Board of Directors

Laura Thurnheer, President

Kelowna Community Resources Board of Directors - Laura ThurnheerAssociate Dean – Science, Technology, Health & Social Development, B.Comm., MBA, CPHR
ac.cb.naganakonull@reehnruhtl

Professional & Community Development:
Laura is currently an Associate Dean in the Science, Technology, Health & Social Development portfolio at Okanagan College. In this administrative role she works with 13 departments in the Science and Technology areas providing both faculty and student support.

Previous to this role, Laura was with the Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College for 11 years. As a professor, Laura instructed in the Bachelor of Business Administration program for 5 years in the areas of Strategic Management, Human Resources Management and Tourism. From mid-2012 to mid-2018 Laura was the Chair of the Okanagan School of Business providing support to over 60 faculty members and 1500 students.

As an active member of her local business community, she is very aware of the challenges facing businesses today and strives to help new and existing businesses develop and expand. Laura is a Past President of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and currently is a Director with the British Columbia Wine Authority and CPHRBC & Yukon.

One of her keen areas of interest is personal development coaching and Laura is fortunate to have many opportunities in the Okanagan to mentor young adults in areas such as effective speaking and competing in business competitions. Laura is married with two children and is happy to be part of an active family life in the Okanagan.


Rob Peter, Past President

Kelowna Community Resources Board of Directors - Rob PeterProfessional & Community Development:
Rob is currently a Marketing/Business Specialist with experience in both consumer packaged goods and community based activities. He was a Senior Marketing/Business Manager at Sun-Rype Products Ltd. for over 20 years. He was contracted as a Marketing Specialist with the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development with assignments in Central Asia. He has been a Marketing/Business Consultant with the City of Kelowna and the Kelowna International Airport. He also was a past Mentor with the Community Futures Organization.

Rob has served on several community Boards – Past President of the Kelowna Museums Society, Past Chair of the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame Museum, and a past Executive with Okanagan Sun Football Team.

Reason & Role on the KCR Board:
His interest in serving as a KCR Board member is to be involved in an organization that works at ensuring that all individuals and families in the Kelowna area have resources available to make their lives healthy and productive.

Personal Info:
His personal interests are sports, the outdoors and community involvement.


David Brown, Vice President

Kelowna Community Resources Board of Directors - David BrownLawyer, Kent Employment Law
moc.waltnemyolpmetneknull@divad

Professional & Community Development:
David practices as a trial lawyer, with a focus on employment law, human rights law and immigration law.

Personal Info:
Originally from Elkford, British Columbia, David completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics at the University of Alberta. During his undergraduate degree, he had the opportunity to participate in a full-year exchange program to the Université Catholique de Lille, in Lille, France. Upon graduation, David worked briefly as a heavy equipment operator in an open-pit coal mine before moving to New Brunswick in 2006. David is an avid outdoorsman and loves hiking, biking, running, camping and snowboarding.


Bill Thompson, Treasurer/Secretary

KCR Community Resources - Board of Directors - Bill ThompsonManager, Grant Thornton LLP, CPA, CA
moc.tg.acnull@nospmoht.llib

Professional & Community Development:
Bill is a Chartered Professional Accountant with experience in working with small business clients, personal tax clients and providing assurance services.

Reason & Role on the KCR Board:
KCR provides an opportunity to be involved with an organization that strives to provide information and services to the people of the Okanagan region with the intent of creating a better community for everyone.

Personal Info:
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Bill has slowly transitioned westward before settling in Kelowna with his family full-time in 2010. He enjoys spending time with his family, golfing and staying active outdoors.


Michelle Rogers, Director

Kelowna Community Resources Board of Directors - Michelle RogersVP of Finance, Two Hat Security, CMA, CPA

As the VP of Finance for an exciting startup whose mission is to eliminate abuse, harassment, and child exploitation from the social web, Michelle has brought over 10 years of experience working for a mature software company to help guide Two Hat Security as it doubles in size over the last year. Michelle is also proud to be an active member of the Kelowna community, hosting a monthly LeanIn group to support the professional and personal development of local women and sitting on the board of KCR, a non-profit agency which serves the Okanagan region.

