Leadership

Lisa Evans
Head of School

As Collingwood School’s sixth Head of School, Lisa Evans oversees the Senior Leadership Team and Reports to the Board of Governors. Lisa has been with Collingwood for 27 years—first as a classroom teacher, then holding various administrative positions. Lisa served as Head of the Morven Campus for 17 years before assuming the role as Head of School in early 2018.

Lisa’s passionate about her relationships with students, family, staff and faculty. A self-described coach at heart, Lisa loves working with students on recognizing their strengths and pursuing their passions, while focusing on areas of improvement. Lisa’s philosophy is seeing students as individuals, being fair while firm, and holding our students to a high standard of personal conduct and as positive contributors to our school community.

Lisa is co-founder of Collingwood’s successful Encounter Program—a student-led retreat that focuses on personal growth and development, and has coached countless high school, regional, UBC Junior Varsity and BC teams for Field Hockey. She was a member of the Canadian Women’s National U-21 Field Hockey Squad and the UBC Women’s Field Hockey Varsity Team.

Lisa received her BA double major in English and Social Studies, and Bachelor of Education: Secondary School (English and Social Studies) before working on her Masters in Educational Administration—all from the University of British Columbia.


Marc Young
Head of Wentworth

Prior to joining Collingwood as the Head of Wentworth, Marc was the Assistant Head of the Junior School at West Point Grey Academy (WPGA). Marc’s career combines hands-on teaching experience as a former classroom teacher with more than a decade of independent school administration and leadership roles. Marc is passionate about empowering children and believes that the elementary years are the most formative—that developing a child’s ability to capitalize on their potential as a learner during this time is transformational. Mr. Young also brings a breadth of experience in areas such as character education, athletics and coaching, outdoor education programs, student life and leadership initiatives. Mr. Young is a graduate of St. George’s School, and holds a Bachelor of Arts, English Literature (McGill University), Diploma in Outdoor Recreation Management (Capilano College), a Bachelor of Education (UBC) and a Master of Education (UBC). Marc is a forward-thinking leader who works collaboratively with his colleagues. He is personable, authentic, values-driven and approachable. Most importantly, though, Collingwood is a family affair for Marc, as his two children attend the school and his wife also teaches at the Wentworth campus.


Dr. Beverley von Zielonka
Head of Morven

Dr. Beverley von Zielonka is an accomplished school administrator, whose career spans the globe over many years. Prior to joining Collingwood School as the Head of Morven, Dr. von Zielonka spent two years as Head of Middle & Senior School and then four years as Principal of Branksome Hall Asia (South Korea). Her experience includes generating strategic school development, hiring faculty and staff, founding and growing the size of the student body, and establishing International Baccalaureate curriculum development. Dr. von Zielonka was the Deputy Head of Teaching and Learning at Holy Trinity School in Ontario, Principal of Hastings Middle School in Upper Arlington, Ohio, and teacher then Middle School Principal at the International School of Dusseldorf, Germany. A life-long learner herself, she holds a Bachelor of Education in Geography and Kinesiology (SFU), a Master of Arts in Education Administration (Oxford Brookes University, Oxford) and a Doctor of Education Administration, Training and Policy Studies (Boston University). Dr. von Zielonka is a passionate leader who is totally focused to create the most rigorous, relevant and relationship rich environment for students at Collingwood’s senior campus.


Jennifer Dousett
Director of Teaching, Learning & Innovation–Morven Campus

Jennifer Dousett is an experienced and innovative educator who has a unique window into Collingwood. Having taught on both campuses since 1997 and having held posts as both Head of Technology Integration and Director of Teaching and Learning, Jen is passionate about maintaining academic rigour in a learning environment that offers students authentic, real world learning experiences. Jen is the curricular leader of both the Wentworth and Morven campuses, and is responsible for the continued process of shaping and evolving the vision of our JK-12 academic program. She firmly believes that the strength of Collingwood’s curricular programming is a direct result of the talented faculty who dedicate themselves so deeply to our school and to their students’ learning. In addition to her Bachelor of Education from McGill University, Jen holds a Master of Education in Technology from UBC.


