Board of Governors' Biographies
The Board of Governors provides an important role for Red Deer College. Below you can read about the professional and personal achievements of RDC's Board of Governors' members.
Guy Pelletier, Chair
Guy has a long history with Red Deer College dating back to 1987 when he graduated with a Business Administration diploma. After completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Calgary, he returned to RDC as an employee. Guy continued his connection to the College in a volunteer capacity after moving to the private sector in 1996. He served on a variety of committees with the Alumni Association, the Foundation, and two terms on the Board of Governors.
Guy works as the Vice President of the Red Deer Region for Melcor Developments. Melcor has been an active residential and commercial real estate developer in central Alberta for over 40 years. He has a strong belief in the immense value of education in all forms. He served two terms (one as Board Chair) as a Trustee for Red Deer Catholic Schools. Guy is a committed community volunteer having served on many Boards and Committees – most recently as a Board member for the 2019 Canada Winter Games held in Red Deer.
Guy shares his love of Red Deer with his wife Lee Ann. Together they have three children – one in high school and two attending university.
Dr. Peter Nunoda, RDC President
On September 3, 2019, Dr. Peter Nunoda began his term as the 11th President at Red Deer College (RDC). Prior to his appointment at RDC, Dr. Nunoda served as the President of Vancouver Community College (VCC) from 2014 - 2019.
Holding a Ph.D. in History, Dr. Nunoda brings more than 30 years of post-secondary experience to the College. He was an instructor in the Departments of History and Native Studies for 12 years at the University of Manitoba, and his subject matter expertise in Aboriginal health led him to a position at James Cook University in Australia.
He has also served as the Program Director for Aboriginal Focus Programs and Director of Access Programs at the University of Manitoba. From 2007-2011, he was the Dean of Faculty of Health at the University College of the North. He also served as Vice President, Academic and Research at Northern Lights College (NLC) from 2011 - 2014.
Joe Henderson, Vice Chair
Joe Henderson recently retired as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Wolf Creek School Division after 34 years as a financial and business leader in public education in Alberta. He holds a CPA, CGA designation and a Business Diploma in Accounting from Fairview College.
He has a wealth of experience gained from working in a variety of financial management roles within school districts across central Alberta. Joe’s passion for education is also evident through his board experience which includes having served as Chair of the Alberta School Boards Insurance Exchange and various leadership roles served with the Association of School Business Officials of Alberta including serving as President twice.
Joe is also an active member in his home community of Ponoka, having served on the Ponoka Economic Development Board, Councillor Remuneration Review Committee and Subdivision Development Appeal Board. He has also participated for several years in minor sport working with community youths as a minor hockey and soccer coach. Joe also enjoys spending time with his wife, Sue, their eight children and their families including thirteen grandkids.
Gilles Allard is a Canadian Building Official and Partnership Advisor with Alberta Municipal Affairs, Public Safety Division’s Compliance and Assurance team. Gilles is tasked to audit, monitor, mediate and mentor Accredited Corporations and Municipal partners in maintaining an acceptable level of public and building safety.
Gilles has extensive board and committee experience including various provincial and municipal committees in roles of Past President of Alberta Building Officials Association, Director with the Alliance of Canadian Building Officials, Provincial Barrier-Free Advisory Council, Aboriginal co-chair to Redesigning of AB Child and Family Services Central Region. Gilles has demonstrated an innate ability to work effectively with stakeholders in establishing mutually beneficial partnerships. Some community accolades have included Red Deer Citizen Distinguished Volunteer, Winter Games Bid Committee, Canada 150 - Rocky Mountain House Metis Homecoming, Ministry of Children Services recognition in creating a new, community-based system of services for children and families.
Gilles is a lifelong learner having completed all of his formal education and training as an adult student at RDC/UofA, Keyano College “RSE” Trades designation, Lakeland College Certified MA Investigator along with ongoing professional development. Gilles is married and has five adult children and three grandest of grandkids.
