Board of Directors

The Board is the senior governing body of the Association. The Board establishes priorities and policies that further the mission of the Association and advances the strategic priorities of the Association.

Meet the Queen's University Alumni Association Board of Directors below. 

President QUAA, Chair Board of Directors: Jeremy Mosher, Artsci'08

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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 they recently welcomed a son (Joshua Kevin) into the Mosher & Queen’s family.

Jeremy currently works for National Bank of Canada as a Vice President of Equity Sales and pens the Mosh-Pit investment newsletter.  Jeremy is passionate about volunteering with the Queen’s Alumni Association (with a fantastic team of volunteers), learning about great businesses, 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!

Executive VP Volunteer Recruitment and Recognition: David Babin, Artsci'07, MA'09

Dave Babin
David 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. 

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’13

Rico GarciaBorn 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 Cambridge, MA, where he is a Masters of Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. 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.

Acting Ex-Officio, Associate VP (Alumni Relations & Annual Giving): Leigh Kalin, Artsci'92

Leigh Kalin

Before her role as Acting Associate Vice-Principal (Alumni Relations and Annual Giving), Leigh was a member of Queen’s Office of Advancement executive team and played a leadership role in the university’s successful Initiative Campaign. Leigh was a key strategist and major gift fundraiser (leading the central development team) directly contributing to the $640M Queen’s Initiative Campaign.  

During her six years at the University of Toronto, Leigh was involved in the $1B Great Minds Campaign — the largest campaign in Canadian history at that time — and subsequently serving as a major gifts officer at Upper Canada College.

She holds a BAH, Political Science, Queen’s University, 1992.

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.

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 Herbert J. Hamilton Volunteer Service Award, 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.

Director, Marketing & Communications: Julia Reid, Artsci’08

Julia ReidAfter graduation in 2008 Julia moved to London, England and attended Queen’s Alumni Branch events to meet people and make friends. She met a young chap named James, Artsci’04, and recently they married and now have a daughter. 

While a student at Queen’s Julia majored in English Literature and studied at the Bader International Study Centre in her first year. Back on campus in Kingston she was a member of the Women’s Empowerment Committee, Queen’s Model UN and Students Taking Responsible Initiatives for a Viable Environment. 

Julia has been part of the Queen's Alumni branch in New York City (Past President) and still works closely with the branch exec team helping to engage local alumni. She currently serves as the Artsci'08 Reunion Coordinator and is an elected member of University Council. Julia is a past recipient of the QUAA Rising Star Award. 

Julia is a Business Development Director at Resound Marketing, a boutique PR agency in New York City. Julia and her family love to travel, ski and enjoy meeting other Canadians in NY.    

Director, Global Branch Network: Adam Shetler, Sc'08

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Adam graduated from Queen's in 2008 with a degree in Applied Science (Mechanical). During his time at Queen's, Adam served as a frosh week 'FREC' and played numerous recreational sports.  Upon graduating, he accepted a work term in Fort McMurray before landing in Calgary, Alberta.  Adam's project management career spans 10 years in the oil and gas industry ranging from downstream to upstream projects.  In his spare time, Adam enjoys volunteering with the Queen's Alumni Branch in Calgary, where he served as the Calgary Branch President from 2014-2016 and was recognized with the 'Rising Star' award in 2016. 

Adam is excited to bring his experience forward to the QUAA and further benefit the Queen's community!  When not volunteering for Queen's, you can find Adam enjoying the great outdoors or honing his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills in the gym.

Director-at-Large, Reunion Coordinator: Irene Wood, Artsci'79

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Irene was born and raised in Bowmanville, ON and graduated from Queen's in 1978 with a BA in French and German literature. While at Queen's, Irene was involved with the Women's Residence Council, intramural basketball and Queen's Bands as a majorette. 

Since graduation Irene has been part of local Queen's Alumni branches in Hamilton, Toronto (Past President) and now Hamilton-Halton and is always decked out in her tricolour wardrobe at all Queen’s events. She currently serves as the Artsci'79 Reunion Coordinator. Irene is a proud member of Queen’s Royal Legacy Society.

Currently, Irene works in the Office of the Mayor for the City of Hamilton and previously has enjoyed a 30 year career in administrative, marketing and project management in both the public and private sectors. Irene loves to be engaged in her community and volunteers with the Art Gallery of Burlington, as well as being actively involved in municipal, provincial and federal politics. 

Besides tennis in the summer and curling in the winter, Irene and her husband, John, have embraced a new chapter in their lives with the birth of their first grandchild, Archer - a future Queen's grad.