Angela Nielsen
Director of Communications

Angela Nielsen is a public relations and communications professional with 18 years’ experience. Angela has deep roots in education having worked for both the Sauder School of Business at UBC and for SFU in senior communication positions. Having worked as a journalist and in marketing leadership positions in a variety of industries—including non-profits, real estate brokerages, development companies and renewable energy, Angela is passionate about using a storytelling approach to tell the narrative of Collingwood. Angela was Principal of her own boutique consulting practice for 12 years where her client work focused on community engagement, issues management and strategic communication planning. Angela holds a Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from BCIT and a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Communications from SFU.


Catherine Ruby
Chief Financial Officer

Catherine Ruby has 16 years’ experience providing strategic financial leadership in the Not-For-Profit sector, and has a passion for achieving financial sustainability and driving efficiencies to allow mission based organizations maximise their impact in the community. As CFO of Collingwood School Society and its Foundation, Catherine leads the business operations teams including Finance, HR, IT, Facilities and Risk. She provides strategic business advice and is responsible for the long-term financial and operational sustainability of the organisation. Prior to 2016, Catherine was CFO of the Rick Hansen Foundation and the Rick Hansen Institute, and an Audit Manager with KPMG LLP. As a designated CPA, CA, Catherine is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants British Columbia and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.


Rheanne Stevens

Director of Teaching, Learning & Innovation–Wentworth Campus

Rheanne Stevens has spent 20 years working with children and teachers in schools across Canada and Bermuda. She loves to bring a community of learners together for a common purpose, empower children and adults to forge new paths for themselves and others and bring ideas to life in an educational setting. Rheanne was instrumental in the creation and development of the Unbounded Programme at the Wentworth campus where children are engaged in a wide range of student-driven explorations and initiatives. Focussed on school improvement and professional growth and development, Rheanne supports teachers with their academic program, enjoys leading teams of educators through "Instructional Rounds" a number of times each year, and is valued for her problem-solving, listening and coaching skills. She is a proud Collingwood parent of two boys and is honoured to be surrounded by such inspiring and caring people each day.



Lindsay Thierry
Director of Enrolment

With more than 25 years of senior administrative experience in strategic business development, educational leadership and philanthropy, Lindsay Thierry leads the Collingwood Enrolment Office—working with prospective families throughout the admission process and engaging with and supporting currently enrolled families at numerous levels and School events. Lindsay is an experienced educator having begun his independent school career as a teacher, and an accomplished administrator having held several national and international school leadership posts throughout his career including: Assistant Director of Admissions and later Director of Education Extension and Exchange Programs at St. Michael’s University School in Victoria; Director of Admissions, Marketing & Residential Life at St. George’s School in Vancouver; Director of Institutional Advancement at the Shanghai American School in China; and as Assistant Head of School, Enrolment Management at The Bishop Strachan School in Toronto. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) as well as a Professional Fundraising Certificate from Boston University.



Samantha Weiss
Dean of Student Life and Leadership

As Dean of Student Life and Leadership Samantha Weiss oversees all JK-12 programs in areas involving student’s lives outside of the regular academic regime and provides structure for students to pursue their interests driven by their passions. Sam’s career in school based education came after more than 10 years of leading and managing nationwide and international experiential and adventure education programs. Her travels have brought her from the Himalayas, to the Alps, to remote Canadian wilderness and honed both her skill as a facilitator and her ability to manage diverse and dynamic situations. Once in the teaching world, Sam was able to use her strong understanding of experiential learning to teach meaningfully and authentically. Sam is responsible for service learning, experiential education, social emotional learning (SEL) initiatives, student leadership, health and wellness. She has a Bachelor or Management/Outdoor Education with a minor in Business Administration from Acadia University and a Bachelor of Education from Trent University.