Board of Directors

Meet the Queens' University Alumni Association Board of Directors.

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Director, Marketing and Communications: Dave Babin, Artsci'07, MA'09

Dave BabinDavid had the good fortune to become a Queen’s alumnus two times over, graduating in 2007 with a BAH in Economics, and then with an MA in Economics in 2009. He then went on to graduate from Osgoode Hall Law School with a JD in 2012. David was actively involved in campus life while at Queen’s, as a member of the Queen’s Bands, Operations Chair for Arts and Science Orientation Week, a Stu-Con, and a bartender at TAPS.

He became actively involved in the alumni world by joining the Calgary branch executive as the chair for New Media between 2014 and 2016 and was lucky enough to work with some of the best alumni representatives in the country.

David is now back in Toronto where he serves as Enforcement Counsel for the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada. He is also a member of University Council, a patient Leafs fan, and a competitive axe thrower. 

President QUAA, Chair Board of Directors: Sue Bates, Artsci'91

Sue Bates

Born in Kingston to a Queen’s family, Sue graduated in 1991 and immediately moved across the pond and settled in Scotland, followed by moves to the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. With each move, Sue connected with the Alumni Association, serving as Branch Contact. 

Upon her return to Canada in 2005 Sue volunteered with the QUAA Kingston Branch and currently serves as a University Councillor, as well as the Alumni representative to UCAR (University Council on Athletics & Recreation). Sue can often be found decked out in tricolour, cheering on her beloved Gaels. When not volunteering her time with various Kingston organizations, Sue works as an assistant to a financial advisor, a job she loves.

Director-at-Large, Reunion Coordinator: Johanne Blansche, NSc'88

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Johanne was born and raised in Toronto but presently lives in Guelph. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 1982 with a BASc and from Queen's University in 1988 with a degree in NSc. Throughout her time at Queen's she volunteered of a number of different committees and upon graduation became her class's reunion coordinator, a position she holds to this day.

She has had the opportunity to live abroad several times to such places as Paris (where she studied at the Sorbonne) Geneva and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.

In her role as the Director-at-Large Reunion Coordinator, she hopes to present the voice of the Reunion Coordinators to the QUAA board.

Director-at-Large, Graduate Alumni: Arlette Boghoskhan, MIR’14

Arlette BoghoskhanBorn in Montreal, Arlette graduated from the Professional Masters in Industrial Relations in 2014. Her fondest memories of the program included: getting a taste of Kingston on her weekend courses once a month while living in Montreal, developing a network of Industrial Relations professionals across Canada and meeting Queen’s alumni at lunchtime speaker series events.

Prior to convocation, she joined the Montreal chapter of the QUAA as VP Communications. Since May 2016, she has served as Branch President and has been passionate about growing the local alumni community. One of her favourite aspects of volunteering for Queen’s is connecting with fellow alumni volunteers back on campus at the annual Alumni Volunteer Summit.

Arlette currently works in Human Resources for the National Film Board of Canada, and enjoys discovering Montreal and traveling (to Kingston and beyond!). She wears her tricolor proudly, and takes every opportunity to promote Queen’s and the MIR.

Director-at-Large, Young Alumni: Tuba Chishti, Artsci’15

Tuba ChishtiTuba was born in India, grew up in Saudi Arabia and Canada. During her time at Queen’s, Tuba spent way more time broadening her out of classroom experiences- usually in student government, but eventually graduated in 2015 with a BAH in Economics, and a minor in Biochemistry.

After Queen’s, she stumbled into the professional side of working at a post-secondary institution and took her first job at the University of British Columbia, and then at the University of Guelph. Currently, Tuba is happily working in Toronto at Humber College with college and university residents helping them transition into post-secondary environments, build resilience, and take responsibility for their actions. She often jokes that she is slowly making her way eastward bound back to Kingston.

During her free time, Tuba is usually at a park with her many cousins’ babies, reading a book, or catching up on Netflix.

Executive VP, Operations: Rico Garcia, Artsci’14

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Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Rico moved to Canada in 2009 to attend Queen's (he was lucky to have witnessed the Gaels win the Vanier Cup in his first year). At Queen's, Rico studied Applied Economics and Global Development Studies, lived in five different residences, worked as a Residence Don, and loved to get involved (particularly in student government).

A past recipient of the QUAA Outstanding Student Award and the Tricolour Award, Rico loves volunteering for Queen's and sharing his passion for his alma mater with his younger brother Max.

Rico currently resides in Toronto where he works as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. In addition to his Board duties, Rico is the Year President for the Artsci Class of 2013, he enjoys the outdoors, and is an avid Denver Broncos fan.

Director, Alumni Giving: Lisa Hood, Artsci’04

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Lisa graduated from Queen’s Faculty of Arts and Science in 2004 with a degree in biology and psychology. Although she loved her research experience at the Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS) it was her work as a student caller at Queen’s Telefundraising Services and co-chair of the 2004 ThankQ program that led to her career.

Lisa worked for Queen’s Annual Giving for six years, managing Queen's Telemarketing Students and then in the Faculty of Applied Science. During this time EngSoc honoured her with the Golden Pillar Award and made her an honorary member of EngSoc. In 2009 Lisa assumed the role of Associate Director, Annual Fund for the University of Guelph where she oversees a team responsible for raising approximately $5M annually. At U of G, Lisa completed her Masters in Leadership, earning Dean’s Honour recognition for her research on employee retention in the nonprofit sector, and in 2014 was named to Guelph’s Top 40 Under 40.