Charlene Burns is an experienced educator who has a strong knowledge of Alberta’s educational system. As a long-time teacher and administrator, Charlene’s wealth of experience includes working as a teacher, Cree instructor, college librarian, vice principal and principal. She taught in her home community of Maskwacis, formerly Hobbema, for many years. Since 2011, Charlene has been the Community Capacity Development Coordinator for Aboriginal Ministries with the United Church of Canada.
Charlene served as a board member on both the Central Alberta Child and Family Services Authority Board and the Central Alberta Persons with Developmental Disabilities Board. She has also volunteered through Samson United Church throughout her life.
Charlene and her husband, Russel, reside in Ponoka and have three grandchildren.
Brittany Lausen is a self-proclaimed life-long learner and currently a Bachelor of Commerce student at the Red Deer College Donald School of Business after completing a University Transfer Diploma in Bachelors of Education. In 2018, Brittany was awarded the Red Deer College Foundation Outstanding Student Award, the Students' Association Student of the Year Award, Mental Health Initiative Award, and the Laurence Decore Scholarship for Student Leadership. She has also received Red Deer College Student Recognition Awards in 2017, 2018,and 2019.
Brittany has a passion for working with children and has worked at Summer Camps for 6 years. Currently, she volunteer tutors for Learning Disabilities Alberta. She is also passionate about business and management as well as student leadership. Brittany is currently the President of the Students' Association of Red Deer College.
Brittany was born in Red Deer, but grew up in Calgary. She moved back to Red Deer to start school, and now lives with her husband, Erik, and dog, Sage, in Airdrie, where she commutes from every day.
Emeka Nwachukwu is a Canadian who was born and spent his earlier years in Nigeria. As a professional Project Manager, Emeka works with organizations to address challenges by implementing solutions to meet unique needs of technology, resources, financial constraints and quality using project governance and controls principles.
Emeka is a resident of Red Deer where he lives with his wife and three young children in beautiful Central Alberta, within reach of the prairie, lakes and mountains.
Emeka is passionate about community engagement, poverty and hunger eradication, food security, and children education. As a child growing up in Nigeria, Emeka realized that the only way to escape poverty was to study and get good grades in school. But beyond the school walls, in the village of Mbaise in southeast Nigeria where he grew up, Emeka knew first-hand what it means by “it takes a village to raise a child” because the community was very much involved in instilling morals into young children as well as in lending money to parents in need of paying school fees for their children.
Julie has extensive experience in providing assurance (audit), tax, succession and business advisory services to a variety of public sector and nonprofit clients. A passion of Julie’s, she also leads clients through financial fluency and governance sessions in an effort to help her clients better understand their financial reporting.
A proud member of the central Alberta community, Julie is involved in a variety of volunteer and non-profit governance roles, including on the board of the Downtown Business Association.
A resident of Red Deer, Julie is married to her high school sweetheart, Darren and has two children – one in RDC and one in high school.
Julie is passionate about adult education, and Alberta’s public institutions. She looks forward to working with Red Deer College’s leadership and stakeholders towards fulfilling the vision of RDC.
Dr. Dustin Quirk
Dr. Dustin Quirk is Business Instructor at Red Deer College's Donald School of Business where he teaches courses on strategic management, economics, business integration and corporate social responsibility. Dustin has also been involved at Red Deer College in other roles including working as a Chair in the School of Trades and Technologies, and serving on numerous College committees including Academic Council, Faculty Performance, Research Ethics Board, Quality Improvement of Programs Committee, and Research and Scholarship Committee.
Prior to joining Red Deer College, Dustin worked for over 5 years in various government policy and economic roles related to housing market analysis and industry liaison. Dustin has extensive community engagement experience serving on numerous boards and committees related to homelessness, housing, education and the environment. His research interests include residential construction (housing), business sustainability, and business education. He has a Doctor of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Strategic Planning from the Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University, a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta.
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