Leadership

Lisa Evans
Head of School

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.


Marc Young
Head of Wentworth

Prior to his role of Head of Wentworth, Marc was the Assistant Head of the Junior School at West Point Grey Academy (WPGA). 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). Mr. Young brings a wealth of independent school experience and education to this important role at Collingwood, first as an elementary teacher and then as Assistant Head of the Junior School at WPGA since 2008. He 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 during this time is transformational. Mr. Young also brings a breadth of experience in areas such as junior school athletics and coaching, outdoor education programs, student life and leadership initiatives. He is personable, authentic, values-driven and approachable. Mr. Young is a forward-thinking leader who works collaboratively with colleagues. Most importantly, though, he is a proud father and husband. We welcome Marc and his wife, Molly, and their two children to the Collingwood family!


Dr. Beverley von Zielonka
Head of Morven

Dr. Beverley von Zielonka, joins Collingwood School as the Head of Morven and comes to us from Branksome Hall Asia (South Korea) having spent the past six years there as Head of Middle & Senior School and then as Principal. Her responsibilities included generating strategic school development, hiring faculty and staff, growing the size of the student body, working with the parent community, International Baccalaureate curriculum development, and the growth of an extensive arts, athletic, design tech, experiential outdoor education, and service co-curricular program. Prior to this, 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 on creating the most stimulating environment for students. She is a champion for collaborative planning and believes that teachers working together can create a culture that is dynamic and supports evolution and progress in all that they do. She is proud of instilling a sense of community within the schools in which she works and looks forward to reuniting with family and friends who live in the Lower Mainland. We welcome Beverley to Collingwood School!


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
Director of Teaching, Learning & Innovation

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.


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

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.


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.