During her free time, Lisa is an active volunteer with Canadian Blood Services, the Guelph Community Foundation, her high school's alumni association, CCAE, CASE and, of course, Queen’s (University Councillor and ArtSci 04 Class Giving Chair). She is a proud member of Grant Hall Society and the Royal Legacy Society. Lisa and her husband, Jeff, welcomed their first child, Patrick, in 2015 and are enjoying every chance they can to expose him to all things tricolour.

Director, Global Branch Network: Stacy Kelly, Artsci'93

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Born in Ottawa, Stacy grew up in Pontiac, Quebec. After attending Cegep Heritage College, where he served on the student association executive, he ran away to Queen's. Stacy loved residence so much he stayed for 3 years, eventually joining the executive of the Main Campus Residence Council (MCRC). He later moved to Science '44 Co-op, where he was elected president and sat on the board for two years.

In addition to MCRC and Science'44, Stacy has fond memories of BEWIC soccer, Queen's Model UN, Queen's Croquet Club, and Philosophy Departmental Student Council (DSC).

 A passionate advocate for the arts, Stacy was the founding artistic director of Aylmer Youth Theatre, the founding director of ASUS Arts Adventure Camp, and director and president of Progressive Independent Community Press. He has also served as the director and treasurer of Drop-In Centre Kingston. 

Stacy was a Queen's staff member from 2000 to 2010, with positions in the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Queen's School of Business, and the Office of Advancement. During his tenure Stacy was appointed the staff representative to the Senate Committee on Residence, the Senate Cyclical Program Review Committee, and the Capital Assets and Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Stacy relocated to Toronto in October 2011 to take on a new opportunity as Associate Director, Campaign at OCAD University. In September 2017, Stacy took on a new professional role as Director, Philanthropy for The 519, Canada's largest LGBTQ centre. Wanting to keep his Queen's ties strong Stacy joined the executive of the Queen's Toronto Alumni Branch in early 2012 and served in different roles until he was appointed to the QUAA Board in 2015.

Director, Alumni Volunteer Summit: Colin McLeod, Artsci’10

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Colin was born in Cornwall, ON and graduated from Queen's with a BAH in Political Studies. During his time at Queen's, Colin was a Senior Peer Advisor at the Summer Orientation and Academic Registration (S.O.A.R.), Head Manager of the AMS Walkhome Service, and President of the Queen's Student Alumni Association (QSAA).

After graduation, Colin moved to Ottawa and completed a Master's of Arts in Public Administration at Carleton University. He also got involved with the Ottawa Alumni Branch and founded the Branch's Young Alumni Committee. The Committee has held several events and has provided an avenue for the many young alumni in the region to connect.

Colin currently works at Global Affairs Canada, where he is responsible for providing international economic policy advice that advances the Department’s foreign policy and trade agendas. Colin is happiest when hanging out with his wife, Laura (Artsci’10, MPA ’11) and Portuguese water dog, Alfie.

Executive VP, Volunteer Recruitment and Recognition: Jeremy Mosher, Artsci'08

Jeremy Mosher

Jeremy graduated from Queen’s in 2008 with a degree in Applied Economics.  While at Queen’s he was active as a Gael, a Coordinator for ArtSci Orientation and with the QSB Executive Education Program.  Jeremy also met his very supportive wife Andrea, Artsci’08, while at Queen’s and then shortly after graduation they both shipped off to Calgary.

Jeremy currently works for CIBC Asset Management as an equity analyst covering the energy sector.  Jeremy is passionate about volunteering with the Queen’s Alumni Association (with a fantastic team of volunteers), the Queen’s University Investment Council (QUIC), all things energy focused, outdoors, music and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

I am very proud to get to work with Queen’s volunteers and the QUAA and encourage anyone interested in getting involved to send me a quick note so we can discuss!

Director, QUAA Awards: Kathy Owen, Arts’67

Kathy OwensKathy graduated from Queen’s in 1966 with a degree in English and French, after which she embarked on a career as a teacher. During the 70s she was involved in local Queen’s Alumni branches in Orillia and Toronto. After her retirement as a secondary school principal in 2008, Kathy again looked to Queen’s Alumni for volunteer opportunities. For seven years she chaired the Events Committee for the Toronto Branch, a committee whose purpose was to provide engaging activities and speakers for the wide demographic in the Toronto area.

A recent recipient of the Herb Hamilton Award for Volunteer Service, Kathy looks forward to her new role on the QUAA Board. When she is not volunteering for Queen’s, she can be found coaching secondary school principals; travelling with her husband, Bob (Arts’66, Law’68);  or enjoying the pursuits of her three grandchildren.

Ex-Officio, Associate VP (Alumni Relations & Annual Giving): Ryan Rodrigues

Ryan Rodrigues

Ryan joined Queen’s University’s Office of Advancement in the summer of 2017, he is responsible for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. 

He holds a BA from Huron University College and an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University. Ryan has served at a number of universities in a variety of capacities, including annual giving, alumni relations, student recruitment, and as a volunteer with the University Senate, Board of Governors, Alumni Association(s) and Student Government. 

Ryan currently serves on the following boards: the Canadian Professional Sales Association, the CPSA Foundation, the CPSA Sales Institute, and the Sunnybrook Next Generation. In addition, he is the volunteer Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation Toronto Grant review team and volunteers with Legal Aid Ontario, Tennis Canada, University of the People and the Loran Foundation.