Leadership

Lisa Evans
Acting Head & Head of Morven Campus

Lisa Evans has been with Collingwood School for 25 years, and is part of the fabric of our community. As Head of the Morven Campus since 2001, Lisa has been responsible for the day to day operations of the Morven Campus.

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.


Maria Trolese
Deputy Head

Maria Trolese has a track record of advancing the strategic and immediate goals of Collingwood with her combination of experience as a member of Collingwood’s faculty and as a strong administrator. Having been part of the Collingwood community for nearly a decade, Maria is an advocate for learning outside of the confines of a four-walled classroom, and she is passionate about engaging students with the world outside the physical boundaries of our school building. As Deputy Head, Maria is responsible for planning and executing initiatives which connect our programs and campuses from JK-12. Maria holds a Masters of Education-Administration and Leadership from the University of British Columbia.


John-Paul Cavalluzzo
Head of Wentworth Campus (JK-7)

John-Paul Cavalluzzo is a character-first educator who cares about the social and emotional well-being and overall development of the students. He is currently responsible for running the day-to-day operations of Wentworth campus (JK-7). Whether greeting our students at the traffic circle, watching a Wentworth sporting event or musical, JP leads by example and wants his students to know that he genuinely cares about them and their development as people. JP’s colleagues characterize him as a relational leader who motivates his faculty through a celebration of their personal and professional growth. Prior to Collingwood, JP was a middle school English, History, and Geography teacher at Upper Canada College. Mr. Cavalluzzo has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph and a Master of Teaching from the University of Toronto. Mr. Cavalluzzo also played CIS football at the University of Guelph where he was named an Academic-All Canadian.


Janis Clark
Director of Enrolment & Financial Aid

As Director of Enrolment & Financial Aid since 2012, Janis Clark leads the School’s Admissions Office. She works with prospective families throughout the admission process, oversees Collingwood’s Financial Aid program, and engages in numerous initiatives with our currently enrolled families. Janis is an experienced educator and administrator who has taught in both independent and public schools for two decades, served as Past Chair of the CAIS Admissions National Network, and is a frequent speaker at educators’ and admission conferences throughout North America. As part of the Collingwood family since 1989, Janis has taught at both our Wentworth and Morven campuses, and has also taught on the Faculty of Education at UBC in the Teacher Education Program. In addition to her professional educational experience, Janis was the Principal of a marketing and communications company for over a decade. Janis holds a Bachelor of Education, a CAIS Diploma in Independent School Leadership, and a Masters of Education in Educational Administration & Leadership.


Jennifer Dousett
Dean of Faculty

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.


Elain Evans
Executive Director, Advancement

A parent at Collingwood School and a veteran fundraiser, Elain Evans is dedicated to growing Collingwood’s fundraising and engagement program. As a strategic and creative thinker, Elain is honoured to lead a highly skilled staff who are building meaningful relationships with the amazing Collingwood community. Dedicated to making a positive difference with ingenuity and integrity, Elain is excited about what lies ahead for Collingwood School as the funding program with support from a dedicated group of volunteers, allows the School to progress from strength to strength. Elain has worked with alumni (and students – our future alumni) for more than a decade, and she is enthusiastic about integrating alumni into the greater Collingwood community, enabling them to both contribute to and benefit from the School’s achievements and ambitions.


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.


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.


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.