L-R): Jodi Romyn, Dave Ralph, Sue Staniforth, Gail Wallin, Coleen Hougen, Erica Ponsford, Julianne Leekie, Dixie Ballantyne and Danielle Toperczer. Absent: Tina Benard 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


Tina Benard, Executive Assistant
Tina joined the Council in November 2015.  She has a background in administration and gives support to the other members of the Council as needed.  She lives in Williams Lake and enjoys baking, painting and gardening. Contact Tina



Allyson Blake, Events & Communications Coordinator
Ally has developed skills in marketing, communications and event management through positions across three continents: learning and development in UK and Singapore, sales and marketing in the UK and most recently in tourism development in Canada. Ally loves being close to nature in the mountains and on water, enjoying snowboarding, skiing, rowing, canoeing and kayaking with her husband and dogs. “Through my work with the Invasive Species Council of BC, I am able to help protect the beautiful landscapes and communities we all enjoy across this amazing province.” Contact Ally


Caitlyn Therrien Iannone, Indigenous Coordinator
Caitlyn is Syilx, Sto:lo, and French Canadian, influencing both her academic focus and career. Caitlyn has her Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Toronto and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of the Fraser Valley. She enjoys writing, gardening, and travel. Contact Caitlyn


Torin Kelly, Williams Lake Youth Facilitator
Torin is originally from Maple Ridge BC and moved to Williams Lake in 2018. Torin attended BCIT for forestry and natural areas management, then specialized in invasive species. Torin is passionate about teaching, and helping people gain new skills and tools to make a difference in their community. Contact Torin


Brittany Lowden, Communications Coordinator
Brittany returns to the council after a role as JCP supervisor in 2017. She has a Bachelor of Science Biology with Honours from Carleton University. Her background is diverse, ranging from at sea commercial fisheries work to the world of web design. She enjoys snowboarding, crafting and hanging out with her many farm animals. Contact Brittany

Dave Ralph, Extension
Dave joined the Council in May 2015. He has worked extensively with land managers and the agriculture industry in developing invasive plant management strategies and carrying out research for invasive plant control and management recommendations for pasture, range and intensive crop production. His current role with the Council is training and project coordination. Dave, his wife and son live in Kamloops where they enjoy the seasonal outdoor recreational activities.Contact Dave


Jodi Romyn, Senior Manager
Jodi has been with the Council since 2005 and is currently managing human resources and operational projects including planning and reporting. 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

Sue Staniforth, Education and Outreach
Sue has been with the ISCBC since 2013, and has experience in curriculum development, teacher professional development and evaluation. Sue is developing and promoting province-wide educational programs on invasive species. She lives in North Saanich with her husband and daughter, and enjoys hiking, kayaking, gardening, and raising chickens. Contact Sue

Danielle Toperczer, Manager
Danielle Toperczer manages and works on key ISCBC projects including program development and communications. She has a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta, majoring in Land Reclamation. Her work experience is diverse and includes a range of natural resource management projects including hydrology, fisheries, range management and not-for-profits. She is a Professional Agrologist and lives in Vernon, BC.  Contact Danielle

Gail Wallin, Executive Director
Gail has been involved with the Council since inception and is responsible for overall management and Board communications. Gail is an experienced facilitator for industry and government on complex resource management and land use planning issues across BC. Gail calls Williams Lake home where she enjoys time outdoors and travelling.Contact Gail

Nick Wong, Research and Projects Coordinator
Nick has diverse experience working previously in Pacific salmon and herring fisheries in BC, and has a PhD in Marine Ecology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Nick is passionate about teaching and creating engaging opportunities for people to learn and understand the role they can play in the prevention and mitigation of invasive species. Nick has been extensively involved in the coordinated response to the Japanese Beetle invasion in Vancouver in 2017. Contact Nick

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