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. 

Rhonda NixonRhonda Nixon - Superintendent of Schools 

Dr. Rhonda Nixon brings many accomplishments from her diverse, 30-year career as an educator in rural, rural-urban, and large school districts in Alberta and as a post-secondary professor at the University of Victoria. Her previous roles include elementary, junior, and secondary teacher, and vice-principal, principal, division consultant and division administrator. Prior to her appointment as Superintendent for SD73 on July 1, 2021, she was the Deputy Superintendent of Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools, overseeing Inclusive and Early Education, English as Second Language, Indigenous Education, K-12 Curriculum, Distance and Outreach Education, Alternative Education Programs, Educational Technologies, and Data Management. 

She holds a Bachelor of Education Degree, a Master of Education Degree, and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta.

 Bill HamblettBill 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.  

Grant ReillyGrant Reilly - Assistant Superintendent - Early Learning and Elementary 

Grant has been an educator for 21 years, serving in diverse roles (district principal, principal, vice-principal, teacher, learning support teacher, district numeracy lead) in rural (Lytton, Ashcroft, and Savona) and urban (Kamloops) communities. He holds multiple post-secondary qualifications, notably a Master's Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership (UVic), a School Management and Leadership (UVic) Professional Certificate, and a Transformative Educational Leadership Program (UBC) Professional Certificate.

Vessy MochikasVessy Mochikas - Assistant Superintendent - Inclusive Education 
Vessy has been an educator for 25 years, and she has been a director, principal, vice-principal, teacher, counsellor, and Learning Assistance Resource Teacher. Previously the Director of Instruction, Elementary Education and Learning Services she was responsible for Aboriginal and Inclusive Education. She holds multiple post-secondary qualifications, notably a Master’s Degree, Leadership and Administration (Gonzaga University), and a Professional Certificate in Transformative Educational Leadership Program (UBC).
Lisa CarsonLisa Carson — Director of Instruction- Curriculum 

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 KienleinRick 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. 

 Trina CassidyTrina Cassidy - Secretary Treasurer

Trina started with School District No. 73 in 2006 and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA) and the British Columbia Association of School Business Officials. As the Secretary-Treasurer, she is the corporate officer of the Board and is directly responsible for a broad portfolio including financial and corporate operations, legal affairs, purchasing, policies and procedures, support personnel, financial information management, risk management, maintenance, and facilities and transportation. Before joining the District, she held financial positions in Kamloops at Aluminum Curtainwall Systems, Inland Glass & Aluminum and BDO Canada LLP.

Robbie TallonRobbie TallonDirector of Finance

Robbie is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Thompson Rivers University. He started with School District No. 73 in 2019 as the Manager of Finance. His previous financial experience includes not-for-profit organizations, public accounting firms, banking, and utilities. 

 Sherry Kristjanson - Director of Transportation
Sherry started with SD73 in 2013 as a dispatcher, becoming manager in 2016, and director in 2021. She brings a unique hybrid of skills and experience to her role from her years as a community service worker, and a bus driver and dispatcher with BC Transit. A Certified Director of Pupil Transportation (CDPT) she is responsible for the district’s fleet of 84 buses, 113 employees and supports with management of the district’s fleet of 105 service vehicles.  
 Art McDonaldWayne Pinette - Director of Information and Technology 

Responsible for planning and managing the information technology operations of the district, Wayne has 17 years of experience working in the public sector including 11 years as the manager of networks and security with SD73. He has a BA in Mathematics from SFU and is pursuing certification in Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), the leading framework for managing IT service delivery.  

 Art McDonaldArt McDonaldDirector of Facilities 

Art is responsible for the maintenance of the district’s 55 facilities and grounds, and a fleet of 100 maintenance vehicles. Annually he prepares the Long-Range Facilities Plan, the Capital Priorities Plan, and is integral to providing the data to manage district enrollment pressures. He is currently overseeing the expansion of Valleyview Secondary, the rebuilding of Parkcrest Elementary, and has started the process for a new elementary school in Pineview Valley.  

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

 Shayne OlsenShayne OlsenAssociate 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.  

John WiedrickJohn WiedrickDistrict Principal - Human Resources
An experienced educator and principal in both elementary and secondary schools, John joined the SD73 leadership team in 2018. 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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