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Ellen L. Cmolik

Co-Founder, Board Vice-Chair

Ellen L. Cmolik

Co-Founder, Board Vice-Chair

Ellen Cmolik is Vice-Chair of TCF, a retired Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) and a retired Certified Financial Planner (CFP). She is an entrepreneur who has successfully owned and managed several businesses in her lifetime. Ellen is passionate about ensuring the availability of education for BC youth. Ellen loves music and her hobbies are horseback riding and dancing.

C. Russell Cmolik

Co-Founder, Board Chair

C. Russell Cmolik

Co-Founder, Board Chair

Russ Cmolik is Board Chair of TCF, a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and former Partner, President and Director of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE: RBA). Russ brings a wealth of knowledge, drive, enthusiasm and contacts to the foundation. For hobbies, Russ is a helicopter enthusiast with a commercial helicopter pilot’s license. He is also an avid traveler.

Robert (Bob) Coventry

Trustee

Robert (Bob) Coventry

Trustee

Bob Coventry worked as an educator in the Surrey School district for 35 years before retiring in 2010.  He has held the positions of Secondary Teacher, Vice-Principal, Principal, Director of Instruction and Assistant Superintendent.  Bob is married to Debbie, a retired elementary school teacher, and they have two young adult children. Bob’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, camping and travel.  He volunteers with TCF and with Bayside Rugby as an executive board member.

Kirsten Evanish  

Trustee

Kirsten Evanish  

Trustee

Kirsten attended both Langara College (Property Management) and Simon Fraser University (SFU) Burnaby campus. She is married to Mitch and is a busy mother of two teenage boys all the while maintaining her landscaping business. Kirsten is an avid runner and cyclist who loves to spend time outdoors. Kirsten currently volunteers on the TCF Student Selection Committee and mentors several of our students.

Nicholas A. C. Saklas

Trustee

Nicholas A. C. Saklas

Trustee

Nick Saklas has an accounting and corporate finance background. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV), and University of Victoria graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce. He was a Vice President of Corporate Finance at KPMG Vancouver, where he articled and worked for ten years. After KPMG, Nick joined the hospitality sector and took over as General Manager of Abigail’s Hotel, a boutique, luxury heritage hotel in Victoria. Nick is an aviation enthusiast and possesses a commercial helicopter pilot’s license, which he uses for recreation. Nick is married to Lisa Saklas and they have two young boys.

Kari L. Walker

Trustee

Kari L. Walker

Trustee

Kari Walker is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) who graduated from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2001. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and anthropology from UBC. Kari is an award-winning romance novelist. She is married to Todd Walker. Kari and Todd have two boys. Kari’s hobbies include softball, gardening, painting, quilting and studying the Civil War.

Foundation Staff

Tina Bulka

Foundation Administrator

Tina Bulka

Foundation Administrator

Tina has worked with the Foundation for the past three years and plays a central role coordinating the Student Scholarship Program. Tina has five children, three currently attending post-secondary and two eleven-year-old twins. In her active role as a mother, Tina volunteers with the Semiahmoo Minor Lacrosse team and Delta Gymnastics Club. She hopes in the future to have more free time to travel and can frequently be found buried in a book.

Elisa M. S. Carlson, Ed. D.

Chief Operating Officer

Elisa M. S. Carlson, Ed. D.

Chief Operating Officer

Elisa is the Foundation’s sole full time staff member. With almost thirty years in public education, Elisa was the former Director of Instruction (Curriculum & Innovation) with the largest school district in the province. Elisa has served in a senior leadership capacity, a principal at various schools and has taught at the graduate level at several universities. She has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and brings a wealth of leadership expertise to the Foundation. Elisa has won numerous prestigious awards in the field of education, and has been a speaker at numerous local and international conferences. She lives in Langley and has four boys. 

Our Committees

Awards Celebration Committee

Denise J. Brown, Chair
Denise is a retired Registered Nurse married to Ian. They have four children and three grandchildren. She volunteered within the Surrey school system throughout her children’s education. Since 2009, Denise has generously volunteered her time to be on two committees within The Cmolik Foundation, the Expanding Horizons Committee and the Awards Dinner Committee.

Members: Ellen L. Cmolik (Past-Chair), Barbara E. Estey , Marcie L. M. Gillette

Expanding Horizons Committee

C. Russell Cmolik, Chair

Members: Denise J. Brown, Dr. Elisa M. S. Carlson, Robert (Bob) Coventry, Donna Metz 

Finance Committee

C. Russell Cmolik, Chair

Members: Nicholas A. C. Saklas

Student Selection

Kirsten A. Evanish, Chair

Members: Robert (Bob) Coventry, Gavin Fisher, Febe M. Galvez-Voth, Kody J. Taylor

Mentor Committee

Gail A. Beszedes, Chair
Gail holds a BA in Psychology, a post-graduate certification in Executive Coaching and a Chartered Insurance Profession designation. She has an extensive background in strategic planning and led large-scale change management and employee engagement campaigns at a Crown Corporation. Gail currently manages a law firm and has an independent consulting company. Gail is married to David; they live in Ocean Park and love to travel. 

Members: Ellen L. Cmolik, Debra F. Coventry, Angie M. I. Nonis

Alumni Committee

Kirsten A. Evanish, Chair

Members: Kody J. Taylor