District Leadership

District leadership guides the provision of comprehensive educational programs, facilities and support services to students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 across a large and diverse district. 

While the majority of our schools are found in Kamloops, there are small elementary schools in Vavenby, Heffley Creek, Savona, Pinantan, Westwold, Chase, Barriere, Clearwater and Logan Lake.  The District works hard to provide these small rural communities with the same quality of educational programs found in urban centres, as well as to connect  those students and staff to the District's larger educational community.

To do so, we rely on a key team of senior leaders — educational, business, engineering and IT professionals with significant experience and a tremendous body of skills. 

Education Administration

Alison Sidow - Superintendent of Schools 

An elementary educator, Alison has been an advocate for families since her first teaching assignment in a small rural school in Northern B.C.

As superintendent she is responsible for all aspects of district operations. She has called Kamloops home since 2006. Prior to joining SD73 Alison was Superintendent of Achievement with the Ministry of Education and Superintendent of Schools for SD74 (Gold Trail). She holds a Master of Arts (MA), Educational Leadership and Administration, General from SFU and a Bachelor of Education (BEd), Elementary Education and Teaching from UBC. Most recently she had completed the Transformative Educational Leadership Program at UBC.

Please see archived Superintendent’s Report here.

 Bill Hamblett - Assistant Superintendent - Secondary  
 Lead for the district’s 12 secondary schools, Bill is also responsible for distance learning, student information systems and information technology. His career in education began in 1990 in Alberta’s Yellowhead School Division before moving to Kamloops in 1995.  A secondary educator, Bill’s experience also includes roles as vice-principal, principal, district principal and assistant superintendent. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA), History from UBC, Post Baccalaureate professional teaching certificate from the University of Alberta, Masters of Education (MEd) from UBC, and most recently completed the Transformative Educational Leadership Program at UBC.  

 Rob Schoen - Assistant Superintendent - Elementary 

Rob leads the district’s 33 elementary schools, oversees the International Student Program and is Vice-President of Global Education. His career in education began in 1985 and has spanned five school districts. In Kamloops since 1993, his experience includes teaching in both elementary and secondary schools and roles as vice-principal, principal and district principal.

He holds a Bachelor of Education (BEd) from the University of Alberta, a Master’s of Science (MSc) from the University of Oregon, a Post Baccalaureate diploma in curriculum from Simon Fraser University and a diploma in Intercultural communication from UBC.

Lisa Carson — Director of Instruction- Curriculum and Innovation

Lisa supports schools through the implementation of British Columbia's refreshed curriculum, as well as assists with implementing innovative and inclusive learning environments.

A recent arrival to Kamloops, she has taught secondary English, social studies and art as well as had experience a school-based administrator, a district principal and an assistant superintendent. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Double major English and History) from Brandon University, a Post Baccalaureate professional teaching certificate from SFU, and a Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction from SFU. Lisa has continued her learning this past year at UBC through the Transformative Educational Leadership Program.

Rick Kienlein — Director of Instruction- Secondary Learning Services

Responsible for the Graduation Program, the School Completion Initiative, Student Information Systems and Trades and Transitions, Rick started his education career in Clearwater in 1992. While in Clearwater Rick taught history and social studies, was a school counsellor, a vice-principal and principal. In 2007, he moved to Kamloops gaining further experience as a school principal at Sa-Hali Secondary and South Kamloops Secondary. In 2016, Rick moved to the School Board Office as District Principal of Human Resources. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) History and Political Science from SFU, Bachelor of Education (BEd) Secondary from UBC, a Master of Education (MEd) in Teaching (Counselling) from Gonzaga University, and BC Professional Teacher Certification. 

Trish Smillie - Director of Instruction - Elementary Education and Learning Services

Trish leads the Inclusive Education Services, Aboriginal Education, and International Education Programs and provides support to elementary education programs and planning. With the district since 2015, Trish has experience in elementary and secondary school leadership, and elementary and secondary teaching experience. She holds a Master of Education (M.Ed.), Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Education (BEd), Elementary Education from University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta.

Financial Services 

 Kelvin Stretch - Secretary-Treasurer

The Secretary-Treasurer since 2008, Kelvin started his career with SD73 as the Accounting Supervisor in 1997, then Comptroller in 2003. 

A life-long learner, amateur athlete and volunteer, Kelvin has participated in and supported student governance, leadership in professional associations, sport organizations and theatre. He has been recognized with both a FCMA (Management Accountants) and a FCPA (Chartered Accountants) designation.

He holds an Accounting Diploma from Cariboo College, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from SFU. 


Trina Cassidy - Director of Finance

Trina started with SD73 in 2006 and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA) and the British Columbia Association of School Business Officials. She is responsible to the Secretary-Treasurer for financial reporting, budgets, payroll and the financial and ethical stewardship of SD73. Before joining the district, she held financial positions in Kamloops at Aluminum Curtainwall Systems, Inland Glass & Aluminum and BDO Canada LLP.

Facilities Department 


Art McDonald - Director of Facilities and Transportation

Art is responsible for the maintenance of the district’s 55 facilities and fleet of 100 maintenance vehicles and 70 buses. Prior to joining the District in 2002 Art worked in the private sector.

A professional engineer, Art holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering (PEng) from UBC. 

Information Technology
 John Cuzzola - Director of Information Technology

A student of AI and software engineering, John has been a core research contributor to two Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada projects (NSERC). As a sessional faculty member at Thompson Rivers University he teaches ethical hacking.  

John has been with SD73 since 2001 and as director is responsible to the secretary-treasurer for the stewardship of the school district’s Information Technology Department.

He holds a Master of Science (MSc), Information Systems from Athabasca University and Bachelor of Science (BSc), from UBC. 

Human Resources
 Shayne Olsen- Associate Superintendent – Human Resources

Shayne started his career as an accountant but it wasn’t long before he was drawn to the people side of organizations.

Arriving at SD73 in 2015, Shayne brings his significant private sector experience to lead the district’s labour relations with its multiple employee groups. A member of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of BC, and Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR), he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Simon Fraser University.  


Sharlene Bowers - Director of Human Resources (On Leave)               

Sharlene began her career with SD73 in 1996 following the amalgamation of the Kamloops School District with Clearwater’s North Thompson School District. In February 2004 she was appointed to the role of Manager in Human Resources. In September 2010 she became Director of the Human Resources Department, schools, principals and managers in the recruitment, selection, and assignments of approximately 700 support staff employees. Sharlene holds Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (BBA) and a Diploma in Business Administration, (Dip.BA) from SFU and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix. 


John Wiedrick - District Principal - Human Resources

An experienced educator and principal in both elementary and secondary schools, John is new to SD73. Prior to coming to Kamloops he was the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the High Prairie School Division in Alberta.  John holds a Bachelor of Education (BEd) and a Master’s of Education (MEd) in Leadership and School Improvement from the University of Alberta as well as a Canadian Professional Human Resources (CPHR) affiliation. 

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