Professional & Community Development:
Over the past 20 years, Michelle has worked in the private sector in a variety of industries spanning from manufacturing to construction to software development. Michelle is currently the VP Finance for Two Hat, an exciting local tech company whose mission is to eliminate abuse, harassment, and child exploitation from the social web. Michelle is also proud to be an active member of the Kelowna community, hosting a monthly LeanIn group to support the professional and personal development of local women.

Reason & Role on the KCR Board:
Joining the Board at KCR was a wonderful opportunity for Michelle to contribute to the community through helping KCR realize our vision of creating a community where individuals and families are supported in leading healthy, productive and fulfilling lives.

Personal Info:
Michelle enjoys gardening and yoga.


Kimberly Darling, Director

Kelowna Community Resources Board of Directors - Kimberly DarlingLawyer, Kent Employment Law
moc.waltnemyolpmetneknull@ylrebmik

Professional & Community Development:
Kim is a litigation lawyer in Kelowna. Kim worked for 8 years at the UBC Okanagan campus as the Director of Academic Operations and returned to active legal practice in early 2018.

Reason & Role on the KCR Board:
Kim joined the KCR board very early in her professional career and at that time really didn’t know what she was getting into. But over the past 15 years, she has become very committed to and enthusiastic about the many ways that KCR contributes to a healthy, engaged and diverse Okanagan. The varied services to families, particularly families at risk, provided by KCR are very important to Kim and she continues her involvement with KCR as a way to give back to the community and support these essential services.

Personal Info:
Kim is from St. Albert, Alberta and completed her education at the University of Alberta. As nice as the Edmonton area is, Kim jumped at the opportunity to move to the Okanagan to start her professional career. Kim enjoys camping, skiing, playing soccer, and cheering her kids on in whatever sports they are participating in.


Peter Boyd, Director

KCR Community Resources - Board of Directors - Peter BoydOwner, Peter’s Your Independent Grocer
moc.liamgnull@giysretep

Professional & Community Development:
Owner of Peter’s Your Independent Grocer. 27 years in the retail food industry in Kelowna.

Reason & Role on the KCR Board:
I have followed KCR through my years in Kelowna and I am so impressed with the support it provides for our community and being asked to be a Board member is a true honour.

Personal Info:
Peter was born in Whiterock, BC, but moved to Kelowna in 1989. He enjoys golfing, baseball and spending time with his family.


Nelson Eziekwu, Director

KCR Community Resources - Board of Directors - Nelson EziekwuMD, PH.D
moc.oohaynull@annadaeize

Professional & Community Development:
Nelson worked extensively in the Department of Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation at the National Scientific Centre of Surgery Kazakhstan, where, as a senior scientific staff, taught medical related disciplines to students, and conducted researches on endoscopic treatment of hydatid cysts of the liver, improvement of surgical tactics in non-parasitic cysts of the liver, and surgical treatment of congenital choledochal cysts (common bile ducts). He has published more than 20 articles on surgical treatments and 3 medical patents.

Presently, Nelson is one of the Case-Based Learning (CBL) tutors at UBC Southern Medical Program, and also works as a community support worker at Thompson Community Services.

Reason & Role on the KCR Board:
Nelson was highly impressed by the enormous support rendered to him and his family as new-comers, here in Kelowna by KCR. His volunteering for the KCR Board is his little way of showing appreciation and giving back to the community.

Secondly, he would like to initiate discussions surrounding how the government could work closely with employers or professional boards to better utilize new immigrants’ skills.

Personal Info:
Born in Nigeria, Nelson was awarded a scholarship to study medicine in the then Soviet Union in 1987. He studied and lived in different cities of the former Soviet Union, particularly Almaty, Kazakhstan. He then moved to Canada in 2012 with his family.
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