Board & Committees


Photo of KWIC Board of Directors in January 2023


"Community development has always been a priority for me. When I transitioned from a buzzing campus-based life to a regular community-based life outside of school, there was a void. KWIC filled that void by re-establishing my connection to the Trent community, but also provided invaluable connection to the innovative and energetic work of the youth and community that are part of KWIC’s work and programs. "
Liana Honsinger – Volunteer, KWIC Board of Director 

KWIC Board Members

Executive Members

Ryan Sisson, M.Sc, EP  — Board Chairperson
Manager, Community + Workplace Partnerships, Department of Co-op, Careers and Experiential Learning, Trent University

Dr. Stephanie Rutherford – Vice-Chairperson & Chair of the Fundraising Committee
Associate Professor, Environment and Resource Studies, Trent University

Melodie Ho, MScFN, RD— Treasurer | Chair of the Finance & HR Committee
Corporate Registered Dietitian Consultant, Extendicare Inc

Faith Mwesigye —  Secretary
Special Projects Coordinator, Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility (CHREA), Trent University


Directors - General

Dennis Howlett – Chair of the Communications & Fundraising Committee

Retired, NFP Executive Director

Carmella Valles

Immigration Consultant

Ngina Kibathi, MPA 

Executive Director, President's Office, Trent University 

Rahna Behdar

Social Work Student, Trent University 


Samantha Rockbrune — Executive Director


KWIC Standing Committees:

Finance & HR Committee

Melodie Ho — Board Treasurer/Committee Chair

Faith Mwesigye, HR Liaison

Ryan Sisson, Board Chair

Stephanie Rutherford, Director

Sam Rockbrune, Executive Director


Communications & Fundraising Committee

Dennis Howlett — Communications Committee Chair

Stephanie Rutherford — Fundraising Committee Chair

Carmela Valles, Director

Melodie Ho, Director

Sam Rockbrune, Executive Director


Nominations Committee

Dennis Howlett — Committee Chair

Ryan Sisson, Board Chair

Sam Rockbrune, Executive Director


Program Committee

— Committee Chair

Marcelino Lopez, Social anthropologist and farmer

Mariana Castelli Rosa, PhD candidate in Cultural Studies and KWIC volunteer 

Sadra Rabiei, KWIC Volunteer

Sam Rockbrune, Executive Director


TEACH Social Justice Certificate Program Committee (2023-2024)

Mauricio Interiano —TEACH Program Coordinator

Sam Rockbrune, Kawartha World Issues Centre

Karleen Pendleton Jimenez, Trent School for Education and Professional Learning

Patricia Wilson + Kharington Petgrave, Community Race Relations

Rachel Gilham, TRACKS Youth Program

Mauricio Interiano, New Canadians Centre

Yishin Khoo, True Peace Cavan Common Good Initiative

Julie Cosgrove, KWIC and True Peace Cavan Common Good Initiative


Join our Board of Directors

KWIC is accepting applications to join our board of directors! Visit our website, and click the volunteer tab to review a description of board member duties and responsibilities. Interested candidates should submit an application form (found here) along with a resume and/or cover letter to:

Full description of duties and responsibilities for KWIC Director at Large



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