Meet Our Staff
Steve Fleck, Executive Director
Steve has diverse experience in human resources, public education and administration. He’s been a teacher and principal at public schools in BC and was the lead curriculum developer and administrator for an English school in China. Steve’s belief in the museum as a cultural and community hub in the North Okanagan inspires everything he does at the GVMA.
Lisa Ramsey, Operations Manager
Lisa’s experience in administration in both post-secondary education and small businesses make her the ideal business manager for our dynamic community museum. As an avid sports enthusiast, coach, and referee, she is a true “team player” and Lisa’s enthusiasm and energy are a huge asset to our team’s development.
Laisha Rosnau, Curator of Visitor Experience
Laisha is a multi-award winning novelist and poet, and an adjunct professor in Creative Writing at UBC Okanagan. Laisha’s passion for arts, culture, history, and the power of story inform all her curation, exhibition and program initiatives, from onsite exhibits to online programming and virtual exhibits.
Gwyneth Evans, Research and Communications Coordinator
Gwyn is not only our communications lead, she provides research expertise to both staff and the public. Gwyn is our social media maven on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Through social media posts, articles in local media, and the GVMA newsletters, Gwyn engages the community in the fascinating history of the North Okanagan. She also works with visitors in the archives, providing true Community Engagement on every level.
Barbara Bell, Head Archivist
Barbara has been preserving, recording and championing Vernon’s history for four decades with the GVMA. She has a vast depth and breadth of knowledge about North Okanagan and is able to assist researchers in any number of topics with skill and tact.
Marisa Parker-Hinz, Digital Archivist and Collections Registrar
Marisa has a Master of Archival Studies from UBC and has recently relocated from the Lower Mainland. She brings a wealth of experience from working in such institutions as the Museum of Anthropology, the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, and the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre.
Alanna Strangway, Indigenous Cultural Program Intern
Alanna has a Bachelor of Science with an Indigenous Maps, Rights, Films and Land Claims Certificate from the University of the Fraser Valley. She has Métis ancestry in the Norway House Cree Nation located at the tip of Lake Winnipeg. Alanna has experience working with various Indigenous Nations throughout the Lower Mainland as well as a group of Papuan elders from New Guinea. She will be aiding in the creation of Indigenous focused exhibits at the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives as well as at the Historic O’Keefe Ranch.
WE RESPECTFULLY ACKNOWLEDGe
Greater Vernon Museum & Archives is located on the Ancestral, Traditional and Unceded Territory of the Okanagan Nation and the Syilx People.