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College Executive Bios

Glenn Vollebregt

President and CEO

Headshot of Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO of St. Lawrence College

Glenn Vollebregt began his tenure as the President and CEO of St. Lawrence College in 2013 with a strong student focus and commitment to student success, academic excellence and leadership in our communities. In addition to a broad and diverse range of senior leadership experience in the private sector, municipal government and higher education, Glenn holds a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from the University of London (UK), a Certified Public Accountant (CPA, CMA) Designation and a Business Diploma from Georgian College. In addition, Glenn recently earned the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Formerly serving on the inaugural Sustainable Kingston Board of Directors, Glenn is passionate about the ongoing success and development of his community. He currently serves as member of the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) Board of Directors and in addition, serves as Executive Member and Secretary/Treasurer of the Colleges Ontario Committee of Presidents, Chair of the Colleges Ontario Audit Committee and member of the OCAS Board of Directors.

If you follow Glenn on Twitter you will know he is passionate about the student experience at St. Lawrence College and ensuring success of all of our learners. He is dedicated to the leadership role the College plays in our community and the importance of our students and graduates to our region.

Glenn believes in health and wellness, is a passionate cyclist, runner and tennis player and practices yoga. An avid reader, Glenn ensures that he finds quality time to spend with his family, one of his most important priorities.

Eileen De Courcy

Senior Vice-President, Academic

Eileen De Courcy

Eileen De Courcy began her role as Senior Vice-President Academic at St. Lawrence College in November 2018. A senior academic leader with experience in both the private and public sector, including secondary school, apprenticeship, college, university and executive education settings, Eileen is passionately dedicated to education, lifelong learning, academic excellence and student success.

Eileen’s leadership of the academic division is demonstrably committed to a deliberate focus on the development and delivery of strong, effective programs resulting in measurably high levels of student satisfaction and professional success. She is also committed to creating learning environments that reflect the best elements of faculty expertise, industry/ community partnerships, and the use of emerging technologies to position St. Lawrence College as a preeminent teaching and learning institute.

Eileen is currently pursuing a PhD in innovation in teaching and learning from the University of Toronto. She holds a Masters of Arts in Education Administration from Central Michigan, a Bachelor of Education from Brock University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Theatre from Guelph University.

Eileen enjoys presenting to international audiences on a variety of topics related to teaching and training, curriculum, professional development and innovation in 21st century learning practices. She enjoys spending time with her family, cycling, hiking and travelling.

Kathy O'Brien

Senior Vice-President, Strategy, Communications & Advancement

Kathy O'Brien Senior Vice-President, Strategy, Communications & Advancement

Kathy O’Brien is the Senior Vice-President, Strategy, Communications and Advancement. She joined the College in December 2018 and is responsible for leading the overall strategic and business planning for SLC in collaboration with the academic division and other senior administrative staff. Kathy has oversight for strategic enrolment management, strategic risk management, student recruitment, marketing and communications, government relations, alumni engagement and advancement activities, and community engagement.

Kathy has broad experience in leadership roles in both the private and public sector. She spent 16 years at Queen’s University where, most recently, she was the Associate Vice-Principal (International). In this role, she was responsible for the university’s overall international strategic direction and relationship building across the globe. Through integrated planning and consensus building, she successfully introduced new academic and research partnerships, increased international student mobility, and collaborated on increasing international alumni engagement strategies.

Kathy is a graduate of Dalhousie University with a Master’s of Public Administration (Management) and she has a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Linguistics from Carleton University. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE). From 2012 to 2018, she sat on the Board of Governors for St. Lawrence College.

Rick Anderson

Vice-President, Students Affairs

With over 25 years of experience in higher education, Rick brings to his role an incredible wealth of related experience. In addition to his experience providing counselling and support to students attending post-secondary, Rick has also worked inside the classroom, teaching and developing course materials at both Six Nations Polytechnic and McMaster University. Outside of the classroom, Rick has played invaluable roles serving as Registrar (Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology), Director Student Services (Niagara College), Director of Aboriginal Education and Development (Mohawk College) and of course as both College Registrar and Director, Student Services here at SLC. Through his formal training completing his Master of Social Work and his current pursuit toward the completion of his Ph.D. in Community College Leadership, Rick has combined his professional experience and formal education in order to pursue a career path dedicated to making a difference in the lives of students.

Since joining SLC, Rick has demonstrated our college value of putting students first and has been a model ambassador for the College. In his new role as Vice President, Student Affairs, Rick will continue to lead the Student Services portfolio providing leadership, innovation and strategic direction to those in our Student Services, Counselling and AccessAbility & Health Centres, Athletics & Student Engagement, Libraries, Financial Aid and Student Rights & Responsibilities divisions.

Chris Garnett

Vice-President, Human Resources and Organizational Development

Chris has close to 20 years of experience working within and improving complex HR systems, and building relationships with union partners. Chris has developed and led high-performing teams and his prior experience includes serving as the Director of Pharmacy Operations and Regional HR Director for the Ottawa and Greater Toronto Area at Rexall Pharmacy Group.

Chris completed his Masters in Business Administration and Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Management at Athabasca University, and holds an Advance Healthcare System Leadership Certificate from Rotman University, as well as a Workplace Mental Health Leadership Program Certificate from Queen’s University. Chris is a committed life-long learner who values professional development and he is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL). His passion for positive change management is reflected in the fact that he is Black Belt – Lean Six Sigma certified, and he has demonstrated his commitment to team growth and innovation through initiatives at the hospital and in the community.

Chris is also no stranger to SLC. As a proud graduate of our Business Administration Diploma – Accounting program, Chris also teaches in the Business Admin HR program focusing on Canadian Labour Economics.

Chris joins our exceptional team of HR and OD professionals who will continue to excel as they work together to support SLC faculty, staff, and students. He will be leading initiatives designed to help us continue growing as an engaged, diverse team equipped to succeed.

Shelley Aylesworth-Spink

Vice-President, International Education

With 17 years of experience in higher education and vast knowledge in the field of intercultural learning, Shelley’s passion for inspiring teams and developing complex business strategies is evident in the successes she has had throughout her career. During her 12 years at Queen’s University, Shelley occupied four positions at the Director level leading teams in the Communications & Planning, School of Graduate Studies, Office of the Vice-Principal Advancement and in the Advancement, Communications & Marketing offices. In addition, Shelley has spent time in the classroom teaching and working alongside experienced faculty at the University of Westminster and University of West London – both located in the UK.

Academically, Shelley has excelled, completing her PhD in Cultural Studies and a Master in Public Administration. She has completed a series of other impressive diplomas and certificates in fields ranging from journalism to public relations to international development in addition to taking part in a multitude of learning opportunities throughout Europe and Asia.

Since joining SLC in 2017, Shelley has made tremendous strides within the School of Business. Under her leadership, the School of Business team has created and continues to execute a complex action research project focused on building intercultural competence into all business school curriculums and in an effort to equip faculty and staff with current tools, resources and strategies to engage and meet the needs of both our domestic and international students.

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