Meet the staff
Steven Jenkins, Executive Director
Steve is excited to be joining the enthusiastic team at the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives. An experienced leader with 35 Years in the Telecommunications industry, Steve brings a wealth of experiences including Marketing, Sales and Operations. Steve has held numerous Board roles in the Not-for-profit sector including the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, Okanagan College Foundation, BC Games Society and the Cops for Kids Charitable Foundation. In 2011, he was the co-founder of the TELUS Thompson Okanagan Community Board.
An outdoor enthusiast with a passion for world travel, Steve has developed an appreciation for history, architecture and culture as part of his life-long learning journey. He looks forward to supporting the Museum and Archives Team, the volunteers and board as well as embracing the new Cultural Center.
Lisa Ramsey, Operations Manager
Lisa’s experience in administration in both post-secondary education and small businesses make her the ideal operations 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 the organization’s development.
Renée Rousseau, Ambassador
Renee (she/her) is a motivated senior student whose aspirations have no limits. She is fascinated with military history, radioactivity and many more subjects. She plans to seek higher education for a history-focused career path.
Gwyneth Evans, Head of Archives
Gwyn (she/her) has recently moved into the position of Head of Archives, and is thrilled to be working alongside, and learning from, archivist Barbara Bell and Digital Archivist Marisa Parker-Hinz. She began at the MAV as a collection intern in 2018, after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Honours History from UBC, and has grown through a variety of positions and opportunities. She is happy to be devoting her time and energy to preserving Vernon’s stories in this new role, while also completing a part-time Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta.
Barbara Bell, Archivist
Barbara has been preserving, recording and championing Vernon’s history for four decades with the MAV. 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 (on leave)
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.
Programming and Curation
Gail Pifer, Community Liaison
Curious, empathetic and compassionate are Gail’s approach to understanding people’s stories with respect for the principles of equity, diversity, accessibility, and reconciliation as her guides. As Community Liaison, Gail effectively collaborates with cultural groups, community organizations and educational institutions to increase interest and awareness of local history and museum programs.
Meet the Board