Board of Directors
Kristan Ash, DirectorKristan Ash is the director of operations for Healing Hands Rehabilitation Services Inc. Prior to this role, she was vice president of franchise and business development for Nurse Next Door Home Healthcare. Ms. Ash is active in her community through her involvement with the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Alumni Association, as a member of the You've Gotta Have Friends Initiative steering committee and as the chair of the fundraising committee of Cambridge Elementary Parents Advisory Council. Ms. Ash holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Entrepreneurial Leadership from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and was recently appointed a member of the university's board of governors.
Harpreet Bains, Director
Harpreet has been proudly representing Kwantlen Alumni through her role as Director of the Alumni Association. The position is ideal in mentoring her two praxes of education and selfless service into action. Her most significant contribution has been as Co-Chair for the hugely successful 30th Anniversary Gala and Distinguished Alumni Awards, which acquired the Associations first collection of funds. Harpreet is also honoured in being chosen to be the voice of the Alumni body as a voting Senator on the senior academic governing body. Most recently she was selected by the Alumni Board Executive to be a vital member of the President’s newly formed Strategic Planning Task Force, a huge undertaking in shaping a vision for the University into 2018. Harpreet believes in the importance of Alumni forging together, while maintaining a connection with the institution they came from and the community they will empower.
Stuart Chase, Director
Stuart Chase graduated from Kwantlen in 2006 with a Bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in public relations. Currently employed as PwC's BC Region Communications Manager, Stuart focuses on a myriad of employee engagement activities from maintaining the employee intranet, generating video content, speech writing, event planning and content and much more. Prior experience includes PR and communications work for the Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia, Workers' Compensation Board of BC, Pace Group Communications, the Ministry of Attorney General, and media relations for the Province during Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
He is thrilled to be contributing to Kwantlen's alumni relations strategies where he's working to give back to the university that gave so much to him. He hopes that you'll want to stay as connected to the school as he has.
Mr. Chase lives in Vancouver with his wife, kids, and their family pooch.
Lindsay Civitarese, Director
Hello everyone! I come from a background of Psychology and I’m currently working in the field of Audiology. My undergraduate degree consisted of a mix of work and play and that’s exactly what I bring to the table as a KPU Alumni Director. I would like to see the Association promoted more and become a more prominent facet in Kwantlen graduates’ futures. There are endless possibilities for networking, program-related events, and other services for graduates; such as assistance and support when you are looking at a new job or career. Kwantlen is no longer a small school that offers basic amenities- Kwantlen has expanded and continues to do so, thus they need an Alumni program that can support the growing number of graduates. I am a very organized person with creative ideas and if elected, I promise to promote awareness of the Alumni program. I have the skills required to take this Alumni Association to the next level and I am very passionate about making the KPUAA something you, as an alumni, want to be a part of!
Brandy Dudas, Director
I am extremely proud to be a member of the alumni of Kwantlen. My post-secondary education started with my Diploma, which I laddered into a BBA in accounting at Kwantlen. After I finished my BBA, I worked at one of the big four accounting firms while working to obtain my Chartered Accountant designation and a Master degree in Professional Accounting. One of the greatest attributes of Kwantlen is it produces graduates in many fields. I believe that our alumni can benefit from each other. The KPUAA can help alumni make meaningful connections, which will help students transition from academia to industry. The KPUAA can also help alumni give back to their community, which increases the reputation of Kwantlen. I am currently serving as a member of the Kwantlen Alumni Ambassadorial Team and love the opportunity to put my education and experience to use on the KPUAA Board.
Kelsey Filion, Director
Kelsey Filion graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2010 with a Bachelor in Business Administration and Entrepreneurial Leadership and in 2008 with a General Business Diploma. She has been an active member in the community through her involvement in athletics, coaching and volunteering. She has 7 years work experience in the service industry and currently works as a Business Development Manager. She enjoys getting to know new people, being involved in the community and giving back to the community. Kelsey is excited to be part of Kwantlen Polytechnic University Alumni Association's Board of Directors and looks forward to giving back to a great University.
Brandon Hastings graduated from Kwantlen in April of 2010, winning the Dean's Medal in the Entrepreneurial Leadership BBA. He also received the George C. Wootton award for outstanding contributions to the university system. As a student at Kwantlen, Brandon was a founding member of the President's ambassadorial team, worked on the visioning and re-branding taskforces under then President David Atkinson, and participated in several international business competitions. In 2010, Brandon was contracted for 6 weeks by the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Almuni Association (KPUAA), and devised a strategic plan. He left the alumni association in September 2010 to pursue his legal education at UBC, and is now in his final year. He worked again for the alumni association this summer. Brandon is excited to participate in the alumni association, because he sees a vibrant KPUAA as Kwantlen's next step in establishing itself as one of BC's premier educational institutions.
Sandra Hoffman, Director
Sarb Lalli, Director
Sarb Lalli is a firefighter with the Surrey Fire Services and proud to be the newest member of the Kwantlen Alumni Board of Directors. Sarb graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2003 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Leadership. In 2005 he attained his MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix. Finally, in 2008, he rounded his education with a Bachelors Degree in Fire and Safety Studies from the JIBC. In addition to being a firefighter, Sarb is the owner of a real estate holding company that has holdings in multiple countries. Sarb believes that it is a privilege and an honour to give back to the school that provided him with a solid foundation and lifelong skills in attaining his accomplishments.
Debbie Langtry, DirectorDebbie Langtry graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with honours. While a student, she was an executive member of the Surreyalists Student Art Collective. She was also the Publishing Editor, and one of the founding members, of Kwantlen's new arts and literary magazine, "Pulp." In 1998, Debbie received a Management Certificate in Marketing Communications from BCIT. For more than ten years she worked in marketing and graphic design. After starting a family and having two children, she returned to Kwantlen as a mature student to earn her degree. Upon graduation she has begun working with peers to develop a community art collective to support the arts in Surrey, along with the dream of starting an independent studio/gallery. She is currently a self-employed practicing artist. Eventually she would like to achieve her Masters to become a university instructor in the visual arts.
Ayanthi Samarasinghe, Director
Ayanthi attended Kwantlen as an international student and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Leadership. After graduating, Ayanthi returned to Sri Lanka where she continued her banking career at Citibank, before joining HSBC in 2007. With her transfer to Canada in 2011, she works in the capacity of a Business Development Manager at HSBC and she has been in the banking industry for over ten years. Ayanthi has been active in a number of community and volunteer organizations in Sri Lanka and in Richmond. She is a past Chairperson of the Finance and Administration Committee advising to the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka and also a past National Council member of the Association. She is a Charter Member of Zonta Club III of Colombo which is dedicated to advance the status of women through service and advocacy. Ayanthi is the founder and past Chairperson of the mentorship program, Zonta Women of Tomorrow. As an undergraduate, she has volunteered at the Richmond Multicultural Concern Society and at the Richmond Alcohol and Drug Action Team. Currently she is the co-Treasurer of MacNeill Secondary Parents Advisory Council. Ayanthi looks forward to giving back and serving her University.